In Mark 6:34, “…we read that Jesus was ‘moved’ with compassion. Quite literally, Jesus’ intestines were gripped because of the lostness of his sheep. It wasn’t just pity or sadness. He didn’t simply say, “those poor sheep.” Jesus was moved – he got moving – and moved his disciples. Jesus’ compassion led him to respond in two different but complementary acts. He taught them, and then he and his disciples gave them something to eat. Notice the two-fold movement: word (teaching) and deed (feeding). This is integral mission.” – Terry Smith, CBM Executive Director. What’s moving you today? Is it mission? Let’s explore! Here are some resources you don't want to miss.
"Whether you know discouragement and despair from living in difficult places, or are dissatisfied with the church at home, read this book. You will hear Jesus afresh." – Canadian Baptists of Western Canada
Gordon W. King's book, Seed Falling on Good Soil is a must-read when it comes to a critical understanding of social justice issues of our own age, through a historically informed approach to the Lucan parables. King is a CBM Resource Specialist, and was the Director of Relief and Development at CBM, along with his experience with World Vision and the Canadian government’s Immigration and Refugee Board.
The book uses stories from the margins of our current world to connect the message of the parables with global issues of poverty, ethnic violence, gender discrimination, hunger and oppression. This book will appeal to people who long for the healing of a wounded world.
Another solid read that you will want to add to your collection is CBM Field Staff Rupen Das’ latest book, Compassion and the Mission of God: Revealing the Invisible Kingdom.
This book traces God's compassion as it is revealed in the Old and New Testaments, exploring the expression and impact of compassion in the early church through its actions and teachings as part of its witness. Focusing on the church's responsibility to be compassionate, Dr. Rupen Das underlines the theological and missiological questions central to any discussion on the compassion of God. Culminating with how compassion is lived out by God's people, the book looks at concepts of transformation and the demonstration of the kingdom of God in the real world. This book provides an excellent biblical and theological foundation for anyone involved or interested in ministries of social justice, relief, development and compassion.
Dr. Rupen Das is the Senior Advisor on Capacity Building with International Partnerships for Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM). As part of this role he is also Consultant for Mission and Development with the European Baptist Federation (EBF) based in Amsterdam and Research Professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto.
It’s here! The 2016-2017 Hopeful Gifts for Change gift catalogue – the perfect discussion starter and tool for living out compassion in action.
Each item offers more than just delight. It travels from your heart, and offers hope and renewed life to the person who receives it. Some gifts will be opened and enjoyed immediately. Hungry families receive food. A girl gets to go to school. Children drink clean water at school.
In other places, the true value of the gift appreciates over a longer period of time. No matter how long it takes, today you can offer a gift of hope from your generosity and compassion!