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Evangelistic Suffering

Paul Borthwick is a “missions guy.” We first met when he spoke at the church I was leading during a missions day. He is not only passionate about missions, he is a nice man. He has written several books on world missions – all worth your time. Each time I have read his books or…

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Spurgeon on Writing

My first exposure to Spurgeon was during my first days in college. I had never heard of “The Prince of Preachers” before I picked up the first volume of the Park Street Pulpit. I have been fascinated by him ever since. Pastor, public speaker, and prolific writer – he was all of the above. Thank you…

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A Story for Christmas

This is not a Christmas story. It is a story I wrote a few years ago as a Christmas gift. After the story was finished, I printed several copies, and then, using old fashioned cut-and-paste, I made a little book of it. Several books in fact. Then, I bought Christmas bags and in each I…

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The Book in My Hand

Although I’ve told this story on a number of occasions, it suits the heart of what I want us to remember as we launch this new blog category. I had just completed my first year in university. Lee and I had known each other since our first classes together, but we had only been dating…

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Finding Our Way

When we built this website, we decided that a blog might be a nice “value-added” touch. Because our goal is to put material into the hands of grass-roots church planters that is linguistically simple, theologically clear, and biblically faithful, we decided that including a few “samples” on the blog might be a good idea. Because…

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Is the Great Commission an achievable task?

I get the occasional email these days about “missions”. Of late, some have included some very insightful questions. Many come from people who are considering the idea of missions themselves. Some come from folks who are wondering why I did. My usual answers have to do with my own understanding of the scripture, of the gospel,…

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O Come, Let Us Adore Him

I have a friend who is a professional musician. To be specific, a professional classical musician. She has studied and worked in the field for years, and served as conductor of one of Canada’s symphony orchestras. She is a precise and masterful pianist, and a passionate educator. She takes all things musical very seriously. A…

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Not-so-simple English

If you have stumbled across this blog, it is likely you either 1) have an interest in theology, 2) have an interest in missions, 3) are interested in writing, or 4) have an interest in English. Regardless of who you are, there are a few things that may need explaining in these early blog posts….

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…the beauty of Christian obedience

It seems rather obvious that the parenthetical subtitle for this section of the blog is an allusion to the story of the Good Samaritan in the gospel of Luke. Future posts will tease out the implications of that parable, but this section of the blog will be dedicated to the theme of missions. One of…

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An Apologist’s Advice (that missionaries should hear)

In one of my favourite sections in John G. Stackhouse’s Humble Apologetics, he gives the following bits of advice. Always good to remember, but especially as we all step through that complicated maze we have come to call “contextualization.” Substitute the word missions and missionaries for the words apologetics and apologists, and the warnings cut an even broader track. They are so helpful…

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