A Reformed Heritage: Jewish Global Missions

December 14, 2021

By Anthony English, assistant director of the MTW West Coast Hub.

The following is excerpted from MTW's website.

As a new fan of The Lord of the Rings film franchise, one of the themes that stands out to me is that of heritage. Aragorn is descended from a kingly lineage and part of his story is overcoming his fear and coming to terms with the responsibility he has to take his rightful place as king. Seeing his struggle as he wrestles with his destiny, his heritage, pulls me into the story and is what makes him one of my favorite characters in the franchise.

Thinking on the theme of heritage in The Lord of the Rings makes me think of an important, yet largely forgotten aspect of our Reformed heritage. When some within our theological circles read or hear the words “Jewish Missions,” what often comes to mind is dispensationalism (and thank God for the great work being done by our dispensational siblings in Jewish missions). However, we also have a rich, Reformed and Presbyterian heritage regarding Jewish missions!

According to Stephen Atkinson, PCA missionary to the Jewish people for Christian Witness to Israel North America, “Presbyterians were always at the forefront of Jewish mission.” We see this wonderful truth expressed in the life of Scottish Presbyterian pastor, Robert Murray M’Cheyne. M’Cheyne was unashamed in his love for Israel and his passion to see her embrace her Messiah.

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