Archive for November, 2011

Steadfast to the End

Posted on November 4, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I never got used to the funerals. Becoming president of the International Mission Board, I envisioned being singularly focused on mission strategy. It was a leadership role to equip and send missionaries to reach a lost world and challenge churches to provide the resources and prayer support needed. But being a large organization of more than 5,000 personnel, the funerals came frequently.

I once conducted three funerals for active missionaries within two weeks. Sometimes it was ministering to staff who lost family and loved ones. I would often write as many as a dozen condolence letters a week. Now that we have retired, we find funerals come regularly in our community. Sometimes it is elderly church members; this week it …

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Lessons from Game Six

Posted on November 2, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Did you see game six in the World Series last Thursday night? Commentators call it the most phenomenal play-off game in history. Being in the eastern time zone in Richmond it was almost 1:00 am when David Freese╩╝s homerun snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat for the St. Louis Cardinals who went on to win the Series the next night.

It began as an unbelievably sloppy game. There had been only three errors in the first five games, but five errors in the early innings cost runs for both teams. The Texas Rangers were one strike away winning the World Series twice, but the Cardinals came back from two runs down with two outs twice to tie the …

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