Author: Meredith Cook

This is a guest post from seminary student and first-time SBC messenger, Meredith Cooper. She shares her first impressions of the Southern Baptist Convention as someone who had never attended before. For all of you who have never been, this is what you can expect. Last week, I attended the Southern Baptist Convention for the first time. While I am not new to the SBC—I grew up in an SBC church and now attend an SBC seminary—I did not consider myself immersed in the denomination until last year when I became a full-time employee of the seminary. As I learned…

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The following is another guest post by Meredith Cooper. Meredith has been researching the topic of member care for missionaries and recently presented her findings. I wanted you to get a chance to hear from her on the topic. Recently I presented a paper at a regional meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society. In this paper, I argued that the local church should be the center of the missionary sending process and should take responsibility for providing member care to its members who it sends out. The centrality of the church in all aspects of mission is something I am…

Read More Your Church’s Continued Responsibility for its Sent Ones

Peoples Next Door

  Last week I wrote on the importance of showing hospitality to those around us. Hospitality is an important part of displaying Christ’s love, but there is another side to it that gets overlooked. We emphasize showing hospitality, but I think that learning how to receive hospitality is equally important. This is especially true in cross-cultural ministry. As I mentioned briefly in the last post, the highest expression of honor you can show someone of a different culture is to enter their home. It is difficult as Westerners to wrap our minds around this, though. Here are a few things…

Read More Receiving Hospitality as Gospel Ministry: Three Rules to Live By

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