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SBC–Illusion of Unity

Posted on June 28, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

There was a great deal of rhetoric appealing for unity preceding and at the recent Southern Baptist Convention. Meanwhile, not so subtle suspicions were being expressed and barbs being cast in articles, blogs and verbal communication toward those perceived of tilting toward reform theology. A vast diversity among those who identify themselves as Southern Baptist […]

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Marketplace Missionaries

Posted on June 14, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Recent research reveals that over the last decade an average of three countries a year close their doors to Christian missionaries. That is based on an unfortunate perception that missionaries are interested only in proselytizing their people, corrupting their youth and disrupting their cultural traditions through enticements to people to change their religion. They don’t […]

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Help That Hurts

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The blog last week on supporting national workers was not meant to be condescending toward those who are serving our Lord in Third World countries at great sacrifice and even suffering for the cause of the gospel. Neither western missionaries nor native evangelists have a corner on effectiveness that comes from the anointing of God’s […]

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Supporting National Workers

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

A significant trend has emerged in recent years to support “native” missionaries, working as evangelists and church planters. The rationale is that local indigenous workers are far more effective than Western missionaries and serve for only a fraction of the cost required to send and support workers from America. There have even been some large […]

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Program or Passion

Posted on May 17, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

One of the reasons churches are not doing more  to reach a lost world is that missions is just another program. Without passion for the mission of God, there will be little motivation to do what it takes to take the gospel to unreached people groups or even to the unsaved in our own community. […]

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If Not Us, Who?

Posted on May 9, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I continue to be amazed at the passive indifference of so many churches to the mission of God. We pour budgets, time and energy into all kinds of programs and ministries for our own born-again fellowships and virtually ignore a lost world. All we have to do is turn on our television to see a […]

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NAMB Deserves Support

Posted on April 26, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It is the season of the year when Southern Baptist churches collect the Annie Armstrong Offering for support of the North American Mission Board. Some include their designated gift to the work of NAMB as a part of a Global Missions campaign at other times of the year or from a proportion of year-round missions […]

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What Do We Leave Behind?

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It has been encouraging to see more and more churches become involved in missions. The trend of short-term volunteer teams going overseas has escalated in the last 30 years with tens of thousands from our churches taking vacation time, raising funds and cashing in savings to go on a mission trip. Obviously, this mobilized resource […]

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Mission and Missions

Posted on March 22, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The meaning of “missions,” as with many other topics is contingent on how one chooses to define it. Most Christians would acknowledge being an advocate and supporter of missions. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 is as well known as any verse of Scripture next to John 3:16. But it is interesting how this activity […]

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Great Commission Baptists

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I was not surprised when the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, upon recommendation of a special task force, decided not to change the name of the denomination. This is an issue that emerges from time to time in the interest of re-branding and removing a provincial connotation to our identity. What was intriguing […]

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