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16 January 2017

Mission Round Table—Vol.11 No.2 May–Aug 2016

Journeys with Jesus

At the very end of his Gospel, Luke records the story of a man named Cleopas who was traveling with a friend on the road leading to Emmaus. In the midst of their conversation, Jesus came up and joined them and asked them what they were talking about. An unexpected encounter during a seemingly ordinary journey warmed their hearts and changed their lives forever. This is what happens whenever people come to recognize Jesus as Savior and Lord. While they began their journey without Jesus, from this point on they travel with him.

This issue of Mission Round Table centers on journeying with Jesus, a theme that will be examined from a number of different perspectives. The first article emerges from the OMF Mission Research Consultation 2016 that was held in Singapore during the last week of April to address the issue of “The Future of Mission.” It comes as a promise that more papers from the consultation will appear in future issues.

CIM/OMF and the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement

Synopsis: This paper traces the response of CIM and OMF leadership to the challenges of accepting members from Pentecostal and charismatic backgrounds into a mission that is broadly evangelical. These challenges have not gone away. The discussion concludes with considerations about how we can maintain unity amidst differing theological understandings and practices. Walter McConnell Walter’s [...]

Guiding Light from the Cloud

Synopsis: Neel Roberts draws out key aspects from the writings of William Carey and Jonathan Edwards—two trustworthy guides who have personally influenced him and many others who sought to discern how they might best serve the Lord. The connection between William Carey and Jonathan Edwards is included in the historical account of how these two [...]

Keeping Spiritually Fit on the Missionary Journey: An Interview with David Burke

Synopsis: In this interview, David Burke discusses some pertinent issues that missionaries face in their spiritual journeys and offers practical advice on keeping spiritually fit, taking hold of God’s help in times of confusion and pain, growing as people of prayer, practicing fasting, improving Bible reading skills to love God more, and maintaining zeal and [...]

From Light through Darkness into Hope

Synopsis: A true story based on the journey of faith of a Thai woman who believed in Jesus after getting treated for leprosy at Manorom hospital. Angie Chang Angie Chang is undergoing theological training. She served in rural and metropolitan Thailand for the past two years with OMF. From Light through Darkness into Hope Mission Round Table [...]

“Jesus, Crowned with Glory and Honour”

Synopsis: An article from China’s Millions (June 1912)[1] by George Gibb who was CIM General Director from 1935 to 1940. The article includes stories of several Chinese who heard and responded to the gospel and how they remained faithful in their faith until death. George W. Gibb Born in Aberdeen in 1869, George trained as [...]

Journey Outside the Invisible Wall

Synopsis: A personal account of a mobilizer who realized that God is interested in people outside the invisible walls of ones’s culture. It includes personal reflections from Bible passages and an account of challenges faced in journeying with churches in the Philippines and how these were overcome as the churches recognized their invisible walls and [...]

The Glass Footpath of Faith

By J. E. Synopsis: A personal reflection that draws on lessons from the Bible on how Christians can be strengthened in their Christian journey that is like walking on a suspended glass footpath which is scary for those who walk by sight. A little while ago, the university which I attend arranged an excursion to [...]

Journeying Together

A Review of The Pilgrim’s Progress By James Steer We are all familiar with journeys. Many journey to work each day, others to do the weekly shopping, others will journey for a day or more on their way from one country to another. In most of these journeys we are aware that we are travelling, [...]