Grace Baptist Church

 Dansville, NY

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Contributors

Stacie Gibson is Matt's wife, a mother of 4, a busy homemaker and home-educator in addition to being a certified ACBC counselor.  She is a guest blogger at Biblical Counseling for Women.

Barb Leaman is a children's Sunday School teacher and a teacher's aide for the Hornell Jr and Sr. High Schools.  She is wife to Glenn and mother to an adult daughter.

Dave Theobald
is the preaching and teaching elder at Grace Baptist Church.  He is married to Jamie and has two sons, Job and Jonathan.

Rob Wilson is a deacon of Grace Baptist Church, a veterinarian specializing in large animals, a farmer, a husband to Kim, and father to 3 energetic kids.  

Ustad ("teacher," in local dialect) is a global partner of GBC, who shares stories and perspectives from the field, for our encouragement and to help orient us on things eternal. 

Grace Notes Blog Posts

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An Extraordinary Tale


The airport in the capital city of our adopted country is an interesting place to meet a certain brand of foreigner traveler: contractors, diplomats and para-military, normally single and alone, attracted by the high salaries or adventurous experiences offered here. "Milo" (not his real name) sat down next to a colleague and myself while we were waiting to board the next flight. I was tired and ready for a break, not in the mood for conversations with strangers. But God had an appointment lined up.

A Gift For All People

By Ustad

For the past few years we've been celebrating Christmas mainly with non-Christians, and having fun doing it!

It seems a little abnormal.  After all, the other religions have their holidays, and we have ours.  Don't Christmas and Christian belong together? Christmas can be a great time for outreach, churches often agree, but mainly this involves rounding up a few prodigals--cultural Christians who come around on Easter and Christmas--and inviting them to our programs, rather than truly taking Christmas to people who don't identify as Christians. For their joy and ours.

God as Host

By Ustad

A common local proverbs states, "The guest is the friend of God," or even, "The guest is god." In other words, guests are to be treated like deity. Their every need is to be anticipated and met with a gush of extravagance. (To get a biblical picture of this, read the account of Abraham forcing hospitality on his angelic guests in Genesis 18).
By Ustad

Could it be that the Father is rearranging things on this planet in order to both maximize gospel spread and shake his children free of their disproportionate attachment to private plants? Could he be opening our eyes to more of His heart in order to arrest our hearts for His agendas?
A seminary classmate once argued in a class presentation that the account of Jonah is not historical - it didn't really happen.  Instead it was written as a parable with a moral lesson intended for the people of Israel.  They were supposed to see themselves in the fictional tale of a rebellious prophet, be reminded of God's mercy and lead to repentance.  I disagree with my friend.
By Ustad

Periodically, researchers produce studies on religious trends such as the one published by PEW in April 2015. According to their projections, by 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians globally, and Christianity will continue to decline in Western nations. No doubt these studies have value potential in awakening, preparing, shaping, and motivating the church.  We can be grateful for the work which goes into this kind of research.  However, in some ways reports like this can be quite unhelpful.
By Ustad

The old mind-boggler asks, "Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?"

Now let's for a moment make the chicken a church and the egg a disciple.  Does the disciple make the church, or the church make the disciple? Further, which is the goal of the missionary? Since Jesus told us simply to "make disciples" (Matthew 28:20), should we consider that our ultimate mandate? Alternatively, since Paul and gang had this habit of forming churches (eg. Titus 1:5), should we make church-planting our final aim?
By Ustad

Today I bought a one-way ticket. And it wasn't for me. On rare occasion, people like us find themselves helping a believer leave his or her home country, for their protection, or some other purpose.  It is not done casually or often, since our heart is to see believing friends stay as salt and light inside their community whenever possible. Today I find myself doing the opposite...
By Ustad

Caleb, our four-year-old was playing in the front yard of the place we are staying when he stepped into a small hole, which ended up being the opening to a fissure that connected with a deep well.  He fell about eight feet to a narrow ledge, and one foot dangled over the abyss while the other held him in place for about twenty minutes before paramedics arrived.