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Five Who Risked It All for the Gospel

through-gates-of-splendorThrough Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot

“For the Auca to have no love for the white man was understandable. Could Christian love wipe out the memories of past treachery and brutality? This was a challenge to Jim and Pete as they hoped to bring the message of God’s love and salvation to these primitive people.”

A few years ago I read Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot (who passed away recently in June 2015), in which she shares the life and writings of her husband Jim Elliott, one of five missionaries who were murdered in the jungles of Ecuador in 1956. I was familiar with the incident, but after reading about the life and heart of Elliot, I really wanted to learn more about how God had moved in the lives of these men, bringing them together in that place. I was interested to learn what kind of men these were who were willing to risk their very lives for a people they didn’t know and had a very good reason to fear. I was curious how their plans came about and what actually transpired on that fateful day. Elisabeth Elliot relates this story in first person in her first book Through Gates of Splendor, which was published the year following the five missionaries’ deaths. Continue reading

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America: a Christian Nation, Like it or Not

One Nation Under God by Dr. David C. Gibbs

Book-OneNationUnderGod-JerryNewcombe-FrontCover-275x423“Although traders, explorers and businessmen also had a hand in the founding of America, historical revisionists cannot erase the fact that the first people who founded colonies in this land were primarily religious nonconformists.”


The statement, “America is a Christian nation,” has become very controversial. One reason this is so is because I think people interpret what it means to be a Christian nation in different ways. I think most of us would agree that what we aren’t saying by that term is that we believe the majority of citizens are Christians. But another reason this statement is controversial is because secular historical revisionists have been on a mission for quite some time to suppress, distort, and completely erase, if possible, all evidence of the religious foundation of this country. In One Nation Under God, David Gibbs, President of the Christian Law Association, sets forth “Ten Things Every Christian Should Know about the Founding of America.” In his Forward to the book, Dr. D. James Kennedy asserts,

There is no doubt that this is a nation which was built upon the Christian faith — that the Lord, indeed, was the God of this nation, that it was founded upon the principles of God’s Word, upon the teachings of Christianity, and for the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ.

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Canons of Dort – What is it?

Canons of DortReady for a little church history lesson? I’d like to recommend an important document that I believe every Christian should be familiar with known as the Canons of Dort (full text available here).

The Canons of Dort is a collection of doctrinal statements that were documented by a committee that assembled in the Netherlands in 1618. When the teachings of Jacob Arminius (1506-1609), a theology professor at Leiden University, were systematized into a document called “The Five Articles of Remonstrance“, controversies arose to such a serious level that they could not be ignored. In Creeds Of Christendom, Philip Schaff wrote,

The controversy was purely theological in its nature, but owing to the intimate connection of Church and State it became inevitably entangled in political issues, and shook the whole country. The Reformed Churches in France, Switzerland, Germany, England, and Scotland took a deep interest in it, and sided, upon the whole, with the Calvinistic party; while the Lutheran Church sympathized to some extent with the Arminian (Vol. I).

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Who is Jesus? Taking a Closer Look

Knowing Christ bookcoverKnowing Christ by Mark Jones

“Put all the pleasures of life such as family, job, recreation music, sports, entertainment, cuisine, and technology in one…Such joys pale in comparison with the delight of knowing Jesus and basking in communion with his person, not just his work!”

In his introduction of Knowing Christ, author Mark Jones states that his purpose for the book is, “to look at the person of Christ and give readers — particularly those in the church — a reason to love him more. We can only love him more by knowing him better,” and by knowing is meant a relational, personal knowledge, not merely intellectual acquaintance. His book is almost like a biography and character study of Jesus, examining the person, qualities, and work of Jesus Christ, both in his divine nature and his human nature. Continue reading

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Why All the Fireworks? A Quick Lesson on the 4th of July

“Civil tyranny is usually small in its beginning, like ‘the drop of a bucket,’ till at length, like a might torrent, or the raging waves of the sea, it bears down all before it, and deluges whole countries and empires . . .” (Jonathan Mayhew, 1749)

4thofJulyI was thinking about what to post related to our national Independence Day holiday, when I came across a video in which an interviewer asked people why we celebrate the Fourth of July. As a person who taught many American Revolution classes for 3rd – 7th graders, the video made me not only very sad, but even somewhat disgusted and ashamed of the ignorance that many of my fellow Americans apparently have regarding this historical event and holiday.

Before watching the video below, take a quick assessment of your own knowledge of Independence Day by seeing if you can answer these questions correctly: Continue reading

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Adoniram Judson: Devoted for Life

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson

To the Golden Shore

There were two worlds, two lives, for each person: this one– brief, narrow, finite; and the hereafter– eternal, limitless, infinite. Fame, to mean anything, should go with one into the next world, where one could enjoy it perpetually.

The motto of every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be “Devoted for life.”

I always find biographies on the lives of missionaries to be fascinating, moving, and inspiring, and Courtney Anderson’s biography on Adoniram Judson, To the Golden Shore, is no exception. Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was sent to Burma (now Myanmar) as the first American foreign missionary in 1812 (at least, the first to be formally sent by an organization; see article below). He traveled there from Salem, Massachusetts, with his wife Ann (or Nancy, as she was commonly called) accompanied by fellow seminary student Luther Rice, and another couple, the Newells. Judson remained in Burma for 33 years before returning to the United States due to health issues facing his family, but after a year he went back to Burma, where he finished his last four years on this earth. Anderson’s account of Judson’s life and work is not only compelling, but also well-researched and well-written. Continue reading

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