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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Great Articles on American Evangelicals in the Mission Field


"Missionaries skip fund raising, start tour guide companies"
http://www.larknews.com/november_2005/secondary.php?page=1

"Missionaries maintain obesity against long odds"
http://larknews.com/april_2005/secondary.php?page=5

"Poverty-Stricken Africans Receive Desperately Needed Bibles"
http://www.theonion.com/content/node/46226

Not to say that these are representative of all the missions efforts coming out of American evangelicalism, but we've all seen this sort of thing. Why is it that so many of America's Christian missionary efforts end up being a parody of the Great Commission? Is it because we cannot get beyond thinking of missions as baptized vacations? Is it because we have never learned the lesson of Philippians 4:11-12 so that we can actually live self-sacrificially when we go?
Go, but do not do likewise.

4 Comments:

Blogger Courtney said...

Un-freaking-believable . . . but I am not surprised!

6:41 PM  
Blogger jkirklin said...

yo man hope to see you on my blog

jkirklin.wordpress.com

7:35 PM  
Blogger snubnosed in alpha said...

Ooh, Cojo, I hope that it was clear that the news articles I posted were parodies. I basically meant to bemoan the fact that the parodies sting so much because the reality of American evangelical missions resembles them all too often.
I hope you're well.
Blessings,
D

7:37 PM  
Blogger Mark Traphagen said...

Haha, Jason's a blog pimp, haha

12:55 AM  

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