The following articles are related to the topic of MISSIONS

Was Paul’s Reference to His “Cloak” a Meaningless Triviality?

Some have charged that the Bible contains a lot of trivial information, such as Paul's request that Timothy bring the apostle's "cloak" and "books and parchments" when he comes to Rome (2 Timothy 4:13). These items had been left in Troas (in western Asia Minor) with a brother whose name was Carpus. Critics say this sort of personal and superficial ... read more »

Paul’s Two-Year Roman Imprisonment

It was an amazing series of events that brought Paul to Rome, the great capital city of the empire. One archaeological source suggests that the population of the imperial city in the first century was in excess of four million people, about three times the size of a large, modern city (Unger 1962, 316). When Paul wrote to the saints ... read more »

Some Character Traits of Paul, the Apostle

The renowned German scholar, Adolf Deissmann, once declared: "There is no single person since Nero's days who has left such permanent marks on the souls of men as Paul the New Man." He noted that the grand apostle of Christ, "rising from the mass of the insignificant many" is "still molding the world at the present moment" (1957, viii). F.F. ... read more »

When Love Grows Cold: A Profile of the Ephesian Church

Near the end of his second missionary campaign (ca. A.D. 52), Paul, in company with his working companions, Aquila and Priscilla, came to the city of Ephesus. This magnificent metropolis of some two hundred to three hundred thousand souls was the capital of provincial Asia, located in west Asia Minor, just off the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea. Here ... read more »

A Study of Divine Providence

The religious world is an environment of extremism. Some allege, for example, that if God does exist, he has no contact at all with humanity. He is a disinterested, distant deity. This philosophy is known as deism. Others, by way of contrast, assert that virtually every activity of Deity is a miracle. Miracles, they allege, are occurring in abundance everyday. ... read more »

Are You an Evangelist?

The Great CommissionA former tax-collector, a political activist, and a few fisherman - eleven common Hebrew men. Having no organization and no resources but their faith in the promises of Jesus Christ, these first-century citizens of Palestine were charged by our Lord to do the impossible - go evangelize the world. What an awesome task - what an awesome responsibility! ... read more »

The Skeptics’ Bogus Bounty

The skeptics have placed a "bounty" on my head. Well, in a manner of speaking. They've offered me a bounty of $2,000 if I will accept their challenge. But let me give you a bit of background. Some years ago a former preacher and missionary associated with the churches of Christ "soured," and, so far as anyone knows, abandoned any ... read more »

The Value of Life

The book of James has been called the gospel of practicality because it contains so many truths of everyday value. One of the dangers of which James warns is the pursuit of material interests to the exclusion of the Lord's will (cf. 4:13-17). Within that discussion, the inspired writer asks, "What is your life?" In the immediate context, James addresses ... read more »

An Instructive Episode in the Ministry of Paul

Early in the ministry of Paul (at least three years after his conversion, Gal. 1:15-18), the apostle returned to his native Tarsus (Acts 9:30), where it is estimated he labored six or seven years. In the meantime, Barnabas, the great exhorter in the early church (Acts 4:36-37), was working with the expanding congregation in Antioch of Syria (Acts 11:23), just ... read more »

Teresa’s “Miracle” En Route to “Sainthood”

According to recent news reports, the Roman Catholic nun, who was affectionately known as "Mother" Teresa (cf. Mt. 23:9), is being given the "rush" status en route to her expected "sainthood."The highly acclaimed lady, so applauded for her work in poverty-stricken India, died in 1997. Normally at least five years must pass before the process leading to "sainthood" is initiated.However, ... read more »