One of the theologians I learned more about in the seminary class I’m currently taking is Anselm of Canterbury. He wrote a book on the atonement, Cur Deus Homo (Why God Became Man), that continues to influence our view of what Christ accomplished on the cross. A while ago I found this prayer by Anselm in an anthology by Ken Gire called Between Heaven and Earth: Prayers and Reflections That Celebrate an Intimate God. This prayer makes it obvious to me that Anselm was not only an intellectual, but had a deep passion for God that I think is worthy of imitation. Continue reading “I Am Desperate For Your Love, Lord”
I keep finding new gems in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, like this one from the Family Prayer section. (Historical note: When I look online at the versions of the book from the time of Thomas Cranmer, the reformer who spearheaded the Protestant revisions of the Church of England’s liturgy, I don’t see a Family prayer section listed, so I assume it was added later.) I’ve added line breaks to this beautiful prayer of consecration to help you (and me!) focus on each item of praise or request. Continue reading “A Prayer In The Morning”
I’ve been thinking about spiritual warfare these days. I’ve experienced waves of doubt and discouragement right before important ministry activities, and the uncanny timing of these thoughts shows they are not coincidental. Also, several friends are going through very tough circumstances in health, family, job, or finances. While I’m not the type that blames the devil for every hardship, I do know that he loves to exploit our weaknesses, whether or not he had a hand bringing them about. Continue reading “Defend Us Thy Humble Servants”
Recently Keynote has had two wonderful opportunities to minister in the 10/40 Window. 90 percent of the unreached people groups of the world live in this area between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator in the eastern hemisphere.
- Opportunity #1: In August a fellow trainer and I taught four Keynote staff men to be communication coaches. They spent the last two weeks of September in Central Asia, where they trained nationals from two Muslim countries how to communicate the gospel through music.
- Opportunity #2: Keynote band Giants of Silence is in the midst of a one-month evangelistic tour in India. At their first two concerts, 1550 people heard the gospel and 231 indicated decisions for Christ!
I recently put together some information for a missions conference I’m participating in. I listed all of my international ministry, and here’s what I came up with:
- Hong Kong
- South Africa
- 3 Muslim countries in the 10/40 Window
In-country ministry as a performer or trainer:
- Canada (1978-86)
- South Korea (1979)
- West Germany (1988)
- Switzerland (1988)
- Spain (1988)
- England (1988)
- Philippines (1990)
- Singapore (1998)
- Brazil (2007)