Posts in Missions

There Arose a King...

By Mick Boersma Mar. 10, 2014 10:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

It should come as no surprise that in times of leadership change those being led get a bit jumpy. Maybe you are waiting to see who the new senior pastor will be – the one who will have a huge stake in your future as an associate staff member. Or you are witnessing a changing of the guard in your mission organization. My wife and I, along with many of our colleagues and friends, have experienced major changes in leadership in the last couple of years, both here at Talbot (new Dean) and at church (new senior pastor). Happily, our experiences have gone very well.

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Loving Commitment Creates Infectious Love

By Judy TenElshof Mar. 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation

There was a woman I know who fell in love and married a man from another culture, another religion, different ways very foreign to her known life.  Her husband’s father had died before she met him, so she entered this single parent family wholeheartedly and her mother-in-law taught her a new way of living and loving where their house became a home and she felt she belonged.This was so true that when her husband died ten years into their marriage, she made a commitment to her mother-in-law.

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A “Give-Away” Church

By Joe Hellerman Feb. 12, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

I am working on a sermon about the church at Antioch (Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3). As I prepare, I am struck by the open-handed generosity of this church, with respect both to financial resources and personnel.

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Taste and See: Theology and Food, Part Three

By Andy Draycott Feb. 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Missions, Spiritual Formation

So we eat. We are dependent on many and ultimately God for the grace of our continued diets. We say grace at mealtimes in recognition of that dependence. For all that, many of us don’t consider that theology has much to do with meals and eating.

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A Leader's Heart, Part Two

By Mick Boersma Feb. 4, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, Old Testament

Nehemiah is one of the most heralded examples of leadership found in the scriptures. We have been focusing on his heart, and saw in Part One how he (1) cared enough to accurately assess the circumstances confronting his people; (2) was sensitive to the brokenness of his people; and (3) was focused continually on redeeming the lives of his people.

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A Leader's Heart, Part One

By Mick Boersma Feb. 3, 2014 9:30 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, Old Testament

Pastors have many roles.  They are teachers, evangelists, caregivers, guardians, and leaders.  Much is written about these areas of endeavor, but perhaps none as much as leadership.  Recently the Society of Human Resource Managers released figures from a global survey of corporations that revealed 57% of all of the organizations surveyed employ outside vendors to provide leadership training.  Companies know the great importance of good leadership.

 

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The Story of Charles Lee Feinberg: Talbot’s First Dean

By Clint Arnold Jan. 20, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

It was the fall of 1930.  Just a year had passed since the stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression. Adolf Hitler was on his meteoric rise to power in Germany. But God was powerfully at work in the Pennsylvania steel town of Pittsburgh. A 21-year-old Jewish man named Bezalel Feinberg had heard the Gospel and prayed to receive Christ. It sounds so simple, yet it was anything but. 

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