Free Stuff Fridays

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Midwestern houses the personal library of C.H. Spurgeon at the beautiful Spurgeon Center. They are giving away three of these unique Spurgeon bobbleheads. Complete your office with a miniature Prince of Preachers himself. Enter Here Again, there are 3 prizes to win. And all you need to do to enter the draw is to drop your name and email address in the form below. Giveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As …

How To Pray for your Brothers and Sisters in Korea

This is the fifth and final article in a series penned by Joel Kim, President of Westminster Seminary. In each entry he is reflecting on the Olympics from a Korean-American perspective. I want to thank Tim Challies for the opportunity to use this platform to share my thoughts. I’ve enjoyed my time and I hope that the posts were helpful and informative. As a final post, I wanted to share with you my prayers for the churches of South Korea. [How can …

A La Carte (February 23)

After a successful couple of days in Sydney, I’ve just hopped across to New Zealand where I anticipate a few days of searching high and low for Christian history. (Yesterday on the blog: Epic Extra: Ask Me Anything Ireland) Three Lessons From the Extraordinary Life of Billy Graham This is a fascinating article on Billy Graham by Steve Lawson. Read it! He Never Wore Skinny Jeans “Graham knew he was 76 years old, and didn’t pretend otherwise. He didn’t rely on …

Epic Extra: Ask Me Anything Ireland

During the recent EPIC trip to Ireland we held an event in Belfast where we opened the floor up for questions. Here are a few of the questions and answers from Ireland. (Strangely, as I post this I’ve just returned from a similar event in Sydney, Australia.)  Transcript How can we reignite the passion for evangelism within reformed theology? That question of Reformed Theology and evangelism is a tricky one because we know in our heads that Reformed Theology has …

A La Carte (February 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of noteworthy titles. (Yesterday on the blog: Which Country Sends the [Second] Most Missionaries?) 9 Things You Should Know About Billy Graham (1918–2018) “The Rev. Billy Graham passed away today at the age of 99. Here are nine things you should know about the man who was considered one of the most influential evangelists in modern history.” 10 Point Sermon Checklist Here’s a helpful checklist for pastors to go through after they finish preparing a sermon. The Cynical J.K. Rowling …

Which Country Sends the [Second] Most Missionaries?

My friends and I recently visited Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery in Seoul. As the name indicates, this is where 145 foreign missionaries to Korea and their family members are now buried and remembered. Among them are the families of Henry G. Appenzeller, Horace G. Underwood, and William D. Reynolds.  Reynolds was a professor at Pyongyang Theological Seminary, but he is most often remembered for his contribution toward producing the first complete translation of the Bible in Korean which was published in 1910. This was not without great cost. Soon after their arrival in 1892, the Reynolds’ gave birth to their first son, William Davis. Their joy was soon followed by grief as little William died the same year he was born, now buried alongside many other children of missionaries who died while their parents served in Korea. The graves of these children at Yanghwajin were sober reminders of the sacrifices many missionaries (and their families) have made in their desire to bring the Gospel to Korea.

A La Carte (February 21)

I am currently somewhere over the Pacific, on my way from home to Australia (then onward to New Zealand). This is all for my EPIC church history project and I’m really excited to search for (and hopefully find) links to the Christian history of those two nations. (Yesterday on the blog: Ask Me Anything: Introversion) Spiritual Obesity “We lack for nothing. When was the last time you felt needy, weak, or deprived? Try going twenty-four, or even twelve hours without food. …

Ask Me Anything: Introversion

I receive lots of questions through the Ask Me Anything feature and like to answer them from time to time. Trinity from Houston recently wrote in and she wanted me to talk a little bit about introversion and about being a Christian introvert. So here we go:   Transcript I get lots of questions in through the Ask Me Anything feature and I like to answer them from time to time. Trinity from Houston recently wrote in and she wanted …

A La Carte (February 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books by Tozer and a few others also worth checking out. (Yesterday on the blog: Three Things To Know about Korean Christianity) Why Do Christians Still Die? “Why do Christians have to die? Why can’t they just live and then go to heaven without passing through the experience of death? Although the wages of sin is death, and believers have certainly sinned, has Christ not paid the full penalty for our sins? So, why …

Three Things To Know about Korean Christianity

Where do the Olympic athletes representing other countries worship in South Korea? Christian leaders in South Korea have called upon churches to make the Winter Olympics a “Missions Olympics,” encouraging congregations and pastors to be active in evangelizing to the thousands of athletes and officials visiting South Korea. For instance, the many fans of skating–whether of the figure, short-track, or speed skating variety–should be familiar with Gangneung Ice Arena where these events are held. However, many might not be aware that the city of Gangneung is about thirty minutes from PyeongChang or that the 140 or so churches in the city have been a part of a national Christian organization formed in 2012 to prepare for the Olympics. The purpose of the “Korean Christian Services” (rough translation) is to serve and evangelize to the visitors from around the globe.