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The Lausanne Movement: Impacting Global Christianity

In Global Jots by burdick

     One of the joys I have had recently is to work with the Lausanne Movement. In addition to working with the Center for Intercultural Training, which I highlighted in my last letter, I also coordinate Lausanne’s Global Classroom Project. The Lausanne Movement was started in 1974 out of the vision of Billy Graham to bring together evangelical Christians around the world in a common statement of faith. Global Christian leaders met in Lausanne, Switzerland …

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Training the next generation of cross-cultural witnesses

In Global Jots by burdick

A few days ago, I was going over some of the content on the new touch screen missions program that Dawson and I had designed for Gordon-Conwell seminary. I came across a video link on the 50th anniversary of Don Richardson’s “Peace Child”. I had not seen the whole video yet so took a few minutes to watch. As I stood there, a lump swelled in my throat. The video reminded me why I love serving …

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Amazing Heaven

In Devotional by burdick

Do you ever wonder what we are going to do for the rest of eternity? The typical thought is that we’ll sit around on clouds playing harps. BORING (and un-biblical too)! God has so much more in store for us! In Genesis chapter 2, verses 15-17, God put Adam in the garden of Eden to “work it and take care of it”. One important thing to note: this was BEFORE the fall, before the punishment …

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Strange Love

In Devotional by burdick

Who do you love? Sure, you love your family, friends, those who have special significance in your life. Maybe a spouse, a son or daughter, parents, a buddy or kindred spirit. Those people are generally easy to love. They make our lives complete. They encourage us, provide for us, help us when we’re down or sick, and enable us to live our lives and be more effective. Often, we reciprocate to them what they do …

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Doubts

In Devotional by burdick

Do you ever have doubts about God? We all do from time to time, I think. People in the Bible who walked with God did too. Take Abraham for instance. He was God’s friend. God appeared to him many times and gave him great promises. But God’s promises took their time in coming, and that’s what made Abraham doubt. Think about it. Abraham actually spoke with God! God made covenants with Abraham that are still …

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What on earth is God doing?

In Devotional by burdick

Have you noticed that there seem to be more natural disasters on earth today? Earthquakes are increasing in number and intensity. Hurricanes, typhoons, floods, famines, fires, and other natural disasters are in the news daily. Not only this, but things are heating up politically and economically around the world. Regimes rise and fall right and left. Economic and financial infrastructures of the global money supply are being rocked as never before. People shoot and kill …

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New Collaborations, Roles and Responsibilities

In Global Jots by burdick

The definition of collaboration is “to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something”. Collaboration is an important word in today’s world. Many businesses collaborate to produce a better product. In missions, collaboration is also very important. In order to reach more people for Christ around the world, mission organizations are working together more and more. New partnerships are forming. Agencies and churches are discovering each others’ gifts and strengths …