Train the Untrained to Reach the Unreached

Darren Carlson

Why take the time train people to be faithful teachers of Scripture when untold millions are going to hell? That is a helpful question for me to wrestle through as I spend a good deal of my time training international pastors and church leaders.

When most people recount the Great Commission, they usually say something to the effect of, “We must go to all the nations and share the gospel.” To that I say amen! But then something strange happens — we stop. So what... Continue Reading

Has Jesus Been Worth It?

Jon Bloom
Has Jesus Been Worth It?

Beneath intellectual objections to Jesus’ claims are often deep-seated fears. Imagine a conversation between Paul and “Jonathan,” a friend from Paul’s pre-Christian days who visits him in Felix’s Caesarean prison.

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Jonathan was escorted into the dingy cell where his old friend looked up at him from a small table covered in parchments. The closed air smelled of mold. Jonathan tried not to look shocked.

Paul looked puzzled for a moment and then his eyes went wide with... Continue Reading

Where Do We Find Jesus in the Old Testament?

Joe Rigney
Where Do We Find Jesus in the Old Testament?

For me, one of the most exciting elements of Scripture is its use of typology. Put simply,

[Typology is] the idea that persons (e.g., Moses), events (e.g., the exodus), and institutions (e.g., the temple) can — in the plan of God — prefigure a later stage in that plan and provide the conceptuality necessary for understanding the divine intent (e.g., the coming of Christ to be the new Moses, to effect the new exodus, and to be the new temple) (Graham Cole, He Who... Continue Reading

Violent Faith Glorifies God and Advances the Gospel

David Sitton
Violent Faith Glorifies God and Advances the Gospel

Spearheading the gospel into unreached regions is risky.

In the time it takes to read this blog post, another Christian will be killed because of his or her faith in Jesus Christ. 160,000 believers around the world will be slaughtered this year alone. . . simply because they love Jesus.

This should not be a news flash. The physical risk of “going public with the glory of God” among Satan-dominated peoples is obvious. Jesus warned his disciples that they... Continue Reading

Ramadan: Praying for a Precious Sense of Emptiness

John Piper
Ramadan: Praying for a Precious Sense of Emptiness

How do the words of Jesus guide us in praying for Muslims during Ramadan (August 1–29)? One of the aims of fasting during Ramadan is that Muslims aim to bring greater focus to their worship of Allah.

A Question With Two Meanings

One of the questions that followers of Jesus often ask is, Are Muslims truly worshiping the same God we worship? That question can have two meanings. One focuses on the word “worship” and the other focuses on the phrase “same God.”

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The Sun Has Risen Today, Again

Jonathan Parnell
The Sun Has Risen Today, Again

G. K. Chesterton writes,

The sun rises every morning. I do not rise every morning; but the variation is due not to my activity, but to my inaction. Now, to put the matter in a popular phrase, it might be true that the sun rises regularly because he never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life.

The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children, when they find some game or joke that they specially enjoy. A child kicks his... Continue Reading

What Is a Missional Community?

Jeff Vanderstelt
What Is a Missional Community?

A missional community is a family of missionary servants who make disciples who make disciples.

Family

First of all, a missional community is a group of believers who live and experience life together like a family. They see God as their Father because of their faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and the new regeneration brought about by the Holy Spirit. This means they have and know of a divine love that leads them to love one another as brothers and sisters.They treat... Continue Reading

Will We Protect the Little Ones?

John Knight
Will We Protect the Little Ones?

Consider the following about babies with Down syndrome:

  • Of women who choose to have prenatal testing, approximately 90% of those who discover their child has Down syndrome choose to abort.
  • Two companies are racing to provide new prenatal diagnostic tests that could detect Down syndrome as early as the ninth week of pregnancy, without the dangers of current tests.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists expanded the clinical standard of care to include giving... Continue Reading

Francis Chan on the Sovereignty of God

Josh Etter

Theology Refresh is a new podcast for pastors and Christian leaders, hosted by David Mathis, executive editor at Desiring God, and editor or contributor to a number of books, including Don’t Call It a Comeback, and co-author of the forthcoming How to Stay Christian in Seminary.

The aim of the podcast is to sharpen and refresh spiritual leaders on key aspects of theology that are useful for everyday Christian ministry.

In our inaugural episode, David talks with Francis... Continue Reading