By Howard W. Norton (February 10, 2021) — The Social Gospel was a religious movement near the beginning of the twentieth century that shifted concern from the spiritual well-being of men and women to concern for their physical welfare. We are reliving that movement today.
When my generation was college-age, missionaries were encouraged to save souls and plant churches. In turn, those forgiven of their sins believed they should tell the Good News of Jesus Christ to others who would tell others, and on and on. Continue reading
Sunday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m., I’ll be speaking, for the last time this trip, at the Maysville, Ala., congregation, outside Huntsville.
Subject: “I just want to go to heaven.” We’ll include some perspectives from our work in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
If you’re in the area, come be with us. Our son Micah and his family meet here.
Sunday afternoon, Vicki and I will travel to Mount Juliet, Tenn., to visit son Joel and family before our return to Brazil Aug. 28.
We thank friends and family for all your kindnesses. It has been a memorable trip in every way, beginning with daughter Leila’s wedding Aug. 10.
More to come in our monthly newsletter next week, Lord willing.
Here I raise my Ebenezer
Autobiography by Roy Davison
Four years ago a friend asked if I would write about various spiritual influences in my life. I began an autobiography, but did not get far….
I decided to publish what has been written, and Lord willing, add to it as time goes by:
With Internet publishing it is easy to expand on what has been written.
Hopefully this will be of interest and encouragement to some.
May the Lord bless you.
Your brother in Christ, Roy Davison
#missions #missionaries #biographies
Today’s mission fact from the Joshua Project: “Five countries have more than 500 people groups, with India exceeding 2200.”
We tend to think of national borders, if a country has been reached with the gospel. Often, if a single worker is there with the truth, we tend to mentally check it off.
We ought to think in terms of people groups. The message does not naturally cross ethnic and language barriers. Much prayer and thought ought to be given to reaching every people group in the world, not the numbers of nations.
Matthew 28.19 doesn’t refer to modern nation states, but to populations that share a common linguistic and historical heritage. By that count, the number of “nations” jumps from the hundreds to the thousands.
We still have much work to do.
#missions #Great-Commission #nations
It’s a deceptively simple visualization, but the story that gets distilled is loud and clear:
via Does Size Matter? Visualizing The Population Of Every Country (In Bubbles) | Zero Hedge
Think of evangelizing these countries, and how much is still needed to do.
What follows is something of a confession. Through the years, I’ve felt no shame or embarrassment to invite churches and individuals to financially support our efforts in missions. In the past, I’ve joyfully extended that invitation, believing fully in our task, as I still do. After several occasions, however, where we have lost larger amounts of monthly support, that ease of asking, that freedom to invite, has been lost. Perhaps it’s partly age, partly feeling tired of the process of fundraising, which I am no professional at doing, nor do I wish I were.
We no longer have a wide base of contacts among Christians, after so many years on the field. In recent years, our friends have heard our pleas several times. How can we then place yet another burden upon them? Continue reading
We arrived Wednesday at the Nashville airport. Our son Joel picked us up. Before leaving the city, he wanted to lunch at Café Mineiro, a Brazilian restaurant.
The next day I was already speaking at the FHU Lectureship on communication and technology. Our daughter studies here and Joel is a dorm dad, besides his regular day job.
We left temps of 95ºF and were greeted by 30º weather with wind. Jet lag, language switch. All our children came to support me.
And we’re finding time for the grandkids: Continue reading
You did know that Barclay’s Daily Study Bible was online, right? Barclay has his detractors, but his work is a great resource. Read his great quote here on 1 Timothy 2.4, below.
E. F. Brown calls this passage “the charter of missionary work.” He says that it is the proof that all men are capax dei, capable of receiving God. They may be lost, but they can be found; they may be ignorant, but they can be enlightened; they may be sinners, but they can be saved. George Wishart, the forerunner of John Knox, writes in his translation of the First Swiss Confession: “The end and intent of the Scripture is to declare that God is benevolent and friendly-minded to mankind; and that he hath declared that kindness in and through Jesus Christ, his only Son; the which kindness is received by faith.” That is why prayer must be made for all. God wants all men, and so, therefore, must his Church.
I’ll be speaking this morning near Dyersburg TN, specifically Newbern, at the Lemalsamac congregation. If you’re nearby, come and be with us. The meeting begins at 10 am. My sermon topic will be, “How to have the love of God in your life.” During the study hour, I’ll share recent news about the GoSpeak effort.
The church website is not appearing anywhere, but they do have a Facebook page. The building is located on Highway 77 toward Dyer.
#missions #churches #tennessee
Last night, a brother in Christ — an American visitor — asked us if we had any plans to return to the US. It’s a question we still get now and again. And we’re happy to answer it.
My personal website once sported a FAQ, where this question was answered, since it qualified for the status of a FAQ. I’ve simplified that site, so it’s no longer there.
But the short answer is: We have no plans to return.
That doesn’t mean we won’t have to, at some point. But after spending more time here than there, and with more still to do here than ever before, it seems the right thing to remain.
And “have to” is a relative viewpoint, is it not? I’ve known not a few missionaries who left the field because of lost financial support. I don’t question their decision nor their motives. We’ve been in the same boat. We took, however, a different route.
Life brings changes. (Or, better, life is change.) All the children are out of the house and far away. We’re grateful for them. Age creeps up on us and our relatives. Frailty, accidents, illness, death, are all possibilities. (They always were, if we think about it.) Continue reading
Note: We continue to pray for our good brother John Henson’s recovery. He continues in ICU in a Nashville hospital. He writes both for TFR and Forthright Magazine.
Some frightfully good material is coming out of certain quarters among us. Some of it comes from people converted out of the world. They feel the sharpness of the gospel. They know the despair of the darkness and the freedom of the light. They do more than rail at the devil; they ramp up the beauty of redemption and the bounty of God’s plan. They do more than throw a verse at the reader only to launch into strange territory; they engage the text, explore its context, make pungent application.
I confess to feeling embarrassed by the insipidity of some other writings, especially in the area of devotionals. (Perhaps it’s a case of this pot calling the kettle black.) In the presence of the Almighty God, why offer up pablum that has been repeated so often it only rates yawns? It is one thing to be simple. Simplicity recommends itself every time. It is quite another to be simplistic and bland. (It seems best not to muddy the waters with names and addresses.) Continue reading
Our little project of studying Christian action verbs is close to the half-way point. There’ll be 52 of them, in all. I hope to use it this next year, so I’m writing them up and publishing them to the Brazilian devotional site. Some of them are getting translated for “Walking with God.” Today’s is entitled, “Action: Judge.”
The format of the 3×5 index card is such an interesting one that a number of our projects are put in it, including this one. So one has to write with brevity and make every word count.
The emphasis of this project comes from such passages as Mt 7.21, words of our Lord Jesus in the sermon on the mount, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (NET). So what does this doing of the Father’s will look like? We take a look at that. Continue reading
Yesterday, RNS published a story of a missionary couple in Africa supported by the Southern Baptist denomination’s International Missionary Board. They’re taking early retirement and returning to the US after 33 years abroad, because the IMB is reducing the number of missionaries it supports after a drop in funding. The SBC is losing members, thus income is down. This was announced back in August. The RNS report puts a face to the numbers. Continue reading
From Lance, Kristen, and Silas Mosher, received Oct 12: We just heard from Immigration New Zealand, and our residency has been approved. To save you from all of the details, this basically means we can live and work in New Zealand for as long as we would like, with a few conditions. Continue reading
A devoted brother in Christ will travel Thursday to a city with no church to teach a person interested in living according to Jesus’ principles in the 21st Century. If you’d like more info on his trip, see this link:
May God use this opportunity to bring the gospel to yet another location where it has yet to be heard.