The 14-point Spiritual Theory of Abiding (explained in the podcast “Abiding in 14 Points”) is simplified to the acrostic A.B.I.D.E.S. (All Day, Blocks of Time, In the Word and Prayer, Discipline, Everyone, Strategy). Dick Brogden examines the abiding praxis of seven significant missionaries to the Arab World in light of this theory.

Between 1880 and 1920 several influential missionary pioneers worked in Muslim North Africa. Daniel Comboni (Catholic), Oswald Chambers (YMCA/Pentecostal League), Samuel Zwemer (Presbyterian), Temple Gairdner and Douglas Thornton (Anglicans), Lilias Trotter (Algerian Mission Band), and Lillian Trasher (Assemblies of God). In this podcast Dick Brogden gives short biographical reviews of their lives as they pertain to…

READ: Joshua 4-6, Psalm 66, Luke 22, 2 Corinthians 6 ABIDING STRATEGY Strategy follows Abiding. When Joshua meets the commander of the Army of the Lord (Joshua 5), he tries to recruit Him (Jesus) onto the team. Pre-incarnate Jesus tells Joshua, “I am not for you or against you for that is the wrong question, the…

READ: Exodus 22-24, Psalm 25, Matthew 25, Acts 25 Further Up and Further In My favorite C.S Lewis Narnia Chronicle is The Last Battle. In the final chapter Narnians explore Aslan’s country, finding that the further in they press, the broader and more beautiful the land. God’s concentric circles expand the closer you press to…

READ: Exodus 16-18, Psalm 23, Matthew 23, Acts 23 Abiding for Others The best thing we can do in Church Planting among unreached people (or in ministry, or as a mother, or as a follower of Jesus who desires to make disciples) is to Abide in Jesus. When we “stand before God for the people”…

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