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The Missions Podcast

English, Religion, 1 season, 553 episodes, 3 days, 16 hours, 5 minutes
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The Missions Podcast answers hard questions about theology, missions, and practice to help goers think and thinkers go. We are conservative, evangelical, and gospel-centered. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE International, a missions agency with a force of about 1,000 workers serving across 70 countries with a focus on evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
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Christian Nationalism and the Nations: David Schrock and Steve Wellum

Do you embrace or loathe the term “Christian nationalism”? In this episode Alex sits down with David Schrock and Steve Wellum to tackle this hot-button issue through a missiological lens. They explore what the role of Christianity is in contributing to the public policy of a nation, how Christians should approach politics and taking a stand on Christian values, and if we are collectively misunderstanding what it means to be a so-called Christian nationalist. David Schrock is the Pastor of Preaching and Theology at Occoquan Bible Church (Woodbridge, Virginia). Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology (Indianapolis Theological Seminary, Boyce College, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Stephen Wellum is Editor of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology and Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he has taught for 25 years. Together they serve at Christ Over All, a publishing company of pastors and theologians dedicated to helping the Church see Christ as Lord and everything else under his feet. Want to hear more? This week's Overtime episode for Premium Subscribers goes further into defining Christian Nationalism, White-Christian Nationalism, and what the Christian's role in politics should look like. missionspodcast.com/premium. God has already called many people to the mission field, but they need your support to get there. Help someone in Prefield get to where God is calling them by prayerfully supporting their ministry at abwe.org/Prefield. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/16/202444 minutes, 23 seconds
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Every Nation is Religious

In this week's episode, David Schrock and Steve Wellum, talk about Christian Nationalism and how religion shapes culture and laws of that country. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/12/202453 seconds
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What To Know Before You Go: A Conversation with Matt Bennett and Josh Bowman

How do you know that you are ready for the mission field? This week's episode features two return guests, Matt Bennett and Josh Bowman, of Cedarville University, who talk with Alex and Scott about essential wisdom for men looking to get into missions. Together they explore issues of where men find their identity, the typical struggles that men face when they first get on the field, and how men can prepare for the calling that God has on their life. Dr. Matt Bennett is the Associate Professor of Missions and Theology at Cedarville University and has written a number of books on the topic of missology. Dr. Joshua Bowman is the Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology at Cedarville University and has served as a church planter in Zambia with the International Mission Board. Together they co-wrote and edited their new book "Before You Go: Wisdom from Ten Men on Serving Internationally", which released on June 4, 2024. Is God calling you to missions? Do you know where to start? ABWE wants to help give you the tools and opportunities to explore your role in the Great Commission. Start a conversation with us today at abwe.org/SendMe. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/9/202436 minutes, 6 seconds
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Men Struggling With Identity During Their First Year on the Field

In this week's episode, Matt Bennett and Josh Bowman from Cedarville University talk about their new book "Before You Go: Wisdom from Ten Men on Serving Internationally" and the struggles that men face when they get to the mission field. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/5/202449 seconds
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The Land Down Under: Evangelism Challenges in Australia with Russ Matthews

How do we evangelize and disciple modern people in a first-world country like Australia? In this episode, Alex and Scott sit down with ABWE missionary, Russ Matthews, who not only ministers in Australia as a missionary but also uses various platforms of film criticism, creating safe spaces for open dialog, and biblical training. Together they explore how Australia's culture, history, and demographics effect the evangelistic methods and how we can use the things and products of this world to reach others with the gospel. Russ Matthews is an ABWE missionary who has been serving in Australia since 2006. Russ serves alongside the City Bible Forum / Third Space team to grow the opportunities of evangelism in the workplace and broader community. He writes interactive film reviews for Reel Dialogue and develops events/resources for evangelistic outreach. Russ is the author of the book: The Word Becomes Film: A Modern Day Parable That Introduces a Radically Easy Way of Talking About God's Story, and My Maker's Quest: A Cyrus River Adventure. He oversees the ministries of God in 60 Seconds, The Edge and various other projects. Explore your calling to global missions at ABWE's 24-Hour DEMO event. These events, held throughout the year, help individuals and churches explore how they can help fulfill the Great Commission and explore God's calling on their life and church. Learn more at demo.abwe.org. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/2/202433 minutes, 5 seconds
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Secularization and Opportunity in Australia

ABWE missionary Russ Matthews talks about why Australia is a crucial spot for missions.
5/29/202453 seconds
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The Challenges of Worldwide Orphan Ministry with Nicole Wilke

What does effective orphan care look like in the 21st century? In this episode, Alex and Scott sit down with Dr. Nicole Wilke, Director of the Research Center for the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Together, they explore the immense need for orphan care in the world, some of the misconceptions about orphans and orphan care, and how the church can best support people and ministries seeking to care this group of people that is very close to God's heart. Dr. Wilke is a missionary in Peru and has extensive experience in adoption, foster care, residential care, trauma recovery, and cross-cultural ministry. She holds degrees in Psychology, Family Studies, and Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also author of Mission Wise: Scripture, Science, and Serving the World's Most Vulnerable. God is already calling people to the mission field, but they need your support to get there. Commit to supporting the work of PreField missionaries to help them get to the field faster. Visit abwe.org/Prefield Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/26/202444 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Scientific and Spiritual Evidence for Children in Families

This week's guest, Dr. Nicole Wilke from the Christian Alliance for Orphans talks about strategies and reasons for helping "the least of these" in our work.
5/22/202453 seconds
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Exposing the Errors of the ‘Second Great Awakening’ With Paul Davis

Was the Second Great Awakening helpful to the Christian cause? In this episode, Alex and Scott sit down with ABWE President Paul Davis to discuss the lasting effects of Charles Finney in the Second Great Awakening on the church today. As a former pastor and church leader, Paul explores the manipulative tactics in evangelicalism brought on by the Second Great Awakening and why it ultimately damages the Christian witness. In the discussion, we analyze the crucial importance of a proper biblical doctrine of conversion that takes both the head and heart into account—pursuing revival that brings lasting changes and not mere flash-in-the-pan experiences. Read more from Paul Davis at paulldavis.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/19/202438 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is Numbers-Based Evangelism Destroying the Church?

Are we prioritizing numbers over genuine conversions in our evangelistic efforts? Join Alex, Scott, and Paul Davis as they uncover the manipulative tactics of the Second Great Awakening and discuss how true revival demands a deeper, Spirit-led approach. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/15/20241 minute, 11 seconds
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Why Are The Unreached Unreached?

Why are there so many unreached peoples? How should churches missions organizations determine which fields are top priority? In this episode, Alex and Scott discuss the underpinnings of unreached people group methodology and the socio-political factors that influence global missions strategy. From antagonistic governments, to eschatological assumptions, to linguistic and cultural barriers, this episode explores how we must prioritize the lost and see every people group reached with the gospel. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/12/202456 minutes, 7 seconds
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No Drone Strikes in Missions

How do missions agencies determine which fields, nations, and people groups to target for gospel witness? It’s not always a straightforward answer. In this week’s upcoming episode, Alex and Scott explore why. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/8/20241 minute
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Reaching the ‘Reached’ and Challenging Missions Shibboleths: Trevor Holloway Joins

How should mission organizations balance the call to pioneer new frontiers with the need to strengthen existing churches? In this episode, Dr. Trevor Holloway, Director of Mobilization at ABWE and seasoned missionary, challenges traditional approaches to global missions. We delve into strategic shifts required as Christianity expands in the global South, explore the evolving roles of modern missionaries, and examine how historical biblical figures can inform today’s mission strategies. Dr. Holloway brings a wealth of experience from his time as a Baptist missionary in Peru and his extensive academic background in missiology. Throughout our discussion, he offers insights on adapting mission efforts to better support both new and established Christian communities, enhancing theological education, and preparing for the future of missions in Latin America. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation that redefines our perspectives on missionary work in a rapidly changing world. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/5/202435 minutes, 47 seconds
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Shamanism in the Church?

ABWE Mobilization Director Trevor Holloway joins to discuss the challenges faced by the church in Latin America. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/1/20241 minute, 4 seconds
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The Crisis in Manipur, India: Pastor Stephen Shares

What does it mean to keep the faith in the midst of persecution? This episode features Pastor Stephen, a Live Global partner from Manipur, India, discussing the severe challenges faced by Christians in a region marked by religious conflicts. Manipur’s Christians, often caught between competing religious groups, face significant oppression and violence at the hands of their Hindu tribal neighbors. Pastor Stephen delves into how these pressures have shaped the community's identity and spiritual life, even emphasizing the essential role of Christian governance as a hopeful solution for lasting peace. To support Pastor Stephen and the Christian community in Manipur or to explore further about their struggles and triumphs, visit abwe.org/manipur. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/28/202437 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Boldness of the Church in India

Coming up this week: We talk to a pastor enduring persecution in India about what impels him and his flock to persevere. Look for the new episode in your feed Sunday night at 7 pm Eastern. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/24/202446 seconds
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Dawkins, Haiti, and Christendom: A Missions News Rundown

We’ve launched our premium membership! Visit missionspodcast.com/premium to join and gain access to exclusive bonus content. Alex and Scott delve into pressing global headlines and explore their implications for the church worldwide. In this episode, we assess the spiritual and societal challenges faced by believers in various regions and how these events shape mission. Stories covered: Haiti's spiral into gang violence leaves women and children most vulnerable Christian's views on gay marriage lead to tribunal Iran's secret Christians celebrate Easter with fear Eyewitnesses recount deadly attack on Gaza food aid convoy (discussed in the Overtime episode) Curious about finding your role in missions? Discover how at abwe.org/sendme. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/21/202433 minutes, 58 seconds
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Christianity Will Win

Coming up this week: Scott and Alex dive into current global headlines and assess the state of the church across the nations. Tune in for insightful analysis Sunday night at 7 PM when the new episode drops. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/17/202449 seconds
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Beyond Winsomeness: Michael Clary on the Church Planting Movement and Contextualization in an Age of Sexual Confusion

We’ve launched our premium membership! Visit missionspodcast.com/premium to join and gain access to exclusive bonus content. How can the church hold to its foundational truths while effectively engaging in a rapidly shifting cultural landscape? This episode features Michael Clary, a seasoned ministry leader with insights into church planting and cultural engagement. As we delve into topics like the dangers of cultural Marxism within the church and the balance between truth and winsomeness, Clary offers practical wisdom for facing contemporary challenges without compromising the gospel's essence. Michael Clary’s ministry journey spans from CRU involvement at the University of Louisville to co-planting a Louisville church, founding Christ the King Church in Cincinnati, and launching King’s Domain in 2023 with Wade Thomas. His work is dedicated to equipping Christians for contemporary challenges, highlighted in his podcast, Currently Reality, and his book, God's Good Design. For more about Michael Clary, explore his insights and resources at dmichaelclary.com, follow him on X @dmichaelclary, and find his book on Amazon. Join us in empowering the next wave of missionaries by supporting those still in the crucial phase of raising support. Visit abwe.org/prefield. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/14/202442 minutes, 57 seconds
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We’ve Gotten the Missional Thing Backwards

This week: Pastor Michael Clary joins us to analyze the missional movement and talk about what it takes to live faithfully in a negative cultural context. Tune in Sunday night! Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/11/202442 seconds
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Cloud of Witnesses Ep. 5: Surrendering to the Lord’s Leading

Dear listener: our aim is to continue to equip you with exceptional content from the Lord’s global harvest. That's why, for the next five weeks, every Wednesday, we're introducing a new crossover show to the main feed: Cloud of Witnesses. Released last year, Cloud of Witnesses is now being made available to the broader community. You can listen to all ten episodes on-demand at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com, or search for it in your podcast feed. Alternatively, you can continue tuning in every Wednesday for the next five weeks to The Missions Podcast feed to get a taste of this enriching show now. Also, keep an eye out for Season 2 of Cloud of Witnesses, premiering later this year. We'll recount the stories of faithful missionaries from the past generation whose zeal, boldness, and perseverance challenge us in our complacency and encourage us to stay faithful. We hope you enjoy this journey through the lives of those who've gone before us, bearing witness to the faithfulness of God. Original show notes: On this episode of Cloud of Witnesses, we hear the story of Gib and Marilyn Dickenson, who served in the West African country of Togo for 36 years. Gib and Marilyn share their experience of moving to Togo, which had recently opened to missionaries at the time, and the process of leading churches to become self-sustainable. Through three decades in Togo, the Dickensons learned to lean on God when unexpected changes and directions came their way. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/10/202432 minutes, 40 seconds
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A Crisis in Evangelism? A Conversation With Paul Akin

We’ve launched our premium membership! Visit missionspodcast.com/premium to join and gain access to exclusive bonus content. In this episode of The Missions Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Paul Akin, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, to discuss the critical and evolving landscape of evangelism in today’s rapidly changing culture. With a rich background in missions, having served in Africa and the Middle East, and his current leadership roles, Dr. Akin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the conversation. You can hear him regularly on Amazon to the Himalayas Podcast on Southern Equip. Also mentioned in the show: use promo code PODCAST to get $10 off your registration for the 24-Hour Demo at ABWE. Simply visit demo.abwe.org to learn more and sign up. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/7/202444 minutes, 17 seconds
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The 747 Principle

Coming up this Sunday: Paul Akin joins to do a deep dive on personal evangelism in an increasingly negative world. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/4/202450 seconds
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Cloud of Witnesses Ep. 4: Focusing on the Family

Dear listener: our aim is to continue to equip you with exceptional content from the Lord’s global harvest. That's why, for the next five weeks, every Wednesday, we're introducing a new crossover show to the main feed: Cloud of Witnesses. Released last year, Cloud of Witnesses is now being made available to the broader community. You can listen to all ten episodes on-demand at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com, or search for it in your podcast feed. Alternatively, you can continue tuning in every Wednesday for the next five weeks to The Missions Podcast feed to get a taste of this enriching show now. Also, keep an eye out for Season 2 of Cloud of Witnesses, premiering later this year. We'll recount the stories of faithful missionaries from the past generation whose zeal, boldness, and perseverance challenge us in our complacency and encourage us to stay faithful. We hope you enjoy this journey through the lives of those who've gone before us, bearing witness to the faithfulness of God. Original show notes: In this enriching episode of Cloud of Witnesses, we delve into the nearly four-decade-long ministry journey of ABWE missionaries Dave and Becky Nelson, who devoted their lives to mission aviation and administrative roles in the Philippines. For Becky, missions wasn’t just an overseas endeavor but started right at home, focusing on raising her children in the faith. As the years unfolded, the Lord led them from aviation to administration and even pastoring, always prioritizing family unity. Through all the shifts in vocation and location, Dave and Becky remained steadfast in their calling, illustrating that wherever you are, God will utilize you in his grand plan. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/3/202431 minutes, 5 seconds
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Globalization and Blind Spots: Dr. Craig Ott on Contextualization

We’ve launched our premium membership! Visit missionspodcast.com/premium to join and gain access to exclusive bonus content. Join us in empowering the next wave of missionaries by supporting those still in the crucial phase of raising support. Visit abwe.org/prefield. In this compelling episode, we delve into the complexities and challenges of contextualizing the gospel in a rapidly globalizing world with Dr. Craig Ott, a leading voice in mission and intercultural studies. Dr. Ott shares his insights on the impact of globalization on Christian missions, the pivotal importance of contextualization without compromise, and the future trends that are shaping cross-cultural missions. Dr. Craig Ott is the Professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he also directs the PhD program in intercultural studies. With over twenty-one years of service in Germany with ReachGlobal, Dr. Ott brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the field of Christian missions. He is the author and editor of numerous publications, including the recent The Church on Mission: A Biblical Vision for Transformation among All People. His areas of expertise encompass theology of mission, church planting, and teaching across cultures, making him a respected figure in the mission community. Discover more about Dr. Ott’s work through his publications on Amazon, connect with him via email at [email protected], or learn more about his academic contributions at Trinity International University. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/31/202444 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Future of the Missionary Workforce

Coming up this Sunday: Dr. Craig Ott joins us to discuss the shifting tectonics of the global church and what it means for missions. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/28/202453 seconds
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Cloud of Witnesses Ep. 3: Staying Faithful Where You’re Called

Dear listener: our aim is to continue to equip you with exceptional content from the Lord’s global harvest. That's why, for the next five weeks, every Wednesday, we're introducing a new crossover show to the main feed: Cloud of Witnesses. Released last year, Cloud of Witnesses is now being made available to the broader community. You can listen to all ten episodes on-demand at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com, or search for it in your podcast feed. Alternatively, you can continue tuning in every Wednesday for the next five weeks to The Missions Podcast feed to get a taste of this enriching show now. Also, keep an eye out for Season 2 of Cloud of Witnesses, premiering later this year. We'll recount the stories of faithful missionaries from the past generation whose zeal, boldness, and perseverance challenge us in our complacency and encourage us to stay faithful. We hope you enjoy this journey through the lives of those who've gone before us, bearing witness to the faithfulness of God. Original show notes: On this episode of Cloud of Witnesses, we hear from Rosie Stoner, who served with her late husband Bill for 39 years as missionaries with ABWE in several countries. Rosie and Bill served faithfully with ABWE in Chile, Spain, the United States, and Budapest. Rosie shares her personal struggles through a miscarriage and how that shaped her trust in Jesus and later discusses how she and Bill followed Jesus’ instructions to love by reaching many who were involved in drugs and alcohol. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/27/202438 minutes, 59 seconds
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What Every Missionary Needs to Know About Language Acquisition: Jim Ruff Explains

We’ve launched our premium membership! Visit missionspodcast.com/premium to join and gain access to exclusive bonus content. In this insightful episode, we explore the complex and often challenging journey of language learning for missionaries. Our guest, Jim Ruff, delves into a series of probing questions that shed light on common pitfalls, strategic decisions, and the spiritual dimensions of acquiring new languages in the mission field. Key questions include: What is the most significant mistake missionaries make while attempting to master a new language? In the context of global homogenization and the reliance on lingua francas, is there still a necessity to learn local dialects? How does learning grammar and languages impact one’s ability to interpret Scripture, preach effectively, and enhance overall communication skills? Should non-missionaries consider embarking on the journey of learning a foreign language, and if so, why realistically? How can God use missionaries despite their fears of imperfection in language skills and the occasional missteps in communication? Join us as we navigate the intricacies of language acquisition in missionary work, offering practical advice, theological reflections, and motivational insights for both current and aspiring missionaries. Whether you're in the field, considering missions, or simply curious about the role of language in ministry, this episode promises to enrich your understanding and inspire your journey. Jim Ruff, D.Min., is a retired missionary to Japan (20 years) and a trainer and associate director of training for ABWE for over 14 years.  With his wife, he served for a term in church planting in the Chicago area. He is the author of one of the ABWE Bible courses and serves as a proctor for missionaries taking the Methods of Bible Study course. He has been an adjunct professor at Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit University, for 7 years.  He and his wife, Jan, have 3 married children and 12 grandchildren. Hear more from Jim on his website. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/24/202445 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why Language Learning Is Everything

Coming up this week: Jim Ruff joins to discuss the dos and don’ts of language learning. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/21/202453 seconds
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Cloud of Witnesses Ep. 2: Flying by Faith

Dear listener: our aim is to continue to equip you with exceptional content from the Lord’s global harvest. That's why, for the next five weeks, every Wednesday, we're introducing a new crossover show to the main feed: Cloud of Witnesses. Released last year, Cloud of Witnesses is now being made available to the broader community. You can listen to all ten episodes on-demand at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com, or search for it in your podcast feed. Alternatively, you can continue tuning in every Wednesday for the next five weeks to The Missions Podcast feed to get a taste of this enriching show now. Also, keep an eye out for Season 2 of Cloud of Witnesses, premiering later this year. We'll recount the stories of faithful missionaries from the past generation whose zeal, boldness, and perseverance challenge us in our complacency and encourage us to stay faithful. We hope you enjoy this journey through the lives of those who've gone before us, bearing witness to the faithfulness of God. Original show notes: In this episode of Cloud of Witnesses, we hear from missionary pilot Steve Aholt, and his wife Sandy, who served in Papua New Guinea for 24 years in missionary aviation. Steve and Sandy share incredible stories of seeing God’s faithfulness firsthand while serving the people of Papa New Guinea and opening up about experiencing the devastating loss of their son, who was living in the United States while they were overseas. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/20/202434 minutes, 40 seconds
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Evangelism, Media, and Saving the Unborn With Jon Speed

This week, we delve into the crucial intersection of missions, evangelism, and the pro-life movement with Jon Speed, pastor of missions and evangelism at By the Word Baptist Church in Azle, Texas. Jon brings a unique perspective on why the fight for the unborn is not just a political issue but a gospel imperative for believers across the nation. We explore the current state of the national pro-life movement, the vital ministry outside abortion clinics, and the seamless integration of evangelism with deeds of mercy. Later, Jon challenges the notion that media and entertainment are mere distractions, urging Christians to engage these domains as mission fields. This conversation is a clarion call for believers to embody the gospel in every area of life, including the public square and the realm of culture and media. Jon Speed is not only a pastor but also an entrepreneur, author, and filmmaker with a heart for the unborn. His 2019 stand against abortion catapulted him onto national platforms such as Fox News, highlighting his commitment to life ministry outside abortion mills. Jon's book, Evangelism in the New Testament (2009), and his involvement in the films Babies Are Murdered Here (2014) and Babies Are Still Murdered Here (2019), showcase his dedication to proclaiming truth and life. As a founding partner of Loor.tv, a Christian streaming service, Jon continues to influence the culture for Christ. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/17/202439 minutes, 20 seconds
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Cloud of Witnesses Ep. 1: Serving Through Suffering

Dear listener: our aim is to continue to equip you with exceptional content from the Lord’s global harvest. That's why, for the next five weeks, every Wednesday, we're introducing a new crossover show to the main feed: Cloud of Witnesses. Released last year, Cloud of Witnesses is now being made available to the broader community. You can listen to all ten episodes on-demand at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com, or search for it in your podcast feed. Alternatively, you can continue tuning in every Wednesday for the next five weeks to The Missions Podcast feed to get a taste of this enriching show now. Also, keep an eye out for Season 2 of Cloud of Witnesses, premiering later this year. We'll recount the stories of faithful missionaries from the past generation whose zeal, boldness, and perseverance challenge us in our complacency and encourage us to stay faithful. We hope you enjoy this journey through the lives of those who've gone before us, bearing witness to the faithfulness of God. Original show notes: In this pilot episode, we hear the story of Tim Bahula, from ABWE Canada, who served with his wife in Trinidad and Tobago for eight years. While home on furlough, the Bahula’s received the unexpected and devastating news that Jane had been diagnosed with cancer, and within months passed away. Tim opens up about the struggles of resuming life without Jane and discovering the importance of leaning on church family and friends when you’re going through hardships. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/15/202430 minutes
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The Problem With the Pro-Life Movement

Coming this week: pastor and pro-life minister Jon Speed joins us to discuss what it truly means to engage in life-saving work with a gospel-driven, missionary mindset. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is powered by ABWE. Learn more and take your next step in the Great Commission at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/13/202445 seconds
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Who Was John Nevius? Joshua Bowman on the Missionary to China and Three-Self Missiology

Who was John Nevius, and why does his legacy continue to influence missions today? In this captivating episode of The Missions Podcast, we delve into the life and groundbreaking work of John Nevius with the insights of Joshua Bowman, a seasoned missionary with extensive experience in Zambia and South Asia, and currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology at Cedarville University. Bowman sheds light on Nevius’ remarkable contributions and critiques of missionary strategies in China over a century ago. Together, we discuss Nevius’ three-self approach advocating for self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating churches and its vital relevance to contemporary missions. Join us for an engaging conversation that not only honors a pioneering figure in missions history but also explores the lasting impact of his methods on the spread of the gospel today. Resources mentioned in this episode: The Planting And Development Of Missionary Churches (John Nevius) The ‘Nevius Method’: Retrieving Theological and Missiological Criteria for Money in Missions (Joshua Bowman) Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/10/202432 minutes, 44 seconds
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Coming Up: Who Was John Nevius?

This Sunday, Joshua Bowman of Cedarville University joins us to discuss an unsung missionary hero. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/6/202449 seconds
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Preserving Missionary Fervor in Our Lives and Institutions: Brooks Buser and Pat Daly Discuss ‘Missionary’

Brooks Buser of Radius International has been galavanting around the world on pilgrimage, touring the sites connected with six famed, historic missionary heroes in the filming process for a new documentary series. What did he learn in the process about the mettle needed for the missionary task? Brooks joins Alex to discuss, along with Pat Daly of Greenville Seminary, what it means to keep the Great Commission flame alive in our lives, our churches, and our Christian institutions. Learn more about Missionary, the new docuseries and conference taking place in October 2024, at missionary.net. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/4/202436 minutes, 17 seconds
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Building Missional Institutions

Coming up this week, we’re joined by Brooks Buser and Pat Daly to discuss what it takes to build sacrificial, faithful, mission-minded churches, educational institutions, and families. Tune in Sunday night at 7 p.m. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/28/202446 seconds
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Paul Planted, Apollos Watered, but God: Chris Sadowitz on Weakness in Missions

In this insightful episode of the Missions Podcast, we explore a critical question at the heart of Christian ministry: What does it mean to be vulnerable in ministry, and how does it affect our approach to the mission field? We delve into the biblical principle that while Paul planted and Apollos watered, it was God who gave the growth, emphasizing the significance of vulnerability and interdependence in the spread of the gospel. Through a discussion on the application of these concepts across different cultures, the importance of humility in our communication, and the role of the fear of the Lord in shaping our vulnerability, this episode challenges our assumptions about leadership in missions. Joining us is Chris Sadowitz, a missionary pastor serving in Japan with ABWE, adjunct professor at the Asia Biblical Theological Seminary in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and co-editor of Paul Planted, Apollos Watered, but God: Vulnerable Weakness in Ministry & Mission. Also: be sure to enter our giveaway for one of three copies of An Introduction to the Science of Missions by J.H. Bavinck! Enter the drawing at missionspodcast.com/book. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/26/202430 minutes, 12 seconds
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Thank God for Thomas

Coming up this week: We sit down with ABWE missionary, pastor, and recent author Chris Sadowitz to discuss how God uses our weakness in ministry. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/22/202426 seconds
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Mailbag: Neglecting the Unreached and Fighting Heresy

In this episode, we tackle two pivotal topics at the heart of global missions. We begin by responding to one friendly criticism and exploring the nuanced definition of “reached,” emphasizing the importance of not just making contact with the unreached but ensuring every nation, tribe, and people group has a fully mature body of believers. Following this, we delve into the pressing issue of maintaining doctrinal integrity in mission fields, particularly in regions like the Middle East where there is often a disconnect from church history. We discuss the risks of neglecting historic Christian creeds to prevent the spread of theological errors in cross-cultural missions. Also: be sure to enter our giveaway for one of three copies of An Introduction to the Science of Missions by J.H. Bavinck! Enter the drawing at missionspodcast.com/book. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/19/202440 minutes, 15 seconds
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Many Teachers, Few Fathers

This week, we dig into the mailbag and talk about a variety of timely missions topics, including the tension between pursuing the unreached and continually discipling the reached. New episode drops Sunday at 7 PM Eastern. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/14/202448 seconds
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Ludwig Krapf: Who He Was and Why You’ve Never Heard of Him

Dive into the transformative legacy of Ludwig Krapf, a figure whose pioneering translation work and partnerships in missions laid foundational stones for the gospel's spread in East Africa. Krapf's enduring impact questions how we view mission work today, inviting us to explore the deep roots of faith across continents. His story is not just a historical footnote—it’s a call to understand the significance of cultural and linguistic bridges in spreading the gospel. Aaron Dunlop's life journey intertwines with the spiritual legacy of figures like Krapf. Growing up in Northern Ireland and enriched by diverse academic and pastoral experiences from Bible College in his homeland to Applied Linguistics at Trinity Western University and theology at Geneva Reformed Seminary, Aaron's path led him from pastoral roles in Jamaica and British Columbia to teaching in Kenya. Now, as the founder of The Krapf Project and back in Northern Ireland, Aaron, alongside his wife Grace and their five children, continues to embody the mission's spirit, fostering a culture of reading and theological education in East Africa. Discover more about Aaron's work and The Krapf Project's vision at krapfproject.com and thinkgospel.com. Also: be sure to enter our giveaway for one of three copies of An Introduction to the Science of Missions by J.H. Bavinck! Enter the drawing at missionspodcast.com/book. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/12/202433 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Surprising Reason Swahili Uses Roman Script

Tune in to this week’s upcoming episode to learn more about the linguistic legacy of little-known missionary treasure Ludwig Krapf from our guest, Aaron Dunlop. Also: be sure to enter our giveaway for one of three copies of An Introduction to the Science of Missions by J.H. Bavinck! Enter the drawing at missionspodcast.com/book. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/7/202432 seconds
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Demonology for the Global Church: Scott MacDonald on a Biblical Approach to the Unseen Realm

We delve into the intriguing world of demonology with Scott D. MacDonald, author of Demonology for the Global Church: A Biblical Approach in a Multicultural Age. As a former missionary instructor and now an associate professor of theology, Scott brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences in the field and academia. We explore the challenges missionaries face in different cultural contexts concerning demonology, addressing global perspectives, skepticism, and the balance between empiricism and anti-empiricism. Scott also sheds light on how various global church communities perceive and respond to the theology of demonology, emphasizing the ongoing relevance and presence of demonic forces in our world today. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of spiritual warfare and the unseen realm within a multicultural, global church context. Scott MacDonald serves as associate professor of theology with the Canadian Baptist Theological Seminary and College in Cochrane, Alberta. He enjoys exploring issues pertaining to biblical demonology, global theology, Byang Kato, pneumatology, spiritual warfare, and multicultural communities. Scott is married to Michal, and they have four children. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/5/202445 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why You Should Reject Dualism

Coming up this week: We talk to Scott D. MacDonald, author of Demonology for the Global Church: A Biblical Approach in a Multicultural Age, on spiritual warfare, the unseen realm, and why we should reject bifurcated thinking about the physical versus the supernatural. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/31/202453 seconds
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What’s Happening in Global Theological Education in 2024: Dr. Michael Ortiz Speaks

Much of the global church is in need of the West’s riches in terms of biblical and theological training. But how is increasing indigenization of global Christian movements changing the landscape of theological education worldwide? In this enlightening episode of The Missions Podcast, we sit down with Michael Ortiz, a renowned figure in global theological education. Mike delves into the pressing need for theological education to evolve amidst diverse global cultures, discussing the pivotal role institutions like DTS en Español play in shaping Christian leadership worldwide. He shares his vision for the future of global theological education, exploring its profound impact on mission work and how it can be a catalyst for change in a rapidly shifting world. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of faith, education, and global missions. Dr. Ortiz, a New York City native and son of Cuban immigrants, embraced Christianity following his legal career in Florida. He holds a ThM from DTS and a PhD from SETECA, specializing in theological education in Spanish-speaking regions, particularly Cuba. At Dallas Theological Seminary, he serves as Vice President for Global Ministries and Associate Professor of Missiology & Intercultural Ministries. He founded DTS en Español and currently leads the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education, making significant contributions to global theological education. A frequent speaker on these subjects, Dr. Ortiz is married to Kathy, with whom he has two adult children, and retains his Florida Bar license. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/29/202437 minutes, 57 seconds
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Why You Must Measure Impact, Not Just Activity

Dr. Michael Ortiz joins Scott Dunford in this week’s upcoming episode to talk about the latest trends taking place in the world of international theological education. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/24/202441 seconds
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Virtuous Persuasion: Redefining Missions With Michael Niebauer

In this insightful episode, Michael Niebauer, pastor and director of Heritage Mission, delves into the heart of Christian missions. He eloquently discusses the essential elements of virtuous practice, proclamation, and gathering in missions, redefining skilled missionary work as following Christ rather than just mastering techniques. Niebauer also critically evaluates three popular models of missions, offering profound insights into their effectiveness and alignment with biblical principles. Michael Niebauer is the author of Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Mission, a Christianity Today Book Award finalist and Outreach Magazine’s 2022 Missional Resource of the Year. Michael holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University, specializing in Christian Ethics and Missiology. He contributes regularly to Christian journals and hosts the Christian catechesis podcast  Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/22/202445 minutes, 26 seconds
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Doing Ethical Missions

What does the study of ethics have to do with the missionary task? Everything, according to this week’s guest, Dr. Michael Niebauer, author of Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/17/202453 seconds
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The Persecuted Church in Nigeria With Judd Saul

In this episode, we delve into the harrowing reality of Christian persecution in Nigeria. Our guest, Judd Saul, brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into the recent Christmas attacks in Plateau State, where scores of Christians were brutally massacred. As we unpack the details of these attacks, we explore the complex web of religious, political, and social factors that contribute to the ongoing strife in this region. Our conversation extends beyond the surface, examining the underlying causes of these attacks, particularly the role of radicalized groups and the response of the Nigerian government. Judd’s firsthand experience offers a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by Nigerian Christians and the resilience they exhibit in the face of adversity. Judd Saul, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, family man, entrepreneur, and dedicated missionary, has been profoundly involved in Nigeria since a transformative mission trip in 2011 with his grandfather, Duane Wessels. Married to Sherry and a father to five children, Judd has witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by Nigerian Christians. He has committed over a decade to ministering in Nigeria, visiting 3-4 times annually. Recognizing the escalating attacks on Christians and the limited response from existing missions, Judd founded Equipping the Persecuted, a proactive organization supported by a team of experienced pastors, missionaries, and supporters. This organization focuses on both prevention and aftercare for persecuted Christians, establishing a local, effective response to the crisis in Nigeria. This show is brought to you in part through partnership with Midwestern Seminary. Learn more about Midwestern and their For the Church Institute at ftcinstitute.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/15/202432 minutes, 30 seconds
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Islamic Takeover of Africa?

Coming up this week: We talk with an expert on Christian persecution in Nigeria about the state of the church in Nigeria and beyond. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/12/202445 seconds
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A Theology of the Cross in Missions: Tim Bertolet Explains

Join Scott and Alex for a profound discussion with ABWE’s own Tim Bertolet, focusing on the motivations in ministry: are we seeking personal glory or glorifying the Lord? Delving into Martin Luther’s distinction between the theology of glory and the theology of the cross, this episode examines its impact on evangelical missions and Christian living. We’ll explore how this theology shapes our ministry approach, why it’s often overlooked in seminary education, and practical steps for believers to embrace it in their lives. This show is brought to you in part through partnership with Midwestern Seminary. Learn more about Midwestern and their For the Church Institute at ftcinstitute.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/8/202456 minutes, 3 seconds
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Who Are We Boasting In?

Coming this week: Scott and Alex sit down with ABWE’s own Tim Bertolet to explore an ever-important topic—our motivations in ministry. Are we boasting in ourselves, or in the Lord? And what can we learn from Martin Luther’s paradigm of a theology of glory versus a theology of the cross? Tune in on Sunday night to find out. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/4/202448 seconds
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New Year’s Eve Countdown: Must-Read Missions Books for 2024

The tradition is back! In this compelling episode, Chris Howles of For Every Nation joins the discussion to unveil his top 10 missions books to read in 2024. This episode is a treasure trove for anyone engaged in or interested in missions, offering insights that blend deep theological understanding with practical application in the mission field. A must-listen for those seeking to deepen their grasp of global missionary endeavors. 40 Questions About the Great Commission by Daniel Akin, Benjamin Merkle & George Robinson (Kregel Academic, 2020) The Sending Church Defined – 2nd edition by Bradley Bell (Upstream Collective, 2020) Global Humility: Attitudes for Mission by Andy McCullough (Malcolm Down Publishing Ltd, 2017) Global Christianity: A Guide to the World’s Largest Religion from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe by Gina Zurlo (Zondervan, 2022) Apostolic Imagination: Recovering a Biblical Vision for the Church's Mission Today by J. D. Payne (Baker Academic, 2022) Re-imagining Short-Term Missions Edited by Forrest Inslee & Angel Burns (Wipf and Stock, 2022) Reading Hebrews Missiologically: The Missionary Motive, Message, and Methods of Hebrews Edited by Abeneazer G. Urga, Edward L. Smither, & Linda P. Saunders (William Carey Publishing, 2023) Mission Between the Times by C. René Padilla (Langham Books, 2010) Migration and the Making of Global Christianity by Jehu J. Hanciles (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2021) Their Rock Is Not Like Our Rock: A Theology of Religions by Daniel Strange (Zondervan, 2015) This show is brought to you in part through partnership with Midwestern Seminary. Learn more about Midwestern and their For the Church Institute at ftcinstitute.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/1/202446 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why Christianity Is Altogether Unique

Coming up this week: Our friend Chris Howles returns to the show to count down his top ten missiological books for 2024 and what they have to say to the global church. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/28/202345 seconds
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Christmas Year in Review: Top Episodes, World Events, and Lessons Learned

In this special Christmas episode of The Missions Podcast, we take a moment to reflect on the past year, celebrating God’s unwavering guidance and the impactful conversations that have touched our hearts and minds. We revisit the best episodes of the year, shedding light on the valuable lessons and inspiring experiences that have deepened our understanding of missions. The episode also delves into the most significant global changes affecting missions, exploring their implications for ministry. We share the personal lessons God has taught us this year, which have enriched our faith and dedication to his work. Our Christmas meditations bring into focus the enduring hope and joy we find in Christ, the heart of our celebration. Looking ahead with excitement to 2024, we eagerly anticipate what God has in store for us. Join us in this episode as we honor the birth of our Savior and prepare for another year of commitment to the mission. To download this year’s globally focused Christmas devotional from the team at ABWE, click here. This show is brought to you in part through partnership with Midwestern Seminary. Learn more about Midwestern and their For the Church Institute at ftcinstitute.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/25/202346 minutes, 51 seconds
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Do Scott and Alex Disagree?

Coming up this week’s Christmas roundup: We debrief the past year of podcasts, including… times when Alex and Scott didn’t see eye to eye? We know it’s shocking. Tune in Sunday at 7 p.m. to have all your questions answered. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/20/202328 seconds
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Doing Honest Missions History With Ed Smither

In this conversation with Ed Smither, we delve into the evangelical tradition of honoring figures like William Carey and Lottie Moon, exploring how we can respect the past without veering into hagiography. Key discussion points include uncovering lesser-known missionaries who inspire, acknowledging the failures of past missions, and learning from historical examples, including Roman Catholic missionary monks. Ed also shares insights from his latest book, Missionary Monks, and the vital lessons modern evangelicals can glean from their legacy. Ed Smither is professor of intercultural studies and history of global Christianity, and dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University. He served for 14 years in intercultural ministry in France, North Africa, and the U.S. His books include Christian Martyrdom (2020), Christian Mission: A Concise Global History (2019), and Mission in the Early Church (2014). This show is brought to you in part through partnership with Midwestern Seminary. Learn more about Midwestern and their For the Church Institute at ftcinstitute.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/18/202335 minutes, 54 seconds
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Missionary Monks?

Coming up this week: Ed Smither explains what evangelical missionaries today can learn from the monastic movements of Christendom, despite theological disagreements. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/14/202345 seconds
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Voddie Baucham on Education, Mission, and Christian Culture-Building

In this dynamic episode of The Missions Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Voddie Baucham to explore the intersection of education, mission, and Christian culture-building. Dr. Baucham, a respected figure in pastoral work and theological education, currently shaping minds at the African Christian University in Zambia, brings his unique perspective to the table. The discussion navigates through his journey from a non-Christian background to becoming a key influencer in Christian education. We examine how classical Christian education serves as a cornerstone for establishing a robust Christian culture, going beyond mere constitutional declarations of Christianity, as exemplified by Zambia. Delving into the cultural and spiritual landscapes of Zambia and the United States, Dr. Baucham shares the significant challenges and triumphs of his ministry, and how these experiences have shaped his approach to discipleship and theological education. Dr. Voddie T. Baucham, Jr. is a former pastor, church planter, author, and professor, currently lecturing at the African Christian University in Zambia. Raised in a non-Christian home, he converted during college, leading to a distinctive approach in his teachings. Baucham is known for addressing a range of topics, from biblical interpretation to social issues, emphasizing the Bible's relevance to everyday life. He holds degrees from several institutions, including a D.Min. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, Baucham is a martial artist, having opened a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Zambia. He and his wife, Bridget, are parents to nine children and three grandchildren. This show is brought to you in part through partnership with Midwestern Seminary. Learn more about Midwestern and their For the Church Institute at ftcinstitute.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/11/202344 minutes, 12 seconds
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Voddie: Missionaries Aren’t All ‘Green Berets’

Is missions only for the elite few? Or is there more to being a part of the mission of God, even from the pew? It’s one of the many topics coming up in this Sunday’s conversation with Dr. Voddie Baucham. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/7/202339 seconds
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More Modern Lessons From Medieval Missions With Glenn Sunshine

In part two of our insightful discussion with Dr. Glenn Sunshine, we shift our focus to the present, exploring the practical lessons that today's evangelicals can learn from medieval missionary endeavors. Dr. Sunshine, drawing from his extensive study of Christian history, highlights how the methodologies and theological understandings of early missionaries like Saints Boniface and Patrick can inform and inspire current global missions. This episode offers a unique perspective on engaging diverse cultures and contexts, emphasizing the timeless relevance and impact of medieval missions in contemporary evangelism. Dr. Glenn Sunshine, a respected historian and Christian thinker, is the president of Every Square Inch Ministries and a retired professor from Central Connecticut State University. His work with Reflections Ministries and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview has made significant contributions to understanding the Christian worldview. He is the author of several books, including 32 Christians Who Changed Their World, and a cohost on The Theology Pugcast. Dr. Sunshine's global teaching and speaking roles underscore his commitment to applying historical wisdom to modern Christian life​. This show is brought to you in part through partnership with Midwestern Seminary. Learn more about Midwestern and their For the Church Institute at ftcinstitute.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/4/202329 minutes, 31 seconds
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Unlearning Myths About Colonialism

Did earlier generations of Protestants truly fail at the missionary task, as we’ve often been led to believe? This week, we resume our conversation with Glenn Sunshine as we glean lessons from church history for today’s missions endeavors. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/29/202357 seconds
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Medieval Missions Explored: Boniface, Patrick, and More With Glenn Sunshine

Part one of our engaging conversation with Dr. Glenn Sunshine takes us into the heart of medieval missions, focusing on influential figures like Saint Boniface and Saint Patrick. Dr. Sunshine, with his deep knowledge of European history, paints a vivid picture of the missionary landscape during the early medieval period. This episode delves into the strategies, theological perspectives, and historical contexts that defined this era, contrasting them with later missionary movements. Discover the rich heritage and the often-overlooked depth of medieval missions, and understand the misconceptions surrounding these pivotal moments in Christian history. Dr. Glenn Sunshine, the founder and president of Every Square Inch Ministries, is a retired professor of European history from Central Connecticut State University. As a Ministry Associate at Reflections Ministries, and a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Dr. Sunshine is widely recognized for his expertise in integrating Christian faith with historical insights. He is an author of notable books, including the recent 32 Christians Who Changed Their World, and a cohost of The Theology Pugcast. His work spans continents, reflecting his commitment to a global Christian perspective​. This show is brought to you in part through partnership with Midwestern Seminary. Learn more about Midwestern and their For the Church Institute at ftcinstitute.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/27/202340 minutes, 56 seconds
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No, Christianity Didn’t Spread by Conquest

Coming up: historian Glenn Sunshine sets the record straight on how Christianity has spread through the ages. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/21/202339 seconds
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’Tis the Season to Rethink Outreach?

In this festive episode of The Missions Podcast, we unwrap the topic of outreach during the Christmas season and beyond—from shoeboxes to food drives to capital campaigns and, of course, door-to-door caroling. We explore each method’s effectiveness, asking the tough questions: Are we truly meeting needs or just fulfilling our own holiday expectations? Are there better ways to connect, share, and serve during this time of year? How can we ensure our efforts lead to lasting impact rather than just seasonal goodwill? Join us as we rethink how we can truly be a light in our communities during the Advent season. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/20/202336 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Goodness of Christian Culture

This week, Alex and Scott talk about how Christian tradition around the holidays can be an evangelistic tool in drawing the lost to the community of faith. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/17/202342 seconds
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Artificial Intelligence and World Missions

In this episode of The Missions Podcast, Alex Kocman and Scott Dunford explore the rise of AI and its effects on the global missions community. From AI-powered church services to a new partnership between SIL and Christian Vision to develop a Bible-focused chatbot, the discussion touches on the potential dangers and ethical concerns of AI, the lie of transhumanism, and the imperative to take dominion over technological tools. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/13/202344 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Lie of Transhumanism

Throughout the West, transhumanism—the idea that through technology and artifice we can transcend our natural limitations—is enchanting unbelievers. But Christ as Lord will have the final word. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/10/20231 minute, 11 seconds
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Letting the Gospel Wreck Your Life: Scott Dunford Shares

In this episode, Scott Dunford unpacks 2 Corinthians 5 to illustrate the power of the gospel to wreck our self-centered priorities and open our eyes to the mission of God. Hear how Christ’s love forces us out of our comfort zones and into God’s risky will for our lives among the nations in this talk originally delivered to the student body of Cedarville University. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/6/202337 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Danger of Missions Conferences

Coming up this week: Scott Dunford brings a challenge to let the gospel wreck your view of self, of others, and of our obligation in the world. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/4/202348 seconds
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Navigating the Uncharted: A Conversation with Emily Bennett on ‘Before You Go’

This week on the Missions Podcast, hosts Alex and Scott sit down with Emily Bennett, the general editor of the insightful book, Before You Go: Wisdom from Ten Women Who Served Internationally (2023). As someone who heeded the call to take the gospel to the nations, Emily shares a wealth of experience aimed at preparing those poised to step into the mission field. Our enlightening conversation journeys through the core themes of the book, delving into discerning one’s calling, embracing the sacrifice of leaving the familiar, and fostering a spirit of unity while serving on a team overseas. Whether you are about to embark on overseas missions or are a seasoned missionary, this conversation with Emily Bennett is a treasure trove of wisdom. As mentioned in the show, you can support relief ministry in the region via ABWE’s Middle East Compassion Fund at abwe.org/middle-east-compassion. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/29/202337 minutes, 1 second
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Emily Bennett: You Don’t Become Bold Overnight

Coming up this week: Emily Bennett, editor of the new book Before You Go: Wisdom from Ten Women Who Served Internationally, shares why if you aren’t living evangelistically now, you won’t automatically become evangelistic once thrust out onto the mission field. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/27/202348 seconds
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Israel, Palestine, and the Gospel

What is happening to Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories right now, and what does the current war mean in terms of the advance of the gospel? In this episode, Alex and Scott wrestle Hamas’ bloody attacks on Israel and the ensuing conflict from a biblical worldview. As mentioned in the show, you can support relief ministry in the region via ABWE’s Middle East Compassion Fund at abwe.org/middle-east-compassion. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/22/202344 minutes, 24 seconds
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Why Is Antisemitism on the Rise?

This week: Scott and Alex discuss how to approach the Israel-Hamas war with our biblical thinking caps on. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/20/20231 minute, 8 seconds
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Erased: What Every Believer Needs to Know About the Armenian Christian Genocide, Then and Now—With Joel Veldkamp

In this eye-opening episode, we sit down with Joel Veldkamp, head of international communications at Christian Solidarity International, to discuss the ongoing crisis facing Armenian Christians in Nagorno-Karabakh. Joel brings his expertise to shed light on the historical, political, and spiritual dimensions of this crisis, urging the global Christian community to stand in solidarity with their persecuted brothers and sisters. In the wake of the blockade's end, the situation has reached a critical point. With all but 50 Christians remaining in Nagorno-Karabakh, the rest have been exiled, leaving a once-thriving community nearly erased. Joel provides an updated look at the humanitarian aftermath, including the dire circumstances facing those who have been displaced. He also revisits the political landscape, examining how the actions of Azerbaijan and its allies have led to this near-elimination of the Armenian Christian community. The episode delves into the role that the U.S. and the global community can still play in this crisis, especially in light of these devastating developments. Joel emphasizes the ever-urgent need for spiritual, material, and political solidarity with the few remaining and the many exiled Armenian Christians. Finally, we discuss how Christians abroad can help—and why we as evangelicals must recognize that we belong to a global family. Additional resources: First Things Article by Joel Veldkamp Christian Solidarity International Compassion Europe Project by ABWE Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/15/202344 minutes, 37 seconds
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Genocide Against Christians?

Whenever the news media directs our attention towards current events, we must also ask: what are they not talking about? This week, an expert on the Middle East and Christian persecution reveals the onslaught against the Armenian Christian community perpetuated over the last several months. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/14/202335 seconds
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Crisis in Missions? Independent Filmmaker David Griffin Speaks

Should every Christian be an evangelist? What about every missionary? In this episode, we sit down with David Griffin, an independent filmmaker, digital marketer, and former church planter, to delve into the complexities and challenges facing modern missions. Griffin, the creative mind behind the documentary “The Crisis of Missions,” unpacks the most pressing issues missionaries face today and questions whether the term “missionary” has lost its biblical weight. The conversation also explores the role of local churches in supporting and holding missionaries accountable, the universal applicability of biblical methods in diverse cultural settings, and practical steps for strengthening the bond between congregations and missionaries. Whether you're a pastor, missionary, or layperson passionate about the Great Commission, this conversation offers invaluable insights and a dose of inspiration for fulfilling the call to make disciples of all nations.
10/8/202352 minutes, 28 seconds
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Spurgeon and Effective Evangelism

Can cold-contact evangelism work? This upcoming week, we’re joined by independent filmmaker David Griffin to discussed what he’s practiced and see firsthand. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/4/202357 seconds
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Are We ‘Unhinged’? What Genocide, Assassination, and Other Current News Means for Missions

In this week's episode, we dive deep into the headlines that are shaping our world and explore how they intersect with the Great Commission. From the UN's warning of a “great fracture” to geopolitical tensions between Canada and India, we ask: What does this mean for the spread of the gospel? We also shed light on the plight of the deaf community, who are among the largest unreached people groups, and discuss the role of the church in natural disasters, as seen in Morocco. Lastly, we touch on the ongoing persecution of Armenian Christians. Tune in for a biblically grounded take on current events. Mentioned during the show: UN Meeting: A Great Fracture Ahead? UN Secretary-General António Guterres warns of rising geopolitical tensions and challenges to global governance. Read more. Canada and India: Diplomatic Strains Canada expels an Indian diplomat over allegations linking the Indian government to the assassination of a Sikh leader. Read more. International Week of the Deaf Only 2% of the world's 70 million Deaf people have access to the Gospel in their sign language. Read more. Morocco Earthquake: A Test of Faith and Service The Christian community in Morocco grapples with questions of theodicy and service in the wake of a devastating earthquake. Read more. Armenian Christians: Persecution in Nagorno-Karabakh Tens of thousands of Armenian Christians face existential threats amid a military blockade. Read more. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/1/202341 minutes, 12 seconds
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A World in Chaos

What do chaotic world events teach us about God’s purposes? This week, Alex and Scott dive into the headlines—and Scripture. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/29/202338 seconds
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Preaching People Out of the Pews: How to Mobilize From the Pulpit

Is your pulpit a launch pad for mission, or a podium for pew-warmers? In this riveting discussion, Scott and Alex delve into the critical role of pastoral preaching in mobilizing the church for missions. They discuss common pitfalls to avoid and share their favorite Scripture passages for missions-focused messages. They also explore how to seamlessly integrate missions into your regular sermon structure, and the nuanced difference between occasion-specific preaching and week-by-week pastoral exposition. Don’t miss this essential guide for pastors who want to preach people out of the pews and into the mission field. Recommended Resources: The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper Missions by the Book by Chad Vegas and Alex Kocman Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/24/202346 minutes, 48 seconds
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Guilt-Free Preaching

Is there a way to preach missions without manipulation? Scott and Alex explore in this week’s upcoming episode. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/24/20231 minute, 4 seconds
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What Is Karmic Christianity? An Interview With E.D. Burns

In this eye-opening episode, we sit down with E.D. Burns, author of Karmic Christianity: Finding Peace by Faith Alone, to dissect the pitfalls of blending karma with Christian faith. Burns warns missionaries against the trap of treadmill living, where the focus shifts from God’s grace to human effort, leading to ministry burnout and a distorted gospel message. We delve into the ungodly coping mechanisms Christians often resort to when facing fear and how a proper understanding of the gospel can liberate us from such snares. From America’s pop-culture obsession with karma to the fear-power paradigm in different cultures, this episode is a wake-up call to recenter our faith on the finished work of Christ. Don’t miss this compelling conversation that challenges us to examine our own beliefs and realign our ministries with the true gospel. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/17/202336 minutes, 19 seconds
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Planting by Pastoring: A Vision for Starting a Healthy Church With Nathan Knight

Is church planting just a numbers game, or is there a deeper, biblical vision for launching new congregations? In this episode, we sit down with Nathan Knight, author of Planting by Pastoring: A Vision for Starting a Healthy Church, to challenge the entrepreneurial mindset that often infiltrates church planting. Knight unpacks the biblical foundation for seeing planters as pastors and churches as flocks to be shepherded. Tune in for a refreshing perspective that shifts the focus from metrics to ministry. Nathan Knight (M.Div., Southeastern Theological Seminary) is a pastor of Restoration Church and serves on the lead team for the Treasuring Christ Together church planting network. He and his wife, Andi, live in Washington, DC, with their two sons.  Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/10/202330 minutes, 37 seconds
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If We Get This Wrong, Nothing Else Matters

What is a church? Nathan Knight shares why defining the body of Christ is the sine qua non of our mission. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/8/202344 seconds
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Biblical Headship and Its Missiological Implications: Scott Callaham Returns

In this thought-provoking episode, we sit down with Dr. Scott Callaham, dean of the Institute of Public Theology, to explore the biblical concept of headship and its far-reaching implications for missions. Dr. Callaham brings a wealth of experience from his roles as a pastor, chaplain, cross-cultural international missionary, conference speaker, Bible translator, and seminary professor. We delve into the biblical foundations supporting male leadership in missions, the role of women in missionary support roles, the theological implications of being male and female, and the critical issue of biblical eldership in missions. Dr. Callaham graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy in Old Testament from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the lead editor of World Mission: Theology, Strategy, and Current Issues, and the author of Biblical Aramaic for Biblical Interpreters in both English and Chinese. Dr. Callaham has served in various roles including pastor, chaplain, cross-cultural international missionary, conference speaker, Bible translator, and seminary professor. He hosts the Daily Dose of Aramaic podcast and composes Chinese worship music for congregational singing. Learn more about Dr. Scott Callaham's work and publications through the Institute of Public Theology. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/3/202345 seconds
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What It Takes to Be a Missionary

If we really understand with missionary task requires, then we will understand the critically important function of male headship in the church amid the work of the gospel. Scott Callaham shares in this week’s upcoming episode.
9/1/202345 seconds
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Unleashing Spiritual Gifts in Missions: A Conversation with David Rogers

In this enlightening episode, we sit down with David Rogers, a long-time ABWE missionary in Chile, where he has served with his wife Ruth for over 40 years. As the president of Ministerio Cristiano CRECE, a Spanish language Christian publishing house, and the author of the upcoming book Spiritual Gifts: Identify them through the PRIZM of God’s Grace, David shares his profound insights on identifying and utilizing spiritual gifts in the context of missions. Since 1984, the Rogers have been committed to partnering with Chilean and Latin American leaders to multiply church planting movements. Their focus is to enable evangelization, discipleship, and training using original Spanish resources. Learn more about their ministry and how to support them through ABWE. Visit their blog to learn more and receive regular email updates, or follow them on the Rogers Facebook page. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/27/202339 minutes, 37 seconds
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Must All Missionaries Have the ‘Gift of Evangelism’?

This week, we’re taking a deep dive into the topic of spiritual gifts with author and missionary David Rogers. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/25/202342 seconds
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Missionary Virtue in Action: A Look at Philippians 2

In this episode, Alex Kocman unpacks the essence of Christian mission-mindedness through the lens of Philippians 2:19-30. Drawing from the examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus, this text demonstrates the way in which we are to be marked by selfless pursuit of Christ’s interests, love for Christ’s people, and the honor and care for Christ’s soldiers. We must move beyond abstractions and to demonstrate love, even though it may be costly and vulnerable. The message serves as a reminder that true Christian virtue is not about self-preservation but about living in humble obedience to Christ's call, reflecting his cruciform humility, and risking all for the sake of the gospel. Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/20/202328 minutes, 30 seconds
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Love Is Costly

Coming up this week: an exploration of the lives and examples of Timothy and Epaphroditus, twin reminders to us of the importance of joyful missionary sacrifice. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/16/202336 seconds
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Launch Day Announcement

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8/16/20233 minutes, 16 seconds
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Missions Mobilization in a Post-Pandemic World

The world has been changing rapidly for the last few years. How has missions mobilization been affected? Scott and Alex explore current events and movements ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to rising nationalism, along with a variety of generational trends, and break down the implications for motivating new workers to enter into the Lord’s harvest. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/13/202347 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Most Effective Mobilizers

What has changed in the world of mobilization since the pandemic? Scott and Alex dive in in this week’s upcoming episode. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/9/202350 seconds
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Learning From William Chalmers Burns: Ian Hamilton | Radius 2023

Who was the Scottish evangelist William Chalmers Burns? In this final Radius Conference exclusive, Ian Hamilton, president of Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, unfolds the riches of missions history to help us deepen in our devotion today. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/6/202323 minutes, 28 seconds
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Local Church Centered Missions With Ryan Robertson | Radius 2023

What is a healthy church? How can missionaries overcome the temptation to compromise on their ecclesiology? In this 2023 Radius Conference exclusive, Ryan Robertson, president of Reaching and Teaching, discusses what local church centered missions looks like. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/5/202317 minutes, 56 seconds
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Parenting as a Missionary: Rachel Explains | Radius 2023

Cross-cultural missions and parenting are two of life’s most challenging—and rewarding—undertakings. Rachel, as Radius staff member, shares her wisdom as a parent after seven years of cross-cultural living. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/4/202318 minutes, 58 seconds
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What God Is Doing Through ABWE: Jason Phillips Shares | Radius 2023

How is the Lord working in and through ABWE? Jason Phillips, vice president of strategy and operations, shares what most excites him right now within the global family of ministries. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/3/202317 minutes, 5 seconds
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What Is the Missions Course? Luke Womack and Barry Brown Answer | Radius 2023

The Go Fund founder Luke Womack recently asked his leadership: if someday student loan debt is no longer an obstacle to missions, what else do we need to do to mobilize the next generation? Enter Airo Missions and its newest program, The Missions Course. Luke and Barry Brown explain more in this interview. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/2/202320 minutes, 26 seconds
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What Women Should Know to Prepare for Missionary Life: Nina Buser | Radius 2023

How can women—in particular, those called to be wives and mothers—prepare for the stresses and hurdles of long-term missionary life? In this next 2023 Radius Conference exclusive, Nina Buser, wife of Radius International President Brooks Buser and former missionary to Papua New Guinea, shares her lessons learned along the way in tribal ministry. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/1/202311 minutes, 50 seconds
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Strategic Retreat? Scott and Alex on Blue States and the Joel Webbon Controversy

Should Christians in the US leave blue states? In this engaging episode, Alex and Scott tackle the topic of strategic retreat, a concept gaining controversy following Joel Webbon's comments and his recent book, Fight or Flight: Leaving Godless Places. They dive into the complex issues around mission fields, Christian responsibilities, and the balance between Christ’s kingdom and earthly nations. This episode is a deep dive into controversial Christian perspectives, aiming to foster reflection and discussion among listeners. Buckle up. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/30/202347 minutes, 1 second
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Why You Must Know & Train Your Missionaries: Brian Murphy | Radius 2023

For many churchgoers, the missionaries they support are little more than magnet on a refrigerator. How can we know and train well those whom we send? Brian Murphy, executive director of XL (Excellence in Leadership) Ministries, shares his passion for leadership development. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/29/202312 minutes, 24 seconds
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Brad Buser on Suffering and Resilience | Radius 2023

How should prospective missionaries think about suffering and the need to endure? In this next 2023 Radius Conference exclusive, Brad Buser, veteran missionary and co-founder of Radius International, answers some common questions about what it takes to pioneer on the mission field. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/28/202314 minutes, 25 seconds
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Leaving Blue States?

This Sunday, Scott and Alex reunite in the studio at long last to explore the recent controversy sparked by Pastor Joel Webbon’s writings and comments on leaving godless places. How and when should missional objectives override political priorities? Stay tuned for the full discussion, premiering Sunday at 7 PM. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/28/202357 seconds
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The Caste System & the Homogenous Unit Principle With Aubrey Sequeira | Radius 2023

In missiology, the modern definition of “people groups” depends substantially upon the work of Donald McGavran and his conception of the homogenous unit principle. But did McGavran misunderstand the caste system from which he drew his insights? And how should missionaries today assess McGavran’s work? Aubrey Sequeira, pastor in Abu Dhabi, joins again to discuss in this 2023 Radius Conference exclusive. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/27/202318 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why Penal Substitutionary Atonement? Aubrey Sequeira | Radius 2023

Is penal substitutionary atonement (PSA) a necessary, biblical doctrine, or is it an outgrowth of Western legal thinking? Is PSA on equal footing with honor- and shame-based approaches explanations of the cross, or is it a gospel non-negotiable? In this next exclusive from the 2023 Radius Conference, Aubrey Sequeira, pastor of Evangelical Community Church of Abu Dhabi, explains the importance of this doctrine, responding in depth to the work of Brad Vaughn (f.k.a. Jackson Wu). Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/26/202326 minutes, 55 seconds
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Why Reach Japan? Joel Diffenderfer Shares | Radius 2023

What is the state of the church in Japan, and why is it sometimes regarded as the “graveyard” of missions? In our next installment from the 2023 Radius Conference, ABWE Missionary Joel Diffenderfer explains the island’s strategic significance for the Open Initiative, a program to prioritize often-overlooked unreached people groups. Learn more at open.abwe.org. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/25/202318 minutes, 1 second
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Jonathan Master on the Missional Legacy of Old Princeton | Radius 2023

When we think of the legacy of old Princeton Theological Seminary—producing such towering spiritual giants as the Hodges and Warfields—we rarely think about their contribution to global missions. Yet, far from restricting themselves to ivory towers, these theologians were deeply concerned with the Great Commission. Jonathan Master, president of Greenville Seminary, explains why in this exclusive interview from the 2023 Radius Conference. Learn more about Greenville Seminary’s partnership with Radius International at gbts.edu/radius. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/24/202310 minutes, 33 seconds
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Chad Vegas on the Clarity of the Gospel | Radius 2023

We speak often about the need to right methods. But missions also depends upon having the right message. In our first exclusive interview from the 2023 Radius Conference, Pastor Chad Vegas joins to discuss the vision behind their conference theme: the clear gospel. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/23/202313 minutes, 30 seconds
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Missionary Mama’s Survival Guide: Advice from Tori Haverkamp for Parents and Grandparents

Are you a parent or grandparent grappling with the idea of your child or grandchild pursuing a missionary calling? Do you find yourself filled with questions and concerns about how to support them effectively? In this episode of The Missions Podcast, our host Scott Dunford engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Tori Haverkamp, founder of Parents of Goers Ministries and author of the new book Missionary Mama’s Survival Guide. Tori, a mother of a missionary herself, brings her wealth of experience and empathy to the table as she shares insights on how parents and grandparents can send well. With over 30 years of ministry experience and a Master's degree in Theological Studies, Tori's wisdom and practical advice will help guide you through the challenging journey of supporting your loved ones in their missionary endeavors. Tune in as Tori shares her personal story, addresses common concerns, and sheds light on the process of sending well. Don’t miss this episode packed with invaluable guidance for those seeking to understand and navigate the “missionary mama” journey. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/16/202336 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Holy Privilege of Raising MKs

In this week’s episode, Tori Haverkamp, author of The Missionary Mama's Survival Guide, shares why raising missionary kids on the field is not an inconvenience but an immense privilege and blessing. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/12/202353 seconds
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What We’re Up To

No new episode this week, but stay tuned for an exciting series of exclusives that we captured while at the Radius Conference at the end of June. See you next week! Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/9/20231 minute, 36 seconds
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Responding to the ‘No Shortcut to Success’ Controversy

In this thought-provoking episode of The Missions Podcast, Scott and Alex delve into a critical review of Matt Rhodes' book, No Shortcut to Success: A Manifesto for Modern Missions, followed by Rhodes' response to the review. While they agree on various key points, such as the importance of deep language learning and solid biblical training, they also raise points of concern. Is slowness a virtue in missions? Should short-term missions focus on evangelism outside the heart language? What is the right balance between relational and cold contact evangelism? Join the conversation as they navigate these questions and encourage listeners to approach discussions with other believers lovingly and to think beyond labels and buzzwords. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/2/202350 minutes, 35 seconds
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About That ‘No Shortcuts’ Review…

This week, Scott and Alex wrestle with the critical review of Matt Rhodes' book, No Shortcut to Success: A Manifesto for Modern Missions, followed by Rhodes' response to the review. Be sure to tune in. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/30/202348 seconds
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Apologetics in a Chaotic World

How should believers defend their faith in an increasingly hostile culture? And which apologetic methodology is most faithful to the spirit of Scripture? Join Alex Kocman as he explores the controversial topic of apologetics in a supposedly post-Christian context, exploring the Christian’s marching orders in 1 Peter 3:15 and evaluating classical, evidentialist, and presuppositional apologetics in light of God’s Word. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/25/20231 hour, 23 seconds
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What Romans 1 Means for Apologetics Today

Coming up this Sunday: how can missionaries do apologetics in today’s chaotic cultural landscape? What apologetic methodologies are most faithful to Scripture? Alex Kocman explores. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/21/202342 seconds
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China and the Future of Missions

In this episode of The Missions Podcast, tensions between the United States and China take center stage as Scott and Alex delve into the geopolitical rivalry’s impact on Christian workers in both countries with a world-class expert. With de-globalization and changing trends on the horizon, they explore the challenges missionaries face and offer strategies for effective navigation. From potential implications on religious freedom to long-term outcomes of these tensions, discover how missionaries can contribute to reconciliation and understanding between two cultures and nations. Don’t miss this thought-provoking discussion on adapting strategies, fostering positive relationships, and preparing for potential challenges in the ever-evolving landscape of US-China relations. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/19/202349 minutes, 6 seconds
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We Can’t Be So Risk-Averse That We Do Nothing

Coming up, an expert guest sheds light on the unavoidable risks faced by missionaries in their work, particularly in the context of the rising tensions between the United States and China. Join us as we uncover the challenges, resilience, and unwavering faith required to navigate these risks and fulfill the call of spreading the gospel. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/16/202348 seconds
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Exposing Pastoral Blindspots: Paul Davis on Common Missions Mistakes

In this episode of the Missions Podcast, hosts Alex and Scott engage in a compelling conversation with ABWE President Paul Davis, delving into the blindspots that pastors often encounter when it comes to missions. Paul shares his observations and experiences from working with global teams and local churches, highlighting recurring areas where mission teams and church leaders tend to overlook important aspects of missionary support and care. From issues of over and under accountability to the impact of leadership transitions and church struggles on missionaries, Paul offers valuable insights to help pastors and church leaders navigate these blindspots and better understand the needs of their missionaries. For more resources and information, visit paulldavis.com. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch this episode on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/11/202345 minutes, 50 seconds
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What We Get Wrong About Accountability

Coming up: ABWE President Paul Davis joins us to explore a number of blindspots pastors and other church leaders have in dealing with their missionaries, including the complicated web of relationships involved in accountability. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/9/202346 seconds
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Why the Ascension Matters for Missionaries: Tim Bertolet

We explore the fascinating and often overlooked connections between the Book of Hebrews and the atonement of Jesus. Hebrews scholar Dr. Tim Bertolet, navigates the relationship between the cross, resurrection, and the ascension, particularly highlighting the significance of Jesus’ ascension for those well-versed in the power of the cross and resurrection but less familiar with the implications of the ascension. Discover how the ascension of Jesus influences missions, including the establishment of his reign over the nations, the transformative power of his intercession, and the outpouring of spiritual gifts on his people. You can watch the video version of this week’s episode at youtube.com/watch?v=N9qLrpAhfoY. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch this episode on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/5/202330 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Cross in Context? Exploring Atonement and Contextualization with Brad Vaughn

Engage in a thought-provoking continuation of The Missions Podcast as we delve into the ideas presented by Brad Vaughn in his book The Cross in Context. Join hosts Alex Kocman and Scott Dunford as they explore various perspectives on the relationship between Christianity and Western culture, the diverse metaphors of sin and Christ’s atonement, and the significance of honor, shame, holiness, and purity in relation to the cross. Through engaging dialogue, we critically examine these viewpoints, challenging and offering alternative insights. Gain a deeper understanding of contextualization’s impact on theology and the importance of cross-cultural understanding of atonement. Tune in as we respectfully navigate these discussions. Brad Vaughn (f.k.a. Jackson Wu) worked for 15 years in East Asia, first as a church planter, then as a professor for a seminary for Chinese pastors. He serves on the Asian/Asian-American Theology Steering Committee for the Evangelical Theological Society. His books include The Cross in Context, Seeking God’s Face, Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes, One Gospel for All Nations, and Saving God’s Face. Also: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch this episode on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/28/202353 minutes, 42 seconds
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Is All Theology ‘Contextual’?

This week, we’re continuing our discussion with Brad Vaughn. Subscribe now and stay tuned for a hard-hitting sit-down about contextualization, biblical theology, and the nature of the atonement through an honor-shame lens. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/24/202349 seconds
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Saving God’s Face? A Dialogue With Brad Vaughn on Honor and Shame

Dive into a thought-provoking conversation with Brad Vaughn, previously known as Jackson Wu. With his book Saving God's Face as the backdrop, we explore the concept of sin as a violation of God's honor, the overlap between Chinese and biblical culture, and the distinct differences in how Westerners and Asians understand honor and shame. Prepare to be captivated as they unravel the intricacies of honor, shame, and cultural perspectives, shedding new light on the timeless truths of the faith. Brad Vaughn (f.k.a. Jackson Wu) worked for 15 years in East Asia, first as a church planter, then as a professor for a seminary for Chinese pastors. He serves on the Asian/Asian-American Theology Steering Committee for the Evangelical Theological Society. His books include The Cross in Context, Seeking God's Face, Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes, One Gospel for All Nations, and Saving God's Face. Also in this episode: Cloud of Witnesses is an upcoming podcast coming to the ABWE network. Learn more at cloudofwitnessespodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. You can also watch this episode on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/21/202350 minutes, 16 seconds
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Honor, Shame, and the Atonement

Missiologist and author Brad Vaughan, also known under his pseudonym Jackson Wu, shares his perspectives this week on honor, shame, and the nature of Christ’s death—including some opinions that have proven controversial in both missiological and theological circles. Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/19/202342 seconds
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Spiritual Warfare in the News: A Missions Perspective

Headlines across the world are telling a single story: spiritual forces of darkness want to dominate the nations. How should Christians read global news with an awareness of Christ as Lord and a missionary heart? Alex Kocman and Scott Dunford navigate some of the top stories and seek to model a Christian response to world events. You can also watch this episode on our YouTube channel. Enter to win our RMC23 giveaway: missionspodcast.com/rmc23. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/14/202344 minutes, 45 seconds
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Spiritual Warfare in the News

How should Christians discuss world events with a missionary mindset? Scott and Alex discuss in this week’s upcoming show. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/10/202357 seconds
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How to Raise Men for the Church and the Mission Field: Ray Brandon

Are churches and missions organizations going about developing leaders the wrong way? And how do parents raise their sons to become pastors and missionaries? In this episode of the podcast, Pastor Ray Brandon of North Bridge Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Director of Church Planting with EveryEthne discusses the challenges and joys of raising up men for the church and the mission field. Ray offers practical advice for pastors and fathers who desire to raise their children to love and serve the Lord. You can support Ray and Grace in their ministry at abwe.org/work/missionaries/ray-grace-brandon. You can also watch this episode on our YouTube channel. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. Enter to win our RMC23 giveaway: missionspodcast.com/rmc23. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/7/202347 minutes, 14 seconds
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Men’s Role in the Mission

What role should godly men play in the mission of God? Ray Brandon, director of church planting with EveryEthne, explains in this week’s upcoming conversation on biblical masculinity and leadership development. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/3/202349 seconds
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What About Orality? Jonathan Worthington Answers

As Christians, we hold the Bible in the highest esteem. But what happens when the people we are trying to reach have a primarily oral culture—how do we ensure that the message of Scripture is accurately transmitted and understood in cultures where literacy is not the norm? In this podcast interview with Jonathan Worthington, Ph.D., Director of Research at Training Leaders International, we explore the fascinating topic of orality in missions. We discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging with oral learners, the role of stories and proverbs in communicating the gospel, and how to strike a balance between contextualization and biblical truth. Whether you're a seasoned missionary or simply interested in the intersection of orality and Scripture, this conversation is not to be missed. Read Jonathan’s article on orality, “Orality’s Breadth and Depth,” in TLI’s theological journal. Jonathan D. Worthington (Ph.D., Durham University) is Director of Research at Training Leaders International. He is the author of Creation in Paul and Philo and articles on creation in Paul and early Judaism, cross-cultural theological education, motivation theory, missions, and empathy. You can reach him at [email protected]. You can also watch this episode on our YouTube channel. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. Enter to win our RMC23 giveaway: missionspodcast.com/rmc23. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/30/202350 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is Literacy Overrated?

Christians are people of the Book. Does that mean that we should pursue global literacy? Or can the Word of God thrive in oral cultures too? Joining this week to discuss is Jonathan Worthington, Ph.D., of Training Leaders International. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/26/202357 seconds
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Healthy Missionaries, Healthy Christians: Mason King on Spiritual Disciplines

Are you struggling to deepen your relationship with God and wondering how to become the person He created you to be? Join Scott and Alex on The Missions Podcast as they interview Mason King, author of A Short Guide to Spiritual Disciplines and pastor at The Village Church, on the topic of spiritual disciplines. King offers a holistic approach that expands your thinking beyond basic spiritual practices and focuses on cultivating a full and flourishing life with God. Discover practical steps to consistently offer your attention, emotions, and limits to God and grow into the right kind of tree, bearing fruit in your spiritual life. Don't miss this episode to learn how to become a vibrant, healthy Christian and deepen your relationship with God. Mason King serves as a pastor at The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. He also serves as the Executive Director of The Village Church Institute, Groups, and Leadership Development. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Church History from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a  D.Min. in Executive Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A native Texan, Mason and his wife Carly have three kids and two labs. In this episode, we mentioned: Why Netflix Is Making it Harder to Be a Missionary Is Netflix Killing Missions? Tony Reinke on Media and Technology Watch this episode on YouTube. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. Enter to win our RMC23 giveaway: missionspodcast.com/rmc23. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/23/202343 minutes, 18 seconds
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Why We Avoid God

Sometimes, those of us in ministry can easily avoid God out of a secret fear that he’s displeased with us. This week, author and pastor Mason King helps us unlearn some common misconceptions about spiritual disciplines. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/21/202349 seconds
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Making Disciples in Light of the Trinity: Chase Davis

Have we focused too much on contextualization and not enough on who God is? This week, we talk to J. Chase Davis, author of Trinitarian Formation: A Theology of Discipleship in Light of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In this episode, we explore how the doctrine of the Trinity can deepen our understanding of discipleship in the current cultural moment, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the missional movement, and explore the need for a common definition of discipleship. Discover the inspiration behind the book and gain practical insights on how churches can shift their focus back to making disciples. Don’t miss this engaging conversation on the heart of discipleship in today's world. J. Chase Davis (M.Div, Th.M, Denver Seminary) is Lead Pastor of Ministry of The Well Church in Boulder, Colorado. Chase is married to Kim and they have two sons. He is the author of Trinitarian Formation: A Theology of Discipleship in Light of the Father, Son, and Spirit (2021). He also hosts the podcast Full Proof Theology. You can find more of Chase’s writing at jchasedavis.com. Read Chase’s article on Mere Orthodoxy, Colonized by the City, here. Watch this episode on ABWE’s YouTube channel here. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. Enter to win our RMC23 giveaway: missionspodcast.com/rmc23. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/16/202337 minutes, 12 seconds
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Yes, You Can Just Be Yourself

Have we so emphasized contextualization that we’ve started to adopt a different persona altogether in the name of evangelistic effectiveness? J. Chase Davis, author of Trinitarian Formation: A Theology of Discipleship in Light of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, answers in this week’s upcoming show. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/12/202357 seconds
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The Resurrection and Mission With Dr. Tim Bertolet

What does the resurrection of Jesus Christ mean for global missions? In this thought-provoking podcast, Tim Bertolet (Ph.D., University of Pretoria), initiatives strategist with ABWE, dives deep into the importance of the resurrection and its relationship with redemption, evangelism, and our future hope. With insightful analysis of key verses from 1 Corinthians, Romans, and Acts, Bertolet unpacks the theological and practical implications of Jesus’ resurrection, exploring how it establishes his victorious kingship, motivates us to evangelize, and imbues believers with the power of God. Ultimately, Bertolet encourages listeners to incorporate the message of the resurrection into their own evangelism efforts and to find hope and inspiration in the truth of Jesus' resurrection. Download Tim’s full lecture series unpacking the resurrection of Christ at abwe.org/resurrection. See more writing and interviews with Tim on ABWE’s blog here. Tim Bertolet serves with ABWE as Initiatives Strategist. He previously served for sixteen years in pastoral ministry and has experience as an MK. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from the University of Pretoria, a M.A.R. in Biblical Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor’s in Bible from Lancaster Bible College. He and his wife, Erin, have seven children. Tim enjoys reading, writing, theology, and is an avid fan of science fiction. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. Enter to win our RMC23 giveaway: missionspodcast.com/rmc23. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/9/202332 minutes, 25 seconds
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It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming

Coming up on Easter Sunday: New Testament scholar Tim Bertolet, Ph.D., unpacks the powerful implications of Christ’s resurrection on the global missionary mandate. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/7/202357 seconds
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Recovering Our Ambition: Alex Kocman on Romans 15

This is a special episode of the podcast featuring a sermon preached by Alex Kocman at Laurelglen Bible Church in Bakersfield, CA on March 12, 2023. In this episode, Kocman provides insights from Romans 15, challenging us to have a greater passion for reaching the unreached with the gospel. Tune in to this inspiring sermon to learn more about our gospel obligation, the need for holy ambition, and taking action in fulfilling the Great Commission. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. Enter to win our RMC23 giveaway: missionspodcast.com/rmc23. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/2/202351 minutes, 38 seconds
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Calling and Desire

What role does desire play in the missionary call? We explore in this week’s upcoming episode. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
4/1/20231 minute, 48 seconds
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MEGA Episode: A Debate on Prioritism and Holism With Ray Norman and Alex Kocman

What is prioritism? What is holism? Is there a middle way? For decades these questions have reverberated throughout the missions community. They aren’t theoretical issues—they affect the daily work of missionaries. In this special episode, we bring you a dialogue over the relationship between evangelism and social action with Alex Kocman of ABWE, author of Missions by the Book, and Dr. Ray Norman of World Vision, author of Dangerous Love: A True Story of Tragedy, Faith, and Forgiveness in the Muslim World. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/26/20231 hour, 4 minutes
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What’s At Stake if We Don’t Preach Christ

Some in the missions world maintain that the Great Commission is simply about serving others—whether or not the gospel is presented. In this week’s upcoming episode, we explain what’s at stake in the long-running missiological debate between prioritism and holism. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/24/202342 seconds
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Does the Church Have One Mission or Two? ‘Come and See’ Author Justin Schell

What is the church’s mission? Are proclamation and mercy ministry separate tasks, or intertwined? And are we forgetting our foundation—pursuing the glory of God? We explore this week with Justin Schell, US director of Union School of Theology and director of executive projects with Lausanne Movement. Justin studied mission and biblical theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and business administration at EDHEC Business School. He is coauthor with Glen Scrivener of Come and See: A History and Theology of Mission as well as the forthcoming The Mission of God in the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series by Crossway. He is husband to Megan and daddy to Henry and Evie. They are members at Evergreen Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/19/202335 minutes, 19 seconds
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Words and Deeds: One Mission or Two?

Is missions about proclaiming the word, deeds of mercy, or both? Justin Schell, US director for Union School of Theology and director of executive projects with Lausanne Movement, answers in our upcoming podcast discussion on his new book Come and See: A History and Theology of Mission. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/15/202357 seconds
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Can We Learn From Movements? JR Stevenson on What the Reformed and Movements Can Learn From Each Other

Many church and missions leaders are concerned that disciple making movements, church planting movements, and other multiplication methodologies are guilty of pragmatism. Conversely, movement practitioners accuse critics of being too tied to tradition. Is there common ground? In a recent article for Global Missiology, Middle East missionary J.R. Stevenson claims the two sides of the conversation may agree more than previously thought. We interact with these claims in this unique, engaging conversation. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/12/202348 minutes, 30 seconds
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Are We Wrong About Movements?

Coming this week: J.R. Stevenson, a missionary in the Middle East, engages us with a different perspective on movements. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/8/202342 seconds
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Is Revival Biblical?

What is “revival”? Is it biblical? And if so, should we pursue it in our homes, churches, and across the globe? Scott and Alex wrestle with the timely topic in light of the recent reports from Asbury University. You can watch the video version of this episode and more on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/6/202337 minutes, 7 seconds
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The True Sign of Revival

Revival is in the news. What should we be looking for in terms of biblical revival—in our own lives, our families, our churches, and among the nations? We discuss in this week’s upcoming episode. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
3/1/202349 seconds
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Is Missions in the Old Testament?

Does the Old Testament give us a theology of missions? Or are we reading our modern convictions into the ancient text? Dr. Scott Callaham, Ph.D., dean of the Institute of Public Theology, weighs in. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/22/202349 seconds
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Partnering on Mission: Why Church Associationalism Matters With Dr. James Renihan

Modern people are fiercely independent. In America, our churches tightly hold on to their freedom. What biblical basis is there for church associations? Can Baptists partner together on mission while still holding to local church autonomy? Dr. James Renihan, theologian and president of International Reformed Baptist Seminary, answers. After a ministry of church planting in central Massachusetts, Dr. James Renihan and his family moved to Escondido, CA in 1998 to begin serving as Dean of the newly formed Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. He led that work for 20 years, and when it became IRBS Theological Seminary in 2018 was appointed the first president. He has served as a pastor of churches in Massachusetts, New York and California. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D.), Seminary of the East (M.Div.), Trinity Ministerial Academy, and Liberty Baptist College (B.S.). His academic work has focused on the Second London Baptist Confession and the broader Puritan theological context from which it arose. This episode is sponsored by Radius International. You can learn more about Radius International and their gap year program at radiusinternational.org. You can watch the video version of this episode and more on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/20/202334 minutes, 13 seconds
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Jim Renihan: The Missional Advantage of Church Partnership

What does associational church membership have to do with the Great Commission? Everything, in fact. Dr. James Renihan of IRBS shares more in this week’s upcoming show. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/17/202349 seconds
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Hope for American Evangelicals: A Missionary Perspective on Restoring Our Broken House With Matt Bennett

Is the American evangelical house in order? Or is it in need of a remodel? Or—even worse—should we sell the house altogether and look for another home? Matt Bennett answers these timely questions from the missionary perspective of Lesslie Newbigin. Dr. Matthew Bennett joined the faculty at Cedarville University in fall 2017 after serving and living in North Africa and the Middle East since 2011. He currently teaches The Bible and the Gospel, Theology I, Urban Missiology, Contemporary World Missions, Global Theology, and World Religions. Hear our previous interviews with Matt here. You can watch the video version of this episode and more on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/13/202335 minutes, 16 seconds
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What the Church Has That the World Doesn’t

The church has the answer for our broken, secular culture. In this week’s upcoming answer, Matt Bennett shares how the missionary identity of the church serves as a beacon to a watching world. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/8/202349 seconds
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You Are Sent: A Conversation With Nathan Sloan

What is the crux of missions? What does Scripture have to say about the plight of the lost, and are churches doing enough about it? This week, Nathan Sloan, executive director of Upstream Sending and previous ABWE missionary, answers with insights from his latest book, You Are Sent: Finding Your Place in God’s Global Mission. Before his current role, Nathan led global missions at Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky and served as one of their teaching pastors. Under his leadership, Sojourn sent numerous members out as mid and long-term missionaries, including six church-based teams. Nathan and his wife Sarah were also cross-cultural missionaries in Kathmandu, Nepal, discipling young leaders and working with an unreached people group. Nathan holds a doctorate of missiology (D.Miss.) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Nathan and Sarah have two children. Hear our previous episodes with Nathan here. You can watch the video version of this episode and more on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/6/202332 minutes, 39 seconds
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Why Do We Even Need Missions?

Coming up this Sunday: Upstream Sending Executive Director Nathan Sloan shares what makes missions necessary and why churches can’t afford to lose their zeal for the lost. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
2/1/202335 seconds
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MEGA Episode: What Is a Nation? Vishal Mangalwadi on the Great Commission

Defining the word “nation” is crucial, and not just in missions—in culture and even politics, too. How does Scripture define “nation,” and what does it mean for the Great Commission? Indian philosopher and Christian activist Vishal Mangalwadi returns to the show to explore this multifaceted issue. What do you think of Mangalwadi’s view? Let us know in the comments. You can watch the video version of this episode and more on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/30/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 39 seconds
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What Genesis Means by ‘Nation’

What defines a “nation” has never been more controverisal. This week, Indian philosopher Vishal Mangalwadi returns to the show to unpack this complex issue biblically. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/25/202342 seconds
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Poland, Ukraine, and Ministering Amid International Crisis: Pastor Maksym’s Story

How has the face of Europe changed since the Russian war against Ukraine reached its current escalation? And what can US churches learn as they try to reach immigrants? Pastor Maksym Sliazin, a Ukrainian refugee himself, shares how God is working through the local church among refugees in Poland despite ethnic tensions. Also in this episode, ABWE Missionary Ron Davis explains the miraculous way God called him to Poland to serve with Pastor Sliazin. You can watch the video version of this episode and more on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/23/202335 minutes, 25 seconds
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Pastoring Through Ethnic Tensions in Eastern Europe

How do you hold together a church of Ukrainians, Poles, Belarusians, and more in the midst of a tense war? A Ukrainian refugee pastor shares in this week’s compelling conversation. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/20/202342 seconds
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What About My Kids? Cheryl Winget on MK Education and Parenting on the Field

How can missionary parents raise children who are godly Christ-followers on the mission field? How should missionaries make education choices for their children—whether to choose home schooling, international school, or public school? And what happens when MKs have special needs? Dr. Cheryl Winget joins to answer these complex and important questions. Cheryl Winget (D.Ed. in special education/educational psychology, Regent University) is the MK education coordinator for ABWE. She and her husband, Steve, have two adult children and served as missionaries in Budapest, Hungary, for almost 28 years. She taught at the International Christian School of Budapest for 12 years where she directed supplemental services. You can watch the video version of this episode and more on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/16/202335 minutes, 12 seconds
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What Makes Raising MKs Different

Parenting is always hard. Parenting missionary kids is just… different. This week, ABWE’s own Dr. Cheryl Winget (D.Ed. in special education/educational psychology, Regent University) explains why. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/11/202357 seconds
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Should We Use the ‘M’ Word?

For some, missionaries are faith-filled heroes—out on the far reaches of society, sharing the good news in faraway lands. For others, “missionary” might be synonymous with words like “colonizer” or “imperialist.” What’s in a word? In this episode, Alex Kocman and Scott Dunford wrestle with the implications of the “m” word in terms of language, contextualization, and faithfulness. You can watch the video version of this episode (and others!) on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/9/202331 minutes, 37 seconds
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Should We Be Using the Word “Missionary”?

In this week’s upcoming episode, Alex and Scott wrestle with the baggage associated with the word “missionary” in cultures hostile to the culture. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/4/202342 seconds
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Top 10 Missions Books to Read in 2023: Chris Howles Shares

A new year is upon us. It’s the time to set new goals—including reading goals. To help us count down the top must-read missiology texts for 2023, Chris Howles joins the show. Chris holds a doctorate in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He’s the founder of From Every Nation, a resource hub for missionaries. He and his family serve as missionaries with Crosslinks in Uganda. In this episode, we counted down these titles: Andreas Köstenberger, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth Michel Goheen, Introducing Christian Mission Today Craig Ott and Stephen Strauss, Encountering Theology of Mission J.H. Bavinck, An Introduction to the Science of Missions David Bosch, Transforming Mission Timothy Tennent, Theology in the Context of World Christianity Michael Stroope, Transcending Mission Andrew Walls, The Missionary Movement in Christian History Scattered and Gathered: A Global Compendium of Diaspora Missiology Mekdes Haddis, A Just Mission: Laying Down Power and Embracing Mutuality Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
1/2/202347 minutes, 43 seconds
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Required Reading for 2023

In this week’s upcoming episode, Scott and Alex talk to Chris Howles on the must-read missiological resources for the new year. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/29/202255 seconds
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The Mission of Christmas

The birth of Christ is the exclamation point on all of Scripture’s claims regarding God’s plan for the nations. Alex Kocman and Scott Dunford reflect on the beauty of Advent and Christmas and why it matters for missions in this holiday exclusive. You can watch the video version of this episode (and others!) on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/26/202214 minutes, 40 seconds
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Advent and Missions

In this week’s upcoming episode on Christmas Day, Scott and Alex reflect on the missional implications of the incarnation of Christ. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/22/202239 seconds
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How to Care for Parents of Missionaries

It’s easy to underestimate the sacrifice parents make when their children and grandchildren are sent to the nations. But to hold the rope well for cross-cultural missionaries also means caring for the parents and grandparents mourning the loss of relationship with their sent ones. In this special episode, Alex and Scott sit down with Dan and Amy of ABWE’s Member Care program focused on loving parents of missionaries well. You can watch the video version of this episode (and others!) on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/19/202228 minutes, 54 seconds
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What About Parents of Missionaries?

Coming up: Dan and Amy of ABWE’s Member Care team join to explain why parents of missionaries are often overlooked in churches and missions organizations—and what we can do to change that. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/14/202242 seconds
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How to Last in Ministry: Josh Zeichik on the Temptations of Leadership

Increasingly, we’re seeing people in ministry disqualify themselves or adopt harmful, abrasive, and even abusive styles of leadership. How can pastors, missionaries, and engaged lay leaders equip themselves to persevere in God’s work? Josh Zeichik, director of church engagement for Focus on the Family, explains why pastors and missionaries must be “focused.” Originally from Los Angeles, California, Josh came to Focus on the Family in 2017. Josh earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biblical counseling from The Masters University, and spent time in youth ministry, banking, and as a church-planter. He is currently pursuing his doctorate with an emphasis in pastoral leadership.  You can get more content from Josh at The Focused Pastor. You can watch the video version of this episode (and others!) on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/12/202228 minutes, 2 seconds
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Good News: God Doesn’t Need You

What’s the key to lasting in ministry—in a world that’s increasingly chewing up and spitting out Christian leaders? Josh Zeichik of Focus on the Family explains why God’s self-sufficiency is good news for those in ministry. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/7/202249 seconds
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How to Hold the Rope: Ryan Martin on Caring for Missionaries

Sending missionaries is only half the battle. If churches don’t continue to care for missionaries, both the missionary and the church will fail in ministry. In this episode, Ryan Martin shares critical insights from his new book Holding the Rope: How the Local Church Can Care for Its Sent Ones. Ryan serves as director of missions and operations with Lightbearers Ministries. He graduated in 2022 with a Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological seminary, where he also serves as a trustee. He has received an MDiv in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2008) and an undergraduate degree from Union University in Jackson, TN (2005). Prior to joining Lightbearers, he served for thirteen years as a missions pastor in the local church. Ryan lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Rebekah, and three children: Hudson, Annie, and Hattie. You can watch the video version of this episode (and others!) on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
12/5/202223 minutes, 55 seconds
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Mobilization Starts in the Church

Where do missionaries come from? The church. This week, Ryan Martin, author of the new book Holding the Rope: How the Local Church Can Care for Its Sent Ones, returns to explain how church leaders can call people to step out on mission. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/30/202242 seconds
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What’s Best Next: Missions and Productivity With Matt Perman

Personal productivity isn’t just important to professional success. It’s also important to the cause of global missions. This week, author Matt Perman lays out a theology of work, productivity, and cross-cultural ministry, drawing upon his book What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. Matt is director of career development at The King’s College NYC and co-founder of What’s Best Next. Previously he worked for Desiring God and Made to Flourish. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/28/202228 minutes, 50 seconds
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Missionary: Know Your Limits

It’s almost the holiday season. Not a great time for productivity, right? But this week, gospel-centered productivity expert Matt Perman explains why we should be realistic about our limits—and let God’s grace spur us on to greater activity. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/23/202249 seconds
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Is the Commission Still Great? Steve Richardson Answers

There’s no shortage of myths about missions. In this interview, Steve Richardson, president of Pioneers and author of Is the Commission Still Great? 8 Myths about Missions and What They Mean for the Church, dispels common misconceptions about the Great Commission and why it still matters. Steve Richardson has served as president of Pioneers-USA since 1999. Pioneers mobilizes and supports 3,200 missionaries and marketplace professionals who impact 500 unreached people groups in 95 countries. Steve was raised in Indonesia, where his parents planted churches in a jungle tribe. He witnessed the impact of the gospel on their war-like society, a story documented in his father's missionary classic, Peace Child. Steve and his wife, Arlene, also spent eleven years planting churches among an unreached people group in Southeast Asia. The Richardsons now live in Orlando, FL and have been blessed with four daughters and ten grandchildren. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/21/202226 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Most Important Thing Happening in the World Right Now

Steve Richardson, president of Pioneers and author of Is the Commission Still Great? 8 Myths about Missions and What They Mean for the Church, explains what he sees as the singularly most important global event right now. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/17/202228 seconds
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What Is Discipleship?

We’re called to make disciples of all nations. But how? Is discipleship a separate program added to the life of the church, or is it the sum total of the entire ministry of the church? And how do we know if we’re succeeding? Alex and Scott wrestle through these critical questions. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/14/202234 minutes, 8 seconds
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Christian: You’re Called to the Church

What is discipleship? Alex Kocman and Scott Dunford explore this often-misunderstood concept and its implications for global missions and local church life. Get more content at missionspodcast.com. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/9/202249 seconds
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When Helping Hurts With Brian Fikkert

Scripture commands us not only to preach the gospel but to care for the poor and suffering. But affluent North Americans can sometimes do more harm than good. How can we help without hurting? Author and professor Brian Fikkert joins to discuss his landmark missions book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself—and what the consequences of that book have been since its first publication 13 years ago. Dr. Brian Fikkert is a professor of economics and the founder and president of the Chalmers Center at Covenant College. Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals and co-author of five books. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/7/202239 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why Poverty Relief Often Fails

Coming up this week, Brian Fikkert, coauthor of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself, explains why good intentions aren't enough when it comes to serving the needy across the world. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
11/4/202249 seconds
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How Should Christians Respond When the Foreigner Comes?

By any measure, the number of unreached people groups coming to the US is at an all-time high. How should Christians react—not only politically, but spiritually? Scott Dunford and Alex Kocman wrestle through this question from the text of Scripture and discuss what God is doing through ABWE’s Afghan Initiative. You can hear a recent sermon Alex preached on this topic from 1 Kings 8 here. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/30/202229 minutes, 36 seconds
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God’s Heart for the Nations

Even in the Old Testament, God’s heart isn’t just for Israel but for all the world. How should that affect our view of the globe today? We’ll explore in our next episode. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/28/202249 seconds
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Missions History and Adoption: Dr. John Mark Yeats – #FTC22

What lessons does history teach us about the intersection of missions and mercy ministry? John Mark Yeats sits down to discuss missions movements in Great Britain, adoption, and more. Yeats serves as Vice President of Student Services, Dean of Students and Student Success, Title IX Coordinator, and Professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College. He earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and also holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University, and Criswell College. Yeats has authored three books and has contributed articles to multiple journals. John Mark is married to Angie, and they have four children: Briley, Sean, Cadie, and Jackson. Watch the video version of this episode here. You can access all of our For the Church National Conference exclusives here. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/24/202218 minutes, 6 seconds
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Muslims and the Adopting Love of God With Joe Allen – #FTC22

What does the doctrine of adoption have to do with reaching Muslims for Christ? Dr. Joe Allen explains the connection. Joe Allen serves as Assistant Professor of Missions at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He wrote his dissertation on “Soteriological Adoption for Muslim Evangelism: Engaging Muslims with the Trinitarian Love of God.” Watch the video version of this episode here. You can access all of our For the Church National Conference exclusives here. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/23/202217 minutes, 16 seconds
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Missions in the Old Testament and in the Horn of Africa: Jason DeRouchie Explains – #FTC22

How does God show his heart for the nations in the Old Testament? And how is he still showing it throughout the least-reached parts of the world? Dr. Jason DeRouchie, research professor of Old Testament and biblical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, gives some powerful exhortations. Watch the video version of this episode here. You can access all of our For the Church National Conference exclusives here. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/21/202222 minutes, 9 seconds
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Turnaround: Dr. Jason Allen on Transformative Leadership in Ministry – #FTC22

What can Christian leaders do when radical change is needed in a ministry? Dr. Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, shares insights missionaries, pastors, and everyday believers from his new book Turnaround: The Remarkable Story of an Institutional Transformation and the 10 Essential Principles and Practices that Made It Happen. Watch the video version of this episode here. In addition to his seminary duties, Dr. Allen has served as pastor and interim pastor of several Southern Baptist churches. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, as well as M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. Currently, in addition to his responsibilities as president of Midwestern Seminary, he serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries. You can access all of our For the Church National Conference exclusives here. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/21/202216 minutes, 9 seconds
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Charles Spurgeon as a Sending Pastor With Geoff Chang – #FTC22

Charles Spurgeon is beloved as the “prince of preachers.” But what did his church do for global missions? We explore with Geoff Chang, Assistant Professor of Church History and Historical Theology and the Curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Seminary. Watch the video version of this episode here. You can access all of our For the Church National Conference exclusives here. Chang is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A.), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Most recently, he completed his Ph.D. at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he wrote his dissertation on Charles H. Spurgeon’s ecclesiology. Prior to Midwestern, Geoff worked as a database consultant until he discerned a call to ministry. Since leaving the business world, he has served on the ministry staff at Houston Chinese Church (Houston, TX) and Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC), and most recently as associate pastor at Hinson Baptist Church (Portland, OR). He also serves the Book Review Editor for History & Historical Theology at Themelios, the academic journal for The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/19/202215 minutes, 41 seconds
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The ‘Simple’ Trinity in Missions: Matthew Barrett – #FTC22

Missions exists to spread the knowledge of God. But who is God? And how are evangelicals today getting the Trinity wrong? Dr. Matthew Barrett of Midwestern Seminary gives such much-needed insights at the For the Church conference. Watch the video version of this episode here. Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, including None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God; God's Word Alone; Canon, Covenant and Christology; 40 Questions About Salvation; Salvation by Grace; Owen on the Christian Life; Reformation Theology; and The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls. He is the series editor of The 5 Solas Series with Zondervan. He is also the host of the Credo Podcast where he talks theology with the best theologians today about the most important doctrines of the Christian faith. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/16/202226 minutes, 54 seconds
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Is Missions Easier Than You Think? Steven Wendel Explains – #FTC22

Many Christians avoid missions because it’s only for the elite. But ABWE missionary Steven Wendel explains why that isn’t necessarily true. Watch the video version of this episode here. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/13/202223 minutes, 30 seconds
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What Is Fusion? Erik Odegard Answers – #FTC22

The Fusion program at Spurgeon College and Midwestern Seminary trains students for the mission field in ways a normal classroom can’t. Does it work? Erik Odegard, Fusion director, answers. Watch the video version of this episode here. Mr. Erik Odegard serves Spurgeon College as assistant professor of Intercultural Studies. He is a two-time graduate of Midwestern Seminary, holding a B.A. in Christian Ministry (Cross-Cultural Studies concentration) and a Master of Theological Studies. Erik and his wife, Morgan, live in Kansas City with their daughter, Emma, and have been happy members of Cross Fellowship Church since 2013. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/12/20228 minutes, 9 seconds
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Cooperation, Direct Sending, or Both? Paul Davis Answers – #FTC22

How should local churches work together in the cause of missions? Should more churches cooperate? Is direct sending and support raising the best option? We kick off our first feature from For the Church 2022 by talking to Paul Davis, ABWE president. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/11/202211 minutes, 52 seconds
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When Couples Disagree About Their Calling: Scott and Tara Dunford Share

How should a wife respond when she senses a calling to missions but her husband doesn’t? What about when the husband believes he is called but his wife doesn’t? And what role does the husband’s authority play? We dive into a listener’s questions this week with Scott and his wife, Tara. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/9/202243 minutes, 56 seconds
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Give the Holy Spirit Some Credit

What do we do when loved ones disagree with our sense of calling into missions? This week, Tara Dunford talks about her family’s decision-making process with missions, and why we need to trust the Holy Spirit to do the persuading. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/7/202242 seconds
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Seeds and Stars: Resting in Christ for Great Commission Service With E.D. Burns

Many modern evangelicals confuse God’s law with God’s grace, mistaking rules and best practices for the gospel itself. How can missionaries understand the difference between law and grace, and what impact can it have on their ministry? E.D. Burns returns to the show this week to discuss his upcoming book with Founders Press, Seeds and Stars: Resting in Christ for Great Commission Service. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
10/2/202236 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Power Is in the Seed, Not the Seed Thrower

In missions and in ministry in general, we often think it’s our job to achieve results. But in this week’s upcoming episode, E.D. Burns shares why we’re only responsible to scatter the gospel seed. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/28/202242 seconds
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A Pastoral Approach to Theological Training

The world’s pastors need training. But they also need shepherding. This week, Live Global missionary David Prairie shares how we can approach the task of global theological education with a pastoral heart. David Prairie serves on ABWE's Live Global team doing theological education, pastoral training, and ministry mentoring for students and church leaders internationally. He has a doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and lives in Chattanooga, TN with his wife, Brandi, and four children, where he also serves at Grace Baptist Church. Support his ministry. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/25/202233 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Right Type of Training

The world’s pastors need training. But they also need shepherding. This week, Live Global missionary David Prairie shares how we can approach the task of global theological education with a pastoral heart. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/21/202249 seconds
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The Air We Breathe: Glen Scrivener on the Ghost of Christianity in Western Culture

Why does Western society believe in ideals like freedom and equality? Where did we get the notion of human rights or self-sacrifice? What about the idea of “secularism” itself? This week, author and apologist Glen Scrivener explains how the specter of Christianity continues to haunt the Western mind—and how, as missionaries, we can reclaim it. Glen is the author of The Air We Breathe: How We All Came to Believe in Freedom, Kindness, Progress, and Equality. is passionate about people meeting Christ and equipping Christians to share their faith. He's often found speaking at churches and universities, in the studio producing online media or in his office, writing books and other evangelistic material. Glen is married to Emma, and they have a daughter, Ruby and son, J.J. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/18/202238 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Shadow of the Cross Over the West

Western culture is haunted by the spectre of Christianity. How did the cross revolutionize the direction of history? Author and director of Speak Life, Glen Scrivener, shares in this week’s upcoming episode. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/14/202253 seconds
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The Beauty of International Churches: Dr. Michael Crane

English-speaking churches in cities like Dubai or Bangkok don’t appear to be the most missiologically strategic—at least on paper. But as with any local church, there’s more to international churches than meets the eye. Dr. Michael Crane returns to the show to share the beauties, challenges, and unique blessings of expat fellowships abroad and multiethnic churches at home. Michael and his wife moved to Southeast Asia working in a variety of roles with development agencies. During this time, Michael completed a Ph.D. in urban missiology. Michael Crane (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.) loves cities and loves the church. Michael has lived in a number of global cities (Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and San Francisco). He serves as faculty of two different seminaries and is a co-director of Radius Global Cities Network, an urban research think-tank that assists the church in seeking the welfare of the city. In addition, he is involved in training and equipping church planters through City to City. Michael has contributed to a number of books and articles on topics related to the city. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/11/202234 minutes, 44 seconds
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Church: Don’t Be Comfortable With Just Who You Have

In our next episode, missiologist Dr. Michael Crane returns to the show to talk about international churches and the unique intersection of missiological issues they unearth. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/9/202245 seconds
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When a Sending Church Un-Sends a Missionary

What should missionaries do when a sending church withdraws their support? If we value submission to the local church as much as we value missions, the answer isn’t always easy. This week, Scott Dunford and Alex Kocman discuss how overseas workers can address rifts with their home church.  Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
9/4/202237 minutes, 58 seconds
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Christian: Remember Who You Are in Christ

Coming up this week, we’re having a candid conversation about what happens when a missionary’s church withdraws his or her support. Stay tuned. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/31/202249 seconds
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Josh McDowell: What Missionaries Need to Know About Apologetics

What do missionaries need to know about apologetics? Veteran author, speaker, and apologetics Josh McDowell reminds us about our commitment to defending truth—and sharing the evidence. Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for more than 58 years. He shares the essentials of the Christian faith in everyday language so that people of all ages and stages can know Christ, understand what they believe and why it is true, and learn how to live, share and defend their faith. Well-known as an articulate speaker, Josh has spoken to approximately 46 million people in 139 countries. Josh has written or co-authored 152 books with some translated in 128 languages. These include More Than a Carpenter with over 27 million copies distributed. He also authored Evidence That Demands a Verdict, named by World Magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books and one of the thirteen most influential books on Christian thought of the last 50 years. Evidence That Demands a Verdict also won the 2018 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association award in the Bible Reference Book category. Believe in our mission? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/28/202238 minutes, 27 seconds
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Josh McDowell: Are You Ready to Give an Answer?

Christians in the US and across the world live among people that are hostile to truth. Are we equipped to defend our faith? Veteran apologist Josh McDowell asks some penetrating questions in this week’s episode. Believe in our mission? You can support this podcast through ABWE. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/24/202242 seconds
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What Motivates Gen Z Towards Missions?

The generation now coming of age is fraught with anxiety and feeling isolated. What will it take for missionaries and church leaders to motivate Generation Z towards cross-cultural missions? We explore this fascinating question with Dr. Jolene Erlacher, author, speaker, consultant, leadership coach, and teacher. Dr. Jolene Erlacher founded Leading Tomorrow in 2014 with the aim of equipping churches, businesses, schools, missions agencies and other organizations for effective inter-generational leadership in an evolving culture.  Her passion for equipping a new generation of leaders emerged from various leadership experiences in education and ministry.  Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/21/202240 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Difference Between Millennials and Gen Z

This week, researcher Dr. Jolene Erlacher shares the differences between mobilizing Millennials for cross-cultural missions and motivating Generation Z. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/17/202242 seconds
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Medical Missions, Church Planting, and Lessons Learned in Africa: Steven Chmil

Steven Chmil serves as a surgeon and church-planting missionary in Togo. Now returned from his first term overseas, Steven shares the unique challenges, blessings, and opportunities of ministry in an Islamic context where precision—theological and medical—matters. Learn more about Steven’s ministry or support him and Bethany here. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/14/202233 minutes, 31 seconds
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Having Surgical Precision in Doctrine

What does healthcare have to do with theology? Missionary surgeon Steven Chmil shares why having surgical precision is essential in both domains. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/12/202249 seconds
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Mission-Driven Christian Leadership in Cowardly Times: Joel Wayne

Where are the leaders in the church—much less the mission field? Pastor Joel Wayne of bethechurch.org and Chapel Pointe weighs in this week on how churches and missionaries can solve the leadership pipeline and raise up leaders when it counts. Joel’s is also the founder and executive director of Be the Church, a movement to revitalize the local church through authentic leadership development. Joel holds a business degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Divinity from Mercer University. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/7/202239 minutes, 21 seconds
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Will Christian Leaders Speak Up?

Pastor Joel Wayne shares a stirring challenge for Christians on the mission field and at home in changing days. Tune in this upcoming Sunday night to hear the full episode. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
8/5/202249 seconds
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‘Glurbanization,’ Church Planting, and Why Our Definition of ‘People Group’ Is Outdated: Dr. Michael Crane

Globalization has made the world smaller and smaller. Increasingly, cities are overtaking suburban and rural areas as the center of society. What does all this mean for church planting? Is the ethnolinguistic people group definition itself outdated? Missiologist Dr. Michael Crane unpacks the implications of what he calls “glurbanization.” Michael and his wife moved to Southeast Asia working in a variety of roles with development agencies. During this time, Michael completed a Ph.D. in urban missiology. Michael Crane (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.) loves cities and loves the church. Michael has lived in a number of global cities (Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and San Francisco). He serves as faculty of two different seminaries and is a co-director of Radius Global Cities Network, an urban research think-tank that assists the church in seeking the welfare of the city. In addition, he is involved in training and equipping church planters through City to City. Michael has contributed to a number of books and articles on topics related to the city. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/31/202240 minutes, 33 seconds
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Missiology Needs to Change

Coming up in this week’s episode: missiology Michael Crane explains why missiology’s outdated views of ethnicity need to change. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/28/202249 seconds
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#RMC22: The Final Word

In this tenth and final exclusive from the Radius Missiology Conference, Alex Kocman and Scott Dunford discuss their favorite takeaways from their conversations with Kevin DeYoung, Ian Hamilton, Brad Buser, Brooks Buser, Wayne Chen, Chad Vegas, Jonathan Master, and Steve Meister. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Listen to all of our RMC22 exclusives here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/25/202217 minutes, 12 seconds
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#RMC22: Steve Meister on Classical Hermeneutics and Bible Translation

Right now, two controversies are brewing. In the world of theology, conservative evangelicals are torn over classical theism and pre-modern hermeneutics. And in the missions world, Bible translation methodologies remain a lightning-rod issue. In this meaty conversation from the Radius Missiology Conference, Steve Meister, pastor and board member for Bible Translation Fellowship, explains why these two theological controversies are two sides of the same coin—and how classical hermeneutics can cut through the fog currently enveloping missiology. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Listen to all of our RMC22 exclusives here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/24/202229 minutes, 43 seconds
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#RMC22: Growing in Grace as a Missionary With Jonathan Master

What does it mean for a Christian on mission to “grow in grace”? Dr. Jonathan Master, president of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, explains at the recent Radius Missiology Conference. Learn more about GPTS’s new partnership with Radius at gpts.edu/radius-partnership. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Listen to all of our RMC22 exclusives here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/21/202222 minutes, 13 seconds
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#RMC22: What You Might Not Know About Missions in Asia: Wayne Chen

What is the state of the church in Asia? And what makes Asian missions so unique? We talk to Wayne Chen, director of Radius Asia, at the recent Radius Missiology Conference. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Listen to all of our RMC22 exclusives here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/20/202210 minutes, 9 seconds
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#RMC22: Brad Buser on Missionary Endurance

Before helping found Radius International, Brad Buser served among the Iteri people of Papua New Guinea. Continuing our theme of finishing well, we ask him how he instills endurance in the missionaries he trains in this interview from the recent Radius International Missiology Conference. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Listen to all of our RMC22 exclusives here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/19/202220 minutes, 1 second
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#RMC22: Ian Hamilton on the Missionary Life as Abiding in Christ

How can missionaries serve in the midst of difficult, spiritually-dry seasons? And did Jesus himself ever feel like all his labors were for nothing? Dr. Ian Hamilton—theologian, minister, author, and president of Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Newcastle, England—shares some surprising answers at the recent Radius International Missiology Conference. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Listen to all of our RMC22 exclusives here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/17/202227 minutes, 7 seconds
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#RMC22: Brooks Buser on Leaving Well

Missions done well means staying the course. So how do you know when it’s time to transition off the field and entrust local believers with leadership? Brooks Buser, president of Radius International, discusses his experience among the YembiYembi people in Papua New Guinea at the recent Radius International Missiology Conference. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Listen to all of our RMC22 exclusives here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/16/202215 minutes, 41 seconds
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#RMC22: Kevin DeYoung on the Mission of the Church

What is the church’s mission? Better yet, what isn’t her mission? Alex and Scott talk to pastor, author, and theologian Kevin DeYoung at the recent Radius International Missiology Conference. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Listen to all of our RMC22 exclusives here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/15/202211 minutes, 54 seconds
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#RMC22: Are We Idolizing Missions? A Chat With Chad Vegas

For some Christians, missions is out of sight and out of mind. For others, it’s the absolute center of the Christian life. Is it possible for us to make an idol out of missions? If so, how would we know we’ve done so? We ask Chad Vegas, co-founder of Radius International and pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Bakersfield, CA in this second RMC22 exclusive. Watch the video version of this episode on the ABWE YouTube channel. Listen to all of our RMC22 exclusives here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/14/202211 minutes, 43 seconds
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#RMC22: Why the Radius Missiology Conference?

We recently attended the 2022 Radius International Missiology Conference to capture some exclusive content. Here’s the first in a series of exclusive, behind-the-scenes episodes from RMC. Enjoy! Watch the video version of this episode here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/13/20226 minutes, 12 seconds
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Missionary Security, Big Tech, and Cancel Culture

Watch the video version of this episode here. Thanks to modern technology, our every move is tracked and recorded. What does this mean for missionaries living and serving in parts of the world where evangelism is illegal? And what might it soon mean for Christians in the Western world facing an increasingly hostile environment? This week, Alex and Scott talk to Andrew, executive director for Live Global about digital security and missions. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/10/202245 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to Talk to a Missionary in a Closed Country

Risk is right… or is it? In this week’s upcoming episode, we talk to an IT security expert about the best, most secure ways to communicate with missionaries in restricted-access fields. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/8/202242 seconds
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The ‘Three Worlds’ of Evangelicalism: A Paradigm for Missions? Aaron Renn Answers

Watch the video version of this episode here. In the US, being a Christian used to be a prerequisite for popularity as a politician or social influencer. That hasn’t been true for a while. But why? And, what can analyzing the state of Christianity in America teach us about the state of Christianity in other nations? Aaron Renn weighs in with some penetrating insights from his First Things article on the ‘three worlds’ of evangelicalism. Aaron M. Renn is an opinion-leading urban analyst, consultant, speaker and writer on a mission to help America’s cities and people thrive and find real success in the 21st century. He focuses on urban, economic development and infrastructure policy in the greater American Midwest. He also regularly contributes to and is cited by national and global media outlets, and his work has appeared in many publications, including the The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He also founded American Reformer. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @aaron_renn. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
7/3/202241 minutes, 55 seconds
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When Did Christianity Become So Unpopular?

What changed in the Western mind to make biblical Christianity suddenly so abhorrent in the public eye? Social researcher Aaron Renn shares his “three worlds” explanation in this week’s upcoming interview. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
6/30/202253 seconds
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The Stranger on Our Shore With Joshua Sherif

Watch the video version of this episode here. Joshua Sherif grew up Muslim, escaped from Egypt, and found Christ in the US. In The Stranger at Our Shore, he shares his remarkable testimony, Chicago pastor Joshua Sherif calls the Western Church to reconsider the plight of the modern day sojourners in our land—the strangers at our shore and the ones living right next door—and to return wholeheartedly to its first charge: making disciples. Joshua was born in Egypt to a Muslim family and immigrated to the United States, where he later came to faith in Jesus. For the past decade, he has planted and pastored in Albany Park, Chicago, IL, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country. His congregation represents more than thirty nationalities, speaking twenty languages. Josh has enjoyed his years equipping and coaching other missionaries and pastors around the world. His story was featured in Love Costs Everything, a documentary produced by CIY and Voice of the Martyrs, concerning Christian persecution. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/26/202227 minutes, 7 seconds
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Do Christians Love Foreigners?

Joshua Sherif wasn’t always a Christian. But he wrote The Stranger on Our Shore: How Immigrants and Refugees Strengthen the Church not to critique the church, but to praise the church for the way experienced God’s love when he was leaving his Muslim background. Hear more in this Sunday’s interview. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
6/24/202249 seconds
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Pride, Culture, and Mission With Josh Teis

Watch the video version of this episode here. Western culture has made a radical shift. How should Christians respond? What does the gospel have to say about sexuality? How can we approach a culture of pride as bold, humble missionaries? Alex and Scott talk to Josh Teis, pastor of Southern Hills Church in Las Vegas, N.V., and founder of Idea Network. To purchase and replay the EveryEthne LGBTQ webinar, click here. He earned his B.A. in Pastoral Theology from Pensacola Christian College where he met his wife, Heather, and also holds a Master’s in Bible Exposition and his M.Div. from Liberty University. Josh leads Idea Network and hosts The Idea Talks Podcast. Josh and his wife Heather have one son, Jonathan David, and two daughters, Savannah Tyler and Scarlett Noel. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/19/202233 minutes, 58 seconds
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How Should We Talk About Sexual Sin?

How should Christians talk about sexual sin in our present culture? Pastor Josh Teis takes us back to the pages of Scripture and the Apostle Paul’s approach. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
6/17/202242 seconds
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How to Reach LGBTQ With the Gospel: Jim Childs

Enter our giveaway to attend the Radius Missiology Conference in person or virtually. Details at missionspodcast.com/radius22. Many of us are afraid to directly present Christ to those caught up in the LGBTQ subculture. Should we be afraid? How can we win the person, not just the argument? And what does Scripture say? In this episode, we cut from our normal format to present you a conversation between Alex Kocman, Jim Childs, Kylie Dulo, and Drew Polanycia that took place in March of 2022 on the Idea Talks podcast. You can hear our previous interview with Jim here. Jim Childs serves with ABWE in the US through EveryEthne, helping churches engage LGBTQ individuals with the gospel. Learn more here. This episode is brought to you in collaboration with the Idea Network. To learn more about Idea Network and purchase access to the replay of their LGBTQ webinar with Jim Childs, Christopher Yuan, and more, visit IdeaNetwork.church. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/12/202256 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why Missionaries Must Read Old Books: Banner of Truth’s John Rawlinson

Enter our giveaway to attend the Radius Missiology Conference in person or virtually. Details at missionspodcast.com/radius22. The Missions Podcast exists to help goers think and thinkers go. Perhaps no other modern Christian publisher is more concerned with helping believers to think deeply about—and experience—the things of God than Banner of Truth. What cross-cultural impact is the Banner having globally, and why should missionaries steep themselves in the riches of the Puritan tradition and historic Protestantism? John Rawlinson, Banner’s general manager, visits the studio for an encouraging conversation. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
6/5/202242 minutes, 7 seconds
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Too Busy Chasing Methods?

Coming up: Are we so busy chasing the latest fads in missions that we forget the tried-and-true? John Rawlinson, General Manager of Banner of Truth Trust, joins the show to talk about the riches of the Puritan heritage and what it means for missions practitioners today. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
6/1/202234 seconds
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When Helping Works: Michael Badriaki on Western Dependence in Uganda

Enter our giveaway to attend the Radius Missiology Conference in person or virtually. Details at missionspodcast.com/radius22. Many missions-minded Christians have read When Helping Hurts and resonated with its message—that sometimes in missionary work, we can do more harm than good in the name of Jesus. But in When Helping Works: Alleviating Fear and Pain in Global Missions, Michael Bamwesigye Badriaki offers a counter-perspective. Is creating “dependence” on foreign missionaries the worst possible outcome? And are we making excuses that allow us to ignore the needy? Dr. Michael B. Badriaki has worked globally in education, holistic missions, global health, and consulting and leadership development for over 20 years. He is passionate about human flourishing, sharing hope and love with people. Michael is also committed to caring for people and children affected by war, poverty and certain hardships. Michael and Kristen co-founded the Global Leadership Community where together with a global team they seek to nurture leadership through quality education. Michael now serves as high school and middle school principal at Lancaster Mennonite in Lancaster, Pa. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected].
5/29/202245 minutes, 19 seconds
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What’s Wrong With Creating ‘Dependence?’

What’s wrong with creating “dependence” on foreign missionaries? This week, Michael Bamwesigye Badriaki, author of When Helping Works: Alleviating Fear and Pain in Global Missions, challenges our conventional wisdom. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/27/202242 seconds
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What Is Every Christian’s Calling?

Should every Christian be in ministry? How do missions and evangelism fit with our theology of work? This week, we take a break from our normal conversation format as Alex Kocman answers in this lecture on 1 Peter 2:9-12 delivered to the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the C.S. Lewis Institute. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/22/202250 minutes, 33 seconds
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Does Evangelism Have to Be Scary?

Evangelism can’t be one-size-fits-all. Or can it? This week, Scott Dunford and Alex Kocman discuss their upbringing doing door-to-door evangelism, methods of presenting the gospel, contextualization, and the Book of Acts. If you’ve ever been discouraged in your efforts to share your faith, this conversation will embolden you. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/15/202237 minutes, 51 seconds
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Let’s Talk About Evangelism

This week: It’s back to the basics. Let’s have a conversation about how to do evangelism. Is there a one-size-fits-all method? New episodes Sundays at 7 p.m. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/13/202242 seconds
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T4G22: Jason Allen on Building Missions Cultures in Christian Leadership

How can Christian leaders make time to prioritize short-term missions trips? Jason Allen shares how he’s built a missions culture inside of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, which he leads as president. Also featured in this conversation is Paul Davis, president of ABWE. In addition to his seminary duties, Dr. Allen has served as pastor and interim pastor of several Southern Baptist churches. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, as well as M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. Currently, in addition to his responsibilities as president of Midwestern Seminary, he serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/10/202217 minutes, 36 seconds
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T4G22: Brooks Buser on Missionary Training That Matters

Too many styles of missions promise fast results. What kind of training to missionaries really need? Brooks Buser of Radius International returns to the show during T4G. Brooks and Nina Buser planted a church among the Yembiyembi people in Papua New Guinea. In 2016, they returned to San Diego. Both Brooks and Nina participate in the teaching at Radius International as well as leading and traveling to spread the word about the necessity of training. Follow Brooks on Twitter. Hear our previous conversations with Brooks here. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/8/202214 minutes, 15 seconds
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T4G22: The Need for Church Planting With Thad Bergmeier

Thousands of churches worldwide are closing each year. What can we do to stem the tide? Thad Bergmeier, executive director of EveryEthne, shares solutions. Join the movement. Sign up to participate in the Day of Prayer for Church Planting. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/7/20228 minutes, 25 seconds
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T4G22: Why the Need for Speed in Missions? Sean DeMars and Caleb Morrell

Why do Americans have such a need for speed in missions, and how can we change that? Alex sits down with Sean DeMars of Confirm and Defend podcast and Caleb Morrell of 9Marks and Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Caleb Morell is a child of missionaries and graduate of Georgetown University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves on staff at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.  Sean DeMars is pastor at 6th Avenue Community Church in Decatur, Alabama. He previously served in Peru as a missionary. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Hear our previous interview with Sean on prosperity heresy and the American Gospel film here. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/6/202213 minutes, 49 seconds
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T4G22: Ryan Robertson on Reaching and Teaching

Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is a theological mecca. In this conversation, Ryan Robertson, president of Reaching and Teaching International Ministries, shares his burden to take the riches of theological rigor in a place like Louisville and unleash is across the globe. Ryan Robertson has served as the President of Reaching & Teaching since April 2020. Robertson has previously served in executive leadership positions for public companies and other non-profit organizations, and has been a board member of several different charities. In 2014, he obtained his CPA from the State of Massachusetts. Robertson is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Missiology program at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ryan and his wife Erin have three children and are members of Third Avenue Baptist Church. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/5/202211 minutes, 27 seconds
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T4G22: Matt Bennett on the Qur’an and the Christian

How do Muslims think? What should Christians know about the Qur’an? And how is any of that helpful in missions? Our friend Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology at Cedarville University, returns to talk about his new book, The Qur’an and the Christian, in this exclusive interview recorded live at Together for the Gospel. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Hear our previous interviews with Matt here. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
5/4/202216 minutes, 39 seconds
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T4G22: Charles Smith and Paul Davis on Missions, Education, and the Church

Why do so few seminary graduates go to the mission field? Charles Smith, vice president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and ABWE board member, and Paul Davis, ABWE president, share solutions. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Hear our previous interviews with Charles here. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. 
5/3/202220 minutes, 42 seconds
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T4G22: Zane Pratt on Methods and Defining ‘Church’

When it comes to the popular methods used on the mission field today, we often talk past one another. What do we mean by “church,” “convert,” or “disciple”? Zane Pratt, vice president of training for IMB, returns to the show. Hear our previous interviews with Zane here. You can watch the video version of this episode here, or watch all of our T4G exclusives on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. 
5/1/202226 minutes, 15 seconds
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T4G22: Why National Partnerships? David Prairie on Live Global

Missions is no longer from the West to the rest—it’s from everywhere, to everywhere. In this T4G exclusive, Live Global missionary David Prairie explains why their model is challenging traditional missions assumptions. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. 
4/30/202210 minutes, 54 seconds
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T4G22: Why Upstream Sending? Nathan Sloan Shares

Sending missionaries is the local church’s job—so why start a new parachurch missions sending organization? Nathan Sloan, pastor and executive director of the Upstream Sending explains in this exclusive interview recorded at the final Together for the Gospel conference. Nathan has a Doctor of Missiology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, Nathan and his wife Sarah served as missionaries in Kathmandu, Nepal, training national pastors and working with an unreached people group. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Hear our previous interview with Nathan here. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. 
4/29/202210 minutes, 18 seconds
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T4G22: Women and Singles in Missions? Lisa LaGeorge’s Take

Why do so many women and singles pursue missions—and what does it mean for biblical manhood and womanhood? Dr. Lisa LaGeorge, director of CHF Academy at Children’s Hunger Fund in Sylmar, CA, returns to the show to talk about her experiences as a complementarian woman on mission. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Hear our previous interview with Lisa here. You can also read her blog or follow her on Twitter. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. 
4/28/202212 minutes, 42 seconds
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T4G22: Prayer and Movements? Jonathan Arnold Explains

Prayer is the beating heart of missions. But how should we pray? Can we repeat pre-written prayers, or is that inauthentic? And what can history teach us about how prayer has sparked missions movements? Our friend Dr. Jonathan Arnold returns to the show to explain in this bonus interview. This conversation was recorded live at Together for the Gospel 2022 in Louisville, Kent. Watch or listen to more of our T4G22 exclusives. You can watch the video version of this episode on the Missions Podcast Facebook page. Hear our previous episodes with Jonathan Arnold here. Dr. Arnold serves as associate professor of church history and historical theology in the School of Theology and director of Research Doctoral Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has held a range of academic and ministerial positions including, senior pastor, student ministry leader, professor, and college administrator. Read more here. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. 
4/27/20228 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Russian Church, Ukraine, and What American Christians Can Learn: Yevgeny Bakhmutsky at T4G22

American believers aren’t the only ones polarized over the last few years. For believers in Russia, the conflict in Ukraine is driving the same wedge through congregations that the social justice debate is in the West. How is the Russian church doing? How do Russian Christians view Ukraine? And what can American Christians and missionaries learn? Pastor and professor Yevgeny Bakhmutsky answers in this exclusive interview hosted at the final Together for the Gospel (T4G). Bakhmutsky is a pastor in Moscow, Russia. Visit his site or follow him on Twitter. Visit his site or follow him on Twitter. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. 
4/24/202232 minutes, 21 seconds
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Live at T4G22

It’s the final Together for the Gospel conference, and Scott and Alex are recording on the convention floor and connecting with missions experts and Christian leaders from across the nation. Tune in to our first update! Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
4/20/20226 minutes, 58 seconds
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Peter Greer: Helping Without Hurting, Avoiding Mission Drift, and Supporting Enterprise

Sometimes in missions, helping can hurt. But have we taken that simple fact too far—as an excuse for inaction? Peter Greer, president of HOPE International, explains how missionaries can responsibly approach the problem of poverty and how churches and ministries can avoid mission drift. Peter Greer is the president and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered economic development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. As an advocate for the Church’s role in missions and alleviating extreme poverty, Peter has co-authored over 10 books, including Mission Drift (selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Rooting for Rivals (selected as a 2019 Leadership Resource of the Year in Outreach magazine), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (selected as one of the top 40 books on poverty by WORLD Magazine), Created to Flourish (which his mom reviewed with five stars and a smiley face emoji), and The Gift of Disillusionment. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
4/17/202236 minutes, 26 seconds
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Admitting When Helping Hurts: Peter Greer

Coming this Sunday: Sometimes in the world of missions, our best efforts to help those in need can actually hurt. But has that become an excuse to do nothing? Peter Greer, president of HOPE International, explains. New episodes Sundays at 7 p.m. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
4/13/202244 seconds
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Doing Ministry Out of the Overflow: Kyle Farran

Whether you’re in missions or ministry at home, we all struggle to labor in the strength God provides. How can we make sure we’re serving out of the overflow of our hearts? Kyle Farran, ABWE missionary and author of Overflowing: Ministry and Missions That Flow From the Heart. Serving as the Regional Director of Western Europe, Kyle lives in Portugal and serve the missionaries in that region. His goal is to facilitate effective ministries by providing spiritual care, encouragement, leadership development, and recruitment. Learn more or support Kyle’s ministry. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
4/10/202228 minutes, 14 seconds
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Who Will Hear ‘Well Done’?

Coming up this week: author and missionary Kyle Farran explains who will hear “well done, good and faithful servant” at the end of their race. Tune in this Sunday to hear the full interview. New episodes Sundays at 7 p.m. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
4/6/202242 seconds
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Doing Missions Committees Right: Paul Davis Shares

For some, the word “committee” means slow, ineffective bureaucracy. How can we keep the passive, maintenance mindset out of our local church missions committees? And what does Scripture have to say about this mode of church organization? ABWE President Paul Davis answers. Mentioned in this episode: Missions by the Book (Chad Vegas and Alex Kocman)Launch Point7 Habits of Highly Effective Missions CommitteesABWE Church Resource LibraryPaulLDavis.com & ConsultationsOperation World Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
4/3/202237 minutes, 43 seconds
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Are Missions Committees Even Biblical?

In this week’s upcoming episode, ABWE President Paul Davis discusses the biblical rationale for—and critiques of—modern missions programs, teams, and committees in local churches. New episodes Sundays at 7 p.m. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/30/202253 seconds
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Jesus, Ukraine, and the Soviet Union: Duane Early

Around the time that the Soviet Union fell, Ukraine experienced massive spiritual revival. Duane Early, who served there as a missionary, is convinced that’s part of the reason Ukraine is being targeted today. In this interview, he explains the current situation in Ukraine, miracles that happened during that revival, lessons learned, and missiological takeaways that can be applied anywhere. To help missionaries meet Ukrainian refugees’ needs and share the gospel to those affected by the war, support the Ukraine Crisis Fund. Duane Early is ABWE’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. The Lord led Duane into full-time ministry while a student at the University of Michigan. He continued his education and theological training at Summit University in Clarks Summit, PA, and Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. Duane and his wife, Susan, were involved in two pastoral ministries and one church plant during their first 15 years of marriage. In the 90s, the Lord led them Duane, Sue, and their two daughters to join ABWE in order to open and lead the first team in the country of Ukraine. The team was able to grow both in quantity and quality while developing the Church Ministries Institute, multiply churches, and launch mission endeavors throughout the Russian-speaking world. In 2000, Duane was asked to serve as the Regional Director for Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and in 2009, Duane became Vice President of Global Operations. He began his current role in 2017. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/27/202230 minutes, 45 seconds
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Will the Soviet Union Return?

In our next episode, Duane Early, former missionary to Ukraine and current vice president of strategic partnerships with ABWE, explains how Ukrainians reacted when the Soviet Union fell—and how it informed their missiological tactics. New episodes Sundays at 7 p.m. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/23/202244 seconds
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How One Missionary Started a Century-Long Movement: Jim Ruff on ABWE Founder Raphael Thomas

Watch the video version of this episode here. In 1927, the evangelical church was split in two—between gospel-proclaiming fundamentalists and followers of the social gospel. Caught in the struggle was Baptist missionary Dr. Raphael Thomas. When his life and ministry took some unexpected turns, he was faced with a choice—and his actions sparked a missions movement nearly 100 years long. Who was Raphael Thomas? Jim Ruff, missionary and author of an upcoming biography on the ABWE founder, walks us through Thomas’ life and why it matters for Christians today. Learn more about the legacy of Dr. Thomas and its connection to the mission today. Jim (M.Div., D.Min.) is a retired church-planting and leadership training missionary to Japan (20 years) and Trainer and Associate Director of training for ABWE (14 years). He’s also served for a term in church planting in the Chicago area. He wrote one of the ABWE Bible courses, and serves as a Proctor for missionaries taking the Methods of Bible Study course. For the past seven years, he’s taught at Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit University. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/20/202239 minutes, 29 seconds
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Jesus’ Imminent Return?

Is Jesus is returning at any moment, what happens to missionary efforts? That was a concern of ABWE’s founding missionary, Dr. Raphael Thomas, 100 years ago. Veteran missionary Jim Ruff explains in this week’s upcoming episode. New episodes Sundays at 7 p.m. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/17/202242 seconds
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The Forgotten Principle of Money and Missions: Conley Owens on ‘The Dorean Principle’

Watch the video version of this episode here. Throughout the ministry world, content is exchanged for money. But is this biblical? Or should the rest of the Christian world take a cue from how missionaries have operated all along? In The Dorean Principle, Pastor Conley Owens analyzes the puzzling biblical teachings on fundraising and reaches some startling conclusions that apply to anyone in ministry. Conley Owens (M.Div., The Log College & Seminary) is a pastor at Silicon Valley Reformed Baptist Church and a senior software engineer at Google. He lives with his wife and seven children in Sunnyvale, California. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/13/202231 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ukraine Refugee Update: Caleb Suko Exclusive

When we last spoke with our friend Caleb Suko, the Russia-Ukraine war hadn’t yet begun. Now, he’s taken refuge—along with two million others—in another country. In this episode, he provides live updates from Moldova and explains how God is at work among the body of Christ and the masses of refugees. You can support the Ukraine Crisis Fund at abwe.org/ukrainehelp. Since 2007 Caleb has served as a missionary in Odessa, Ukraine where he is pastor at Hope for People Church and director of the “Evangelism Today” center for evangelism and discipleship. Caleb attended Shasta Bible College and graduated from Northwest Baptist Seminary in 2005 with a Master’s of Divinity. Together with his wife Christina their desire is to help believers and churches to do biblical evangelism and discipleship through training seminars on evangelism and discipleship for churches, personal discipleship, and working closely with national pastors to help strengthen and multiply the church in Ukraine and beyond. The Sukos also have five children. Support their ministry. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/11/202240 minutes, 52 seconds
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What if Everyone Fundraised Like a Missionary?

We all know that missionary life usually means asking for financial support. That scares many people away. But what if that’s the way all sorts of ministries are supposed to work? Hear Conley Owens, author of The Dorean Principle, explain in the next episode. New episodes Sundays at 7 p.m. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/10/202249 seconds
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Nik Ripken on Persecution, Missions, and Ukraine

Nik Ripken has collected the stories of suffering believers from all over the world—including Ukraine. In this episode, he talks to us about missions and what he’s learned from time spent with persecuted believers in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Nik (pseudonym) is the author of The Insanity of God (2013) and other books, and previously served as a missionary with the IMB beginning in 1991. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/7/202230 minutes, 23 seconds
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Nik Ripken: ‘You Get the Country You Deserve’

Coming up in our next episode: Nik Ripken shares his insights from observing the persecuted church in Ukraine and around the world—and what it all has to do with missions and our own country. New episodes Sundays at 7 p.m. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
3/4/202256 seconds
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No Shortcuts to Success: Matt Rhodes’ ‘Manifesto’

Watch the video version of this episode here. Americans have a need for speed—and missionaries aren’t immune. But in his new “manifesto,” author and missionary Matt Rhodes explains why faithful missions requires long-term commitment. This week, we talk to him about historic missionaries’ example, why definitions matter, and how to gain agreement on a field team. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
2/27/202239 minutes, 22 seconds
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Mission Affirmed: Elliot Clark on Recovering Paul’s Missionary Motivation

Watch the video version of this episode here. Christians talk a lot about grace. We get it from the Apostle Paul. Yet Paul also yearned to be approved by the Lord on the last day for his missionary work. How do we hold these themes together? Elliot Clark, author of Mission Affirmed: Recovering the Missionary Motivation of Paul, joins Scott Dunford and Alex Kocman to discuss—and explain why it matters for today’s results-oriented missionaries. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
2/21/202233 minutes, 14 seconds
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What Elliot Clark Would Do Differently

Elliot Clark just wrote Mission Affirmed: Recovering the Missionary Motivation of Paul. What lessons did he learn that he would have applied on the field in hindsight? New episodes Sundays at 7 p.m. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
2/17/20221 minute
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Helping Goers Think and Thinkers Go: Paul Davis on Media and Missions

Why does this show exist? What do media and technology have to do with missions? This week, ABWE President Paul Davis turns the table on Scott Dunford and Alex Kocman in a three-way conversation about the state of the show and why it's critical to equip missionaries and church leaders through resources online. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
2/14/202254 minutes, 11 seconds
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What Is a Church For?

What is the mission of the church? In this week’s upcoming show, we talk about the biblical role of the church in missions and why this very podcast exists—helping goers think and thinkers go. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
2/9/202250 seconds
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Ukraine From the Ground: Caleb Suko Reports

Watch the video version of this episode here. Tensions are rising between Ukraine and Russia. The US is considering involvement. What does that mean for Christian workers and churches in Ukraine? Caleb Suko, pastor and ABWE worker, shares his first-hand perspective. Since 2007 Caleb has served as a missionary in Odessa, Ukraine where he is pastor at Hope for People Church and director of the “Evangelism Today” center for evangelism and discipleship. Caleb attended Shasta Bible College and graduated from Northwest Baptist Seminary in 2005 with a Master’s of Divinity. Together with his wife Christina their desire is to help believers and churches to do biblical evangelism and discipleship through training seminars on evangelism and discipleship for churches, personal discipleship, and working closely with national pastors to help strengthen and multiply the church in Ukraine and beyond. The Sukos also have five children. Support their ministry. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
2/7/202226 minutes, 1 second
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Ukraine and Psalm 31

Coming up this week: Caleb Suko explains what workers and national believers are facing in Ukraine firsthand. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
2/4/202253 seconds
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Sending When It Hurts: Josh Teis on the Pastor’s Job in Mobilization

Everyone says they believe in sending missionaries. But what about when it hurts? What about when your church’s most gifted people leave? And what about when missions seems to compete in priority with local outreach? In this episode, Josh Teis weighs in. Josh pastors Southern Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas, N.V. He earned his B.A. in Pastoral Theology from Pensacola Christian College where he met his wife, Heather, and also holds a Master’s in Bible Exposition and his M.Div. from Liberty University. Josh leads Idea Network and hosts The Idea Talks Podcast. Josh and his wife Heather have one son, Jonathan David, and two daughters, Savannah Tyler and Scarlett Noel. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
1/31/202232 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Biblical Case for the Faith Support Model: Steve Shadrach Shares

Watch the video version of this episode here. In June of 2021, a well-known pastor made waves for connecting partnership development with concepts surrounding systemic injustice and racism. It forces us back to a foundational question: Is it right for missionaries to develop financial support partnerships? Is a centralized, salaried model of missions support better? And what does Scripture have to say? Steve Shadrach, arguably the guru of partnership development in the faith-support missions world, joins us to delve in. Steve Shadrach is founder of Support Raising Solutions, and the founder of the Center for Mission Mobilization (CMM), which is the parent ministry of SRS. Steve has trained thousands of Christian workers from over 1,200 organizations around the world how to raise support and authored The God Ask. He and his wife, Carol reside in Fayetteville, AR. They have five grown children and eight grandchildren. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
1/23/202237 minutes, 28 seconds
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Is Raising Support Biblical? Steve Shadrach Answers

Should missionaries stop asking for money? We ask partnership development guru Steve Shadrach of the Center for Mission Mobilization. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
1/19/202253 seconds
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Chad Vegas: Defining the ‘Proclamational Model’ (Part 2)

Watch the video version of this episode here. This week, we continue our conversation with Chad Vegas defining proclamation, outlining the dangers of pragmatism, and sketching a vision for a biblically-driven missiology. Miss part 1? Listen here. Chad is the founding pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Bakersfield, the founding board chairman of Radius International and Radius Theological Institute, and the founding board vice-chairman of Providence Classical Academy. He also serves as adjunct faculty for IRBS Theological Seminary and the Institute of Public Theology. He has been married to Teresa since 1994 and has two children. You can purchase Alex and Chad’s new book, Missions by the Book: How Theology and Missions Walk Together, from Founders Press. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
1/17/202239 minutes, 43 seconds
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Chad Vegas: The Bottom Line

Coming up: Part two of our conversation with Chad Vegas, where we get to the bottom line definition of healthy missions and its implications for overseas workers. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
1/14/202253 seconds
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Chad Vegas: Defining the ‘Proclamational Model’ (Part 1)

Watch the video version of this episode here. In the missions world, there’s a rift between movement practitioners and advocates of biblical proclamation. Why the disagreement? And is there such a thing as the “proclamational model”? Chad Vegas weighs in this week. Chad is the founding pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Bakersfield, the founding board chairman of Radius International and Radius Theological Institute, and the founding board vice-chairman of Providence Classical Academy. He also serves as adjunct faculty for IRBS Theological Seminary and the Institute of Public Theology. He has been married to Teresa since 1994 and has two children. You can purchase Alex and Chad’s new book, Missions by the Book: How Theology and Missions Walk Together, from Founders Press. Listen to our previous two-part dialogue with Ted Esler here. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
1/10/202243 minutes, 45 seconds
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Chad Vegas: Why Evangelism Is Confrontational

Does a missionary have to be confrontation in evangelism? Chad Vegas, pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Bakersfield, California, explains one of the inescapable aspects of faithful evangelism. Subscribe now to never miss an episode when it drops. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
1/5/202249 seconds
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Refresh: Doing Short-Term Missions Responsibly With Jason Phillips

As global travel uncertainty continues, will short-term missions trips happen in 2022? No one knows the answer for sure, but as Christian leaders, we must plan for the future. So when missions trips do come back at full strength, what can we do to do them better? This week we’re diving into the archives to bring you, once again, our interview with Launch Point Executive Director Jason Phillips. Just because we’re on vacation over the holidays doesn’t mean we can’t serve you with content. Jason has more than 30 years of experience in senior corporate and ministry roles in a variety of organizations from start-ups to Fortune 100 enterprises. He has served in multiple pastoral roles, and he co-founded and directed Hope2Live Ministries, a ministry that worked primarily in Sierra Leone. He earned a BBA in finance from Georgia State University, a Master of Divinity in theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in disciple-making from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jason and his wife, Jeannie, have been partners in ministry throughout their twenty-five years of marriage, and they have two children in college who love the Lord. You can email Jason here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
1/3/202237 minutes, 8 seconds
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Away From Home for the Holidays: A Missionary Perspective From Stephanie Boon

How do missionaries feel when separated from holiday traditions back home? Should global workers feel guilty for the abundance they enjoy at Christmastime? And what can churches do to support missionaries who feel stuck in the middle between home and the field? Stephanie Boon, ABWE missionary to Tanzania, shares. Read Stephanie’s advent devotional article here. Stephanie Boon lives in Tanzania with her husband and their five children. She co-founded Sifa Collective, which equips women with the hope of the gospel and tools to launch their own local businesses. After earning her M.A. in Counseling and B.S. in Counseling (Theology/Psychology), she worked with colleagues to open a Community Counseling Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where they provide gospel-centered individual and group counseling, and counseling training for local churches. Read her blog at Things We Didn't Know or support her ministry. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
12/22/202119 minutes, 39 seconds
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Saving Babies’ Lives in Papua New Guinea: Lori Smith Speaks

Abortion isn’t just a US problem. In Papua New Guinea, too many working-class women expect that rape will happen to them at some point in their lifetimes—and almost as many women, when they become pregnant, are unaware that what is inside them is alive. For ABWE missionary Lori Smith, this isn’t just a social problem—it’s a spiritual problem with a gospel solution. From her clinic where their team sees over 20,000 patients each year, Lori is witnessing life change regularly. In this episode, she explains why being pro-missions means being pro-life. You can support Lori’s work and other life-centered ministries at abwe.org/life. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
12/20/202127 minutes, 56 seconds
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Amazing Pro-Life Ministry Happening in Papua New Guinea

Every day, ABWE missionary Lori Smith is seeing women’s hearts and lives change. In this week’s episode, find out why abortion is such a particularly pivotal issue in Papua New Guinea. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
12/15/202156 seconds
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Thinking Like a Missionary: Mary, Catholicism, and Syncretism

Across the globe, many folk religions try to find peace in life by honoring ancestral figures. So when evangelical missionaries think encounter Roman Catholic tradition and its Marian dogmas and traditions venerating the saints, how should they respond? Dr. James Fryer joins us to discuss this powderkeg issue tackled in his dissertation. James Fryer, Ph.D. (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), M.Div. (The Master's Seminary), serves as a Correctional Chaplain in Virginia and member of his local church. He has served over 18 years in Missions and Ministry. He and his wife Damaris have been married over 24 years and are parents of five. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
12/13/202129 minutes, 3 seconds
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Mary and Idolatry

It’s Christmas. Images of Mary are everywhere. But when missionaries encounter veneration of saints among Roman Catholics and others, what should our response be? Dr. James Fryer joins this week to share. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
12/9/202153 seconds
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Why Target Unreached People Groups?

How can a missionary discern where they should serve? Is it biblical for a church missions program to target some countries but not others? And what’s the reason more missionaries don’t go to the unreached? To sign up to learn more about ABWE’s upcoming Open Initiative as it launches, click here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us.
12/6/202138 minutes, 56 seconds
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Cover Blown: How a Missionary Got Kicked Out of Country

The barriers to reaching unreached people groups are real. This week, Harry G., overseeing South Asia for ABWE, returns to the show to explain why they still matter—and how churches can recapture a pioneering spirit. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
12/3/20211 minute
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Doctrine, Pragmatism, and Movements: A Discussion With Ted Esler (Part 2)

Our conversation with Ted Esler continues as we try to define words like “disciple” and “church” and map out both the common ground and the battle lines. Then, we try to chart the path forward. You can listen to part one. Ted Esler is the president of  an association of agencies and churches representing over 30,000 mission workers worldwide. Ted worked in the computer industry before becoming a church planter in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the 1990s. In 2000, Ted became the Canadian director of Pioneers and three years later moved to Orlando to join the leadership team of Pioneers USA. In 2015 he was appointed as president of Missio Nexus. Ted has an MTS in theology (Heritage Seminary, 2002), and a Ph.D. in intercultural studies (Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012) and resides in Saint Cloud, Florida with his wife, Annette. They have five adult children and two grandchildren. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
11/29/202145 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why Fruit Isn’t About Numbers

This week, we continue our crucial conversation with Ted Esler as he shares his opinions about methodologies, movements, and the biblical definition of “fruit” in ministry. Hear part 1 here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
11/24/202141 seconds
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Doctrine, Pragmatism, and Movements: A Discussion With Ted Esler (Part 1)

What are disciple-making movements and church planting movements? Do these methods, carried to their logical conclusions, undermine our doctrines of the local church and of conversion? Or are we being too theologically rigid? Let’s reason together, build common ground, and determine where the real issues lie. Hear part 1 in a two-part series with Missio Nexus president Ted Esler. Hear our previous conversation with Ted here. Ted Esler is the president of  an association of agencies and churches representing over 30,000 mission workers worldwide. Ted worked in the computer industry before becoming a church planter in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the 1990s. In 2000, Ted became the Canadian director of Pioneers and three years later moved to Orlando to join the leadership team of Pioneers USA. In 2015 he was appointed as president of Missio Nexus. Ted has an MTS in theology (Heritage Seminary, 2002), and a Ph.D. in intercultural studies (Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012) and resides in Saint Cloud, Florida with his wife, Annette. They have five adult children and two grandchildren. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
11/22/202141 minutes, 40 seconds
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Pathological Ecclesiology?

This week, Ted Esler returns to the show for a frank conversation about movement methodologies and the biblical doctrine of the local church. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
11/18/202153 seconds
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Suffering, Eschatology, and the Glorious Reward in Missions

Why does God give us a glimpse of the future? How can we prepare for suffering in missions? This week, hear a special presentation from Alex Kocman to members of Westminster Theological Seminary’s Global Missions Fellowship on 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, taken from Alex’s upcoming book with Chad Vegas on integrating doctrine and practice. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
11/15/202137 minutes, 44 seconds
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The School of Suffering

Coming up this week: Alex Kocman presents why enlisting in ministry means enrolling in God’s seminary of suffering. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
11/12/202153 seconds
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Is Obedience-Based Discipleship Biblical? Alex and Scott Discuss

What is obedience-based discipleship, and is it biblical? The issue isn’t as simple as it seems. This week, Alex and Scott discuss Alex’s article addressing the topic and explore all the related questions of law, gospel, and salvation by faith alone. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
11/7/202133 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Problem With Obedience-Based Discipleship

Coming up in our next episode: Alex and Scott dive deep into obedience-based discipleship, the book of Acts, and the importance of rightly distinguishing law and gospel. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
11/4/202139 seconds
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The Case for Missionary Care With Ryan Martin

Everyone’s talking about “care”—self-care, healthcare, pastoral care, and the list goes on. What’s the biblical case for churches to care for missionaries on the field, and how can we do it well? Ryan Martin answers. Read Ryan’s articles on the topic: “Missionary Care Begins with the Local Church: A Look at 3 John 5-8”“Partnership In The Gospel: Biblical Support For Missionary Care From Philippians 2:25–30” Ryan graduated in 2008 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his M.Div. in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth. He also earned an undergraduate degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, in 2005. He currently is pursuing a D.Min. degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he also serves as a trustee. Ryan lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Rebekah, and three children: Hudson, Annie, and Hattie. Follow him on Twitter. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/31/202138 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why It’s Hard to Care for Missionaries

What stops too many pastors from confidently shepherding their sent missionaries? Ryan Martin, Director of Missions for Lightbearers, explains some of the common hurdles. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/28/202157 seconds
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Reaching Europe Through Liturgy? Melissa Baccarella and Andy Messmer

Europe is more “post-Christian” than ever. So why would a high form of Christian worship be the key to reaching—and discipling—the unchurched in Europe? Melissa Baccarella, ABWE missionary to Italy, rejoins to show along with Andy Messmer to continue our previous conversation about liturgy. Love the show? Want to help more people think and go? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/24/202144 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Your Worship Is Shaping You

In our upcoming episode, ABWE missionary Melissa Baccarella shares how the content of corporate worship is the key to discipleship. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/21/202157 seconds
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Multiethnic or Homogeneous? A Discussion on Church Planting

Should church planters target a specific people group (the homogeneous unit principle) or begin a multiethnic congregation from day one? The answer isn’t always simple. This week, BJ, a church planter working with diaspora Muslim peoples, weighs in as Scott and Alex have an honest conversation. Learn more about EveryEthne. Love the show? Want to help more people think and go? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/17/202138 minutes, 53 seconds
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People Group Targeting or Multiethnic Church?

Missions strategists tell us to target specific people groups, but Scripture paints a picture of a multiethnic church. How do we resolve the tension? This week, “BJ,” a church planter working with Muslim diaspora peoples, shares how we can learn from the best of both approaches. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/13/202141 seconds
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Does Generation Z Care About Missions? Tanner and Amber Callison Respond

The up and coming generation is a source of confusion and controversy. Are Christians among Generation Z missions-minded? And if they are, do they have what it takes? We ask Tanner and Amber Callison, mobilizers with the Traveling Team. Love the show? Want to help more people think and go? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/10/202131 minutes, 42 seconds
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How Do We Mobilize the Next Generation?

This week, Tanner and Amber Callison, missions mobilizers with the Traveling Team, offer their advice for how to awaken a generation sometimes perceived as tech-obsessed, shy, and noncommittal. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/7/202153 seconds
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The Transcultural Gospel: E.D. Burns

Honor and shame. Fear and power. Guilt and innocence. Missiologists are increasingly identifying these cultural value systems as the key to communicating the gospel. But have we gotten them wrong? E.D. Burns, author of The Transcultural Gospel, returns to the show to explain how the biblical gospel message transcends cultures and all our imperfect efforts to contextualize. Listen to our previous interview with E.D. To support E.D.’s work, contact us directly. Love the show? Want to help more people think and go? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/3/202138 minutes, 58 seconds
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E.D. Burns: What All Religions Have in Common

What is “enoughness,” and how can it help us translate the gospel across cultures? E.D. Burns, author of The Transcultural Gospel, returns to the show in this week’s upcoming episode. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
10/1/202156 seconds
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Is Innovation in Ministry Biblical? A Dialogue With Ted Esler

Ted Esler believes there’s a crisis in the Christian world. He believes leaders in ministry and missions aren’t innovating. Is this true—and is innovation itself biblical? Ted joins Scott and Alex this week to discuss his new book, The Innovation Crisis. Ted Esler is the president of Missio Nexus, an association of agencies and churches representing over 30,000 mission workers worldwide. Ted worked in the computer industry before becoming a church planter in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the 1990s. In 2000, Ted became the Canadian director of Pioneers and three years later moved to Orlando to join the leadership team of Pioneers USA. In 2015 he was appointed as president of Missio Nexus. Ted has an MTS in theology (Heritage Seminary, 2002), and a Ph.D. in intercultural studies (Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012) and resides in Saint Cloud, Florida with his wife, Annette. They have five adult children and two grandchildren. Love the show? Want to help more people think and go? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
9/26/202141 minutes, 11 seconds
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Why Culture Isn’t Sacred

Where is the line between innovation in ministry and accommodation of the world? Ted Esler, president of Missio Nexus, shares his perspective this week in a lively interview. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
9/24/202153 seconds
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C.S. Lewis and Mission: Dan DeWitt on Recapturing Our Cultural Imagination

What does C.S. Lewis have to do with missions? More than you’d think. This week, Dan DeWitt explains how Lewis’ vision for literature, tradition, and the affections can transform cross-cultural ministry. Before joining the faculty of Cedarville University, Dr. Dan DeWitt served in academic and pastoral roles as Lead Pastor of the Campus Church, a campus of Highview Baptist Church, which met on the campus of the University of Louisville, and as Dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate program for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He started the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity in his first year at Cedarville in the fall of 2016. Follow his work on TheoLatte or follow him directly on Twitter. Click to watch the video version of this episode. Love the show? Want to help more people think and go? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
9/19/202127 minutes, 50 seconds
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Learning Missions From C.S. Lewis?

Can we learn missions from C.S. Lewis? Dan DeWitt, director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity at Cedarville University, thinks so. Find out why in this week’s upcoming show. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
9/17/202141 seconds
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Brian Nester: Legendary Mobilizer

In our final mid-week exclusive from our time at Cedarville University, meet Brian Nester, Cedarville’s director of Global Outreach. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone more passionate about missions—or a more effective mobilizer of students to serve overseas. Hear Brian’s story in this interview. Your gift matters to help us bring you this content. Please consider supporting the show. Rate, review, and subscribe now, or see all ways to listen.
9/15/202118 minutes, 11 seconds
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Responding to the Global Abortion Pandemic: John Ensor of PassionLife

Abortion isn’t just a US issue. It’s a global issue—which makes it a missions issue. This week, we talk to John Ensor, author, pastor, and president of PassionLife, about how missionaries can push against the culture of death through the gospel of life. As president of PassionLife, John trains Christian leaders in biblical bioethics and pregnancy crisis intervention in countries suffering the highest rates of abortion worldwide. He is the author of Innocent Blood: Challenging the Powers of Death with the Gospel of Life and lives in Roswell, GA. Learn more about PassionLife’s Gospel Life Rally. Did you know ABWE operates multiple pro-life ministries around the world in countries ravaged by abortion? Get involved. Love the show? Want to help more people think and go? Support this podcast. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
9/12/202134 minutes, 33 seconds
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4 Questions About Abortion

Every missionary, pastor, and believer must answer these four questions about the issue of life for the unborn. Hear PassionLife President John Ensor in our full interview premiering Sunday night at 7 PM Eastern. Subscribe now.
9/10/202155 seconds
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Why Medical Missions Matters: Katie Webb at Cedarville University

Our Cedarville series continues. Healing happens on the mission field—in ordinary ways. In this podcast midweek exclusive, Katie Webb, M.S., RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, shares why medical missions is vital to reaching the unreached. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
9/9/202110 minutes, 33 seconds
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Sent From Zambia to South Asia: Joshua Bowman Explains

What is it like being sent out from a Zambian church as an American missionary to serve in a Hindu context? Joshua Bowman of Cedarville University shares his unique story. Joshua Bowman holds a Ph.D. in Missiology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology at Cedarville University. He served with his wife Amy and their four children in Zambia and South Asia with the International Mission Board for seventeen years as a church planter, church strengthening strategist, and team leader. Prefer video? Watch the video version of this episode. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
9/7/202111 minutes, 55 seconds
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Can Parachurch Ministries Serve the Church? Thomas White and Paul Davis Answer

Coming soon, Generation Z will be taking the mantle of the Great Commission. Are they ready? And what role can Christian colleges and missions agencies play in mobilizing them? Dr. Thomas White, president of Cedarville University, and Paul Davis, president of ABWE, join to discuss in this episode recorded on the campus of Cedarville. Prefer video? Watch the video version of this episode. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
9/5/202128 minutes, 46 seconds
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What’s Up With Gen Z?

Is the upcoming generation actually ready to carry on the Great Commission? Paul Davis shares in this week’s upcoming episode, recorded live at Cedarville University. Subscribe now.
9/3/20211 minute, 13 seconds
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Afghanistan, Islam, and Missions: Matt Bennett Joins

What’s happening in Afghanistan isn’t just political—it’s spiritual. This week, Matt Bennett of Cedarville University examines the crisis from a missionary perspective. Dr. Matthew Bennett joined the faculty at Cedarville University in fall 2017 after serving and living in North Africa and the Middle East since 2011. Most recently he wrote 40 Questions About Islam. Hear our preview interviews with Matt here. Support this podcast and impact God’s mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email us. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE’s Global Gospel Fund.
8/29/202125 minutes, 6 seconds
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North Korea, Persecution, and Insider Movements: James Cha

What is the Korean Pentecost? Is Korea under divine judgment? And what does any of this have to do with Insider movements in the Islamic world? We tackle some massive topics with missionary and author James T. Cha of the Crescent Project, author of Fear Not. Rev. James Cha was born in Pusan, Korea, and immigrated to the US in the early 1970s with his family. While studying electrical engineering at Cornell University, he surrendered his life to the call of God to be His ambassador to the world, especially to the Muslims. In 1991, he married his BFF, Faith, and after studies at Columbia Biblical Seminary (SC), they took their little children to Central Asia to serve the Lord as church planting missionaries. By God’s grace, over 120 Muslims came to faith in Jesus during their ten years of ministry. Since 2010, they have been back in the US, reaching out to the nations living in their community. They are on staff with Crescent Project, a ministry that equips the local churches to reach out to the Muslims in the community. James and Faith are also founders of i43, a ministry committed to fulfilling the Great Commission to the ends of the earth. They have three grown children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
8/22/202156 minutes, 32 seconds
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Mind-Blowing Stories From North Korea

How did North Korea become so spiritually dark? How did Christianity take root in South Korea? And what can missionaries learn today? Here’s a taste of our upcoming interview with James T. Cha of the Crescent Project, author of Fear Not. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
8/20/202153 seconds
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Translating the Bible Isn’t Enough: Kyle D. on Bible Translation and Church Planting

The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few (Matt. 9:37). Only 713 of the world’s 7,387 languages have a full Bible translation. Yet our work can’t stop with translation. In this interview, Kyle D. of Bible Translation Fellowship asks churches to send more teams of church-planters and Bible translators. Kyle is the founder and executive director of BTF. He and his wife Hannah are in the process of relocating to South Africa, where Kyle will lead BTF and labor as a Bible Translation Consultant. His education includes a B.A. in Philosophy and Organizational Leadership, M.A. in Bible Translation, M.A. in Biblical Counseling, M.Div., and a Th.M. in New Testament. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
8/15/202134 minutes, 43 seconds
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You Can’t Have Bible Without Church

Bible translation must lead to church planting. This week, Kyle D., Executive Director of Bible Translation Fellowship, explains why translating Scripture into the languages of the unreached must go hand-in-hand with growing local churches. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
8/13/202138 seconds
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Why Brick and Mortar Matter: Tim Hunsicker on Construction in Missions

We often say that missions isn’t about building hospitals and schools or digging wells. But sometimes it is, says Tim Hunsicker. In this week’s episode, this architect and ministry leader explains the biblical basis for construction in missions—and how building projects can help make disciples. Visit ABWE to see how to use your construction, engineering, mechanical, design, or project management skills in short-term or long-term missions. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
8/8/202125 minutes, 39 seconds
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More Than Digging Wells?

We know that missions is more than building projects. But it isn’t less. This week, we speak to Tim Hunsicker of ABWE’s Project Office about how construction and design can advance the gospel. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
8/6/202148 seconds
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Roman Catholicism, Spain, and Liturgy: Andy Messmer Speaks

How we worship matters. How we worship really matters in missions. In Roman Catholic-dominated Spain, ABWE Missionary Andy Messmer argues that returning to a traditional style can be life-changing. How? Scott and Alex explore with him in this episode. Andy and Lindsey Messmer are serving in Madrid, Spain with their children Sofia, Lucas, Zoe, and Eva. They focus on church planting and theological education. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
8/1/202147 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why Worship Matters

Why haven’t missionaries won more of Western Europe? Does it have to do with our worship style? Why does liturgy matter for missiology? ABWE Missionary Andy Messmer answers in this week’s upcoming interview. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
7/30/202159 seconds
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Thinking Christianly About Haiti

The assassination of Haiti’s president on July 7 put Haiti back in the news. For years, this nation has been caught in a painful cycle of crime, corruption, poverty, and natural disaster. What is the news not telling us, and how is the gospel the answer? Live Global missionary Ismael, a Haitian national and Old Testament Ph.D. focused on pastoral training, shares his perspective and how believers elsewhere in the world can partner. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
7/25/202121 minutes, 33 seconds
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What the News Won’t Tell You About Haiti

What’s happening in Haiti following the assassination of their president on July 7? A Haitian national and missionary shares. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
7/23/202138 seconds
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Some Mocked, But Some Believed: Scott Dunford on Acts 17

The Apostle Paul models missional apologetics in Acts 17. What can we learn? In this episode, Scott Dunford walks through a crucial text and draws application for cross-cultural ministry at home and abroad. This episode features a sermon originally preached at Community Evangelical Free Church of Harrisburg, Pa. on June 13, 2021. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
7/19/202139 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Bee Line to Christ

Should missionaries adapt their message? In this week’s episode, Scott Dunford explains what’s really happening in Acts 17 in Paul’s sermon. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
7/15/202140 seconds
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When Doors Close: Carol Ghattas on Changing Course in Missions

Sometimes doors close in missions. Visas are revoked, governments change policy, or unrest breaks out and endangers expats. How should missionaries respond to these changes? This week we talk to Carol Ghattas about her latest book When Doors Close: Changing Course in Missions Without Losing Your Way. With over thirty years in missions, Carol Ghattas writes and speaks from experience. Ghattas worked among Laotians, West Africans, and Arabs, and she co-authored with her late husband Raouf, A Christian Guide to the Qur’an: Building Bridges in Muslim Evangelism. She has written three novels under the pen name Um Daoud and A Life Surrendered: Raouf W. Ghattas, a book about her husband’s life and work. Ghattas has contributed to numerous works on missions and Islam, is a contract writer for Missions Mosaic magazine, and an active blogger. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
7/11/202128 minutes, 39 seconds
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#RMC21 Panel 2: Sending Well With Paul Davis, Chad Vegas, and Barry Brown

Sending missionaries has taught these pastors what to do—and what not to do. Chad Vegas, Paul Davis and Barry Brown join Scott Dunford and Alex Kocman in this panel from the 2021 Radius Missiology Conference. Watch the video version of this episode: youtu.be/NEyXBNj9HTU. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
7/4/202152 minutes, 46 seconds
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#RMC21: Wayne Chen on Overcoming Apathy and Suffering Well

Recorded live at the 2021 Radius Missiology Conference: Wayne Chen, director of Radius Asia, was a pastor who wanted to send missionaries. In the end, he ended up mobilizing himself—and repenting of his apathy. But as his ministry among the Biem people group in Papua New Guinea reached its climax, he and his wife Gail received devastating health news. This week, Wayne shares his story of overcoming apathy and seeing the gospel advanced amid suffering. Watch the video version of this episode: bit.ly/2UjGwvX. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
7/2/202123 minutes, 25 seconds
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#RMC21: Rick Davis of Engage Global Explains Hands-On Missions Training

Recorded live at the Radius Missiology Conference in Minneapolis: Engage Global is more than an educational experience—it takes missions-minded believers to the streets to immerse them into a cross-cultural experience in the US. In this midweek exclusive, Rick Davis shares how their unique approach is helping believers and churches reframe their perspectives on the world Christian movement. Watch the video version of this episode: bit.ly/3dwpC40. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
7/1/202113 minutes, 11 seconds
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#RMC21: Chad Vegas and Alex Kocman on Their Upcoming Book on Missions

Recorded live at the Radius Missiology Conference in Minneapolis: In this midweek exclusive, Chad Vegas, pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Bakersfield, California, and board chairman for Radius International, joins to discuss his and Alex Kocman's new book on missions scheduled for publication from Founders Press later this year. Watch the video version of this episode: bit.ly/3dritlv. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
6/29/202113 minutes, 46 seconds
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#RMC21 Panel 1: Trends in Missions With Chad Vegas, Paul Davis, Wayne Chen, and Brad Buser

There are some shocking—and exciting—things happening in missions. Chad Vegas, Paul Davis, Wayne Chen, and Brad Buser discuss in this panel from the 2021 Radius Missiology Conference. Watch the video version of this episode: youtu.be/rYp5XxOYp-w. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
6/28/202147 minutes, 30 seconds
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#RMC21: Mark Dever on Pragmatism, Ecclesiology, and the Post-COVID Church

We’re live at the Radius Missiology Conference in Minneapolis! In this midweek exclusive, Mark Dever of 9Marks joins Scott and Alex to unpack what a healthy church looks like in the realm of missions. Watch the conference live as it unfolds. Purchase a discounted viewing pass for only $10 at missionspodcast.com/radius. Watch the video version of this episode: bit.ly/3hbsBjq. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe now: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
6/24/202117 minutes, 56 seconds
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#RMC21: Luke Womack on Why Student Debt Is Dumb

We’re live at the Radius Missiology Conference in Minneapolis! Student debt is one of the #1 reasons that missions-minded college graduates fail to launch to the field. In this midweek exclusive, Luke Womack of The Go Fund explains how their ministry eliminates student loans for missionaries, and how ABWE’s partnership works for those who go. Watch the conference live as it unfolds. Purchase a discounted viewing pass for only $10 at missionspodcast.com/radius. Watch the video version of this episode: bit.ly/3jbnD98. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email [email protected]. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE International. Subscribe now: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.
6/24/202119 minutes, 4 seconds