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A Call to Higher Faith: Carol and Clark’s Story

Carol Rogers Smith had an encounter with Christ. She knew in that quiet moment God had called her to serve His people. She said, “Lord, if you want me to leave this home, I will.” Years later in 2007 Carol and her husband Clark traveled from Savannah, Georgia to Ridgecrest North Carolina for the New Wineskins Missionary Network Conference…

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What is the Shari'a?

Over the years I’ve done a great deal of teaching on Islam and Christianity. That recently resulted in the publication of my book Two Stories of Everything: The Competing Metanarratives of Islam and Christianity. But I note that there is one question that people almost always ask: what exactly is the shari’a? Where does it come from? Generally one hears the word shari’a translated as “law” but that’s not quite right…

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Blessed by Our Daily Bread

“Blessing, as the biblical writers conceive it, is a kind of ecological phenomenon; it connects God and the creatures in a complex of interlocking relationships,” writes biblical scholar Ellen Davis.[1] As Christians, we believe that our Triune Lord creates, redeems, and sustains all of Creation. We do not believe in a distant God who created in the beginning and then retreated into inaction. We trust in a God whose hand is constantly present in His glorious world, blessing His human and non-human creatures…

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Ready for a Mission Adventure?

Conversations around a barbeque can be life-changing. Just ask the Apostle Peter (see John 21:9; 15-19). In 2012, I was standing around a fire, grilling meat for a church picnic in Colchester, England, when a young English man in his late teens began telling me about his dreams of becoming a global missionary.        In God’s time, that initial conversation led to that young man, Isaac, joining All Nations, our NAMS (New Anglican Missionary Society) community in Bangkok, Thailand...

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Why Some Muslims are Attracted to Christianity

More Muslims have converted to the Way of Jesus Christ in the last four decades than in all the other years since the advent of Islam in the 7th Century. Something is certainly happening among Muslims and there is an openness in their society that was not there before. But here is the question: why are some Muslims attracted to the way of Jesus Christ?

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Church on the Street

There are no walls in the Rev. Bryan Bywater’s church. The “altar” is a folding table. The “pews” are the steps of Hartford City Hall.  But he has a cross and a chalice. He has communion wafers, dipped in grape juice instead of wine for the benefit of his friends in recovery. To the population he’s serving, that’s plenty. Bywater, a priest in the Anglican church of North America and a missionary for Church Army USA, has been feeding and clothing the homeless in the region for more than 20 years...

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How Big is Your God, Really?

When J.B. Phillips wrote his book, Your God is too Small, the follow-up question was, "How big is your God?"  I am still asking that question in my own life.  In January, the former Archbishop and Primate of the Church of Uganda died and was celebrated.  His funeral was not only a national event, it was an international marker of the amazing changes in Africa, especially within the Anglican churches of Africa.  The Rev. Dr. David Goodhew has outlined some of the facts...

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Balaam of Pethor: A Missionary Just Like Us

The name of the indigenous Anglican presence in Spain is the Iglesia Española Reformada Episcopal (IERE), or as it is often called in English, the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain. We date our beginnings back to 150 years ago when a number of converts from Roman Catholicism got together to form a new Christian presence for Spain. One of the visions of our founding bishop...

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Theological Education in Kenya

Africa is dealing with many contemporary issues such as corruption, AIDS, ethnic division, and political turmoil. The Kenyan church and the society in general need well trained pastors, ministers, priests, and lay leaders who can guide and lead members of the church and society. Africa direly needs Christians who can live out the transformational gospel of Jesus Christ in every sector of society...

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Ministry in the Market

It was my sister Mindy who suggested that we go to the market in a place called Chichicastenago in Guatemala on our trip there in January. We had asked the Lord to order our steps and Mindy began to talk to a sweet-smiled older woman named Juana. She told us how she had been very ill but that God had miraculously healed her. We followed her to her "store" which was basically her wares strewn out...

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