Author: Keelan Cook

In the last week, a flurry of articles have chimed in on the situation in Charlottesville or on the current cultural temperature that it lays bare. I wrote on Monday of how this attitude affected our local missions over 100 years ago. Today, though, I want to draw everyone’s attention to an excellent piece by Scott Hildreth. Scott directs the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and this piece is on point. Scott digs to what I consider the heart of the matter for the church, namely, how racism impacts our Christ-given commission as local assemblies…

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Peoples Next Door

I have a lot swirling around in my head this morning. I spent this past week compiling a research project and writing an academic article on missionary methods to immigrants around the turn of the nineteenth century. Sounds boring, I know. But if you can get past how that first sounds, it was fascinating, and very, very applicable to today. The period between 1880 and 1920 is often referred to as the first great wave of immigration. That’s when our cities exploded into the sky and literally tens of millions of immigrants landed in America. The era was a whirlwind…

Read More Does our attitude need to be changed? Thoughts after Charlottesville.

Peoples Next Door

For a number of years now the representatives of our foreign missionary societies have been crying with a loud voice for the best talent of America to go into foreign lands. Their cry has been heard, and each year the choicest best-trained young men and women from our various colleges and universities have given themselves heart and soul to that great enterprise. Has the time not come for us to raise our voices in behalf of the needs of our own land? What is necessary to make the church awaken to her great responsibility and duty? She cannot help but…

Read More American churches, we have been here before with immigration.

Peoples Next Door