John Span

John Span has worked with his family in West Africa among an unreached 'Fulani' people group for the last ten years. His mentors have challenged him to think theologically, especially in the area of missions to Muslims and he desires to inspire others to do the same. In the last year he has been a frequent contributor to the St. Francis Magazine.
Psst…”Did you hear what Jesus did?”

Psst…”Did you hear what Jesus did?”

Gossip as a means of mission When we think of the word 'gossip' we often think in negative terms of someone who has nothing better to do than to talk behind the backs of other people. A quick word study in the New Testament would largely confirm these sentiments with...

How Attached are Your Disciples to this World?

How Attached are Your Disciples to this World?

Lessons from History A. The Bishop of Caesarea The Bishop of Caesarea, named Basil lived from about 330 to 379. Basil was a man who followed the example of his Master Jesus, and lived with very loose attachments to the world, his possessions and even his life. In a...

Transferred by who, from where, and where to?

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred [methistēmi] us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, Colossians 1:13 ESV "He was transferred from San Quentin prison to another one." "The money was transferred from one bank account to another." "The...

A Study on Conversion in the Bible

In a day and age where the idea of radical discontinuity implied in Biblical conversion seems to have fallen on hard times, one would do well to interact with R.T. France's 1993 study entitled "Conversion in the Bible". As much as R.T. France uses the word 'insider'...

Do “Muslims Respect and Revere Jesus?”

On December 6, 2012 Robert Spencer's "Christianity in the Qur'an" lecture was broadcast on the Aramaic Broadcasting Network.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5DXmmsVpH0   This video follows his first lecture entitled "Judaism and the Qur'an".  ...

Persecution in Luke and Acts

Paul: A follower of Jesus…“Through many tribulations” “Then Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." (Acts 21:13) No sooner had Paul begun to dust off his...

Do Methods Matter? Lessons from History

Whether we are conscious of it or not, every evangelist and every missiologist leans towards using certain methods. History has shown that these methods are anything but neutral, but are very much derived from one's theology. Case in point, if I have a hard time...

A Lesson at a Wedding

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” (Ephesians 5:31 cf. Matthew 19:25, Genesis 2:24) The bride and the groom with eyes full of love and promises of loyalty in their hearts and on their...

The Puritan John Owen on the rich benefits of Sonship

At times when we think of the Puritans we think of people with tight-fitting clothes, tight-fisted hearts, and a somber attitude to life. Some of that might be true, but when one reads how the Puritans desired to be "ravished" by the reality that they were adopted as...

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