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I recently read the book “Decision Making and the Will of God (25th Anniversary Edition)” by Garry Friesen. I enjoyed this book very much and I think that it is an important book that all Christians should read. Here is a summary of a few of the major points made in the book, and my thoughts […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Report from Urbana: Mainstream Evangelical Culture Responds to Racism, Politics, and Obsessing over the Eschaton


Last week I went to Urbana, the triennial missions conference of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. (You’ve read Elisabeth Elliot’s Through Gates of Splendor? When she mentions in the first chapter that her husband Jim Elliot’s journey began after he attended “a large convention . . . at the University of Illinois for students who were interested in foreign missionary work” in 1948, I’m pretty sure she’s talking about Urbana.)

It was quite an experience: 10,000 people converged on a St. Louis convention center for five days of seminars, Bible study, praise-and-worship songs, organization fairs, and meeting people.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How to Deal with the Antifa and Alt Right in Your Life


Communists and Fascists are once again fighting in the streets. Young men and women are latching on to a cause greater than themselves and using it as a excuse to get out there and fight for a cause. The country is gripped with the question is it better to punch a Nazi in the face or beat a Communist with a base stick?

The answer is not to beat anyone with a stick or otherwise. As always, Fascists and Communists are motivated as much by hopelessness and aimlessness as they are by any ideology. They need a breakdown in civil society to succeed, with that breakdown, the closely related weeds of Fascism and Communism can take root. To get some answers, let me relate to you a story of the night I found myself surrounded by a group of Fascist, criminal thugs in Romania in the year 2002 and how I dealt with them.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bowing Out Gracefully


It is hard to stop. At least for me it is. Especially when I know that the work will continue. In 2004 I became a full time missionary and moved to the Republic of Georgia. My relationship and with the country had been growing for a couple of years and I got to visit twice before I moved here. The first trip I came in February when I thought the winter would be at its worst. Georgia did not disappoint me and my arrival was greeted with a snow storm.

The car that was taking me out to the village I would be staying in got stuck in the snow, trying to go uphill, and I got out with another American and pushed the car up hill until its tires caught on some clear ground. The car dared not stop and those receding tail lights made me very sad. It was mile before the driver felt safe enough to stop and wait for us to catch up and I got the pleasure of walking in thick snow, up hill and even more treacherously down hill, in freezing temperatures. For an experienced northern it would not have been much a test, I suppose, but for this Florida boy it tested my mettle and I knew then that I had to be sure of my call to come and live in such winters.