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REVISITING NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRY & KEYS TO PARTNER MORE EFFECTIVELY

by Stuart Simpson

This insightful new book revisits ministry among Native Americans and highlights 5 keys that not only address the errors of the past, but as Native Americans rise up to fulfil their God-given destiny, will also facilitate more effective partnering with the non-native Church in order that God's Kingdom purposes might be realized.


TAKE COURAGE (a series of 4 books!)

- FINDING COURAGE IN GOD FOR LIFE

by Michelle J. Simpson

Full of stories and anecdotes, along with biblical truth, this book will be a great source of help and encouragement to many.

 

THE SECOND ACT

- THE REMARKABLE STORY OF MISSIONARY JAMES O. FRASER'S SUCCESSOR

by Stuart Simpson

This is the story about Stuart's close association with one of the most successful missionaries in the modern era, along with 20 key principles and lessons we can learn from Fraser's life and ministry, still applicable today.

FINDING GOD IN CHINESE CHARACTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 by Stuart M. Simpson

A unique pack of 25 Chinese characters with bi-lingual explanatory guide.

A great tool for anyone with Chinese friends and in ministry to Chinese!

Abraham Kuyper

A Father of Modern Holland

The passion of Abraham Kuyper's life was to search for a biblical model of government.  Being born into a Europe which was still transitioning from the rule of monarchies and aristocracies into the more democratic governments of newly emerging nations, Kuyper wanted to identify an alternative to liberal humanism (stressing individualism) and to socialistic Communism (which championed the saving power of the state).

After ordination into the Dutch Reformer Church, Kuyper (1837-1920) spent time pastoring in a country parish and then after moving to Amsterdam, was appointed head editor of a prestigious Dutch daily newspaper.  After being elected to Parliament in 1874, poor health caused Kuyper to take a two-year sabbatical in Switzerland.  It was during this 'rest time' that Kuyper developed what he called 'sphere sovereignty' which, drawing on John Calvin's teaching of God's sovereignty over all of life, related to how Christ's lordship extended into the real world of politics, education, and society in general.  Unlike what had been taught in traditional, hierarchical orders of Christiandom, the church as an institution was not sovereign over other areas or 'spheres' of life.  Neither the church nor the state had been given the mandate to 'dominate' society.  Simliarly, individuals were not free to do whatever they felt was right.

Kuyper saw five domains or spheres of government, each directly accountable to God and each relatign to the other domains within God-given limits of authority:

  • self-government - individual accountability directly to God.
  • family government - parents were primarily responsible to God for the raising and educating of their children.
  •  church government - management of church affairs, leadership structures, and church discipline.  The church had not been appointed as mediator between God and individuals (or families).  When church leaders took that role they were stepping beyond their divine authority into tyranny.
  • civil government - divine mandate of the state to bear the sword in order to limit the effect of man's fallenness.  There should be a separate of church and state to avoid tyranny.
  • societal government - voluntary associations such as clubs, businesses, societies, and organizations.

On returning to Holland, Kuyper now had a framework to engage on multiple fronts: the media, politics, the school, the church, and the family.  Using his journalistic and editorial work on the daily and weekly papers, he began to disciple his growing readership in the application of Christian truth to social life.

For several decades Kuyper fought for the rights for parents to send their children to schools offering education based on the worldview of the parents' choice.  This approach continues to shape Dutch education into the twenty-first century.  Furthermore, this educational battle became a catalyst for changes spreading to other social fields, where producing newspapers, trade unions, political parties, broadcasting companies, and other clubs reflected a spectrum and plurality of worldviews, rather than just being a secular melting pot.

Kuyper advocated the need for free schools and free universities initiated by private parties and in 1880, he opened the Free University, Vrije Universiteit (VU), in Amsterdam.

Along with his engagement in politics, journalism, and education, Kuyper also sought to bring about church reform, which culminated in the founding of free churches in 1892.  These Reformed Churches were freed from what Kuyper saw as an overly aristocratic synodal hierarchy to become self-governing, confessional, presbyterian congregations.  He subsequently created a framework for both home and foreign missions for the newly freed churches.

In 1894, Kuyper returned to Parliament after an absence of twenty years to begin an amazing seven-year period of political activity.  He continued to lead the Antirevolutionary Party, act as editor of both a daily and weekly newspaper, and teach as a professor at the VU.

In 1898 he received an honorary degree and delivered the now-famous Stone Lectures at Princeton University, outlining Calvinism as a comprehensive, integrated worldview.

In 1901, he was elected prime minister and in his opening speech declared his intention to continue to build the nation on the Christian principles of the national life.  He introduced many social laws to protect the rights of the poor, minorities, and workers.   As prime minister, he was called upon to mediate a peace between the British and the Boers at war in South Africa.  Although he was not re-elected in 1905, he continued to be active in politics and journalism until his death in 1920.

A century after his Stone Lectures, international scholars convened at Princeton to honour the memory and legacy of Kuyper, a man who not only discipled his own nation of Holland, but also inspired many others, including world leaders, from around the world.

(Source: Revolutionaries and Anti-Revolutionaries: Discipling Nations in the Modern Era, by Jeff Fountain, published in His Kingdom Come, by YWAM Publishing, 2008)