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In our evangelistic efforts, are we making disciples of Jesus Christ, or are we merely seeking to get sinners to “make a decision for Christ”?

Judging by the results, it seems obvious that the latter is the case.

In his book, Christ’s Call to Discipleship, James Boice writes,

There is a fatal defect in the life of Christ’s church in the twentieth century: a lack of true discipleship. Discipleship means forsaking everything to follow Christ. But for many of today’s supposed Christians – perhaps the majority – it is the case that while there is much talk about Christ and even much furious activity, there is actually very little following of Christ Himself. And that means in some circles there is very little genuine Christianity. Many who fervently call Him “Lord, Lord” are not Christians (Matthew 7:21). (p.13)

That is a sobering observation.  And, sadly,  it still seems…

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Live Life! God's way

On October 15, 1932 Gladys Aylward sailed from Liverpool, England, for Asia in an effort to bring the gospel to China.  In 1958, her biography, The Small Woman, was made into an award-winning film:  Inn of Sixth Happiness.  

Through a number of years I have met missionaries who have served in China with Overseas Missionary Fellowship (China Inland Mission).   I had the joy of sitting in on an anniversary meeting of the Cheefoo school.  Fascinating!   The work of the gospel in that huge country has been a great God story!

We rejoice in the openings for God’s people to bring the gospel today to this needy country and are excited about the opportunities God has brought to us by bringing Chinese students directly to Canada to learn English, study in our post-secondary institutions, but most important of all to encounter the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Declare HIS glory among the…

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Great Southeastern Prose and Ideas Company

Mitt Romney won the debate tonight.  A lot of observers felt he needed some kind of great zinger or memorable moment in order to prevail.  I disagree.  The Democrats have spent months overplaying their hand by painting Romney as some kind of greedy, capitalist monster.  Millions tuned in to see a very intelligent man who knows his business.  He probably looked a lot better than voters expected, especially those programmed to believe that Republican candidates are dull-witted and unable to handle policy detail.
Though Romney did not have a killing stroke, he came close by proposing a budgetary test that has the potential to stick.  He would ask himself if each program is so important that it justifies borrowing the money from China.  A nice reminder of the profligacy of the federal government.  He also encouraged young voters to see themselves  as the captives of the debt the administration has…

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Great Southeastern Prose and Ideas Company

I attended the wedding of an old friend recently.  He is one of the few among my group of college friends who didn’t marry in the rush to the altar that occurred for most of us between the ages of 21 and 25.  A sizeable group of us gathered after the ceremony to visit.  Virtually everyone there came from the community of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship students who attended Florida colleges in the late 1980’s.  In this case, we had alums from Florida State, Florida, and Stetson University.  

I was impressed by the fact that even those of us who hadn’t known one another directly during that time enjoyed an easy fellowship as we convened around the nuptials of mutual friends.  It occurred to me that the reason for this effortless bonding is that we are the products of a particular time and place.  A Christian Brat Pack, if you…

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