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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“You Are My People”–How Should We Live?

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slide_jer-7_23God said to Israel, “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people” (Leviticus 26:12 NASU). The middle two phrases present an expression of the covenant relationship between the Lord and His people. In an earlier blog we covered the first major concept (“I will . . . be your God”) and discovered whom we should serve. Now we turn to the second major concept (“you shall be My people”) and how we should live for Him.

Jesus taught His disciples, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).… Continue reading

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Back to the Basics: Scripture’s Clarity

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As I made known in our reintroduction to this feature at Parking Space 23, from time to time we will be pointing you to posts which have been previously published. In most cases we have accomplished this with something called a “Reprise.” What this usually means is the contributor responsible for posting that day has had an extremely busy week; at least that has been the case for me. However, today I am going to do something a little different. Instead of posting a reprise, I am going to point you to this series of postsBack to Basics written by John Chester on the Clarity of Scripture.… Continue reading

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Back to the Basics: The Canon of Scripture

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Back to BasicsMany times when a Christian encounters push back concerning the Faith, it comes in the form of questions and questioning about the Bible. In some of these cases it is a matter of how the Bible came to be recognized, compiled or created. In order to lay some ground work for a better understanding of this subject I would like us to look to the New Testament as an example of how the Bible came to be. The format for this post will be a bit unorthodox as it is presented as a series of questions and answers followed by some recommendations for further study, all for the purpose of taking us Back to the Basics.… Continue reading

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Charles Bridges & Christian Ministry

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Not too long ago a friend asked me if I had ever read Charles Bridges work The Christian Ministry; with An Inquiry into the Causes of its Inefficiency as he and some Bridges bookother men in his local church are going to be reading through it together. I have indeed read this tome, and wrote an overview/review of it while at student at The Master’s Seminary. What follows is a very broad overview of Bridges’ work along with the observations I made upon its first reading and I thought that not only my friend but our readers here at Parking Space 23 might find it useful.… Continue reading

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