Posts in Missions

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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Antonio del Corro: El gran legado para nuestros tiempos de un reformador español / The legacy of Antonio del Corro an exemplary Spanish Reformer

By Octavio Esqueda Oct. 3, 2013 9:10 a.m. Historical Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

El gran educador Antonio del Corro (Sevilla, 1527-Londres, 1591) es quizá una de las figuras más importantes y a la vez menos conocidas de la reforma española. Es también un ejemplo a imitar para todos los que seguimos a Cristo y sobre todo para los que nos dedicamos a servirle a través de la enseñanza. El historiador Emilio Monjo se refiere a Antonio de Corro como “un personaje que refleja el talante de la Reforma española en cuanto a su libertad de pensamiento y palabra: una iglesia que había nacido libre por la acción de la Escritura, y que se mantuvo libre con la Escritura también en su exilio europeo". 

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Jesus is Worthy: And He Has the Right to Send our Children Overseas

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 10, 2013 8:31 a.m. Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Missions, Spiritual Formation

This week was a week of tears in the Berding household.  We cried as we sent our oldest daughter, Lydia, overseas into a needy and difficult region of the world as an ambassador for Jesus Christ.  She will be gone for at least one year, and is open to and actively praying about making a long-term commitment after that year.  We cried before we sent her.  And we cried afterwards.  But we will not hinder her from going out.  Quite to the contrary, Trudi and I are entirely supportive of the mission Lydia is on; she is going out with our full blessing.  But many young people don’t enjoy the support of their parents as they depart for overseas service, and many never actually make it—in large part because their parents have opposed them.  Their Christian parents…!  Family opposition may be the number one reason young people with a call to overseas missions don’t ever arrive there.  And this is a grave sin on the part of the parents.

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How Does Mission Relate to Spiritual Formation?

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 8, 2013 3:50 p.m. Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

The most recent issue of the Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care carried an article I wrote on the relationship between spiritual formation and mission.  Here's an outline...

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Two Questions to Ask Your Muslim Friend (Question #2)

By Kenneth Berding May. 28, 2013 11:06 a.m. Apologetics, Evangelism, Missions

In my last post I shared about how to carry on a deeper, less confrontational discussion with your Muslim friend by asking a question about the topic of hypocrisy.  Click HERE for my earlier post.  In this post I will suggest a different question to ask your friend that might allow you to enter into yet another non-confrontational conversation with the goal of introducing your Muslim friend to Jesus Christ.

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Two Questions to Ask Your Muslim Friend (Question #1)

By Kenneth Berding May. 15, 2013 12:59 p.m. Apologetics, Evangelism, Missions

One of the hardest things Christians face when they step out to share their faith with Muslims is that the conversation almost inevitably veers toward a competitive discussion about which religion is better:  “You think this, but I think this.”  “I’m right and you’re wrong.”  Often you’ll find yourself on the defensive:  “Yes, Jesus did die on the cross…” “Yes, Jesus is the Son of God…” “No, the Bible hasn’t been changed…”  Is there any way to keep your conversation from degrading into an “I’m right and you’re wrong” discussion?

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