How much seminary training does a missionary need?

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An old pastors’ adage says, “Those who can’t, go; those who can’t go, teach”—the shortened aphorism for “Those who can’t preach, go to the mission field; those who can’t go to the mission field, teach.” Whoever created this useless and unbiblical proverb deserves appointment as minister of sanitation over church restrooms. This adage contradicts the following truths:

  1. Every man going to the mission field must be able to preach the Word.
  2. No one should go to the mission field as their second or third option for ministry.
  3. Every man who / must be able to preach the Word.
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Why I Am Thankful for the Reformation

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Reformation Day is this coming Tuesday. I have no doubt that you will read many blogs about the importance of what Martin Luther did on October 31, 1517, as well as the glorious results that came from the era of the reformation (approx.. AD 1500—1650). It was an important time in the life of the true church of Jesus Christ. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) had spiritually abused people for 100s of years (and continue to this day) and God had had enough. So He sent a mass of men (Luther, Knox, Calvin, Tyndale, Zwingli, Hus, and others) to expose the abuses of the RCC and to bring God’s truth that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.Continue reading

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Church Discipline in Church History (Part 2)

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ForgivingIn our first installment we addressed the prescription and practice of church discipline and restoration in the Apostolic, 1st Century, Church. In this post we will turn our attention to the second through fourth centuries which brought forth various challenges to the church at large. During this time two African church leaders were at work preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tertullian and Cyprian both ministered in Carthage.

Tertullian was born in Carthage into a likely pagan home. He was the beneficiary of an excellent education which saw him studying law in Rome. While in Rome he was impressed with the courage displayed by condemned Christians which ultimately resulted in his conversion.… Continue reading

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Read….Church History?? Yes!

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Reading has always been an “on-off” thing for me. I will go stretches of time where I LOVE reading. I want to read everything I get my hands on. Then, I will go other stretches of time where I don’t even want to look at a book. I am currently in the midst of one of those I-don’t-want-to-even-see-a-book times. It might have something to do with the fact that I just graduated last May from the rigors of seminary in which some semesters I would be reading over 4,000 pages. My final project for my degree was writing a paper/thesis that was 159pgs.… Continue reading

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