Archive for September 2009

It’s Greek To Me

September 24, 2009

The word “ta ethne” is found in two passages of Scripture where the Lord Jesus Christ commands His disciples, then and now, to go to the “nations” and preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 24:47) and make disciples (Matthew 28:19).

Many misunderstand the word “nations,” as “ta ethne” is translated in many versions of the Bible, to mean the geo-political entities of the world when, in fact, it does not.

I’ve recently read an article by Dr. Jim Slack of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention on the subject of “ta ethne” as it is used in Scripture. The article helps us to correctly understand that “ta ethne” means ethnolinguistic people groups.

If you are interested in reaching the “nations” for Christ, please read Slack’s article and my post. Our understanding of “ta ethne” may change the way that we look at and do missions, globally and locally.

I have written a post on Dr. Slack’s article on my other blog, taethnenetwork.

Dr. Slack’s article can be found here.


Chinese Student Ministry

September 15, 2009

Please check out my post about our recent field trip with nine international students and one baby to a local Czech ethnic and cultural festival. You can read the post, “PhDs and Kolaches,” at my other blog, taethnenetwork.

“Ta Ethne Network” Blog

September 11, 2009

I have begun writing a new blog that I’d like to invite you to click over to and visit. It is call taethnenetwork.

This new blog is being put together as we are developing a new ministry organization, ta ethne network. ta ethne network is a continuation of our ministry to international students at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and beyond that we believe will allow us to intensify that ministry. We have ministered to students since 1997 under the banner of International Bible Fellowship, but with a subtle change in ministry concept, we are changing our name to “ta ethne network.”

After the first post on the new blog site, which is an introductory statement, you will find three posts that were originally written and posted on the old International Bible Fellowship blog. I have copied and placed them on taethnenetwork because they are still relevant to our ministry. The fourth post is a series of pictures that document our student ministry, showing men, women and families who have been involved in the ministry over the years. There are also several pictures of events that we have recently conducted with students.

So, please visit us at taethnenetwork. We would also ask you to pray for us as we step out in faith and pursue the ministry concept that the Lord has impressed upon our hearts. Thanks.

~ Blessings ~