But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:17

You Are Called to the Nations…But Which One?

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What about those who never hear the gospel? The question does not concern those who hear it and are indifferent or those who hear it and reject it, but those who never, ever hear the bad news of their rebellion against their Creator and the good news of the reconciliation found in Jesus. My wife...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 23:14

Giving Missionaries a Cheerful Welcome

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The only constant in the life of a missionary is change. Missionaries live through seemingly endless transitions. Beloved teammates depart, and new teammates arrive. Meanwhile, all missionaries are at various levels of language acquisition and cultural acclimation. On top of all of this, missionary...

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A quick tour of the world shows a beautifully diverse group of Christians participating in God’s mission. South Asian Christians in saris reach out to their Hindu and Muslim neighbors. Korean believers mobilize hundreds of Christians to go to the ends of the earth. Chinese believers...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 22:16

Five priorities in your first year

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As I write this, I am sitting at the 2 ½ mark in a church revitalization setting. As I reflect on the past couple of years, I see some things I did well in the first year. I also see several things I wish I had done better in the first year (and the second […]

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Monday, 06 May 2019 01:09

Difficult Decisions: Deciding to go

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We should never presume to definitively know that God’s call on a pastor’s tenure has come to an end for his serving a particular congregation. We can’t know as God knows or see as God sees. Yet, as outside consultants or observers, as friends, or even as a close confidant, we may...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 22:28

Feeble Prayers in Our Chaotic World

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Living in a new normal doesn’t feel so normal. The word tragedy is too much a part of my vocabulary these days. I have searched for other words, but tragedy describes best the world events constantly swirling around us. From the recent Easter bombings in Sri Lanka to the terrorism in the...

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 22:48

“Mind the Gap!”

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Finding Your Place In God’s Plan For Missions I’ve come to find that as I get older, my desire to GO just continues to increase. I’m still not entirely sure what that means, but for now I know that means being a part of short-term mission teams. Just last week I returned from a...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 22:06

What Should We Think About Rapid Church Multiplication?

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Many years ago, David Garrison identified rapid multiplication as one of the universal characteristics of a church planting movement. Since that time, the rapid advance of the gospel has been a key value for many in the missionary enterprise, both in terms of many people coming to faith...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 22:40

Generosity Means Thinking Of Others

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Alex Haley, the author of Roots, is known to have a picture in his office of a turtle sitting on a fencepost. When asked why kept this picture he said that it reminded him that if a turtle is on a fencepost you know he had some help. In an age of platform-seeking celebrities, it’s […]

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20 minutes from the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the College at Southeastern is a very unique community. It is a community comprised predominantly of refugees, refugees from more than 30 countries. These are men, women, and children who have fled their home country to...

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For the past six months my husband Bob and I have been a tiny part of a new church-plant in Durham called Rebuild Fellowship. Pastor Chuck Reed’s goal is for Rebuild to start a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational “love movement.” Little did we know how much we needed...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 05:09

Making History

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You may not know this, but history is going to be made this summer. It’s nothing new, though. It’s been happening for a long time. Eleven years ago, I was preparing for my first overseas mission trip. As a college student, I was contemplating what kind of impact could I have. As a...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 23:58

Suffering Church Planting

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Suffering is a normal part of the Christian life. When we step out onto to the mission field suffering just might increase. We can prepare for this suffering by developing our theology of suffering, building a strong support team, and staying close to the Lord. However, suffering is always...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 22:44

Mistakes In Church Planting

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In April 2016, Dan Rockwell posted a piece on his leadership blog called “The Five Biggest Mistakes New Leaders Make.” I’ve been reflecting on this since I attended a Church Planting Pipeline Roundtable in Atlanta where we talked about leading potential church planters or interns...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 23:18

Doing Outreach When the “Going” Is Hard

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It feels like another life since I was a missionary in West Africa. Today, my days are filled with questions like what I should make for dinner, whether or not I’m going to meet an article deadline, and “did you go poo-poo?” Being a work-from-home mom of two under two makes going...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 22:03

The Joy of a Church Planter

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Church planting is full of many joys. There is perhaps no greater joy than seeing people hear and respond to the gospel. You also get to experience the joy of seeing God establish the church, which includes seeing new believers grow deeper in their faith and watching God’s people to use their...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 23:24

On Mission In Central Asia: A Reflection

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I took my first international mission trip to Central Asia last year. In this trip I served primarily as prayer support and an evangelistic partner with believers seeking to reach others during New Year celebrations. Since our roles on the trip were limited in comparison to the amount of talking we...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 04:36

Trying To Get There Too Quick

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On Patience, and Why It Matters for Missionaries and Church Planters This week Haloti Ngata made news headlines when he announced his retirement from the NFL from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Ngata, a 13-year pro and insanely gifted defensive lineman, completed his career at the age of 35. Not 55,...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:10

Breaking Down Ministry Boxes

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Remember. I sat under a speaker at a conference last week who brought me to the bottom of myself. He distracted us with the left jab, speaking on the importance of keeping Christ at the center of your life in ministry and everything else— then he hit us hard with the right hook. He said...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:07

Five Missionary Lessons from St. Patrick

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March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, and we should honor this early missionary. A few years ago,   Carrie Kelly wrote an article for the Intersect Project entitled “The Man Behind the Myth: 5 Things You Can Learn About St. Patrick.”  Kelly’s article is worth the...

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One day in 2010, I woke up on the floor. Someone was trying to push a pencil between my clenched teeth. Moments before, I had been with friends enjoying dinner, including a memorable bowl of homemade peppermint ice cream. Suddenly, I was told, I had passed out, falling limply into the arms of the...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 22:18

A long road to Southeastern

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I came to United States as a refugee almost two years ago.  However, getting to this land was not easy at all. I spent 3 years in Turkey waiting for an age-long process to be approved by the United Nation and other American humanitarian agencies as someone who is eligible to enter to America....

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:59

Praying for Missionaries during the Christmas Season

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At Christmas, I’m sometimes asked for specific ways to pray for our missionaries overseas.  I’ve compiled a list of some holiday-specific requests that hopefully will be a springboard for you as you intentionally pray for those sent out from your churches, friends who have gone...

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I have a confession. In making this confession, I may be considered a pariah by some. Here it is: For quite some time, I have been critical of the missionary Jim Elliot. For those that are perhaps unfamiliar with Jim Elliot, here is a brief summary: he and four others were martyred in Ecuador in...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 05:30

Prayer for Syria

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Check out the following story and prayer requests from one of our 2+ students currently on the mission field and let it be an encouragement and a call to pray: Story: A Kurdish Muslim family fled Afrin when the war became to dangerous for them to stay.  The parents and 6 children eventually...

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