How Can We Best Change Culture?

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?

How the Apostle Paul Did Frontier Missions

The apostle Paul is the greatest missionary Christianity has ever known, behind only the Lord Jesus himself. Paul was a frontier missionary. He went where no one had gone before. He blazed new trails. In God’s providence, Paul is the reason Christianity spread around the world. While on the frontier, Paul had a lot of tools in his missional tool belt. Of course, all of his methods and strategies were subject to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This may actually be considered the supreme “characteristic” of Paul’s methods. Aside from walking in the Spirit, many other things characterized Paul’s frontier … Continue reading How the Apostle Paul Did Frontier Missions

What About Those Who Have Never Heard?

Christians have asked this question centuries. Even in today’s globalized, social-media-driven world, Christians are still asking it. In question 60 of the Westminster Larger Catechism, the question is posed: “Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living according to the light of nature?” Here is its answer: They who, having never heard the gospel, know not Jesus Christ, and believe not in him, cannot be saved, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, or the laws of that … Continue reading What About Those Who Have Never Heard?

Pray for the Arab World Today

Frontiers will be praying and/or fasting today for the Arab world.  Here’s an outline to pray with them: Prayer Guide for the Arab World Part One: Praise for many aspects of what has happened so far Many of the events which have happened so far have had evidence of Godʼs mercy and compassion in them. In many cases, changes have taken place with a minimum of violence and destruction. The proud have been brought down, and the poor and humble lifted up. We praise God for protecting people and restraining evil, and ask Him to release all of his promised … Continue reading Pray for the Arab World Today

Don’t Hide Behind Your Giving

In my last post, I talked about taking Jesus literally when he tells us to sell everything and give to the poor.  One frustration that I have with the Christian American Dream is that sometimes we are urged, albeit unknowingly, to “hide behind your giving.” Let me explain: Some people think that giving lots of money excuses them from actively engaging in God’s mission.  I know that my heart can be susceptible to this. Americanized Christianity tells us that if we write a check every other week, then we are the senders, we are the givers, we are the ones … Continue reading Don’t Hide Behind Your Giving