J. D. Greear on Radical Generosity

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On Thursday afternoons at Between the Times, we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. This week he writes about the key to radical generosity. 

Here’s an excerpt:

God is not now, nor has he ever looked, for “helpers” to assist him in saving the world. That doesn’t mean he isn’t calling us to give ourselves generously to that mission or be sacrificially generous with our neighbors; it’s just that he’s not looking for people to supply his needs. He’s not short on money, talent, or time. He has never commanded us to go save the world for him; he calls us to follow him as he saves the world through us.

Read the full post here.

CGCS: The Hard Truth about Salt Lake City

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Recently, a group of Southeasterners traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah for a mission trip among the majority Mormon population. Southeastern student and E-Marketing Specialist, Sam Morris wrote about their experience. He offers some insight on the hard truth about Salt Lake City and ways we can pray for them, and especially the evangelicals working among them.

Salt Lake City is the most unreached city in America with 98% of its inhabitants living without the understanding that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man. He is Lord and Savior. Let’s break that number down just a bit: 70% of the population would consider themselves Mormon while another 28% have no religious affiliation. With more than 2.6 million people, there is one Southern Baptist church for every 43,000 people.

And that’s in the middle of America.

Read the full post and learn how to pray for Salt Lake City here.

In Case You Missed It

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1) Art Rainer, VP of Institutional Advancement at Southeastern, offers some reasons why ministry leaders often quit after three years. He also provides some resources to help.

2) Ed Stetzer takes a look at the connection between biblical literacy and Bible engagement.

3) At First Things, Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School, writes about the life and mission of William Carey and the lessons we can learn from it.

4) From the Center for Pastor Theologians, Todd Wilson offers some valuable advice to seminary students. “Don’t begrudge the suffering that God sends into your life.”

5) Jeremy Writebol discuses how Christians should respond to Ebola in the U.S.