17 Aug
  • By Josh Hutchens

Jesus the Teacher (Part 1)

A new school year has begun. Walmart forewarned us on July 5th by immediately replacing flags and sparklers with notebooks and pencils, but now it is here. The beginning of the school year fills many of us—parents, teachers, administrators—with a new sense of optimism and purpose for the endeavor of education. Gospel Life Global Missions […]

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13 Jul
  • By Josh Hutchens

Mutual Encouragement: A Missionary’s Ministry to Sending Churches

Contrary to the way we treat Romans, the book is not a systematic theology text. Paul wrote Romans as a missionary support letter. He tells the churches in Rome that he plans to visit them before initiating pioneer church planting in Spain, implying that he expects their assistance in this endeavor (Rom 15:28). Nonetheless, Paul […]

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29 Jun
  • By Josh Hutchens

I’m going to let it shine.

I’m not good at motions. Few things are more frustrating to me than trying to remember the words and tune of a song while also being expected to do something simultaneously with my hands. Of course, motions have an educational value. The extra physical movement helps plant a song into a child’s memory. Will I […]

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22 Jun
  • By Josh Hutchens

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

No song is more basic, and yet no song is more profound. That simple truth—Jesus loves me—is the Truth. Jesus loves me. Jesus died for me. Jesus lives for me. The Bible tells me so. The Bible heralds a truth that can be held by a child while never ceasing to overwhelm at any age. […]

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08 Jun
  • By Josh Hutchens

The B-I-B-L-E is the Book for Me

My favorite VBS song from childhood was “The B-I-B-L-E.” I remember singing it at the beginning of every day of VBS, and the words became a part of me. The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, that’s the Book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God. The B-I-B-L-E. The B-I-B-L-E. I take it along with me. […]

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01 Jun
  • By Josh Hutchens

The Spiritual Fight Called VBS

I never planned on being a preacher. I had other ideas. I wanted to be a cowboy. A Major League Baseball player. An astronaut. The President. A chef. I never planned on being a preacher, even though everyone around me seems to have anticipated it. I wanted to do something exciting, unique, and novel. When […]

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14 Apr
  • By Josh Hutchens

The Friday that the World Died

But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world. For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation (Gal 6:14-15 CSB). Emperor Tiberius in Rome knew […]

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28 Mar
  • By Josh Hutchens

Islam is the World’s Fastest Growing Religion. Now What?

By 2070, Islam is set to overtake Christianity as the world’s largest religion. It’s a story that I’ve seen shared on social media, and I’ve even had a couple of conversations about it in person. Over the past couple of weeks, news outlets have carried this story as if it were breaking news (BBC, CNN, Yahoo […]

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08 Mar
  • By Josh Hutchens

Pastors on Bicycles

Nobody wants their pastor to look poor. I represent God. I dress well to show who I represent… I don’t want to be one of those pastors on a bicycle. Those are the words of a Zimbabwean prosperity preacher quoted in The Economist a few months ago, words representative of many so-called Evangelical pastors in […]

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03 Mar
  • By Josh Hutchens

Do pastors around the world really need training?

Our primary focus is training pastors to know the Bible and be able to minister to their people. We do this through modular training of pastors on the field, and we hope to do it in a few years through a residential academy. As I talk to others about going across the globe to train […]

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