Why is Bible translation an important missions ministry?

Churches and individuals too often neglect Bible translation as a missions ministry. After all, that’s something for the experts and for organizations like Wycliffe Bible Translators to handle, right? However, as long as churches remain committed to missionary evangelism and church planting they will need the Bible. Try doing missions ministries (spiritual ministries, not going to dig a well or to build a bungalow or to outfit a camp) without a Bible. From where do you get the gospel message?–the local newspaper? What will a new believer read in order to grow spiritually?–the Bible in a language different than his own? Where does a new church find its purpose, its guidance, its teaching, and its beliefs?

As a contributor to ParkingSpace23’s blog, I recently posted an article on Bible translation and missions ministries. I hope you will click on the following link Why is Bible translation an important missions ministry?, read, and begin to do something to keep Bible translation prominent in your own life and giving as well as in the corporate purpose of your local church.

Christ’s Resurrection and Missions

Resurrection Sunday has just passed and we have, hopefully, spent a significant amount of time contemplating the importance of our Savior’s resurrection from the dead. Our contemplation, however, might have neglected a key influence of Jesus’ resurrection with regard to His church: how the resurrection empowers, instructs, and provides the driving force for world missions in the proclamation of the gospel concerning Jesus Christ. My blog on this very topic has been published at ParkingSpace23: “The Resurrection of Christ and Missions.” Please visit this site and read the blog. It consists of more than just a doctrinal evaluation–it concludes with practical implications for you, your local church, and your relationship to world missions. He is risen! – He is risen indeed! Now, “Go into all the world . . .”

The following books are my top recommendations on the topic of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Biblical Genealogies: Begetting a Devotional Reading

What do you do when you come to the book of 1 Chronicles in your Bible reading?

  • Skip?–Jump over genealogies without reading.
  • Skim?–Read the inserted headings, but not the text.
  • Scavenge?–Read only the narrative inserts, like the one about Jabez.
  • Squirm?–Read with distinct discomfort.
  • Scowl?–Complain, but plow on through the reading.
  • Skew?–Just declare in your mind that it must have something to do with Messiah.
  • Skid?–Stop reading the Bible–it just got too difficult.

Why did God include over thirty genealogies in the Bible (including them in both Old and New Testaments)? Are all of them Messiah related? What can we learn from them. This blog post is the first of a two-part series on reading the biblical genealogies devotionally. It is posted on ParkingSpace23 (click for link).

Hi-def Leadership in a Hi-def World

The attributes of godly leaders occupies a good deal of Scripture. Sometimes we find it necessary to synthesize the biblical teachings on leadership in order to sharpen our understanding of its seriousness and its challenges. In my recent ParkingSpace23 blog (February 2, 2017) I address this topic by means of using “Hi-def” as an acronym to structure a high-definition approach to the concepts of leadership.

God produces godly Christian leaders–they do not produce themselves. Spiritual formation of Christian leaders comes about as the result of men immersing themselves in the Word of God and of the people of God bathing them in prayer. I hope my brief and imperfect blog will help all of us think more carefully about church leadership.

Happy New Year!

Blow the Shophar! It’s a New Year!

ParkingsSpace23 has published my most recent blog post. It consists of a brief study of the New Year as presented in the Scriptures–especially Leviticus 23:23-25.

The post serves as a New Year greeting and New Year prayer for all readers of my blog. Throughout 2016 many of you sent me emails via my web site. You encouraged me to continue posting blogs, answering questions, producing Hebrew Whiteboard, and adding to the web site’s many resources. May you find a continually improving web site in 2017.

Above all, keep on trusting and praising the Lord in this New Year.

New Parkingspace23 Blog Post

horned_altar_crownRoyal Priests–Similarity, Not Identity

If you have ever wondered about the identification and nature of the Christian’s priesthood, this brief study should be of interest. In addition to explaining why Peter uses Old Testament language to describe the believer’s priesthood, the study attempts to demonstrate that our priesthood does not mean that the Church has replaced Israel. Another aspect of the study provides insight regarding the priesthood of our Savior. The blogs at this web site are well worth reading–they are written by a number of different contributors among whom I am but one.