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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23 Feb
  • By Josh Hutchens

How do I ‘glorify God’ when I don’t even know what it means?

We exist for God’s glory. Maybe you learned that from the Westminster Catechism: “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Or maybe you learned it from The Purpose Driven Life: “You were made by God and for God” (p. 18). I won’t be a snob about where you learned […]

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15 Feb
  • By Stacy Leigh Hutchens

Praying for Missionaries at Home

Our family loves to pray for missionaries, and we do so every night at the end of family worship (a.k.a. our bedtime routine). These prayers are usually spurred on by newsletter emails Josh and I receive or Facebook updates we see. On days when we don’t have any updates to pray about, the kids usually […]

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06 Feb
  • By Josh Hutchens

By what power will we ever be able to do it?

If you ask the average Christian to identify the Great Commission then chances are that he or she will point you to Matthew 28:18-20. In fact, the New Testament contains five Great Commission passages—passages where Jesus commissions his apostles to proclaim the good news throughout the whole world (Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-49; John […]

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