Archives for category: Global Affairs

Windows on the World: Praying the Great Commission

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I was a college student when I first became burdened for global missions. I certainly would have said I cared about missions before then. After all, who doesn’t want to see lost people come to faith in Christ, especially in nations with minimal Christian witness? But as a Southern Baptist … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: On Communism, Fascism, Liberalism, & the Search for a Utopia

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I’ll see your one, and raise you another. In a recent edition of the Times Literary Supplement, John Gray reviews Vladimir Tismaneanu’s The Devil in History, which provides an extended criticism of communism in relation to fascism.[1] Gray’s account of Tismaneanu’s book spurred me to mediate some of his thoughts … Read More »

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What Does it Mean to be a World Christian?

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I don’t read very many books more than once. One book that I’ve read several times in the past few years is Don Carson’s The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians, 2nd ed. (Baker, 2004). I recently had cause to read Carson’s fine book once again, this … Read More »

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Global Context Series: 20 (or So) Books for the Globally-Minded Christian to Buy (and Read)

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Over the past few years, we have posted approximately twenty installments in the “Global Context Series.” In this series, we posted notices or reviews about books that help Christians get to know the global scene as a whole, or a particular region or country in particular. We want to reissue … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: (In)hospitality: Are Americans Thumbing Their Noses at the Nations?

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The citizens of the United States are not a particularly hospitable bunch, especially to foreigners. Or, at least, that has been my anecdotal observation over the years. But why rely on anecdotal observations, when Karen Fischer has provided us with some data? In her recent article, “Many Foreign Students Find … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: On David Cooper, Roger Scruton, and Green Philosophy

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For those of our readers not yet acquainted with Roger Scruton, allow me to serve advance notice: Dr. Scruton is not a pony-tailed tree-hugger seeking to lead the world into an embrace of yoga mats and tofu wraps. He is politically conservative writer and philosopher whose work is unfailingly stimulating, … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: Roger Kimball on Multiculturalism

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Multiculturalism is the ideology that promotes the institutionalization of multiple cultures within a single community. Almost always, it promotes relativism in relation to religion and morality and, as such, is antithetical to Christian belief and practice. And according to Roger Kimball, in a recent issue of The New Criterion, Americans … Read More »

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For the Record (Daniel Heimbach): Why I am Not a Pacifist

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[Editor's Note: Daniel Heimbach is Senior Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored or contributed to fourteen books and published numerous articles and essays. Dr. Heimbach served in the Navy and also served as an adviser to President George H. W. Bush during the first ... Read More »

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Briefly Noted: Jonathan Benthall on Islam, Theology, & Politics

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Islamic theology matters. Or so say the authors of seven recent books on Islam. In a recent edition of Times Literary Supplement, Jonathan Benthall provides a review of these recent books on Islam, theology, and politics.[1] Though these books differ in their perspectives, Benthall notes, “… all the books under … Read More »

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God is Red

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Liao Yiwu, though not a professing Christian, has done the church a wonderful favor. Yiwu, a Chinese journalist and dissident who was imprisoned by the government for four years for his writings, has written a history of Christian missions in China told from the perspective of the Chinese. The title … Read More »

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