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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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The Honor of Missionaries

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 in Missions | 0 comments

by S. Jeff Heslop – Charles Hodge was an outstanding Princeton theologian of the 19th century.  He taught theology for some 50 years and was known around the world.  He also held missions work in the highest regard. About a year before his death he was personally congratulated for all of his accomplishments.  Here is Dr. Hodge’s reply.  “Now stop!  All that can be said is, that God has been pleased to take up a poor little stick and do something with it.  What I have done is as nothing compared with what is done by a man who goes to Africa, and labors among a heathen tribe, and reduces their language to writing.  I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose the shoes of such a man.“ Because of his great learning in the Scriptures, Dr. Hodge...

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