Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Book Review: Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret (5/5)

We're teaching a series right now at church called Risk-Takers (since our goal is on taking risk for God this year) where we are looking at biblical characters and historical characters who have taken risks to serve and follow God. This last Sunday, Josh Cagle (our church-planter), preached on the risk that the nation of Israel had to take communally to trust God during the Passover event. You can see the messages in this series on our website.

Since I didn't preaching Sunday, I had extra time last week for study and research for some of the messages coming up later this Spring. One of the historical characters I'm going to preach on in March is Hudson Taylor, the founder of the China Inland Mission. In preparation to share his story of risk, I read the biography of Taylor's life (written by his son). Needless to say, I was extremely challenged by his great faith in God in the pioneering work of reaching China with the gospel. The mission he founded continues the pioneering work of taking the gospel to the least-reached places around the world. You can read more about their current work on the OMF website.

I would recommend this book to anyone - highly readable with many excerpts from Taylor's own letters. May God give us the courage and faith that Hudson Taylor had in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.

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