1. The Plight of Somalis and The Horn Project

    The Plight of Somalis and The Horn Project

    Posted on September 3rd, 2015 by David B.

    Why focus specifically on the Somali people as we seek to make the gospel known to all the peoples of the earth? That’s a good question, and it highlights the need for The Horn Project that we introduced last week. Go here to find out more about the project. By simply taking 9 minutes to watch and share the video below—which contains a summary of God’s plan of redemption in the Somali language—you can be part of an effort to get the message of the gospel to the Somali people. To highlight the desperate situation of (Continue reading…)

  2. The Horn Project: Reaching Somalis Through YouTube

    Posted on August 31st, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Social media is a two-edged sword. At its worst, it preoccupies us with ourselves and the things of this world. At its best, it is an avenue for the gospel to penetrate unreached people groups. We’re excited to tell you about a specific initiative aimed at helping you do the latter. The Somali people are located in the Horn of Africa, our Secret Church 9 prayer focus. An unreached people group, there are nearly 17 million Somalis. War and famine has led many of them outside the borders of Somalia, yet they remain unreached with the good news of (Continue reading…)

  3. What is Lacking in Christ's Afflictions

    What is Lacking in Christ’s Afflictions

    Posted on August 26th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Before you wave your red heresy flag and warn all your friends to never read the Secret Church blog again, let me be clear where I’m coming from with “what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” I’m not saying anything should be added to the gospel; it lacks nothing. But in  Colossians 1:24 , Paul says, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.” It’s a striking phrase, one which, if read wrongly, may seem (Continue reading…)

  4. 3 Characteristics of False Doctrine

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    3 Characteristics of False Doctrine

    Posted on August 17th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Here is the great evangelical disaster – the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this – accommodation: the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age.… Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation: loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong. – Francis Schaeffer  Francis Schaeffer knew that having sound doctrine was not only crucial, but also difficult. We live in a time and place where (Continue reading…)

  5. Strategic Sending

    Strategic Sending

    Posted on August 12th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Jesus’ marching orders to us are to make disciples of all nations. Obedience here means baptizing people of all ethnicities in the death and resurrection of Jesus and teaching them to observe his commands. This is what we need to be about. So we need to take care that we don’t replace making disciples with strategizing about how to make disciples. But there is something to be said for being strategic. Where We Make Disciples A missionary in a difficult context once used the following illustration to explain why he was serving in the location that he was. Imagine two burning candles, the (Continue reading…)

  6. Why Ethnic Diversity is a Gospel Issue

    Posted on August 10th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Trillia Newbell takes a minute to explain why diversity is a gospel issue. Newbell is a wife, mother of two, writer, editor, speaker, consultant, and the author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. Learn more at . Diversity and racism are also discussed in David Platt’s latest book, Counter Culture , and in the latest Secret Church study, “ Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action .”

  7. International Refugee Crisis Hits All Time High

    International Refugee Crisis Hits All Time High

    Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    As you watch the video above,  released on June 18 from the UNHRC , think of the individuals that these staggering numbers represent. A child who is lonely, helpless, and scared. A young woman who is continually plagued by flashbacks to the horrific violence she endured. A father who doesn’t know where his family is. An elderly woman who is now facing the prospect of spending her final years in a crowded tent away from home. Each of these 59.5 million forcibly displaced people has a unique and heartbreaking story. Enter the gospel. God sent his Son in the flesh to proclaim liberty to the oppressed, sight to the blind, and good news to (Continue reading…)

  8. That They Might Feel Their Way Toward Him

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    That They Might Feel Their Way Toward Him

    Posted on July 30th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    You may have heard about the suicide bombing that killed 31 people in Turkey last week ( Yahoo News ). Those attacked were part of an activist group that had gathered to prepare an aid mission to the Syrian city of Kobane, just across the border from where they were in Suruc. The group’s aim was to help rebuild Kobane, war-torn after multiple advances from ISIS. Indicators suggest that the man who carried out the deadly attack  had links to ISIS . Such tragedies merit the attention of the Christian community as we seek to love our neighbors well. But the closing few lines of the  Yahoo News article  cited above, easy to gloss over, deserve (Continue reading…)

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    The Cost

    Posted on July 27th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    “My life is not my own.” This was Brother Andrew’s perspective amid persecution and hostility, and it’s at the heart of Open Doors , the ministry to the persecuted that he began. All these years later, the cost of following Christ is still the same, and Christians in Syria know this better than most. Watch this short documentary and see why they stay in Syria, how God sustains them, and the amazing things He’s doing in this dark corner of the world. Open Doors is a Counter Culture ministry partner .

  10. The Syrian Refugee Crisis

    The Syrian Refugee Crisis

    Posted on July 14th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    According to the 2015 World Watch List,  Syria  is the fourth most hostile country in the world for Christians living there, in large part because of the growing presence and control of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Christians are among those most marginalized and endangered, but between the Islamic State’s harsh implementation of sharia law and the ongoing violence of civil war, they aren’t the only only ones suffering. This is evidenced by the astounding number of Syrians forced to flee from their homes. Some  6.5 million  Syrians have been internally displaced, while around  4 million  have been displaced to surrounding countries, and some still beyond. Numbers (Continue reading…)