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Meet This Month’s Devotional Writer: Dr. Brad Baurain

  • October 2019 Issue
From the Editors

Brad Baurain, is an associate professor at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He is also a former editor and the author of more than 70 issues of Today in the Word! One reader notes, "It was interesting to me to go through my stack of favorite past issues and realize the majority were written by one author. . . Dr. Brad Baurain!" Brad and his wife, Julia, have four children and live in northwestern Indiana.

What did you take away from this month’s study of Exodus?

Exodus is a rich narrative and awe-inspiring book; by which I mean it inspires a deep awe of God. Egypt was a world superpower, but it didn’t stand a chance against the Almighty. God kept His promises, liberated His people to become a “holy nation,” and proved Himself faithful. The treasures of idolatrous Egypt were transformed into a tabernacle for worship of the one true God.

What do you love about teaching at Moody?

One thing I enjoy most about teaching is learning. We always need to be learning, which is something I believe God created us to do. I love teaching at Moody because the eternal purposes that motivate me are also at the heart of this great institution. We’re all about God’s Word and God’s glory. I’m currently the only TESOL (Teaching English Other Languages) professor at Moody and lead both the BA and MA programs.

How did you get interested in this area of missions?

While in college, I got my start in this area as a World Relief volunteer and ended up serving eleven years with a Christian organization in China and Vietnam. Now I’m privileged to help train others to go! The English language is in demand around the world, and excellent teachers can be used for God’s glory literally anywhere—whether in “creative-access” countries overseas or here in North America with refugees and immigrants.

Did you meet your wife on the mission field?

We didn’t actually meet in China or Vietnam, but in an even stranger place. . . southern California! We were both participating in training for our organization. She was headed to northeastern China, me to south central Vietnam. It began as a casual friendship and just kept growing.

What do you love to do in your free time?

I like reading great literature, listening to great music (various styles), bicycling, and photography. This summer, my wife and I enjoyed hearing Yo-Yo Ma perform all six of Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites at Millennium Park in Chicago.

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