Saturday, December 24, 2016
Sermon Preached at the Ordination of Jack Hu to the office of ruling elder at New Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taipei
Dr. Joel H. Linton - "Model for an Elder's Ministry"
|Worship service at New Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taipei|
|Taiwanese-language Bible study led by Ely and David|
|Taiwanese-language Bible app for Android phones written by one of the church members|
|Preaching on Philemon at the Ordination Service for Jack Hu|
|Ordination of Jack Hu to the office of ruling elder at New Hope Reformed Presbyterian Church|
|Entrance to the future ministry center in Tang-Soann Township, Gî-lân County|
|Space for a kitchenette to welcome visitors|
|Future meeting space that can accommodate 30-40 people. After our core group grows larger, we can seek larger Lord's Day worship meeting spaces from the elementary school auditorium in a nearby village center|
|The book-format version of Joel's doctoral dissertation on the health of rural churches fresh from the print shop.|
|The Lee family moved from Taipei to Gî-lân County to help with our church planting work. We will likely begin our first intro-to-Christianity Bible studies here in their apartment's living room.|
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Here is a great lecture on the Biblical principles by Dr. Robert Gagnon.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Dr. Joel Linton received his doctorate in applied theology (D.Min.) from Birmingham Theological Seminary after five years of study in the doctoral program. His dissertation research topic was starting and sustaining healthy rural churches. The above picture shows Dr. Linton with his dissertation committee in full academic regalia. Dr. Jim Maples on the left was his advisor. The study of the health of rural churches is important because Christians in recent years have focused much more energy and resources on urban church planting, yet approximately half of the world's population still live in rural areas. In the dissertation rural church planting was examined in three mission fields in Asia: Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan, together with general works on church health. Further, field research was done on rural churches in five counties of northwest Alabama as well as one county in Taiwan. Hopefully, other researchers can build on this academic work. The Lord willing, this work will also be applied to new church plants in rural areas of Taiwan beginning in the fall of 2016.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Taiwan, Asia's Best Country For Bicycle Travel
【單車體驗寶島之美】台灣雖然小，卻是充滿著熱情友善的人民、美味可口的食物、物美價廉的旅居環境，且擁有世界級的單車公設。如果你是個單車旅行的熱愛者，那麼絕對沒有理由錯過台灣。【Cycling in Taiwan】The island nation of Taiwan is a small, but crowded place filled with friendly people, good food, affordable accommodations, and some of the best cycling infrastructure in the entire world. Taiwan is truly a land built for bicycle travel!#MyTaiwanTour #Taiwan #Cycling #biking #bike #travel #nature #mountains #adventures #outdoors #bicycle #adventure #outdoor #TaipeiCycleShowPosted by MyTaiwanTour on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
I am blessed that my family cheerfully travels with me. My daughters do their best with home school while traveling grabbing wifi spots to login to their online classes. Judy keeps everyone organized.
Please pray for our support raising. We do need more churches to partner with us.
This time back in the US, there is another full-time labor: finishing my doctoral dissertation. I am researching the state and needs of rural and small town churches. For part of the study, I developed a survey questionnaire covering many different issues churches deal with. In five counties in northwest Alabama, a random sample of 200 churches out of over rural 700 were selected to receive questionnaires. Three friends in Taiwan sent out surveys to 50 rural churches in I-lan County, Taiwan. I've gotten some responses but not enough. I have begun phase 2 of follow-up calling and attempting to meet in person to get a higher response rate. But I will not have time to track down all 200 churches. So do please pray that pastors will take the 15 minutes to fill out the surveys.
Then there is the actual writing of the thesis.
It is hard to attend to all of the details.
Here are some pictures:
Speaking at the International Dinner of Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church's Missions Festival
At Bayshore Christian Schools Monday morning chapel service.
Speaking at the Community Bible Study in Florence
Preaching at the Huntsville Chinese Christian Church
Interviewing a rural church pastor as part of my thesis research
Preaching at Dillingham Presbyterian Church
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