- - Friday, August 19, 2016

1| The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences |The Gospel Coalition

***Here is one of those sentences. This. Is. Amazing!

More Iranians have become Christians in the last 20 years than in the previous 13 centuries put together.

2| Evangelical Christians are turning against the death penalty |Business Insider

Earlier this month, roughly 50 evangelical leaders signed a letter urging the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and the state’s governor, Greg Abbott, to stop the Aug. 24 execution of death row inmate Jeff Wood.

Self-described evangelicals — a large, varied group — have opposed executions before, often flocking to the side of prisoners who present themselves as having been born again. …

One of the signatories is Joel Hunter, who leads the 20,000-member Northland Church in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida. He supported Mike Huckabee in 2008, but has prayed with President Barack Obama and says, “Many of us in the evangelical Protestant community are coming to where the Catholics have been for a while: pro-life in terms of whole life, all vulnerable life, whether in the womb or on death row.”

3| Why missionaries shouldn’t pose as aid workers |CNN

***I believe the author’s analysis suffers from a faulty understanding of a Christian theology of vocation. It would seem these Christians are seeking to live out a unified Christian understanding of vocation and mission. That is, they’re not Christian missionaries posing as doctors, or vice versa. They are doctors/teachers/etc. who are living out the Great Commission of Christ — a commission given for all disciples to help fulfill, regardless of their “day job” vocation.

Obviously, I don’t personally know any of the missionaries mentioned in the article. But I can imagine real-life friends of mine — doctors, businessmen, teachers — deciding to give up the pursuit of the American dream to instead travel abroad and practice their vocation in a foreign land, while at the same time making disciples of Christ.

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