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...

The Five Solas and Islam

The Five Solas and Islam

So what does sola Scriptura (by Scripture = the Bible alone) and four other statements of the Reformation have to do with Islam? In this piece, I will assume the truthfulness of each of the Solas, and see what effect this has on our view of Islam.  What are the 5...

Sending Missionaries in Ways Worthy of God

Sending Missionaries in Ways Worthy of God

"You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God" (3 John 1:6). In this passage a senior elder of the church commends Gaius for the way that he took great care of people who “went out in the Name” of Jesus. He asks him to continue doing so...

Eschatology and the “Need for Speed” Missions

Eschatology and the “Need for Speed” Missions

The approach that a missionary or evangelist employs can be greatly influenced by their home culture. Imagine two missionaries: the first from a culture that values respect at all costs, and the second that values success at all costs. How might this show up in their...

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...

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