Missionaries Made Modernity

“Missionaries profoundly shaped modernity.” This is the provocative conclusion made by Robert Woodberry, as he delivered this year’s Carver-Barnes lecture for the L Rush Bush Center for Faith and Culture. Woodberry, a sociologist at the Univ. of Notre Dame, makes a compelling argument that many of the positive features generally associated with the Enlightenment–worldwide advances in literacy, health care, and human rights–were actually accomplished primarily by evangelical missionaries.

To make his case, Woodberry has amassed a remarkable amount of data. But he presents the material in a manner that is both accessible and engaging. If you care about the Great Commission then you’ll want to watch his lecture. Enjoy.

 

Pray for Missionaries

Danny Akin is a pioneering, intrepid seminary president. As proof, the CGCS recently highlighted his efforts as an elephant rider while visiting SEBTS 2+2 students serving overseas. In this post, Greg Mathias offers some specific ways we can pray for these missionaries (and students) while they serve and learn. Here’s an excerpt:

This past month, we were in Thailand with 20+ family units, hence the elephant riding picture. After pulling these missionaries together, hearing their heart, their struggles and joys, we want to pass along some specific prayer requests from them. Surprisingly enough, missionaries are human beings and they need prayer for much of the same issues we face back here in the states: family, interpersonal conflict, stress, etc. Today, set aside some time and pray for these twenty families and others that stretch across the 10/40 window and beyond.

For the full post, and the pic of Dr. Akin on an elephant, click here.

Pray for Missionaries this Christmas

The Center for Great Commission Studies does an excellent job leading our community in praying for the many missionaries connected to SEBTS. In the post excerpted below, Greg Mathias reminds us to pray for those serving cross culturally now–at Christmas–and throughout the year.

Missions is not a solitary effort. Our men, women, and families depend upon your prayers on behalf of their people and ministries. Each Tuesday you can invest in a missionary through prayer as we highlight their work and needs. Join with the CGCS in this incredible opportunity to touch the nations and to encourage our SEBTS international missionaries.

Read the full post here.games mobi download