Jerry Rankin on the Current Challenges and Signs of Hope in the World Christian Movement

Jonathan Parnell
Jerry Rankin on the Current Challenges and Signs of Hope in the World Christian Movement

This is the first question and answer post with Jerry Rankin.

What do you think are the greatest challenges to the world Christian movement today? What do you think are the greatest signs of hope?

From the perspective of one who has a global overview of Christian missions today, it is evident God is moving in unprecedented ways to fulfill his mission. He is using warfare, ethnic violence, political disruption, social... Continue Reading

For the Unreached

Bill Walsh

Our friends at AsiaLink have made another impactful video that will stir your heart for the cause of global missions. Whether you are a goer, sender, giver, or pray-er, I think you’ll find this to be a tool for vision spreading.

May these words from 1 Chronicles 16:23-27 ring in your heart as you watch.

Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to... Continue Reading

Fitting to Fulfill All Righteousness

David Mathis
Fitting to Fulfill All Righteousness

John the Baptist has a point when he objects, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:14). But there’s more going on here than he first realizes.

Here’s Don Carson on what Jesus means in Matthew 3:15 in responding to John the Baptist, “Let it be so now, for thus it is filling for us to fulfill all righteousness”—

Jesus affirms, in effect, that it is God’s will (“all righteousness”) that John baptize him; and both John and Jesus “fulfill” that... Continue Reading

Paul Miller on Becoming the Gospel

Tyler Kenney
Paul Miller on Becoming the Gospel

This is our third question and answer post with Paul Miller. (Read the first and second.)

Can you give us a summary of Sonship, the discipleship course you helped put together?

I designed the Sonship course over a period of ten years from ’83-’93, but the core of it was formed in the mid-80s. Half of the sixteen lectures was dad’s and the other half was split between my mom and myself. World Harvest continued to refine the course after I left in ’97.

The heart of the Sonship... Continue Reading

The Glory of God’s Plan B (Part 3): Like Living Through a Korean Drama

Michael Oh
The Glory of God’s Plan B (Part 3): Like Living Through a Korean Drama

This is the third and final part of Michael Oh's article, "The Glory of God's Plan B." Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Our final payment is due on February 28th. We hope to have repairs and renovations completed by next summer. (We do ask for your prayers for God to provide the necessary finances for repairs and renovations. Since May the US dollar has lost about 15% of its value versus the Japanese yen. This has resulted in a loss of close to... Continue Reading

Paul Miller on Cynicism in Prayer

Tyler Kenney
Paul Miller on Cynicism in Prayer

A second question and answer with Paul Miller. (Read the first.)

Your book, A Praying Life, talks about cynicism in prayer. How would you describe the problem of cynicism, and what is your advice to those who are struggling with it?

Cynicism is my biggest struggle in prayer. It is a quiet, cold rationalism that dulls the soul and just kills your walk with God. It is hard to even identify or name our cynicism because it just feels like being realistic. It says things like, “... Continue Reading

The Glory of God’s Plan B (Part 2): God Prepares and Provides

Michael Oh
The Glory of God’s Plan B (Part 2): God Prepares and Provides

This post continues where Michael left off in Part 1.

First of all, God provided advocates. In addition to our faithful core of supporting churches and individuals who have stood by our side for the past seven years, the Lord mobilized ministries to graciously spread the word about our project including blog posts from Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition. I received an email, out of nowhere, from Joshua Harris (whom I've never met) who shared that... Continue Reading

Is God a Megalomaniac? Right Answer. Wrong Reason.

John Piper

I have spent 40 years seeking to understand and explain why God’s relentless self-exaltation in all that he does (for example, Isaiah 48:9–11) is the most loving way for him to be, and is not megalomania.

Some have tried to argue that the problem of God’s self-exaltation is solved by his intra-Trinitarian other-orientedness. That is, God the Father and God the Son do not seek their own individual glory, but the glory of the other, and in that sense God seeks... Continue Reading

What Paul Miller Learned from His Father About Prayer

Tyler Kenney
What Paul Miller Learned from His Father About Prayer

This next post in our series of questions and answers with speakers at our 2011 Conference for Pastors features Paul Miller, author of A Praying Life.

Your father, Jack Miller, is well-known for his impact as a pastor, evangelist, missions organizer and author. What impact did he have on your life, especially as regards living a life of prayer?

I watched my dad become passionate about prayer during my teenage years. He learned it when he was a professor... Continue Reading

The Glory of God’s Plan B (Part 1): Seeking a Safe Place in Japan

Michael Oh
The Glory of God’s Plan B (Part 1): Seeking a Safe Place in Japan

In August I was enjoying a visit with John Piper (@johnpiper) at the Desiring God offices in Minnesota. It was a chance to get counsel from him about some things that the Lord had been teaching me and to update him on the drama of our then 9-month-long journey to purchase a new ministry campus for CBI Japan.

Before we prayed together he said to me something that I won't soon forget:

God cares more about how you react if you lose the property... Continue Reading