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The Word, Missions, and Ethnomusicology: The Thai Psalms Project

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Church and Ministry, Communication, Culture, Evangelism, Missions, Music | 1 comment

by Arnfield Cudal – I write this letter on the day after Easter Sunday, sitting on row 57 of the seemingly endless flight to Bangkok, Thailand. The cumulative 40-hour flight time indicates to me that from Palm Beach, Florida, we are on opposites sides of the globe. The purpose of my travel is to conduct the musical presentation at the 50th Anniversary of PABWE’s (Philippine Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) missionary work in Thailand, and in addition, to debut another album: Psalms and Hymns of the Bible in Thai which have been set to Thai folk and classical music. To commemorate a fiftieth year celebration with music is indeed momentous. But this isn’t a normal Sunday morning musical event.  As I face the daunting task of coordinating members of the Bangkok Philharmonic orchestra, a Thai classical orchestra, an intra-regional...

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The Words of the Gospel of Eternal Life

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 in Evangelism, Gospel, Missions | 1 comment

by Mike Stallard – I appreciate last year’s article by Duane Litfin in Christianity Today, May 2012, entitled You Can’t Preach the Gospel with Deeds and Why It’s Important to Say So.  In some earlier posts and previous articles I have lamented the problem of expanding the definition of the gospel of eternal life to include within the umbrella of the definition the social implications of that gospel.  Hence, attempts are made to place what has been termed the “social gospel” under the definition of what the Bible means by the word gospel.  Litfin’s article assists us in the direction that I would like to see us go.  It is the biblical direction in my view.  It is also not a denigration of the responsibility of Christians to do social action as a witness to the gospel or an act of love...

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Evangelism in Focus: Faith-Based Stories

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 in Evangelism | 1 comment

by Carey Kinsolving – In today’s media climate, a journalist actually on the lookout for good news may sound like an oxymoron, but even more rare is a journalist whose journey-of-faith feature stories have appeared in The Washington Post and other major newspapers. For years I have reported on the most neglected stories in the media—of Christ making a difference in the lives of his people. You can read many of these stories at www.FaithProfiles.org. When I wrote journey-of-faith stories for The Washington Post, I used to call pastors to ask them for story ideas. Now, I have a better idea on how to write many more stories and publish them for distribution in your community. Recently, I’ve written an open letter to pastors on this new evangelism concept that I’m introducing to churches. The following link will take you directly...

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