Archive for October, 2011

Friends Along the Way

Posted on October 31, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We are home following our last extended road trip this fall and almost constant travel in September and October. We are looking forward to week days at home in Mississippi though weekends will find us continuing to fill engagements promoting the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Tuesday I will be speaking in chapel […]

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Wars and Earthquakes

Posted on October 26, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Another massive earthquake has occurred, this time in Eastern Turkey, only to be followed by one in Northern India. In spite of these isolated locations in restricted access countries, Baptist Global Response is there. BGR serves the International Mission Board and Southern Baptists as a humanitarian organization, recognized by governments around the world. With the […]

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Honeymoon and Homecoming

Posted on October 24, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Okay, so it has been a long time since our actual honeymoon, but speaking engagements last week in Northwest Arkansas did provide the opportunity to spend a couple of nights at Petit Jean State Park where we spent our honeymoon many, many years ago. To say we are still honeymooning after almost 46 years of […]

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Living for His Glory

Posted on October 21, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

There are many impressive characteristics of the Apostle Paul that are worth emulating–his passion, his bold witness, his persuasive wisdom, his compelling vision, etc. But one trait that has always amazed me is his phlegmatic personality. He had such a sense of Godʼs providence that nothing could shake his confidence or deter his commitment to […]

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Distorting Acts 1:8

Posted on October 19, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We invoke several “Great Commission” passages of Scripture to challenge and motivate churches and individuals to give priority to our mission task. I say, “our mission task” as it is something that has been relegated to us as Godʼs people. In reality, however, it is Godʼs mission. God is actively pursuing redeeming a lost world […]

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Mission Networking

Posted on October 17, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We are in Northwest Arkansas this week spending a couple of days at Petit Jean State Park where we spent our honeymoon almost 46 years ago. This is between leading a spiritual warfare seminar over the weekend at Clarksville and speaking at the annual Associational Meeting on Tuesday. More about that later. Meanwhile Bobbye celebrated […]

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Finishing the Course

Posted on October 14, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It would be surprising to find a Southern Baptist who has not heard of Lottie Moon, a 19th century missionary to China for whom the annual mission offering is named. She served for more than 40 years, adopting an austere lifestyle, and died of starvation when she shared her meager rations with the Chinese during […]

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Embracing the Nations

Posted on October 12, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The fact that many peoples of the world have yet to hear the gospel is absolutely unacceptable. More than two thousand years ago our Lord sent out His followers to make disciples of all nations. The word He used did not refer to geo-political countries on our map but the multitudinous ethnic-linguistic races and cultures […]

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CIU and the Zwemer Center

Posted on October 10, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Columbia International University in South Carolina has been quietly making a kingdom impact for 80 years. Originally founded as Columbia Biblical College and Seminary, more than a thousand students are currently enrolled in the various undergraduate, graduate and seminary courses with a passion for living out the schoolʼs theme, “To know Christ and make Him […]

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Why Go?

Posted on October 7, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Why did Jesus tell us to go? After all there are many ways to take the gospel to the nations without actually going. We can send money to support national evangelists to reach their own people and near-neighbor cultures. We can send Bibles and literature to be distributed or sponsor radio broadcasts and other forms […]

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