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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Monday, 02 July 2018 05:35

What Hath Business to do with Missions?

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The missionary task, as commonly understood by Evangelicals, involves the communication of the Christian message to the unbelieving nations, intentionally crossing cultural, linguistic, social and/or geographic barriers. The hope is that the gospel will be received and that new believers will...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 00:42

Greatest Week Of SBC Cooperation

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A lot will be said about cooperation in the Southern Baptist Convention over the next couple weeks. We will gather in Dallas and participate in our cooperative convention. We will talk about Cooperative Program giving. We will learn about the work of our cooperative institutions, boards and...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:30

Remembering David Hesselgrave

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Monday evening, May 21, Dr. David J. Hesselgrave passed on to eternal glory. David was a former missionary to Japan, founder of the Evangelical Missiological Society, a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School from 1965 until retirement, and author of several landmark books related to...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 06:30

A Missionary Vision of the Middle East

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The events of the week remind us of the fragile nature of life in the Middle East. Our attention has been drawn to the hostilities, loss of life, and social upheaval in Israel, and the surrounding area. The Bible instructs us to pray for peace in Israel and we should pray. Below I want to […]...

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 06:30

Praying Through the Month of Ramadan

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Ramadan Kareem! This week marks the start of the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, the month of Ramadan. This holy month celebrates the sending down of the Qur’an as guidance for humanity. For Muslims, this month entails the discipline of fasting (sawm) during daylight hours, a...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 07:30

Praying for Iran

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The Islamic Republic of Iran dominates the US news cycles again. There are conversations about sanctions, gas prices, and debates about political posturing. At Southeastern, Iran has a special place in our hearts for different reasons. The first ever Southern Baptist missionaries to Iran, Dr....

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If you are like me, you have been stunned and elated by the news that the leaders of South and North Korea have signed declarations of peace and have stepped across the DMZ to shake hands. This truce ends one of the most protracted and most public civil wars in recent history. The signatures and...

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Betsey Stockton, the first single woman missionary in the modern mission era, was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1798. At an early age, she was given to the wife of Reverend Ashbel Green as a domestic slave. At that time, Dr. Green served as the president of the College of New Jersey, now known...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 06:30

Resources: New Books on the SBC

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Here at the CGCS, we like to highlight resources that edify, equip, and encourage students, alumni, pastors and even lay church members in their efforts to fulfill the Great Commission. We want to make our readers aware of two important books about the mission and function of the Southern Baptist...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 06:30

New Opportunities to GO

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Every so often, the CGCS is contacted regarding missions or planting opportunities available for current students or alumni that would be of interest to our student body at Southeastern. Here are a couple new opportunities that could be of interest: Pastor for Tbilisi International Christian...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:30

Global Missions Week Fosters Great Commission Focus

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“Our main call is not to this location; it’s to be disciples and make disciples.” Phil Bartuska, a missionary in Vienna, Austria, encouraged students with this message along with other panelists at “Knowing Your Call,” one of the many Global Missions Week events hosted...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 06:30

Question Your Lens

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Advertisements for Google Pixel 2 state, “Question your lens.” Their three current commercials are a combination of fun, heartwarming, and thought-provoking. In one, a group of African Americans from a lower income neighborhood turn out to be caretakers of horses that bring the whole...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 03:30

The Disciple-Making Shift

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In a now famous study of popcorn by Brian Warnsick at Cornell, movie goers were given two sizes of popcorn buckets. Each of the buckets was massive, too large for one person to consume all the popcorn. The question: when given an overwhelming amount of popcorn to eat, would the size of the bucket...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:30

Video Highlight: Interview with Derrick in Puerto Rico

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Check out this video by Doug DuBois as he interviews Derrick Rudolph. Derrick is a M.DIV. student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently serving in Puerto Rico through the CGCS and SEND Relief with NAMB as the island recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Maria....

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Monday, 26 March 2018 06:30

How Our Calendar Helps with Evangelism

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“What is Easter? I have never heard of it before.” This question shocked me. Who hasn’t heard of Easter? I was sitting in a class in Germany. My wife and I had been studying German for several months with people from all over the world. The teacher announced that the class would...

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The SBC of Virginia has a newly established partnership with churches in the city of Panevėžys, Lithuania with the eventual goal of planting a healthy, reproducing Baptist church in the city. This internship would help us solidify those relationships and help set a strategic course for...

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The International Mission Board released a blog last week that answered the question, “Why put missions on hold to go to seminary?” (https://www.imb.org/2018/03/13/why-put-missions-on-hold-to-go-to-seminary/) I agree with the IMB’s answer. I’ve lived this question. I...

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Friday, 16 March 2018 04:30

Losing Two Missionaries: How Should we Pray?

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Yesterday, Southern Baptists lost two missionaries. According to reports I have seen, Randy and Kathy Arnett were killed in an automobile accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I have known, and worked with, Randy and Kathy for several years as they worked to develop theological education...

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Now several months into my journey here in Puerto Rico, I’ve been blessed to serve and engage the people in a variety of ways. Alongside physical service to the people, the most rewarding times occur when I’m able to hear the stories of the people. Ministry of presence, the frequency of...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 07:30

Interested in a Summer Missions Internship?

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Still looking for summer plans? Interested in gaining experience in local missions and leadership through a local church? Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem is hiring a paid summer intern to join their missions staff for ten weeks from May 29-Aug 2, 2018. Calvary Missions exists to...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 05:30

5 Ways to Think About Evangelistic Conversations

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In my book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out I emphasize evangelistic conversations over one-sided presentations. Here are five ways you can grow in this: 1. Stories Everyone has a story. Ask the other person about her story. Then, share your story. As a believer it’s not possible to tell...

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After serving in Pittsburgh for 3 years we moved to Barre, Vermont to take on the leadership of Faith Community Church (FCC). FCC has a long history of church planting and missional engagement. Our goal is to reignite our Church Planting ministry in Central Vermont. It is one of the many ways as a...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 02:30

Reflections from the GO Conference

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This semester, Dr. Mathias is teaching a college and seminary class in which students attend the GO Conference in addition to the regular class requirements. The 2018 GO Conference took place on February 16-17 at Southeastern, and these students, along other attendees coming from across the...

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Friday, 23 February 2018 00:30

Interested in Church Planting in Vermont?

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Long crooked rivers, steep sprawling mountains-lush green in the spring and summer, intense and vibrant shades of oranges, reds, yellows in the fall. Cold winters, white with ice pouring over the edges of rocky cliffs define our mountainous region. Vermont is the winter playground for the east...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:30

A Faithful Legacy: Billy Graham

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“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” “I trust Jesus with all my tomorrows, knowing that He will solve the mystery of life beyond the grave.” North Carolina native and evangelist, the Reverend Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99. Known by...

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