Author Archives: Justin Long

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Pray with us 1. We continue to pray for an end to the war in Ukraine. News reports are full of hundreds of military strikes, widespread devastation, a brutal turn in the east, and possible war crimes by the Russian forces. … Continue reading

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Roundup 292

Pray with us 1. We continue to pray for an end to the war in Ukraine. Several analysts have expressed a concern that the war may be getting ready to take a somewhat more limited, concentrated, and brutal turn as Russia … Continue reading

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Roundup 291

Sparks to watch 1. We continue to pray for an end to the war in Ukraine. In the past two weeks, might the war have turned in favor of the Ukrainians? Over a quarter of the Ukrainian population are displaced, with … Continue reading

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More doubling

If one out of every ten groups in a movement plant a new group each year, the number of groups (and adherents, roughly) will double every 10 years. If one out of every three groups in a movement plant a … Continue reading

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Sparks to watch 1. We continue to pray for an end to the war in Ukraine. Many analysts say it has largely ground to a halt, but many of the towns are being pounded into ruins. We are thankful for the … Continue reading

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Roundup 289

Sparks to watch 1. We continue to pray for an end to the war in Ukraine. Most analyses do not seem to see an immediate end to the crisis. Cities on the borders of Ukraine and Russia are under heavy attack. … Continue reading

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Your List of 10 People

While teaching Perspectives this season, one of the things I’ve been focusing on emphasizing is a Piper concept. I don’t always agree with Piper – in fact, I often don’t – but this is one where I do tend (yes, … Continue reading

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World Population throughout time

World population growth is one of the primary factors driving the development of missionary strategy. The annual growth rate of the world’s total population grew markedly during the 1900s, so that strategies developed today have to engage with a very … Continue reading

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Roundup 288

SPARKS TO WATCH 1. We continue to pray for an end to the war in Ukraine. Russia’s made some noises about stopping if Ukraine gave into its demands, but that’s not likely. Refugees are streaming into Europe, where many churches are … Continue reading

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Roundup 287

Sparks to Watch 1. We continue to pray for an end to the war in Ukraine. There are no obvious exits for any of the sides. Scenes of violence are rampant. The war in some ways seems to have bogged down, … Continue reading

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