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The famous London Baptist preacher, C. H. Spurgeon said in 1873: “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.” 1  Was he saying that every believer must move overseas and preach the gospel? This would be unlikely and unreasonable because there would be no believers remaining in his or her homeland if this were to occur and some are not physically able. It is more likely that he was saying that the heart of every believer in Christ Jesus must be aligned with the mission of God. All Christians are to be involved in missions: some will go overseas, and some will send others through financial support and continual prayer. In some way, all believers are involved in missions or they are an imposter. 2 On February 10, 1779 William Carey was converted to Christ at a Congregationalist worship service in Hackleton. Prior to his conversion, Carey did not have much of an acquaintance with ministers; therefore, after his conversion he began drawing all of his theology from Scripture

Truth and Goodness in Non-Christian Religions

Can we affirm the presence of truth and goodness in non-Christian religions and, if so, on what basis? “There is no reason to maintain that everything taught by non-Christian religions is false or that there is nothing of value in them.” [1] This statement quoted by Keith Johnson was originally written by Harold Netland, it gives the answer to the question, “Can we affirm the presence of truth and goodness in non-Christian religions?” Most non-Christian religions affirm a form of what is called the golden rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Therefore, the answer is yes, we can affirm the presence of truth and goodness in non-Christian religions. The real question is on what basis?  Keith Johnson explains that there is truth and goodness in non-Christian religions on the basis of general revelation, indirect influence of the Scriptures (special revelation), and common grace. Human beings were created in the image of God; therefore, we long for a relationship with

Book Review: Adoniram Judson

Duesing, Jason G., ed.  Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of The Pioneer American Missionary . Nashville: B & H Academic, 2012. Biographical Sketch of the Editor Jason G. Duesing is the Provost and Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Duesing was previously on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology and Baptist studies in 2008. He also earned a M.Div. at Southeastern Seminary and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas. Dr. Duesing has had several publications beginning in 2007. [1] Summary of Contents A book should be read chronologically from beginning to end but when one explains the purpose, beginning at the end is often more advantages; especially when the ending contains the purpose statement.  Dr. Duesing explains that the purpose of this book a

Eternal Life

In the beginning God created all things You were created in the image of God; Therefore, you are to be perfect as Your heavenly Father is perfect But you are not perfect You have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; Sin is lawlessness Sin is everyone deciding for themselves good and evil  Sin is rebellion against God The penalty for sin is death; Spiritual death, t he separation of the sinner from God Physical death, t he separation of the soul from the body Eternal death, t he abandonment of the soul in hell All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; Therefore, eternal life is a gift g iven by the grace of God alone Received through faith alone In the Son of God, Jesus the Christ alone Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit Jesus was born of the virgin Mary Jesus came into Galilee p reaching the Gospel and  saying, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand  Repent and belie