On Missions and Missionaries

When I was a kid, my church supported a number of missionaries—people who heard the Holy Spirit’s call on their lives, left the culture they knew behind, and travelled to some far-off land to proclaim the gospel. In our foyer was a missions bulletin board, and at one point it had a map of the world with pins where the missionaries were stationed. On the side were their pictures and short descriptions of their work, along with their latest prayer letter. Every once in a while, a missionary would come back to Canada on furlough and travel around to various churches talking about their work and trying to raise new support for when they went back. And I have to be honest: those weren’t my favour

A New Season Begins...

One of the last things Jesus said to his disciples is known as the Great Commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20). Those are our marching orders. Our job is to make disciples. But none of us are supposed to do it alone. Instead, Jesus has established the Church—the community of God’s people. The Holy Spirit has given every believer a set of gifts that we are to use “to equip the saints for the work of minist

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