We shouldn’t be suprised…

December 17, 2008

None of you know David, my brother graced to love Jesus and the peoples of the world. He would rather be on the field, the frontlines of missional living (eating the soup of covert ingredients). But instead he currently leads orphanages in Africa, homeless shelters in Europe, and medical missions in Asia… from the headquarters of his suburban rental home.

Let us not forget that those in heaven who will probably have the greatest rewards will be those of whom we have never heard.

And I must not fail to note that although the Taylors, and Careys, and Judsons are a pleasure to study… they are not my heroes. They are men to learn from and of whom, because of God’s grace, we should gratefully marvel, but these men are not my heroes.

My hero is Joel. And the Joel’s of the Kingdom. The men in my class who enthusiastically plod through doctrine and syntax with a people in mind, a culture, a language, a hope of the nations worshiping Jesus Christ. The men and women whose name will probably never make it into a church history book, and who, for that matter, do not care.

I will teach my children of Taylor and Carey, but I will point them to Joel. And there I will encourage them to marvel at God’s grace. Not only will we read about the Carey’s, but more so I will tell them stories of living with a brother who played his guitar and sung songs with tears in his eyes for a people who need the gospel… who studies and prays and hikes and speaks for God’s glory in Jesus Christ to be ¬†displayed in the hard places.

I want them to learn about Taylor and Carey, but I really want them to be like Joel.

Hudson Taylor

December 15, 2008

And this man too, even greater than his beard was his love for Jesus Christ

Hudson Taylor

It is great that the content of my exam today consists in part of the information regarding this man’s life.

Even greater than his beard was his love for Jesus Christ and his heart for China.

The LORD… should He not?

November 25, 2008

…”And should not I pity Ninevah, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know there right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

The book of Jonah ends with this rhetorical question. God asks Jonah, and He also asks the reader. The open-endedness forces us to answer the question. Are we too, like Jonah, going to be so consumed in God’s goodness to us that we are oblivious or indifferent to the fact that God’s goodness is to be tasted by those from all the nations? From all peoples?

The question that God asks is not to be filed under the “Foreign Missions” section in our brains. God asks this question about people we encounter everyday… the coworker that is hard to work with, the person you commonly pass by on the street that looks a little different than you, the kid who you just don’t feel like talking to right now.

Should He not pity? Should He not show mercy?