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April 05, 2007


Steve Jr

You should check out Abilene Christian University's Missionary Residency for North America (lovingly called MRNA), which is a step in this direction. You can e-mail its founder and director, Kent Smith, at [email protected]. You can see an outdated Web presentation of the program at www.mrna.us.

Oh, and your friend Chris Flanders was one of my best missions professors at ACU. We chatted at length about you.


brad brisco

Wow, check out all these posts, it is great to see you are carving out the time, I have enjoyed your thoughts in the past and look forward to more in the future.


Steve, thanks for the tip -- Chris is great --
Brad, welcome back...

harris bechtol

i really enjoyed reading this article. i especially enjoyed the three points about the correlation between the social trinity, eschatology, and the life of jesus. this past summer i read stanley grenz and john franke's "beyond foundationalism" and they talked about similar ideas, especially in regard to eschatology.

the emphasize the "ontological priority of the future," which is cool b/c you not only sound really smart saying it, but it is inspirational and motivating for the christian life. their conclusion is basically the same as yours in that b/c of the future that we hope for in God, we ought to begin living out that hope in this life. if you haven't read that book, you might enjoy it.

great article again. peace

Andrew Lee

Devotional Verse of the Day

"Blessed be God, which hath nor turned away my prayer."
--Psalm 66:20

In looking back upon the character of our prayers, if we do it honestly, we shall be filled with wonder that God has ever answered them. There may be some who think their I prayers worthy of acceptance--as the Pharisee did; but the true Christian, in a more enlightened retrospect, weeps over his prayers, and if he could retrace his steps he would desire to pray more earnestly.

Remember, Christian, how cold thy prayers have been. When in thy closet thou shouldst have wrestled as Jacob did; but instead thereof, thy petitions have been faint and few--far removed from that humble, believing, persevering faith, which cries, "I will not let Thee go except Thou bless me." Yet, wonderful to say, God has heard these cold prayers of thine, and not only heard, but answered them.

Reflect also, how infrequent have been thy prayers, unless thou hast been in trouble, and then thou hast gone often to the mercy-seat: but when deliverance has come, where has been thy constant supplication? Yet, notwithstanding thou hast ceased to pray as once thou didst, God has not ceased to bless.

When thou hast neglected the mercy-seat, God has not deserted it, but the bright light of the Shekinah has always been visible between the wings of the cherubim.

Oh! it is marvellous that the Lord should regard those intermittent spasms of importunity which come and go with our necessities.

What a God is He thus to hear the prayers of those who come to Him when they have pressing wants, but neglect Him when they have received a mercy; who approach Him when they are forced to come, but who almost forget to address Him when mercies are plentiful and sorrows are few. Let His gracious kindness in hearing such prayers touch our hearts, so that we may henceforth be found "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit."

Yours for Him



Ryan, the link to your paper in the post is broken. Can you provide a new link?

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