For the past three years, I have served as a pastor at Grace Chapel in Clifton Park, New York. But for the past year, Carly and I have sensed God calling us into a new ministry role. We are thrilled to tell you that God has providentially led us to join Cru (known internationally as Campus Crusade) as missionaries to college students! Visit pruchcru.com, a new website devoted to our new ministry, to read more! In our church’s worship gathering earlier today, Carly and I announced this news to our congregation. It was a bittersweet morning, to say the least. Here’s what I said: We are … Continue reading Ending One Chapter, Beginning Another
What good do missionaries accomplish in the wider culture when their primary focus is on calling people to repentance and faith in Jesus? In a recent blog post over at Desiring God, John Piper connects the dots between spreading the gospel and seeing renewal in societal structures and systems. Piper points out that sociologist Robert Woodbury published his findings about missionary impact around the world after a decade of research. Woodbury found that the greatest change in culture occurred where “conversionary Protestants” had a presence. While Woodbury did not explicitly define “conversionary Protestants,” Piper concluded that they must be “missionaries…who … Continue reading How Can We Best Change Culture?
Good works are the melodies that non-Christians hear. Nearly all of the time, they cannot read our sheet music. They can’t understand what the notes and chords mean, but they know a good song when they experience it. Continue reading Good Works is the Christian’s Symphony
John Piper posted a couple days ago on why bad economic times are good for missions. In it, he came up with four conclusions for why this is true: During an economic downturn we are more dependent on God. That is the most fertile soil for creating missionaries. During an economic downturn unreached people around the world do not expect you to come, but to look out for yourself. So they may more likely see your risk as love rather than exploitation. During an economic downturn those who need Christ around the world may be less secure in earthly things … Continue reading Why Bad Times Are Good for Missions