JRF’s #13 – An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians, to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens by William Carey

August 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

And that’s the abridged title. This 80+ page “pamphlet” (we call them books today) was used by God to launch the Modern Missionary Movement in the Western world. When humble shoemaker turned pastor William Carey read his Bible, studied Church History, and looked at the world around him he asked the simple question “Why aren’t we as English followers of Christ doing anything to reach those around the world who have yet to hear of the good news of Christ?”  The answers he got from the ecclesiastical elite basically was, “if God really wanted them to get saved, He doesn’t need us to do it.  Besides there is plenty of Gospel work still to be done here in England.”  This answer did not satisfy and sent Carey back to the Book.  The result was this treatise and plea to take the Great Commission seriously. His basic premise is that although God is totally sovereign and not dependent on His children to accomplish His plan of redemption, that plan includes using His faithful followers as the means of bringing His Life Giving Gospel to the ends of the earth.  To conviently hide behind God’s sovereignty would be to disobediently ignore His […]

Mark’s #45 – Reckless Abandon: A Modern-Day Gospel Pioneer’s Exploits Among The Most Difficult To Reach People

October 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

Since John recently read and reviewed this book here, I won’t go into too much detail. I’ve always enjoyed missionary biographies.  These books challenge and encourage my own walk with Christ, remind me of the global call of the great commission (Mt. 28:19-20), and make me examine my life to see whether or not I believe what God says I should believe about life, death, eternity, and the worth of Jesus.  Most of these books detail the exploits of missionaries from long ago,  but in this book David Sitton tells his story of God’s faithfulness in our time in areas like Papua New Guinea and Mexico. As such, the challenge to missions seems even more real and tangible. I appreciate David’s life and desire to show that Jesus is worth any sacrifice.  I also appreciate David’s desire to help raise up and train young men and women to forsake everything to follow Jesus to the ends of the earth. Read the book and be challenged and encouraged! If you have never considered the possibility that God loves you and may have a wonderful plan for your death, perhaps you should (pg. 201). You can check out the ministry David started […]

Mark’s #19 – Hudson Taylor: The Autobiography of a Man Who Brought The Gospel to China by J. Hudson Taylor

May 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Apostle Paul encouraged the members of the Philippian church to “…live a life worthy of the gospel (Php. 1:27)” and to “…take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you (3:17).”  One of the best ways to do this today is to look back through history and take note of the men and women who lived lives worthy of the gospel. Hudson Taylor was one of those men. I often read Christian biographies and encourage others to do the same.  I read this book as part of the required reading for those going on an upcoming mission trip to Cambodia in August. This book isn’t truly an ‘autobiography’.  Rather, it is a short biography put together by Hudson Taylor’s son using HT’s diary.   Like many missionary biographies, the strength of the book is not in its masterfully crafted prose, but rather in the way the reader can see the lived out faith of the man and the mighty hand of a good and sovereign God working in all circumstances for our good and His glory. What particularly caught my attention and convicted my heart was Taylor’s passion for the lost soul’s of China.   […]