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Wednesday, I shared a post I wrote a while back that sums up urban missions in one sentence. Nowadays, urban ministry and mission is an increasingly important topic. In fact, ministry “for the city” is becoming a buzzword in Christian conversations. Just like we know we need to care about the lost in Africa, we need to concern ourselves with our own nation’s cities. They are burgeoning mission fields. Yet, the average evangelical lives in the suburbs and most of our churches are suburban or rural. Many of these churches see the needs for ministry in our growing cities, and…

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When I first moved to the Raleigh area, I stumbled across a little Chinese restaurant near my apartment complex. One afternoon, I walked in to order some General Tso’s. The restaurant was empty, except for the two owners cooking in back and two little children playing in the floor. One was a little boy, about 2 years old, and the other a little girl, about 5 or 6 years old. They had coloring books and a few toys laying around them. Obviously, the two children belonged to the owners. No need for a babysitter if you bring your children to…

Read More Two Lost Aspects of Discipleship

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I recently participated in my church’s women’s retreat. The theme for the retreat was “Story,” focusing on The Story (the gospel), and how we view our own stories in light of the gospel. Scripture lays out one big story of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. The Bible tells us who we are in Christ and what we should do in light of that truth. All of our stories relate to this narrative. By listening to the stories of others, we learn more about God and how He works in a diverse group of people to accomplish one purpose- the salvation…

Read More Knowing Your Roots: The Importance of Missions History

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