Making God Famous

J.D. Crowley, God-glorifying missionary to Cambodia, has preached two excellent messages in the Bob Jones University chapel services these past two days.

Here’s the first one. He said it all so well and illustrated it so wisely (and, at times, hilariously!). I can hardly imagine it being improved upon, especially for the setting in which it was preached.

But what’s more important is that he rung the changes, as they say, on some sound scriptural emphases that I have found to be excellent food for my own soul:

  • God’s pursuit of His own glory is the major theme of Scripture and His work in the world.
  • Biblical theology is key to understanding Scripture and to explaining it to others.
  • Hobbits are remarkable creatures.

Well, at least two of those are sound scriptural emphases I feast on. But all three are in the sermon. You simply have to listen.

A Memorable and Helpful Illustration

Ok, one more point so I can remember this for myself. Crowley said that the animistic worldview in Southeast Asia is based on karma: you do good, you get good; you do bad, you get bad back. So he has spoken to Cambodians who have watched the Jesus Film and come away saying, “That must have been one wicked man if he died like that.”

You simply have to listen!

Author: Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

One thought on “Making God Famous”

  1. Since, I don’t know how many of your subscribers do not go to BJ and therefore did not hear Crowley’s message, I just wanted to say that I, who no longer live in Greenville, listened to the message and was moved by it deeply. Thanks for making me aware of it, brother.

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