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Ian Smith
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Abusus Non Tollit Usum
While studying at Wheaton College I learned a quote that has helped to clarify my vision on a lot of things, that quote in Latin is Abusus Non Tollit Usum , or as translated by Dr. Jerry Root, 'The Abuse Does Not Nullify the Proper Use.' Recently I had the ...

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In light of current events, a short thought on identity through the lens of the Gospel.

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Christian Dysphoria
I have an identity problem. Regarding my identity, as a believer, God's Word says that I am His child. Christ's atonement gives me a a new identity as an adopted son of God. The power of sin over my life has been destroyed by Jesus' finished work on the cro...

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Jesus; Eternally Begotten of the Father
Baptist traditionally are 'non-creedal;' but that does not mean that we ignore the historic creeds of the Christian faith. Rather, it means that we hold the Bible to be more authoritative than the creeds. Many Baptist churches in fact regularly recite the A...

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Helping Without Hurting in Japan (Part One)
A lot has been written in recent years about unhealthy dependencies in global missions. Usually when this topic comes up it primarily has to do with finances. Books like ' When Helping Hurts ,' ' Toxic Charity ,' and ' When Charity Destroys Dignity ,' right...

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A Suitable Field Vehicle
So recently I discovered that it was standard operating policy for a career missionary with my agency to have a field vehicle. Prior to this I had just assumed that I would buy a 100$ bicycle and do most of my commuting by mass transportation, by bicycle or...

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The Final Countdown! Some things you can pray for for me.
Tomorrow marks the final day of a two week long Second Language Acquisition course I have been taking in preparation for my future ministry in Japan! I am grateful for the way that God has challenged and encouraged me over the past few months that I have be...

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Brainstorming: Slow Missions, American Christian Victim Complex, Proselytization and Rape, etc.
A couple weeks ago I wrote nine short kernels of potential articles—I found this exercise very rewarding and received generally positive feedback. However, I found that as soon as I had cleared those ideas out, there were others I realized would be ideal fo...
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