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The Baptist Missionary Association of Texas (BMAT) consists of approximately 400 Baptist churches across the state of Texas
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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
There are things about Chau's story that raise questions worth our consideration.Missions, as the world has seen this month, is controversial.John Chau’s missionary journey to North Sentinel Island has captured the attention of the world. Many have written their thoughts, and I’ve done my share as well (see part 1 here and my Washington Post article here).Many hot takes were written, and people were understandably passionate. As this news has faded from its fever pitch, I’d like to think through some of the missiological questions that still need to be addressed.It is important to note that we can still appreciate Chau's passion while we also consider and discuss some of his methodology.We’re going to do that here.My guess is that many missiologists will be doing that for years to come. (Wheaton College missions professor, and former missionary working with tribes in Papuau New Guinea, had an early discussion on a recent Facebook live.)John ChauLet me first begin by saying that Chau's death is tragic and grieves me personally as a missiologist and a catalyst for missionaries. We learn from his social media, journals, friends, family, and preparation that John had a genuine passion for unreached people groups, and he was seeking to share the love of Jesus with people around the world. This is commendable and brave, especially all of his preparation in the many years leading up to this encounter.I wish that so many Christians sitting at home unengaged in God’s mission would be a lot slower to criticize.His passion is a key factor of his story that is important to note, highlight, and celebrate. It takes a brief moment of bravery to do one extraordinary action, but Chau’s deep conviction is evidenced by his years of working toward his engagement of the people of ...Continue reading...
Dear Friends,At a retreat I attended some years ago, a priest said something that I will never forget. He said that whenever we are feeling spiritually dry and it seems like God is far away from us, or even when we begin to have doubts about our faith, there is one simple action we can take that can ground us again and stabilize our disillusionment. It is to simply remember those precious moments in our lives when God has shown Himself to us very clearly, filling us with unearthly gratitude and peace.As it happens, I had one of these moments a few weeks ago. While I was reading Scripture before starting work one morning, I was struck by a passage from Luke 18, when a blind man calls out to Jesus to have pity on him, and what happened next: “Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He replied, ‘Lord, please let me see.’ Jesus told him, ‘Have sight; your faith has saved you’” (Luke 18:40-42). After reading those words, tears immediately filled my eyes, and I was overwhelmed with a sense of immense comfort and peace, as if Christ was holding my shoulders, gazing into my eyes, and speaking those words directly to me: “Your faith has saved you.” In that moment, I felt as though I was being given a brand-new understanding of the enormity of the gift of faith that God had given me—“I offered you salvation, and you accepted it. See now how you flourish because of this gift! Don’t ever forget that!”For me, moments like these happen rarely and inexplicably, seemingly out of nowhere. I am truly grateful to God for them because I know what He is doing: He is giving me a taste of Heaven, a spiritual consolation and confirmation of His existence and His personal, fatherly care for my soul. When I am feeling spiritually listless, all I need to do is recall one of these moments when God broke through the earthly veil of tears and spoke directly to me. When I do this, I am reminded of the Hope that is always there, even amidst the worst crisis of faith I could ever conceivably experience.As we enter the Advent season, it can be easy to get caught up in earthly preparations and worries, and we may even find ourselves feeling a bit lethargic about the real “reason for the season.” If we do, one way we can stay grounded is to simply remember. Remember the origin story of when we were first given the gift of faith or any of those extraordinary moments when God broke into our lives with supernatural clarity. By doing this, we can remind ourselves about and reflect upon the origin story of salvation, when the Christ-child broke into history and into the soul of every person who has ever or will ever live, calling us all by name to Himself.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC Articles'Boy Erased' film misrepresents sexual orientation counseling – Peter SpriggNational Adoption Month Launches with Assault on Faith-based Adoption – Mary Beth WaddellWhat Could Have Been, and the Hope of What Is to Come – Cassidy RichTimes Op-Ed Admits Key Justifications for Gender Transition are False – Peter SpriggLet There Be (Christmas) Lights – Alexandra McPheeIn India, Twitter Gets a Taste of the True Danger of Viewpoint Suppression – Alexandra McPheeFaith-based Adoption Providers Are Answering the Pro-Life Call and Must Be Protected – Madison Ferguson Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareCalifornia Professor Fired for Challenging Student's Beliefs About Sexuality is Reinstated – Emily Jones, CBN NewsSalvation Army Warns Officers to Stop Posting About Gay Marriage – Todd Starnes.comMom Says 6-Year-Old Son Is Transgender. 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Now He Might Lose His Son. – Amanda Prestigiacomo, The Daily WireAG Paxton Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Religious Liberties Case – Ken Paxton, AG of TexasSURVEY: Christian & Conservative Students Silenced, Intimidated into Keeping Views Private – Jennifer Wishon, CBN NewsEWTN wins lawsuit over HHS contraception mandate – Ed Condon, CNADC church asks to intervene in atheists’ lawsuit that seeks to force churches to file tax returns – Alliance Defending FreedomPublic School Bans All Christmas Songs That Mention Jesus – Todd Starnes.comSenators Urge IRS to Delay Taxes on Churches: 'It's Going to Cost the Non-Profit Community Up to a Billion Dollars' – Jennifer Wishon, CBN NewsCity Of Pasadena Banned A Pro-Traditional Marriage Speaker, Federal Lawsuit Claims – Alex Parker, RedStateInternational Religious FreedomThe Lessons of the Asia Bibi Case – Nina Shea, National ReviewReport: Half a Billion Christians Facing Global Persecution – Edwin Mora, BreitbartChina Demolishes Crosses, Mandates Surveillance in Churches as Religious Persecution Rises – Josh Shepherd, The StreamBishop, priest and more than 40 others killed at Central African Republic church and refugee camp – John Burger, Aleteia'A Scene From Hell': Christians Talk Being Bloodied, Pelted With Stones, Metal by Muslim Mob in Kenya – Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian PostWoman describes torture, beatings in Chinese detention camp – Maria Danilova, APChristian Bridal Magazine Forced Out of Business for Not Featuring Same-Sex Couples – Virginia Hale, BreitbartFreed British missionary forgives men who killed his best friend – Alex Williams, PremierFamily Forgives Tribal Members Who Allegedly Killed American ‘Missionary’ – Katherine Rodriguez, BreitbartYoung Girl Orphaned in Uganda After Father Converts to Christianity – International Christian ConcernIraqi Christians who fled IS return to find properties seized – Eno Adeogun, Premier LifeAbortionGroups Ask SCOTUS To Hear Case That Could Overturn Roe – Hank Berrien, The Daily WirePlanned Parenthood’s Share of U.S. Abortions Increased in 2015 – Alexandra DeSanctis, National ReviewPresident Trump Names Pro-Life Neurobiology Professor to National Science Board – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsTrial over controversial Kentucky abortion law now in judge's hands – Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier JournalHow a ‘scheduling error’ saved a baby with Down syndrome from abortion – Sarah Terzo, Live ActionKenya: Board orders Marie Stopes to stop offering abortion services – Angela Oketch and Soni Kanake, Daily NationAbortionist Defends Killing Babies: “A Fetus Needs Permission to Reside in a Uterus” – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsAdoptionCountering the ‘Soft Stigma’ Against Adoption – Elizabeth Kirk, Family StudiesInstant Family Offers a Funny, Yet Honest Portrayal of Foster Care and Adoption – Naomi Schaefer Riley, Family Studies7 ways to support adoption – Ally Wall, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionWhen Families Un-Adopt a Child – Jenn Morson, The AtlanticBioethicsWhy Tissue From Abortions Isn’t Needed to Save Other Lives – Rachel del Guidice, The Daily SignalHHS official vows to pursue research ‘alternatives’ to aborted fetal tissue – Dan Diamond and Adam Cancryn, PoliticoObamacare650 Obamacare State Exchange Plans Cover Abortion on Demand in 2019 – Caffeinated Thoughts FamilyMarriageA Simple Way to De-Escalate Couple Conflicts – The Family Institute at Northwestern University‘Sex Recession?’ Blame Marriage Stagnation – Charles Fain Lehman, Family StudiesModern Love. Cohabitation on Rise in U.S.: Demographic Trends – Alex Tanzi, Bloomberg QuintNo, Legislatures Cannot Abolish Marriage – Adam J. Macleod, Public DiscourseParentingNo Man in Their Corner: Why Every Son Needs a Father – Greg Morse, Desiring God4 practical ways to raise thankful kids – Chris Gaynor, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionMeasuring the Long-Term Effects of Early, Extensive Day Care – Jenet Erickson, Family StudiesEconomics/EducationWatch out: Schools don’t like the prying eyes of parents in the classroom – Jay Mathews, The Washington PostThe Fruits of College Indoctrination – Walter E. Williams, The Daily SignalWhy Christians shouldn’t abandon universities – Alex Ward, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionHow Economic Inequality Drives Family Formation and Dissolution – Andrew Cherlin, Family StudiesRegent University Launches the Center for Christian Thought & ActionFaith/Character/CultureWhere Americans Find Meaning in Life – Pew Research CenterSuicide rate up 33% in less than 20 years, yet funding lags behind other top killers – Anne Godlasky and Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAYThe Tragedy of the European Family – Ted Malloch, Intellectual TakeoutGive Thanks for What Others Have That You Don’t – Megan Hill, Christianity TodayThe Great American Heartache: Why Romantic Love Collapses on Us – Jonathan Leeman, Desiring GodThe Ungrateful Nation – Ben Shapiro, TownhallTwitter Banned Me For Literally No Reason, But In The End They’ll Lose – Jesse Kelly, The FederalistAtheism as Bad Religion – Madeleine Kearns, National ReviewDutch court denies businessman's request to legally identify as 20 years younger – Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox NewsHuman SexualityWhen a Gay Activist Comes to Jesus – Andrew T. Walker, The Gospel CoalitionWhen Young People Aren’t Having Sex, Something’s Wrong – Josh Herring, Public DiscourseThe New York Times Reveals Painful Truths about Transgender Lives – Ryan T. Anderson, Public Discourse#MeToo reminds us that Christian ethics are timeless truths – Andrew T. Walker, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionMy high school's transgender bathroom policies violate the privacy of the rest of us – Alexis Lightcap, USA TODAYSchool has SEVENTEEN children changing gender as teacher says vulnerable pupils are being 'tricked' into believing they are the wrong sex – Sanchez Manning, Daily MailHuman TraffickingThe Midterm Battle Around Legalized Prostitution Nobody’s Talking About – Haley Halverson, National Center on Sexual ExploitationPornographyHow Early Porn Exposure Traumatizes Boys And Fuels Toxic Masculinity – Matt Morrissey, Fight the New DrugNew Documentary Shows Individual, Societal Threat of Pornography – Perry West, National Catholic Register
A program to prioritize student affairs.If you are working with students in a college or university setting, I want to tell you about our new graduate program in the School of Mission, Ministry and Leadership here at Wheaton College: the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development.This new program will begin in the summer of 2019, with applications now being accepted at wheaton.edu/HigherEd. Designed to prepare individuals for professional positions in colleges and universities, the M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development is geared toward anyone who is interested in or is currently working in a student affairs role in either a secular or Christian higher education setting.This new degree replaces the M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry and has been redesigned to meet the needs of today’s graduate student who wants to work (or is working) in higher education.Updated courses address such issues as discipleship and spiritual formation, conflict and mediation, emerging adult development, and leadership theory and practice. All are led by our world-class faculty who continue to lead in the fields of student development and spiritual formation.“We designed this program to challenge our graduate students to think critically about collegiate learning and discipleship, themes that are relevant for both Christian colleges and secular universities,” says Dr. David Setran, Program Director for Higher Education and Student Development. “The program will equip students as servant leaders in higher education by fostering personal spiritual formation, theological depth, cultural awareness, interpersonal skills, and abilities in counseling, teaching, and mentoring.”Classes are offered residentially or in a distance learning format. ...Continue reading...
Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our October issue).Israel: Christians worry about official secondary statusIsrael’s legislature passed a special law this summer officially cementing the nation’s nature as a Jewish state. Most provisions aren’t controversial—they formally establish the flag, emblem, and anthem. But Palestinian Christians and some Messianic Jews, along with other religious minorities, object to statutes declaring Jewish settlement as a “national value” and downgrading Arabic from an official language to one with “special status.” “While the idea of the law is straightforward—it’s hard to argue that Israel isn’t a Jewish state—the actual provisions are controversial, discriminatory, and possibly racist,” said Jaime Cowen, a Messianic Jewish leader. Others like The Philos Project’s Robert Nicholson argue the law doesn’t change anything except sentiment. “The best critique of the law,” he said, “may be that it doesn’t really do anything besides stir up unnecessary trouble.”Canada: Christian college drops sex standards for studentsWeeks after Canada’s Supreme Court ruled against what would have been the country’s first Christian law school, Trinity Western University (TWU) dropped its student community covenant at the heart of the controversy. TWU’s law school quest had stalled in court for years after several provincial law societies refused to accredit would-be graduates, citing the covenant’s prohibition of sex outside of traditional marriage. TWU president Robert Kuhn said the school remained committed to its evangelical principles and mission, and the covenant will remain in effect for faculty and staff. The ...Continue reading...
Experts weighed in.John Piper needed “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” to match a sermon, so he wrote two new Reformed verses. Many of writer Thomas Chisholm’s fellow Methodists, who “sing their theology,” couldn’t sing along. Answers are arranged on a spectrum from “yes” answers at the top to “no” answers at the bottom.“Many gentlemen have done my brother and me . . . the honor to reprint many of our hymns. Now they are perfectly welcome so to do, provided they print them just as they are. But I desire they would not attempt to mend them; for they really are not able . . . to mend either the sense or the verse.”John Wesley, songwriter and evangelist, in Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists (1780)“Hymns are theological statements. John and Charles Wesley convey Methodist ethos in and through hymns. Methodism embeds its theology in song: lyrical theology. To that end, and particularly for Methodism, hymns are not theologically neutral but carry theological distinctiveness.”Swee Hong Lim, sacred music program director, University of Toronto’s Emmanuel College“Taking a hymn in a new theological direction is far from novel in church history. (Calvinist George Whitefield altered Charles Wesley’s text “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and made it a smidgen less Wesleyan.) Was Piper wrong to transpose Chisholm’s hymn to a Reformed key? No. Is it always permissible? No. Is it always profitable? No. Is it always faithful? One can certainly hope so.”David Taylor, assistant professor of theology and culture, Fuller Seminary“It is more urgent for composers to be less concerned with the particulars of our ...Continue reading...
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