In Case You Missed It

1) Thomas S. Kidd discusses professors and the new public square. In his post Kidd writes:

E-mail, Twitter, blogging, and podcasts have dramatically lowered the structural barriers between professors and a potential reading public. But these are only possibilities unless academics avail themselves of them, and it remains to be seen whether they will…Academics who want to reach a broader audience will have to get used to the idea that they need to reach out to their prospective readers.

2) In this post, Joe McKeever reflects on his single biggest regret from 53 years of ministry: Making time for his family.

The minister who learns to say ‘no’ in order to protect his time with the family will occasionally anger a self-centered, demanding church member. But it’s a small price to pay, and in the long run, works out best both for the family and the immature member. Only a strong pastor can do this. I sure wish I’d been one.

3) Keelan Cook reflects on Muslim immigration in this post.

The least reached peoples are now in arms reach. And for the first time in our history, every, single member of your church can impact the nations in this way. Believers who never could go overseas no longer have to in order to share Christ with a Muslim, or a Hindu or Buddhist for that matter. We now share space. We share a marketplace. This is not bad news, if your heart is to share the good news of Christ.

4) Ed Stetzer discusses discipleship of new believers and how to focus on spiritual growth and transformation in this post.

More often than not people respond to Christ because they are in a life crisis, not just because they wake up feeling the need to be closer to Christ…every church needs a pathway which will provide direction for their discipleship plan, and also show how they grow together as a church.

5) Cameron Stanley, a member of a team of SEBTS students serving this summer in San Diego provides his take on the limitless boundaries of God’s love from a quick trip across the border.

One of the main lessons I was able to learn from that day was that God’s love transcends all boundaries. Regardless of the language barrier, the actual land boundary, or any other self-construed boundary pretense, we were able to share Christ, only by His grace. If we live life on mission with the idea that God’s love transcends all boundaries, pursing Him in all that we do, there is nothing that He can’t use us for.

Refugees: An Interview with World Relief Durham

Recently, Keelan Cook of the Center for Great Commission Studies interviewed Adam Clark, Director of World Relief Durham, an organization that seeks to help refugees resettle in the Triangle area. Here’s the intro to Keelan’s interview:

Last week I shared about the gospel opportunity many churches are missing. Refugees are settling into our cities and neighborhoods at an unprecedented rate, and that means peoples from the least reach places are becoming your neighbors. What is more, these new neighbors are not as hard to connect with as you might think.

 

Enter World Relief.

 

World Relief is one of many organizations across the nation that work with refugees to help them resettle and get connected to a community. In the Raleigh area, we are fortunate to have World Relief Durham as a friend and partner in ministry. I have asked Adam Clark, their new director to share with us about what they do and how your local church can get involved. The following is an interview with Adam.

Read the full interview here.

The CGCS on Planting Churches to Fight Ebola

Every Wednesday we highlight the work of Southeastern’s Center for Great Commission Studies. Recently, Keelan Cook wrote about the efforts of a TN church to fight Ebola through church planting. 

Here’s an excerpt:

Several years ago, First Baptist Church in Humbolt, TN adopted the Susu people group in West Africa. The Susu are an unreached people group and staunchly Muslim. The spiritual soil is hard indeed. However, through obedience to the Great Commission, God has used this church to do miracles in West Africa.

 

The following update briefly discusses their missions strategy and its effectiveness. In addition, the villages where they worked to plant church are the same villages reeling with Ebola. Yet, God is working miracles in his church in this area. Read and see what it looks like for a church to roll up their sleeves and get involved in a specific area.

 

Read the full post here.