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The Gospel in Europe

The Gospel in Europe

Jeff Straub Next year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, the publication which started the Protestant Reformation. Luther, an Augustinian monk and theology professor, came to embrace justification by faith alone and to conclude that much of what the Roman Church was promoting had little biblical foundation. His initial goal was a… Continue Reading

The Fields Are Still White—Laborers Are Still Needed

The Fields Are Still White—Laborers Are Still Needed

Jeff Straub The modern missionary movement is now about 225 years old, if you mark its beginning with the journey of William Carey to India in 1792. Of course, students of missions history recognize that missions hardly began with Carey. It dates to the New Testament era and the great missionary apostle, Paul. Moreover, looking… Continue Reading

Missionary Sacrifice, Sixty Years Later

Missionary Sacrifice, Sixty Years Later

Friday, January 8, was the sixtieth anniversary of what is likely the best known missionary sacrifice of the twentieth century. Jim Elliott and his four companions, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, and Ed McCulley, all surrendered their lives to follow Christ. They gave up those lives on a lonely stretch of sand by the… Continue Reading

How to Have a Missions-Minded Church, Part 3: More on Finances

How to Have a Missions-Minded Church, Part 3: More on Finances

The work of ministry on any significant scale requires resources. This is especially true of the work of missions. Nearly every country that admits missionaries requires them to be fully supported from outside sources so that they do not take jobs from the national population. This almost always means the missionaries will need to raise… Continue Reading

How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: Financial Support

How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: Financial Support

Jeff Straub Last week, I began to offer some advice to help churches become more missions-minded. My first counsel was that the pastor must himself take the lead on missions in the assembly. He should read missionary letters regularly so that he may pray privately and publicly for the missionaries more deliberately. He should answer… Continue Reading

How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: The Pastor

How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: The Pastor

Jeff Straub Seminary professors who come to the classroom with missionary and pastoral experience can offer immense practical value to men preparing for ministry. I recently observed my fortieth anniversary of preaching the gospel. I began vocational ministry a few years later, in the fall of 1980, and spent a total of nineteen years in… Continue Reading

Upcoming trip to Brazil

Upcoming trip to Brazil

Tomorrow afternoon I am taking off for Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I have been invited to speak at a conference of national pastors and missionaries. The theme of the conference is “The Gospel and Christian Affections.” I will be preaching six sermons and presenting two workshops on that theme. Here are my sessions: The Source of… Continue Reading

Reflections on Summer Teaching, Part Two: Church Planting, Theological Education, and the Great Commission

Reflections on Summer Teaching, Part Two: Church Planting, Theological Education, and the Great Commission

Last week, I shared some observations gained from a busy summer of teaching internationally. I received a number of replies, both supportive and questioning, that merit some further clarifications. Let me say categorically—I unequivocally support church planting! But I also believe in theological education. Both have their place in world evangelism. My goal last week… Continue Reading

Reflections on Summer Teaching

Reflections on Summer Teaching

In May and July, the Lord gave me the opportunity to travel overseas to teach church history in three different countries. Two of the countries were in Africa and the other was a major Asian country. Two of the countries were new places for me to visit. In all three locations, I was in urban… Continue Reading

The effect of the gospel on culture

The effect of the gospel on culture

This is a fascinating article that both reveals the influence of the gospel upon the culture of a civilization and contradicts the popular evangelical push today that insists that missionaries leave indigenous culture alone. Here’s a snippet: Areas where Protestant missionaries had a significant presence in the past are on average more economically developed today,… Continue Reading