Happy 251 Mr. Carey!

Last week (Aug. 17) marked the 251st birthday of the famed father of modern missions – William Carey. I knew this because a friend posted a link to this great article of a year ago written by Timothy George and posted on the Gospel Coalition blog celebrating his sestercentennial birthday (cf. this earlier article by George). In the blog post, George lists seven great lessons derived from William Carey’s life and ministry (in bold font below):

  • Missions is founded on the sovereignty of God
  • The finality of Jesus Christ is central to the gospel
  • Translation work is essential due to the authority of Holy Scripture
  • Carey’s interaction with Indian culture is a model for contextualization
  • The work of Carey and the rest of the Serampore Mission exhibited a model for holistic missions
  • Christian unity and cooperation was sought after by Carey
  • Carey exhibited lifelong faithfulness to the Christian mission that “was a catalyst for a great missionary awakening throughout the church.”

Beyond this post, George has written an important biography on Carey that you should consider reading/owning.

Below are links to that biography and some other helpful resources  (you can also check out this great blog post for more on Carey):

Faithful Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey – Timothy George’s excellent biography

Candle in the Dark: The Story of William Carey – a film on Carey’s life

Primary Resource: An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens by William Carey

Primary Resource: The Journal and Selected Letters of William Carey edited/compiled by Terry G. Carter

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