In a Monday post on Desiring God, Piper notes that “history is moving toward one great goal, the white-hot worship of God and his Son among all the peoples of the earth. Missions is not that goal. It is the means. For that reason it is the second greatest human activity in the world.” But to Piper, who is the founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minnesota, missionaries who dare to take the Gospel into troubled contexts merit a greater respect. As a pastor of over 30 years in a nation with modern comforts, surrounded by generally supportive people, Piper explains, “I have always felt that missionaries who have taken more risks, go into harder places, enduring greater trials with less affirmation are worthy of a kind of esteem and honor of which I am not worthy.” His own ministry “did not have some of the aspects of worth and honor that some missionary activities have,” he added. Moreover, Scripture seems to suggests a greater esteem for those who serve God in a distinctly missional way. The apostle Paul writes to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:17 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1213 reads: “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.” In a phone interview Tuesday with The Christian Post, Assistant Professor of Missiology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Scott Hagley noted that a “hero narrative” about missionaries who go to unreached people groups in foreign lands is but one strand of thought, but Christians can consider more broadly what it means to be missional. “From a theology of vocation perspective, I would come down more on the side of ‘all of us are called and given our own particular gifts, stories, viewpoints and cultural location,'” Hagley said.http://nevaehpattersonchat.macsverige.org/2016/10/02/obtaining-help-on-logical-products-for-interview-attire/
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We match communities with active, qualified vocation discerner. To accomplish the designs of God we are called upon to do all the good that we are capable and all that we have the opportunity of doing; and the greater the good, the more special our capability, the more extraordinary the opportunity, so much the more clearly will reason enlightened by faith tell us that God wishes us to accomplish that good. on-line Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper 1 a : a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action; especially : a divine call to the religious life b : an entry into the priesthood or a religious order 2 a : the work in which a person is employed : occupation b : the persons engaged in a particular occupation 3 : the special function of an individual or group See vocation defined for English-language learners Examples of vocation in a sentence This isn’t just a job for me; it’s a vocation. people who follow a religious vocation He never felt a real sense of vocation. Instead, we are on a journey in which God gives us constantly evolving options, depending upon our choices and the choices of others. May their love of God, the Church, and vocations be an example for us all. Those who belong to a religious order not only follow the evangelical counsels for themselves, but are accepted by the Church, more or less officially, to represent in religious society the practice of the rules of perfection; and to offer it to God as a part of public worship. For example, a businessperson might have a vocation as a youth sponsor or Sunday school teacher. All these things may be involved in a vocation but the primary objective is to love God. A vocation is the work that someone is called to do as a job.