Gracia Burnham-former hostage survivor.

I finally heard the chapel presentation this week of Gracia Burnham, speaking at my alma mater. She is an amazing addition to my collection of ‘BraveHearts’ striving in this dangerous world for peace and unity; just another Kansas girl caught in a wirlwind.

If your interest is stirred, you may want to hear the live chapel presentation at Calvary Bible College & Seminary in Kansas City. It is among other things, a very transparent transformation that took place in Gracia’s own spirit towards “the enemy”; a revealing look at a Christian’s attitude change toward muslim militants.

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A review of “The Radical Disciple“.  

For some forty years now, I”ve had a growing respect for the faith-tradition known as Anglican, or The Church of England. I often wonder just how many American Christians understand the debt we owe to this tradition whether we are Baptists, Methodists, Nazarenes, Episcopalians, Salvation Army (Sallies) and many other independents that came from the bosom of the English Church.

I don’t mind recording my own debt publically for men like J.I.Packer, J.C.Ryle, Charles and John Wesley, and a host of others from the Anglican Church. One such man who has blessed American churches for those forty years and especially the cause of international evangelism and missions is John Stott. It appears that his final book will be his farewell as far as his written contributions to the churches. Recently I found this great review which I will consider my own tribute to John Stott and his faithfulness to the Biblical gospel of Jesus Christ.

“This is a book you will want to read if you have had any contact with John Stott’s teaching ministry before. Though he is far too humble to say it about himself, it comes from a man who has fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith (2 Tim 4:7). He has not asked us to do anything that he has not modelled first in his own life. It is a fitting farewell from a remarkable servant of God and I pray that his vision of radical discipleship will be fully embraced by the next generation.”

– Mark Heath

Read Mark’s excellent  review of “The Radical Disciple” by John Stott (here).

A ministry-tool available: The Radical Question

yearofpaul

I’ve been having a great time posting on the “Year of St.Paul” and responding to the invitation of Pope Benedict to study afresh with the Catholic Church the contribution this Apostle makes to Christianity.

I have learned many things not only from the Biblical texts but have also learned of the Apostle’s influence on the Catholic renewal that has been going on for some time and is especially seen in the council known as Vatican II. But June 29 is coming around soon and I am hoping to choose another theme that will keep me busy.

EDINBURGH 1910-2010  appears to be a very good candidate. Click here to see the intended outcomes.

In 1910 the first world conference on Protestant Missions was held and this remarkable event led to much of the activity in the 20th century churches not only for world-wide expansion but for the related emphasis on the Biblical theme of UNITY. In fact this conference led directly to the eventual founding of the World Council of Churches. It was a very significant event coming as it did as the build-up for World War I was already underway by many of the same countries that the delegates came from. There is much to review about the first conference and what has happened in Protestant mission since.

Preparations for the Cenntenial celebrations are already far along with four major conferences planned around the world. The excitement is building among the churches and it has caught me in its wave. If you want to inform yourself of some of the things we will have to blog about check-out EDINBURGH 2010:Remembering the past, redefining the future.