Sep 26, 2016
Those who are afraid to test their convictions will lose the moral high ground in calling non-Christians to test their own beliefs.
A woman came to my door one day carrying a massive Bible and toting literature adorned with pictures of happy people working in a bountiful garden. She was a Jehovah’s Witness asking if I’d be interested in a Bible study.
To be perfectly honest, I did not want to ...
Sep 24, 2016
If our churches have to be a little more uncomfortable to us insiders in order to reach even one lost soul for Christ, that’s a sacrifice we should all be willing to make.
As we all know, it’s election season. This isn’t ever a rosy time for America, filled with rainbows and warm hugs. But if the political season of 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that the United States is culturally confused. Competing narratives vie for attention, ...
Sep 23, 2016
evangelism, good samaritan
How do we rebuild trust with those who have been deeply wounded by the church?
Methods of evangelism have changed over the years.
In a culture that is increasingly gospel adverse, I anticipate the ways we evangelize will continue to change to remain effective and faithful to the gospel. As the number of religious nones (i.e., those who have no religious ...
Sep 22, 2016
evangelical, republican, refugee
Caring for refugees should be neither controversial nor partisan.
At the White House #WelcomeRefugees event last week, I found myself in a much-needed conversation. Ironically, this White House and I are, on many issues, ideologically far apart. But this time, I was there to talk about welcoming refugees.
This visit, my Evangelical faith and ...
Sep 21, 2016
I am very excited to welcome John Richards as our new Managing Director at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism.
Ed: John, tell me a little bit about yourself, your previous work experience and your family life, your background.
John: I’ve been married to my wife, Sheridan, for seven years and we have two children, 6 and 18 months. My background is very interesting. I tell people ...
Sep 20, 2016
8 time-tested principles of church planting
There are few phrases more frequently spoken in church and mission circles than “church planting.” There also are few subjects around which ministry mavens work harder to be distinctive. Some tout valuable methods that are of a contextually limited scope, while others ...
Sep 19, 2016
evangelism, trends in Christianity, nones
The sky isn’t falling for evangelicals
Many say it’s been a tough decade for Evangelicals. The media says that Christianity is in great decline. The media, and some Christian authors, predict doom and gloom.
Yet, the actual numbers tell a different story for evangelical Christians. (You can read much more about ...