I always appreciate Michael Horton's balanced approach to biblical doctrine and theology. Here's one example of how Horton strikes a biblical balance concerning the topics of church, mission, and the work of the Holy Spirit. Note how he explains that we cannot separate the institutional church from work of the Holy Spirit in missions: For… Continue reading The Spirit, the Church, and Mission (Horton)
I'm still making my way through this helpful book: Images of the Church in the New Testament by Paul Minear. One image he talks about is the image of the first fruits. This is a rich theme in the Bible that applies to various concepts in the Old and New Testaments (see Gen 49:3, Ex… Continue reading What Are First Fruits?
I mentioned this book a few years ago: The Mission of God by Christopher Wright. Since it is an excellent resource, I've used it again from time to time in my studies. This morning while studying the "nations" theme in Luke 24:47 (...repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all… Continue reading The Battle Belongs to God! (Wright)
I recently read this fascinating account of 19th century Presbyterian (OPC) missionary Bruce Hunt: For A Testimony. This book is Hunt’s account of his mission work in the Far East in the 1930’s-40’s. Hunt (along with his wife and children) was laboring in Harbin, Manchuria during the Second World War. Hunt, along with other Christians… Continue reading Missions, the Far East, and Bruce Hunt
I recently spoke to a friend about how Jeremiah’s letter (Jer. 29) to the Jewish exiles in Babylon is quite applicable to Christians today – in whatever country they live. I like how Christopher Wright talks about this on pages 99-100 of The Mission of God. Note: I’ve edited it slightly for the purpose of… Continue reading “The Abrahamic Position in Babylon”