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In an age where unbiblical practices abound, commitment to not only biblical theology but also biblical practice is becoming increasingly rare. More than ever before, missionaries and scholars need to be equipped to apply biblical principles to the way they do missions. Find answers to your questions about Insider Movement, mission strategy, and more plus practical articles that will equip you for success in ministry.

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The Danger of Focusing Only on Unreached People Groups Part 3

The Danger of Focusing Only on Unreached People Groups Part 2

A perennial question in missions is how much investment should be made to bring the gospel to places it’s already been. It’s been a while since the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and not so long since the summer games of Athens 2004, but what remains of them is...

The Danger of Focusing Only on Unreached People Groups Part 3

The Danger of Focusing Only on Unreached People Groups Part 1

No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there is someone who hasn’t heard it once- Oswald J. Smith Occasionally it hits me just how much that quote has shaped my life. For one, when I signed up to serve overseas after college, there were only three places...

Restoring the Gospel

Restoring the Gospel

Why the Journal of Biblical Missiology? In light of Biblical Missiology's new rebranding and site, we wanted to repost the very first article every published in 2009: "Restoring the Gospel" by Georges Houssney. Eleven years later, Georges' passion to restore biblical...

Is This What Victory Looks Like?

Is This What Victory Looks Like?

This article considers the momentous things God is doing in our generation. The Lord Jesus is calling many people from Muslim backgrounds into His Kingdom. This is God’s work, which has been strategized by the Holy Spirit. Many committed Christians in past generations...

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...

Two Surprises From Ministry Travels Outside The USA

Two Surprises From Ministry Travels Outside The USA

The first trip I took for ministry outside of the United States was to the Philippines. On the plane ride from Tokyo to Manila, we skirted a typhoon. The plane was shaking so violently at times that people would occasionally screech and even grab the person sitting...

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...

What’s Wrong with Western Missionaries

What’s Wrong with Western Missionaries

Their words almost knocked me over. They hit me like a horse hoof to the gut. When I was a young boy, I helped my father train quarter horses. And we always felt the danger of being the recipient of a wayward hoof. One day, not paying close attention, I was kicked,...

Why Campus Revivals Spark Missionary Advance

Why Campus Revivals Spark Missionary Advance

J. Edwin Orr (1912-1987) was a Christian minister and revival historian. In this short overview originally published in a missions textbook in 1983, Orr tells the story of some of the greatest college revivals in history and their impact on missions. Can you Imagine...

The Secret of Discipling

The Secret of Discipling

Discipling Disciples? Why have we Christians turned discipling, the verb, into discipleship, the noun? I am a pastor of discipleship, but why am I not called a pastor who disciples disciplers? I suppose the answer to the last question is that the title would be more...

Why We Partner in International Student Ministry

Why We Partner in International Student Ministry

There are millions of needs around the world, and millions of ways to invest in those needs. With all the needs around the world, why should someone invest their time and energy in seeing international students reached with the gospel? During my time in ministry, God...

FAQ on Insider Movements

FAQ on Insider Movements

This FAQ deals with a missionary methodology popular in the evangelical world called “insider movements.” It is also known as C5 contextualization among other terms. This response to it was compiled by national church leaders, including those from Muslim backgrounds...

Identity, Security, and Community

Identity, Security, and Community

Synopsis: God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18). Jesus is truth (John 14:6). God incarnated as Word (John 1:1). Jesus was anointed to preach and proclaim (Luke 4:18-19). We have been sent in...

Henry Martyn on Islam and the Divinity of Christ

Henry Martyn on Islam and the Divinity of Christ

Next to David Brainerd's Life and Letters, Henry Martyn's missionary zeal and legacy as a pioneer missionary and translator as captured in The Life and Letters of Henry Martyn (John Sargent) has become a classic in the modern missions movement. Martyn served in India...

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...

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