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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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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After months of searching and prayer, the presidential search committee of International Mission Board has announced that they will be recommending Dr. Paul Chitwood as president.   It is not an understatement to say that the president of the IMB is the most visible and most significant...

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Monday, 05 November 2018 23:30

Interview with Dr. Ant Greenham About His New Book

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Recently two Southern Baptist missiologists and professors have put together a book addressing one of the most crucial questions about Muslim evangelism and Missions. Dr Ant Greenham, Associate Professor of Missions and Islamic Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dr. Ayman...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 05:30

Some Missional Thoughts About the Migrant Caravan

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Unless you have signed off social media and have turned off your television, you have read/heard the stories about a so-called caravan of migrants making its way across Central America toward the US border. Thousands of men, women, and children have been traveling for weeks across Honduras and...

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Micah Fries, senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Keith Whitfield, associate professor of Christian theology, dean of graduate studies, and vice president for academic administration at Southeastern Baptist Theology Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, have...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 05:30

Why is the Great Commission in the Bible?

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Matthew 28:18-20 is not just a familiar passage to most of us, it is our missions anthem. In this scene, Jesus has his followers, His disciples gathered around him, and before he ascends he could tell them anything, but he sends them among ALL nations to make disciples…Jesus entrusts His...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 05:30

Important African-American Missionaries You Should Know

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There are so many missionaries throughout history who are inspirational not only to those aspiring to serve as missionaries, but also to those who need encouragement to live boldly for the sake of the gospel. Of those missionaries in the modern mission era, there are are several African-American...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 23:30

Missional Routines

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Routine – 1. a regular course of procedure 2. habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure Those definitions really make you want to jump out of bed and get busy, don’t they? I know, we all hate the idea of routines. They seem so mechanical, so unspiritual....

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 06:30

Astronauts and Missionaries

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This December marks the 50th anniversary of the exhilarating Apollo 8 mission. I recently listened to the accounts of how these men trained to accomplish what seemed like an impossible task, and then later worked together as a team to accomplish that very task in Jeffrey Kluger’s Apollo 8:...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 23:30

State Demographic Research Project

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The Strategic Focus Team of the Baptist State Convention of NC is looking for Southeastern students who can help with demographic research during the Fall 2018 semester. Our research has identified the top 250 pockets of lostness across the state. Think of these pockets as gospel deserts;...

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Most people I know want to be more missional. We want to be at the center of God’s activity and to introduce the lost to Jesus. We want to be useful to others and help them experience God’s love. Unfortunately, we get too busy. Before we know what happened, the day is over. . ....

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Monday, 27 August 2018 06:30

Medical Mission Conference

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FBC Durham in cooperation with the International Mission Board (IMB.org) of the SBC will be having a health care mission conference on March 8 (evening) and 9 (all day), 2019 at FBC Durham. This is an excellent conference from Middle school up for anyone interested in health care missions and those...

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 06:30

Making the Most of this Seminary Year

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This week, thousands of students are beginning their time on our Southern Baptist Seminary campuses. For many of these, this will be the first foray into a strange new world. It is an education designed for those who plan to lead in churches, Christian ministries, and serve on the mission field....

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Monday, 23 July 2018 22:49

Mission Role Available

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The International Church of Batam (ICB) is located on the island of Batam, Indonesia, a short ferry boat ride from Singapore.  ICB was founded in February of 2006 to meet the need for an English worship experience on the island.    The church today is made up of largely American...

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Several months ago, the United Nations released data showing more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The projection is that before 2050, that number will climb to two-thirds. According to the report posted on CNN.com: Today, 55% of the world’s population is urban, a...

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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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