EPIC: Philippines

It was over a year ago that I announced my EPIC round-the-world project in which I’d be travelling to different countries to search for and research church history. Twelve months and 24 countries later, I’ve finally completed my final trip for 2018. Here is some footage from my recent trip to the Philippines.

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I’m so thankful to Zondervan for their sponsorship of so many of these EPIC videos. Today they’d like you to know about some new books that may be of interest to you: the two-volume Legacy of Preaching set. It follows the great preachers of history in their context, as they approach their task of preaching. So volume one covers from the apostles to the Puritans and it profiles 30 preachers, including Origen of Alexandria, Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther, John Wesley and more. Then volume two covers from the enlightenment to the present day, it profiles another 30 preachers like Charles Spurgeon, DL Moody, Martyn Lloyd-Jones and so on. They are available wherever good books are sold.

Transcript

It was just about a year ago that I said I was going to start this around the world project where we’d be going to all these different countries and researching church history and shooting videos, all that good stuff. This is our 12th month. Stephen McCaskill, who’s holding that camera right now, he and I have been around the world, this is the 24th country we’ve been in this year. I’m glad to say the project has been, I think, really successful. We’re coming to the end of all our travel. We’ve got maybe one trip left to do next year, but this is it for 2018. Thanks for watching the videos, I hope you found them interesting. We’re really looking forward to getting the project completed and out to you by early 2020. In the meantime, why don’t you enjoy just a few scenes from this trip to the Philippines.

I’m here in Manila, in the Philippines, to speak at a conference over the next couple of days but we had this open day to explore the city a little bit and what we found is the oldest Protestant church in the Philippines. And it’s still relatively new. Catholicism had already been here for hundreds of years. It was only in the late 1800s that Protestants began to arrive, began to preach the gospel, and wouldn’t you know it, the Methodists arrived first.

One thing I’ve learned since arriving in the Philippines is they proudly have the longest Christmas season in the world, apparently. It starts around September 1st, continues all the way through until early January. So it’s early November here, already things are in full swing. You can see they’re decorating this tree behind me. We’ve seen Christmas trees all over town already.

I’m thankful to Zondervan for sponsoring the travel videos this year and today they want you to know about a new book that they think may be of interest to you. Now pastors and ministry leaders, they need inspiration, they need encouragement as they approach their task of preaching and teaching. And one of the best ways to do this is to learn from the example of those who have gone before us. This new two-volume, A Legacy of Preaching set, it follows the great preachers of history in their context, as they approach their task of preaching. So volume one covers from the apostles to the Puritans and it profiles 30 preachers, including Origen of Alexandria, Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther, John Wesley and more. Then volume two covers from the enlightenment to the present day, it profiles another 30 preachers like Charles Spurgeon, DL Moody, Martyn Lloyd-Jones and so on. Brought to you by a team of over 60 scholars, these volumes, which are available individually, or as a set, they bring the great preachers of history to life. They’re ideal for pastors, for ministry leaders, for seminary students, whoever, to help inspire and enliven your preaching. They’re available right now wherever good books are sold.