Greg Mathias on the Non-Essentials of Life

Wednesday mornings at Between the Times feature the work and writing of the good folks at Southeastern’s Center for Great Commission Studies. This week, we highlight a recent blogpost by Greg Mathias on the non-essentials of life.

Here’s an excerpt:

I often tell missionaries-in-training to cultivate a simple spiritual life. I’m not advocating for a simplistic walk, but for a God-ward life that doesn’t depend too much on the easiness of our American Christian subculture. Podcasts, Christian books and music, and Christian community are not problematic in and of themselves, but if your walk is adversely affected when there is not the same level of access to these things, you may need to reassess and reconnect to the true vine of John 15.

Read the full post here.

CGCS: Stories Trump Statistics (Greg Mathias)

Every Wednesday morning at BtT we highlight the work of the Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern. Recently, Greg Mathias, Associate Director of the CGCS, wrote a blogpost about how the stories of unreached people and missionaries trump statistics about the same. He points to a story about work among the Uighur people of China.

Here’s an excerpt of the post:

Motivation to participate in the Great Commission and reach people needs to go beyond terms and statistics. Every man, woman, and child has a story. Take time this week to learn somebody’s story. Engage people in conversation. If you are interested in unreached, unengaged, and under-engaged peoples around the world, go beyond the statistics and start learning their stories, too.

Read the full post and the story about the Uighurs here.

Worth Your Time to Check out New Group Blog

Now here is an interesting addition to the blogosphere. Missions at Southeastern is a group blog providing live reports and insights from our students living and serving around the world, missiological reflections by theologians, missiologists, and practitioners, as well as access to useful mission resources.

Next week (April 29-May 9), Danny Akin will be providing real-time updates as he travels through Africa training national pastors. Next month (May 15 – June 7), Greg Mathias will be providing updates as he travels though Central and East Asia; Scott Hildreth will be posting a series, “Lessons from the Grave,” which is an interaction with missional Christians from the past who can help us meet contemporary challenges; and Greg Mathias will be posting a series, “Road Block to Missionary Service.” Other contributors will include George Robinson and Alvin Reid, as well as other faculty, staff, and students.

The Center for Great Commission Studies, the sponsor of Missions at Southeastern, invites you to visit the site, connect through RSS feed, and comment as often as you would rpg mobile games