Blog Posts on Missions

Christ Cannot Be Stopped

John Piper
Christ Cannot Be Stopped

Cross is a new student conference on missions. It begins this evening.

This conference is a dream come true for me. I give four reasons for why in my message tonight. So I won’t give them here. You can live-stream all the main sessions at desiringGod.org/live, beginning at 8:15 PM (EST) tonight (full live-stream schedule below).

The premise of the conference is that biblical Christians care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering. We believe that God sent his eternal Son... Continue Reading

Should You Live in Abu Dhabi?

John Piper
Should You Live in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian Peninsula. It is virtually an island because of the way the inland waterways from the Persian Gulf weave around it. The population is just under a million. It’s a 90 minute drive southwest from Dubai.

As with the other major cities in the UAE, about 80% of the population of Abu Dhabi is expatriate. This includes the lowest paid laborers who live in camps outside the city, and the highest paid executives and... Continue Reading

Dubai: Amazing and Strategic City

John Piper
Dubai: Amazing and Strategic City

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a coastal city, 70 miles across the Persian (or Arabian) Gulf from Iran. It borders on Saudi Arabia and Oman. It is the stunning creation of oil wealth since the discovery of crude in 1966.

In 1968, there were thirteen registered automobiles in Dubai. Today there are 1.13 million. In 1995, Dubai had 640,000 residents; now there are more than 2.3 million. At one point, during the building... Continue Reading

Missions Is Not for Wimpy Women — And Nine Other Lessons from Ethiopia

John Piper
Missions Is Not for Wimpy Women — And Nine Other Lessons from Ethiopia

I’m writing this on my last night of seven in Addis Ababa, the sprawling, higher-than-Denver, capitol of Ethiopia — which just became the second most populous country of Africa.

The international, inter-agency cooperation of missions today is illustrated by the fact that we are staying in a Mission to the World (PCA) guesthouse and speaking at a college sponsored by SIM, whose international leadership just passed from a Scot to a Nigerian... Continue Reading

Why It Took Me 34 Years to Get ‘Peoples’

John Piper
Why It Took Me 34 Years to Get ‘Peoples’

God created the world so that he would receive glad-hearted worship from the entire panorama of peoples that he himself brought into being for this purpose.

Therefore, for the glory of God, and for the gladness of the peoples, we should join him in the aggressive missionary enterprise of reaching all the peoples of the world.

Summoning the Peoples

That is what the Cross Conference this December is about. Over 3,000 students are registered so far. I am praying for twice... Continue Reading

The Cost of Love and the Power of Pleasure

Marshall Segal
The Cost of Love and the Power of Pleasure

LYNCHBURG, VA — Imagine what God may be pleased to do throughout the world over the next 50 years with the lives of 10,000 college students in love with Jesus and aimed at the nations.

John Piper addressed such a hungry crowd this morning at a convocation at Liberty University. He was asked to speak for their twice-annual missions week, which was established to inspire and mobilize minds and hearts and lives to take the gospel to all people everywhere.

Piper’s... Continue Reading

The Lordship of Jesus 100 Years Ago and Today

John Piper
The Lordship of Jesus 100 Years Ago and Today

Jesus Christ is Lord of the universe. Therefore, all the nations — the peoples — of the earth belong to him by right of creation and by right of his redemptive purpose on the cross.

By right of creation: “The earth is the Lᴏʀᴅ’s . . . the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it” (Psalm 24:1–2).

By right of redemptive purpose on the cross: “You were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and... Continue Reading

Some Kindling for Your Embers

John Piper
Some Kindling for Your Embers

We all feel small.

That’s because we are small. John Piper may seem like a big fish in the little evangelical pond. But in the ocean of the world, I am statistically a nobody.

But we are attached to the Creator of the world through his Son Jesus, and we are part of his global purpose for all nations that cannot be stopped.

Fire Up Your Hope

Take three minutes and let yourself feel the astonishing and invincible plans for all the nations of the world. When Paul had finished... Continue Reading

The Thrilling “Now” of Christian Mission

John Piper
The Thrilling “Now” of Christian Mission

Just think of it. The God of the universe focused his special revelation and redeeming work on one small ethnic people, Israel, for 2,000 years — from the calling of Abram in Genesis 12 to the coming of Christ. For all that time “he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways” (Acts 14:16).

Then at the entry of his Son into the world, all this changed.

As Jesus was leaving to return to heaven he said, “Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in... Continue Reading

The Seamless Garment of Christian Mission

David Mathis
The Seamless Garment of Christian Mission

The tension in the air can feel thick enough to cut with a knife. It escalates to all-out war in some churches —the battle between living local and going global.

With limited time and resources and energy in any given context, it can feel like local mission and global missions are constantly vying for attention, competing articles rather than one seamless garment.

On one side, we see the needs around us in our city and feel deeply that proximity implies... Continue Reading