A CHRONOLOGY OF EARLY CHRISTIAN HISTORY (October 13, 2020)

The purpose of this timeline is to provide information to students of the Bible about when certain events in the Bible occurred. Please note that I have designated this as “a chronology” rather than “the chronology.” Some uncertainty exists in extrapolating these dates. Moreover, this timeline is a work in progress and will be updated.Continue reading “A CHRONOLOGY OF EARLY CHRISTIAN HISTORY (October 13, 2020)”

How Should MBBs Relate to Islam and Culture?

When Muslims come to Christ, their relationship to their former religion and culture is a crucial question. In many areas, there are no mature Muslim-Background Believers (MBBs) for new MBBs to learn from regarding what it means to follow Jesus. Therefore, they are left to their own devices to determine their relationship with Islam andContinue reading “How Should MBBs Relate to Islam and Culture?”

Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Muslims, Ritual Purity, and the Gospel

Muslims tend to be obsessed with ritual purity. Islam demands this obsession for the person who wants God to hear their prayers. This blog post aims to explain this obsession and discuss the implications of this obsession for sharing the gospel with Muslims. I believe that understanding and framing Scripture in terms of purity issuesContinue reading “Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Muslims, Ritual Purity, and the Gospel”

Pauline Emulation in First Thessalonians

“You yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 1:6 It is my conviction – and that of many missionaries – that missionaries should emulate the apostle Paul in their missionary work. Paul intended for TimothyContinue reading “Pauline Emulation in First Thessalonians”

A Missionary’s Reflection on Paul’s Letter to Philemon

When we look at the New Testament, almost every book has a clear purpose. The Gospels present the life of Jesus. Acts shows the power of the Holy Spirit working through the early believers. Romans presents the gospel in depth. Hebrews demonstrates that Jesus is better. There are a few New Testament books whose purposeContinue reading “A Missionary’s Reflection on Paul’s Letter to Philemon”

Money: The Most Complicated Part of Missions

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10 Without a doubt, financial issues are the most stressful aspect of missionary work for the average Western missionary. Consider the following: In 2012,Continue reading “Money: The Most Complicated Part of Missions”

A Missionary’s Reflection on Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

Paul’s Letter to the Colossians displays his desire to bring the gospel to those who have never heard. Study Paul’s example so that you can follow in his steps!