Paul Planted, Apollos Watered, but God: Chris Sadowitz on Weakness in Missions

In this insightful episode of the Missions Podcast, we explore a critical question at the heart of Christian ministry: What does it mean to be vulnerable in ministry, and how does it affect our approach to the mission field? We delve into the biblical principle that while Paul planted and Apollos watered, it was God who gave the growth, emphasizing the significance of vulnerability and interdependence in the spread of the gospel. Through a discussion on the application of these concepts across different cultures, the importance of humility in our communication, and the role of the fear of the Lord in shaping our vulnerability, this episode challenges our assumptions about leadership in missions.

Joining us is Chris Sadowitz, a missionary pastor serving in Japan with ABWE, adjunct professor at the Asia Biblical Theological Seminary in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and co-editor of Paul Planted, Apollos Watered, but God: Vulnerable Weakness in Ministry & Mission.

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Thank God for Thomas

Coming up this week: We sit down with ABWE missionary, pastor, and recent author Chris Sadowitz to discuss how God uses our weakness in ministry.

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Mailbag: Neglecting the Unreached and Fighting Heresy

In this episode, we tackle two pivotal topics at the heart of global missions. We begin by responding to one friendly criticism and exploring the nuanced definition of “reached,” emphasizing the importance of not just making contact with the unreached but ensuring every nation, tribe, and people group has a fully mature body of believers. Following this, we delve into the pressing issue of maintaining doctrinal integrity in mission fields, particularly in regions like the Middle East where there is often a disconnect from church history. We discuss the risks of neglecting historic Christian creeds to prevent the spread of theological errors in cross-cultural missions.

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Many Teachers, Few Fathers

This week, we dig into the mailbag and talk about a variety of timely missions topics, including the tension between pursuing the unreached and continually discipling the reached. New episode drops Sunday at 7 PM Eastern.

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Ludwig Krapf: Who He Was and Why You’ve Never Heard of Him

Dive into the transformative legacy of Ludwig Krapf, a figure whose pioneering translation work and partnerships in missions laid foundational stones for the gospel’s spread in East Africa. Krapf’s enduring impact questions how we view mission work today, inviting us to explore the deep roots of faith across continents. His story is not just a historical footnote—it’s a call to understand the significance of cultural and linguistic bridges in spreading the gospel.

Aaron Dunlop’s life journey intertwines with the spiritual legacy of figures like Krapf. Growing up in Northern Ireland and enriched by diverse academic and pastoral experiences from Bible College in his homeland to Applied Linguistics at Trinity Western University and theology at Geneva Reformed Seminary, Aaron’s path led him from pastoral roles in Jamaica and British Columbia to teaching in Kenya. Now, as the founder of The Krapf Project and back in Northern Ireland, Aaron, alongside his wife Grace and their five children, continues to embody the mission’s spirit, fostering a culture of reading and theological education in East Africa. Discover more about Aaron’s work and The Krapf Project’s vision at krapfproject.com and thinkgospel.com.

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The Surprising Reason Swahili Uses Roman Script

Tune in to this week’s upcoming episode to learn more about the linguistic legacy of little-known missionary treasure Ludwig Krapf from our guest, Aaron Dunlop.

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Demonology for the Global Church: Scott MacDonald on a Biblical Approach to the Unseen Realm

We delve into the intriguing world of demonology with Scott D. MacDonald, author of Demonology for the Global Church: A Biblical Approach in a Multicultural Age. As a former missionary instructor and now an associate professor of theology, Scott brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences in the field and academia. We explore the challenges missionaries face in different cultural contexts concerning demonology, addressing global perspectives, skepticism, and the balance between empiricism and anti-empiricism.

Scott also sheds light on how various global church communities perceive and respond to the theology of demonology, emphasizing the ongoing relevance and presence of demonic forces in our world today. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of spiritual warfare and the unseen realm within a multicultural, global church context.

Scott MacDonald serves as associate professor of theology with the Canadian Baptist Theological Seminary and College in Cochrane, Alberta. He enjoys exploring issues pertaining to biblical demonology, global theology, Byang Kato, pneumatology, spiritual warfare, and multicultural communities. Scott is married to Michal, and they have four children.

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Why You Should Reject Dualism

Coming up this week: We talk to Scott D. MacDonald, author of Demonology for the Global Church: A Biblical Approach in a Multicultural Age, on spiritual warfare, the unseen realm, and why we should reject bifurcated thinking about the physical versus the supernatural.

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What’s Happening in Global Theological Education in 2024: Dr. Michael Ortiz Speaks

Much of the global church is in need of the West’s riches in terms of biblical and theological training. But how is increasing indigenization of global Christian movements changing the landscape of theological education worldwide?

In this enlightening episode of The Missions Podcast, we sit down with Michael Ortiz, a renowned figure in global theological education. Mike delves into the pressing need for theological education to evolve amidst diverse global cultures, discussing the pivotal role institutions like DTS en Español play in shaping Christian leadership worldwide. He shares his vision for the future of global theological education, exploring its profound impact on mission work and how it can be a catalyst for change in a rapidly shifting world. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of faith, education, and global missions.

Dr. Ortiz, a New York City native and son of Cuban immigrants, embraced Christianity following his legal career in Florida. He holds a ThM from DTS and a PhD from SETECA, specializing in theological education in Spanish-speaking regions, particularly Cuba. At Dallas Theological Seminary, he serves as Vice President for Global Ministries and Associate Professor of Missiology & Intercultural Ministries. He founded DTS en Español and currently leads the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education, making significant contributions to global theological education. A frequent speaker on these subjects, Dr. Ortiz is married to Kathy, with whom he has two adult children, and retains his Florida Bar license.

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Why You Must Measure Impact, Not Just Activity

Dr. Michael Ortiz joins Scott Dunford in this week’s upcoming episode to talk about the latest trends taking place in the world of international theological education.

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Virtuous Persuasion: Redefining Missions With Michael Niebauer

In this insightful episode, Michael Niebauer, pastor and director of Heritage Mission, delves into the heart of Christian missions. He eloquently discusses the essential elements of virtuous practice, proclamation, and gathering in missions, redefining skilled missionary work as following Christ rather than just mastering techniques. Niebauer also critically evaluates three popular models of missions, offering profound insights into their effectiveness and alignment with biblical principles.

Michael Niebauer is the author of Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Mission, a Christianity Today Book Award finalist and Outreach Magazine’s 2022 Missional Resource of the Year. Michael holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University, specializing in Christian Ethics and Missiology. He contributes regularly to Christian journals and hosts the Christian catechesis podcast 

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Doing Ethical Missions

What does the study of ethics have to do with the missionary task? Everything, according to this week’s guest, Dr. Michael Niebauer, author of Virtuous Persuasion: A Theology of Christian Mission.

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The Persecuted Church in Nigeria With Judd Saul

In this episode, we delve into the harrowing reality of Christian persecution in Nigeria. Our guest, Judd Saul, brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into the recent Christmas attacks in Plateau State, where scores of Christians were brutally massacred. As we unpack the details of these attacks, we explore the complex web of religious, political, and social factors that contribute to the ongoing strife in this region.

Our conversation extends beyond the surface, examining the underlying causes of these attacks, particularly the role of radicalized groups and the response of the Nigerian government. Judd’s firsthand experience offers a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by Nigerian Christians and the resilience they exhibit in the face of adversity.

Judd Saul, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, family man, entrepreneur, and dedicated missionary, has been profoundly involved in Nigeria since a transformative mission trip in 2011 with his grandfather, Duane Wessels. Married to Sherry and a father to five children, Judd has witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by Nigerian Christians. He has committed over a decade to ministering in Nigeria, visiting 3-4 times annually. Recognizing the escalating attacks on Christians and the limited response from existing missions, Judd founded Equipping the Persecuted, a proactive organization supported by a team of experienced pastors, missionaries, and supporters. This organization focuses on both prevention and aftercare for persecuted Christians, establishing a local, effective response to the crisis in Nigeria.

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Islamic Takeover of Africa?

Coming up this week: We talk with an expert on Christian persecution in Nigeria about the state of the church in Nigeria and beyond.

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A Theology of the Cross in Missions: Tim Bertolet Explains

Join Scott and Alex for a profound discussion with ABWE’s own Tim Bertolet, focusing on the motivations in ministry: are we seeking personal glory or glorifying the Lord? Delving into Martin Luther’s distinction between the theology of glory and the theology of the cross, this episode examines its impact on evangelical missions and Christian living. We’ll explore how this theology shapes our ministry approach, why it’s often overlooked in seminary education, and practical steps for believers to embrace it in their lives.

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Who Are We Boasting In?

Coming this week: Scott and Alex sit down with ABWE’s own Tim Bertolet to explore an ever-important topic—our motivations in ministry. Are we boasting in ourselves, or in the Lord? And what can we learn from Martin Luther’s paradigm of a theology of glory versus a theology of the cross? Tune in on Sunday night to find out.

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New Year’s Eve Countdown: 2024’s Must-Read Missions Books

The tradition is back! In this compelling episode, Chris Howles of For Every Nation joins the discussion to unveil his top 10 missions books to read in 2024. This episode is a treasure trove for anyone engaged in or interested in missions, offering insights that blend deep theological understanding with practical application in the mission field. A must-listen for those seeking to deepen their grasp of global missionary endeavors.

  1. 40 Questions About the Great Commission by Daniel Akin, Benjamin Merkle & George Robinson (Kregel Academic, 2020)
  2. The Sending Church Defined – 2nd edition by Bradley Bell (Upstream Collective, 2020)
  3. Global Humility: Attitudes for Mission by Andy McCullough (Malcolm Down Publishing Ltd, 2017)
  4. Global Christianity: A Guide to the World’s Largest Religion from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe by Gina Zurlo (Zondervan, 2022)
  5. Apostolic Imagination: Recovering a Biblical Vision for the Church’s Mission Today by J. D. Payne (Baker Academic, 2022)
  6. Re-imagining Short-Term Missions Edited by Forrest Inslee & Angel Burns (Wipf and Stock, 2022)
  7. Reading Hebrews Missiologically: The Missionary Motive, Message, and Methods of Hebrews Edited by Abeneazer G. Urga, Edward L. Smither, & Linda P. Saunders (William Carey Publishing, 2023)
  8. Mission Between the Times by C. René Padilla (Langham Books, 2010)
  9. Migration and the Making of Global Christianity by Jehu J. Hanciles (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2021)
  10. Their Rock Is Not Like Our Rock: A Theology of Religions by Daniel Strange (Zondervan, 2015)

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Why Christianity Is Altogether Unique

Coming up this week: Our friend Chris Howles returns to the show to count down his top ten missiological books for 2024 and what they have to say to the global church.

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Christmas Year in Review: Top Episodes, World Events, and Lessons Learned

In this special Christmas episode of The Missions Podcast, we take a moment to reflect on the past year, celebrating God’s unwavering guidance and the impactful conversations that have touched our hearts and minds. We revisit the best episodes of the year, shedding light on the valuable lessons and inspiring experiences that have deepened our understanding of missions. The episode also delves into the most significant global changes affecting missions, exploring their implications for ministry. We share the personal lessons God has taught us this year, which have enriched our faith and dedication to his work. Our Christmas meditations bring into focus the enduring hope and joy we find in Christ, the heart of our celebration. Looking ahead with excitement to 2024, we eagerly anticipate what God has in store for us. Join us in this episode as we honor the birth of our Savior and prepare for another year of commitment to the mission.

To download this year’s globally focused Christmas devotional from the team at ABWE, click here.

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Do Scott and Alex Disagree?

Coming up this week’s Christmas roundup: We debrief the past year of podcasts, including… times when Alex and Scott didn’t see eye to eye? We know it’s shocking. Tune in Sunday at 7 p.m. to have all your questions answered.

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Doing Honest Missions History With Ed Smither

In this conversation with Ed Smither, we delve into the evangelical tradition of honoring figures like William Carey and Lottie Moon, exploring how we can respect the past without veering into hagiography. Key discussion points include uncovering lesser-known missionaries who inspire, acknowledging the failures of past missions, and learning from historical examples, including Roman Catholic missionary monks. Ed also shares insights from his latest book, Missionary Monks, and the vital lessons modern evangelicals can glean from their legacy.

Ed Smither is professor of intercultural studies and history of global Christianity, and dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University. He served for 14 years in intercultural ministry in France, North Africa, and the U.S. His books include Christian Martyrdom (2020), Christian Mission: A Concise Global History (2019), and Mission in the Early Church (2014).

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Missionary Monks?

Coming up this week: Ed Smither explains what evangelical missionaries today can learn from the monastic movements of Christendom, despite theological disagreements.

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Voddie Baucham on Education, Mission, and Christian Culture-Building

In this dynamic episode of The Missions Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Voddie Baucham to explore the intersection of education, mission, and Christian culture-building. Dr. Baucham, a respected figure in pastoral work and theological education, currently shaping minds at the African Christian University in Zambia, brings his unique perspective to the table. The discussion navigates through his journey from a non-Christian background to becoming a key influencer in Christian education. We examine how classical Christian education serves as a cornerstone for establishing a robust Christian culture, going beyond mere constitutional declarations of Christianity, as exemplified by Zambia. Delving into the cultural and spiritual landscapes of Zambia and the United States, Dr. Baucham shares the significant challenges and triumphs of his ministry, and how these experiences have shaped his approach to discipleship and theological education.

Dr. Voddie T. Baucham, Jr. is a former pastor, church planter, author, and professor, currently lecturing at the African Christian University in Zambia. Raised in a non-Christian home, he converted during college, leading to a distinctive approach in his teachings. Baucham is known for addressing a range of topics, from biblical interpretation to social issues, emphasizing the Bible’s relevance to everyday life. He holds degrees from several institutions, including a D.Min. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, Baucham is a martial artist, having opened a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Zambia. He and his wife, Bridget, are parents to nine children and three grandchildren.

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Voddie: Missionaries Aren’t All ‘Green Berets’

Is missions only for the elite few? Or is there more to being a part of the mission of God, even from the pew? It’s one of the many topics coming up in this Sunday’s conversation with Dr. Voddie Baucham.

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More Modern Lessons From Medieval Missions With Glenn Sunshine

In part two of our insightful discussion with Dr. Glenn Sunshine, we shift our focus to the present, exploring the practical lessons that today’s evangelicals can learn from medieval missionary endeavors. Dr. Sunshine, drawing from his extensive study of Christian history, highlights how the methodologies and theological understandings of early missionaries like Saints Boniface and Patrick can inform and inspire current global missions. This episode offers a unique perspective on engaging diverse cultures and contexts, emphasizing the timeless relevance and impact of medieval missions in contemporary evangelism.

Dr. Glenn Sunshine, a respected historian and Christian thinker, is the president of Every Square Inch Ministries and a retired professor from Central Connecticut State University. His work with Reflections Ministries and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview has made significant contributions to understanding the Christian worldview. He is the author of several books, including 32 Christians Who Changed Their World, and a cohost on The Theology Pugcast. Dr. Sunshine’s global teaching and speaking roles underscore his commitment to applying historical wisdom to modern Christian life​.

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Unlearning Myths About Colonialism

Did earlier generations of Protestants truly fail at the missionary task, as we’ve often been led to believe? This week, we resume our conversation with Glenn Sunshine as we glean lessons from church history for today’s missions endeavors.

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Medieval Missions Explored: Boniface, Patrick, and More With Glenn Sunshine

Part one of our engaging conversation with Dr. Glenn Sunshine takes us into the heart of medieval missions, focusing on influential figures like Saint Boniface and Saint Patrick. Dr. Sunshine, with his deep knowledge of European history, paints a vivid picture of the missionary landscape during the early medieval period. This episode delves into the strategies, theological perspectives, and historical contexts that defined this era, contrasting them with later missionary movements. Discover the rich heritage and the often-overlooked depth of medieval missions, and understand the misconceptions surrounding these pivotal moments in Christian history.

Dr. Glenn Sunshine, the founder and president of Every Square Inch Ministries, is a retired professor of European history from Central Connecticut State University. As a Ministry Associate at Reflections Ministries, and a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Dr. Sunshine is widely recognized for his expertise in integrating Christian faith with historical insights. He is an author of notable books, including the recent 32 Christians Who Changed Their World, and a cohost of The Theology Pugcast. His work spans continents, reflecting his commitment to a global Christian perspective​.

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No, Christianity Didn’t Spread by Conquest

Coming up: historian Glenn Sunshine sets the record straight on how Christianity has spread through the ages.

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’Tis the Season to Rethink Outreach?

In this festive episode of The Missions Podcast, we unwrap the topic of outreach during the Christmas season and beyond—from shoeboxes to food drives to capital campaigns and, of course, door-to-door caroling.

We explore each method’s effectiveness, asking the tough questions: Are we truly meeting needs or just fulfilling our own holiday expectations? Are there better ways to connect, share, and serve during this time of year? How can we ensure our efforts lead to lasting impact rather than just seasonal goodwill? Join us as we rethink how we can truly be a light in our communities during the Advent season.

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The Goodness of Christian Culture

This week, Alex and Scott talk about how Christian tradition around the holidays can be an evangelistic tool in drawing the lost to the community of faith.

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Artificial Intelligence and World Missions

In this episode of The Missions Podcast, Alex Kocman and Scott Dunford explore the rise of AI and its effects on the global missions community. From AI-powered church services to a new partnership between SIL and Christian Vision to develop a Bible-focused chatbot, the discussion touches on the potential dangers and ethical concerns of AI, the lie of transhumanism, and the imperative to take dominion over technological tools.

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The Lie of Transhumanism

Throughout the West, transhumanism—the idea that through technology and artifice we can transcend our natural limitations—is enchanting unbelievers. But Christ as Lord will have the final word.

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Letting the Gospel Wreck Your Life: Scott Dunford Shares

In this episode, Scott Dunford unpacks 2 Corinthians 5 to illustrate the power of the gospel to wreck our self-centered priorities and open our eyes to the mission of God. Hear how Christ’s love forces us out of our comfort zones and into God’s risky will for our lives among the nations in this talk originally delivered to the student body of Cedarville University.

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The Danger of Missions Conferences

Coming up this week: Scott Dunford brings a challenge to let the gospel wreck your view of self, of others, and of our obligation in the world.

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Navigating the Uncharted: A Conversation with Emily Bennett on ‘Before You Go’

This week on the Missions Podcast, hosts Alex and Scott sit down with Emily Bennett, the general editor of the insightful book, Before You Go: Wisdom from Ten Women Who Served Internationally (2023). As someone who heeded the call to take the gospel to the nations, Emily shares a wealth of experience aimed at preparing those poised to step into the mission field. Our enlightening conversation journeys through the core themes of the book, delving into discerning one’s calling, embracing the sacrifice of leaving the familiar, and fostering a spirit of unity while serving on a team overseas. Whether you are about to embark on overseas missions or are a seasoned missionary, this conversation with Emily Bennett is a treasure trove of wisdom.

As mentioned in the show, you can support relief ministry in the region via ABWE’s Middle East Compassion Fund at abwe.org/middle-east-compassion.

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Emily Bennett: You Don’t Become Bold Overnight

Coming up this week: Emily Bennett, editor of the new book Before You Go: Wisdom from Ten Women Who Served Internationally, shares why if you aren’t living evangelistically now, you won’t automatically become evangelistic once thrust out onto the mission field.

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Israel, Palestine, and the Gospel

What is happening to Christians in Israel and the Palestinian territories right now, and what does the current war mean in terms of the advance of the gospel? In this episode, Alex and Scott wrestle Hamas’ bloody attacks on Israel and the ensuing conflict from a biblical worldview.

As mentioned in the show, you can support relief ministry in the region via ABWE’s Middle East Compassion Fund at abwe.org/middle-east-compassion.

Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com.

Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support.

You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational.

The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

Why Is Antisemitism on the Rise?

This week: Scott and Alex discuss how to approach the Israel-Hamas war with our biblical thinking caps on.

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The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

Erased: What Every Believer Needs to Know About the Armenian Christian Genocide, Then and Now—With Joel Veldkamp

In this eye-opening episode, we sit down with Joel Veldkamp, head of international communications at Christian Solidarity International, to discuss the ongoing crisis facing Armenian Christians in Nagorno-Karabakh. Joel brings his expertise to shed light on the historical, political, and spiritual dimensions of this crisis, urging the global Christian community to stand in solidarity with their persecuted brothers and sisters.

In the wake of the blockade’s end, the situation has reached a critical point. With all but 50 Christians remaining in Nagorno-Karabakh, the rest have been exiled, leaving a once-thriving community nearly erased. Joel provides an updated look at the humanitarian aftermath, including the dire circumstances facing those who have been displaced. He also revisits the political landscape, examining how the actions of Azerbaijan and its allies have led to this near-elimination of the Armenian Christian community. The episode delves into the role that the U.S. and the global community can still play in this crisis, especially in light of these devastating developments. Joel emphasizes the ever-urgent need for spiritual, material, and political solidarity with the few remaining and the many exiled Armenian Christians. Finally, we discuss how Christians abroad can help—and why we as evangelicals must recognize that we belong to a global family.

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The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

Genocide Against Christians?

Whenever the news media directs our attention towards current events, we must also ask: what are they not talking about? This week, an expert on the Middle East and Christian persecution reveals the onslaught against the Armenian Christian community perpetuated over the last several months.

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The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

Crisis in Missions? Independent Filmmaker David Griffin Speaks

Should every Christian be an evangelist? What about every missionary? In this episode, we sit down with David Griffin, an independent filmmaker, digital marketer, and former church planter, to delve into the complexities and challenges facing modern missions. Griffin, the creative mind behind the documentary “The Crisis of Missions,” unpacks the most pressing issues missionaries face today and questions whether the term “missionary” has lost its biblical weight.

The conversation also explores the role of local churches in supporting and holding missionaries accountable, the universal applicability of biblical methods in diverse cultural settings, and practical steps for strengthening the bond between congregations and missionaries. Whether you’re a pastor, missionary, or layperson passionate about the Great Commission, this conversation offers invaluable insights and a dose of inspiration for fulfilling the call to make disciples of all nations.

Spurgeon and Effective Evangelism

Can cold-contact evangelism work? This upcoming week, we’re joined by independent filmmaker David Griffin to discussed what he’s practiced and see firsthand.

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The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

Are We ‘Unhinged’? What Genocide, Assassination, and Other Current News Means for Missions

In this week’s episode, we dive deep into the headlines that are shaping our world and explore how they intersect with the Great Commission. From the UN’s warning of a “great fracture” to geopolitical tensions between Canada and India, we ask: What does this mean for the spread of the gospel? We also shed light on the plight of the deaf community, who are among the largest unreached people groups, and discuss the role of the church in natural disasters, as seen in Morocco. Lastly, we touch on the ongoing persecution of Armenian Christians. Tune in for a biblically grounded take on current events.

Mentioned during the show:

  1. UN Meeting: A Great Fracture Ahead?
    • UN Secretary-General António Guterres warns of rising geopolitical tensions and challenges to global governance. Read more.
  2. Canada and India: Diplomatic Strains
    • Canada expels an Indian diplomat over allegations linking the Indian government to the assassination of a Sikh leader. Read more.
  3. International Week of the Deaf
    • Only 2% of the world’s 70 million Deaf people have access to the Gospel in their sign language. Read more.
  4. Morocco Earthquake: A Test of Faith and Service
    • The Christian community in Morocco grapples with questions of theodicy and service in the wake of a devastating earthquake. Read more.
  5. Armenian Christians: Persecution in Nagorno-Karabakh
    • Tens of thousands of Armenian Christians face existential threats amid a military blockade. Read more.

Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com.

Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support.

You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational.

The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

A World in Chaos

What do chaotic world events teach us about God’s purposes? This week, Alex and Scott dive into the headlines—and Scripture.

Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support.

The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

Preaching People Out of the Pews: How to Mobilize From the Pulpit

Is your pulpit a launch pad for mission, or a podium for pew-warmers? In this riveting discussion, Scott and Alex delve into the critical role of pastoral preaching in mobilizing the church for missions. They discuss common pitfalls to avoid and share their favorite Scripture passages for missions-focused messages. They also explore how to seamlessly integrate missions into your regular sermon structure, and the nuanced difference between occasion-specific preaching and week-by-week pastoral exposition. Don’t miss this essential guide for pastors who want to preach people out of the pews and into the mission field.

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Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com.

Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support.

You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational.

The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

Guilt-Free Preaching

Is there a way to preach missions without manipulation? Scott and Alex explore in this week’s upcoming episode.

Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support.

The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

What Is Karmic Christianity? An Interview With E.D. Burns

In this eye-opening episode, we sit down with E.D. Burns, author of Karmic Christianity: Finding Peace by Faith Alone, to dissect the pitfalls of blending karma with Christian faith. Burns warns missionaries against the trap of treadmill living, where the focus shifts from God’s grace to human effort, leading to ministry burnout and a distorted gospel message. We delve into the ungodly coping mechanisms Christians often resort to when facing fear and how a proper understanding of the gospel can liberate us from such snares. From America’s pop-culture obsession with karma to the fear-power paradigm in different cultures, this episode is a wake-up call to recenter our faith on the finished work of Christ. Don’t miss this compelling conversation that challenges us to examine our own beliefs and realign our ministries with the true gospel.

Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com.

Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support.

You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational.

The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

Planting by Pastoring: A Vision for Starting a Healthy Church With Nathan Knight

Is church planting just a numbers game, or is there a deeper, biblical vision for launching new congregations? In this episode, we sit down with Nathan Knight, author of Planting by Pastoring: A Vision for Starting a Healthy Church, to challenge the entrepreneurial mindset that often infiltrates church planting. Knight unpacks the biblical foundation for seeing planters as pastors and churches as flocks to be shepherded. Tune in for a refreshing perspective that shifts the focus from metrics to ministry.

Nathan Knight (M.Div., Southeastern Theological Seminary) is a pastor of Restoration Church and serves on the lead team for the Treasuring Christ Together church planting network. He and his wife, Andi, live in Washington, DC, with their two sons. 

Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com.

Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support.

You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational.

The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

If We Get This Wrong, Nothing Else Matters

What is a church? Nathan Knight shares why defining the body of Christ is the sine qua non of our mission.

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The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

Biblical Headship and Its Missiological Implications: Scott Callaham Returns

In this thought-provoking episode, we sit down with Dr. Scott Callaham, dean of the Institute of Public Theology, to explore the biblical concept of headship and its far-reaching implications for missions. Dr. Callaham brings a wealth of experience from his roles as a pastor, chaplain, cross-cultural international missionary, conference speaker, Bible translator, and seminary professor. We delve into the biblical foundations supporting male leadership in missions, the role of women in missionary support roles, the theological implications of being male and female, and the critical issue of biblical eldership in missions.

Dr. Callaham graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy in Old Testament from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the lead editor of World Mission: Theology, Strategy, and Current Issues, and the author of Biblical Aramaic for Biblical Interpreters in both English and Chinese. Dr. Callaham has served in various roles including pastor, chaplain, cross-cultural international missionary, conference speaker, Bible translator, and seminary professor. He hosts the Daily Dose of Aramaic podcast and composes Chinese worship music for congregational singing.

Learn more about Dr. Scott Callaham’s work and publications through the Institute of Public Theology.

Did you know that there’s a new addition to the ABWE podcast lineup? Search for Cloud of Witnesses in your favorite app, or visit cloudofwitnessespodcast.com.

Believe in our mission? Support the show at missionspodcast.com/support.

You can also watch The Missions Podcast on ABWE’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/abweinternational.

The Missions Podcast is a ministry resource of ABWE. Learn more at abwe.org.

Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.