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We landed in Raleigh last night. For those of you who are not aware, this weekend a conference is happening here at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to discuss one of the most important issues facing the church in North America today: how we will discover and engage the scores of internationals coming to our communities with the gospel. The summit is a joint endeavor of several missions agencies, state Baptist conventions, and other organizations who all see the need to train and equip our local churches for cross-cultural ministry right here in our own backyard. If you have read more…

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“Mission True organizations distinguish between guarding the mission and guarding the means” (Mission Drift, p72). That is a quote from a profoundly helpful work called Mission Drift, written by Peter Greer and Christ Horst. The book is designed to help organizations (churches and otherwise) think through the inevitable pressures that draw them off of their mission. For the church especially, this question is of the utmost importance. The book is full of wisdom. The encourages readers to dig past their methods down to the bedrock of their purpose, asking them to clearly identify their mission. After all, your understanding of…

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Here’s a quick list of articles that provide significant research on cities, both in the US and overseas. The global megacity boom This article is a handy little reference. It provides a snapshot of the world’s ten largest cities with total population, per capita GDP, and a reference population from 1975 to demonstrate growth. The article is worth mining for several other factoids as well. New Urbanism isn’t dead – but thanks to climate change, it is evolving This article is a bit in the weeds, but I point it out for one, simple reason. In the past, new urban…

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