Missions at a Glance: May 27

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Missions at a Glance spotlights the past week’s articles and resources relating to global missions. We trust that it will encourage your faithful obedience to our King’s Commission.

The Goal of Missions May Not Be What You Think 

Chase Bowers and Scott Zeller point out that while worship is both the destination and the fuel of missions, the local church is the engine. The local church is designed to be the corporate display of God’s glory among the nations, so the establishing of healthy local churches must drive the missions endeavor.

Decapitated Churches in China’s Christian Heartland

Writing for The New York Times, Ian Johnson reports on the Chinese government’s crusade to remove crosses from church spires in China, perhaps signaling the beginning of a greater crackdown throughout the country against Christianity.

9 Things You Should Know About China’s Cultural Revolution 

This month marks the 50th anniversary of China’s Cultural Revolution, when Mao Zedong attempted to obliterate every trace of traditional Chinese cultural elements, replacing them with his own self-made form of Marxism. Joe Carter lists 9 things you should know about this significant event.

Encouraged by a Chinese Missions Group

Despite government opposition, the Chinese church continues to grow. Here’s an account of one Chinese house church group that is sending missionaries throughout the Muslim world.

Four Reasons Why We Leave

Over at Desiring God, Andrew Knight reminds us that “God doesn’t call everyone to go overseas, but there are good reasons to leave, and there are unique graces waiting on the paths to the nations.”


Jon Deedrick

Jon is the Executive Vice President of Reaching & Teaching, having assumed this role after leading the ministry through a time of transition as Interim President. The Deedricks live in Louisville, KY, and belong Third Avenue Baptist Church, where Jon serves as an elder. Jon is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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