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Published Date: January 2, 2023

N.T. WRIGHT’S LECTURES WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL FEBRUARY!

You likely heard that N.T. Wright came to Asbury the week before Thanksgiving. Those that were able to attend know that he had great things to say. It’s not too late to listen to the recordings! You can find them HERE until February.

NEW BOOK ABOUT FRIENDS OF ASBURY’S MISSION WORK IN CHINA

The recent Xulon Press book by Clinton Stanley Zimmer, “The Pull of China” is about Asbury alum Gerald Zimmer and his wife Sylvia, who served together in China (1936-1948).  Asbury played a pivotal role in their love and desire to be missionaries after E. Stanley Jones spoke at Asbury Seminary.

This book describes in their own words how Gerald and Sylvia Zimmer served as missionaries in the remote area in southwestern China; primarily Guizhou and Hunan. That endeavor required the combined lifelong efforts of numerous missionaries, and was invariably affected by events and decisions that occurred thousands of miles from where the actual ministry was taking place. The task was incomplete when the missionaries were forced to leave, but the foundations for the Church which were laid have stood. Great challenges of cooperation faced the missionaries during the Japanese invasion and Civil War. It also reveals the rich rewards that were obtained by the united efforts of committed Christians who had no timetable for withdrawal, but only an unwavering commitment to work together until the task was accomplished.

The book consists of excerpts from hundreds of letters written to their mothers. One thing that stands out is their emphasis on the importance of prayer and trust in the Lord. They believed that God would use prayers of faith to do His work and urged their mothers and their prayer circles to continue praying for the Chinese people.

You can purchase this book from Xulon Press, Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR AN EQUIPPED PERSON FOR A MINISTRY ROLE?

Watch this video to learn about how you can put your position before Asbury graduates!

ASBURY ALUM PREPARES TO PUBLISH 3 MORE BOOKS

Rev. Talbot Davis (M.Div. ’90) has a three-book contract with Invite Press to further his Come Alive series. The books released in 2023 will include:

Come Alive: Philippians & Colossians – due date of March 23, 2023
Come Alive: Ecclesiastes – due date of June 23, 2023
Come Alive: Ruth, Jonah, Esther – due date of September 23, 2023

Be on the lookout for where you can get these books in the coming months! In the meantime, you can benefit from Come Alive: Matthew, Come Alive: Galatians and Ephesians, and Come Alive: Proverbs.

REV. JAMES LOFTIN (M.DIV. ’79) WRITES BORN TO SHINE

Book Intro

Text Description automatically generated“God created you with a purpose and capacity to impact the world more than you imagine. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, your words and actions can shine near and far in such a way that lost and hurting people will be transformed by the grace of Jesus Christ.” Using the biblical theme of light, Born to Shine provides more than inspiration and examples of faithful living. It presents practical guidance on how Christ followers and churches can shine more brightly for the good of the world and for God’s glory. The book is a helpful resource for church leaders, classes, and small groups who want to faithfully reflect God’s light and shine in areas with few godly lanterns. God has used these principles and tools to help many families and congregations focus and grow in mission over the past two decades.

Book Endorsements

  • “A treasure trove of biblical insight from an experienced guide.” —Steve Richardson, president, Pioneers USA
  • “A must-read.” —Maxie Dunnam, author, pastor, and president emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary
  • “A fresh, insightful, relevant, and important book for all who are longing to shine.” —Asia Williamson, leadership development catalyst, Lausanne Movement, UK
  • “Stirs my heart to connect to what God is doing in the most strategic way possible!” —Emily Osburne, marketing director, Generous Giving
  • “Challenges, emboldens, and provides practical steps for ordinary Jesus followers who hunger to move beyond a consumer faith and maximize their unique impact in the world.” —Chris Goff, pastor, the Hub Church, Thomasville, GA

Author Info

James Loftin is president of FollowOne International, a mission that helps churches, organizations, and Christ followers have maximum impact on the world. He formerly was director of missions at Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando campus) and the minister of missions in several churches. James has served in urban and rural settings in over forty nations and is now based in Georgia.

The book is available on Amazon. Search for “James Loftin” or click HERE.


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