Missiology: A Review 1

Disclaimer: B&H Academic provided me with a complimentary copy of this resource in exchange for writing this review. However, I remained unbiased and objective when writing this review. I recently completed a missions course in my M Div program at Luther Rice Seminary where I was required to read the Second Edition of John Mark Terry’s Missiology. Having read the first edition back during my bachelor missions course at Luther Rice, this allowed me to solidly compare the two resources to see how well the Second Edition has been revised from the first edition. Both the first and second editions of Missiology are extensively thorough resources. Upon reading Missiology, one is going to walk away with a far deeper understanding and appreciation for missions and for reaching unreached people groups for Christ. Missiology presents the ideal textbook for students wanting a solid overview of Christian missions, although because the book is such an in-depth resource, covering it in a single semester can be challenging unless the student is disciplined in focusing on the material. The Second Edition does seem more “digestible” and “understandable” at times. I felt I was able to better flow through the chapters in the Second Edition than when I read the first edition. At times, however, some of the more technical […]

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Luke 20:9-19 Rebellion’s Deadly Consequence

  It is garden season.  Many gardeners are more adept and diligent than I am. As regarding my own garden, it is often a fruitless effort. But for a good gardener, planting a garden comes with a quite reasonable expectation of sharing in its produce.  How much more for any of our farmers around here who plant their fields in hope. Of course we all know that it is in no way unusual to lease land from another and to plant it, with a further understanding that a portion of the produce will go to the landowner as well. What would happen to you if you agreed to terms on such a field, planted it, ultimately harvested it, but in the day that payment was due, you kept the proceeds for yourself? It is not too hard to imagine the results ranging from confrontation to legal action to forcible recompense. In the days of Christ’s earthly ministry, the upper Jordan Valley, the shores of Galilee and more consisted of estates owned by foreigners who lived far away but who rented out their land for production.  Those who were left to run the business had free reign to do as they will as long as the payments came in – no […]


Luke 20:1-8 Whose Authority?

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series The Gospel of Luke

This Sermon’s Video Link   “A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.” (Proverbs 17:10, NASB95) Even a misplaced rebuke can make a wise man consider carefully. But a fool will reject discipline altogether. What is your attitude towards being corrected? How interested are you in discovering when you’ve been wrong? If you were wrong about doctrine, would you want to know it? If you were wrong about God would you want to know it? If you were wrong about Jesus would you want to know it? Or would you rather say, “It has always been this way”? Would you prefer to harden your heart against an uncomfortable truth, or would you humble yourself and let the pain of being corrected create repentance and change? In today’s text, in Luke 20:1-8, Jesus encounters again the Scribes, The Chief priests, and the Elders – the three groups that describe the highest leadership of Israel: The Sanhedrin, and they come with a question. Their question is deceptive in the way that accusing questions can be. They are not interested in truth but rather they are looking only to confirm their bias. And when given the chance to come gently, they harden their resolve against Jesus. […]