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Jan 1, 2016
Missions

Training Pastors: A High Priority for Global Ministry Strategy

Dr. Ramesh Richard shares about the need to train pastors for global ministry.
Training Pastors: A High Priority for Global Ministry Strategy

In this article, I consider the strategic priority of the training of pastors for intentional global ministry and missions partnerships. I also propose practical considerations for strategists and practitioners in pastoral training—whether individuals or churches, for ...

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Dec 31, 2015
Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty for All: My Article at RNS

How should Christians think about religious liberty? I wrote about it yesterday for Religion News Service.
Religious Liberty for All: My Article at RNS
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In July of 2015, LifeWay Research published data showing how Americans think of America’s religious landscape. Sixty-nine percent of Americans said that “America is a nation of many religions,” and nineteen percent said America is a “Christian nation.” ...

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Dec 31, 2015
Thinkers

Building a Volunteer Culture in Your Church

It can be difficult, at times, to recruit volunteers at church. How might we create a volunteer culture in our churches?
Building a Volunteer Culture in Your Church

“Pull a Henry.” Their heads tilted; some brows furrowed. They thought I was crazy. It was working. When you are given the 8 p.m. Monday night slot for teaching seminary students, you’d better say something that awakens them from their post Sunday church ...

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Dec 30, 2015
Pastors

Six Simple Ways to Minister to Ministers

Being a pastor is a blessing, but it can be discouraging, too. Here are some ways you can encourage your pastors.
Six Simple Ways to Minister to Ministers

According to just about every stat I hear, pastors hate the ministry, feel miserable, and would get out of the ministry if they could because being in the ministry is hurting their families. You’ve probably heard these statistics at a pastors’ conference. So, ...

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Dec 29, 2015
Bible Study

The Importance of Teaching Kids the Hard Stuff of Scripture

Teaching the tough, gross stories of the Bible to kids is hard, but it needs to be done.
The Importance of Teaching Kids the Hard Stuff of Scripture
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Ed Stetzer: How do you guys teach the "hard stuff" of the Bible, and further, how do you equip parents to work through those difficult themes/events with their children? It's hard, I know.

Karen Dolan (Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, NY): I don’t have ...

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Dec 28, 2015
Missiology

Modes of Mission: A Missional People

In the first of a series on posts on modes of mission, we look at how Peter modeled mission.
Modes of Mission: A Missional People
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To help clarify, challenge, and encourage church leaders (and their churches) towards missional effectiveness, it may be helpful to consider three modes of mission as embodied by the Petrine Mission (1 Peter 2:9–12), the Johannine Mission (John 20:21), and the Pauline ...

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Dec 25, 2015
Christmas

He Is Born: A Christmas Hymn

A hymn for you as we remember the incarnation today.
He Is Born: A Christmas Hymn

Merry Christmas!

Today I just wanted to share a Christmas hymn that Chris Martin, my blog guru, stumbled across this week on the Internet. It was originally published in French back in 1862. It is called "He Is Born," and the traditional English translation is ...

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Dec 24, 2015
Bible Study

The Importance of Leading Kids to Love Jesus

I recently asked #kidmin leaders how they help children love Jesus for themselves.
The Importance of Leading Kids to Love Jesus
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Ed Stetzer: How do we avoid teaching moralistic principles, making the focus moralism, but instead at all ages and at all stages making sure people understand the gospel itself.

Lou Cha (Kenwood Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH): I think that one of the important things is you ...

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Dec 23, 2015
Politics

Faith of the Candidates: Interview With Marco Rubio (Part 2)

In the second part of my interview with Senator Marco Rubio, we talk about "lost" people, and how "President Rubio" would share his faith.
Faith of the Candidates: Interview With Marco Rubio (Part 2)

On "Lost People"

Ed Stetzer: You used the phrase "lost people" [in your last answer]. So talk to us a little bit about that. What is the role of the Christian, the Catholic, the Evangelical when it comes to sharing with people who are, to use a term you ...

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Dec 22, 2015
Christianity and Islam

Christianity and Islam: Evangelicals and Americans Are Not on the Same Page About the "Same God"

A lot of debate has swirled around the similarity (or dissimilarity) of Christianity and Islam lately. What do people think?
Christianity and Islam: Evangelicals and Americans Are Not on the Same Page About the "Same God"

Just a few months ago, in October, LifeWay Research published a good amount of data on how Americans, pastors, self-identified evangelicals, and religious service attendees see Christianity and Islam. Today, I wanted to share just a bit of data with you regarding how similar ...

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Dec 22, 2015
Bible Study

The Importance of Teaching the Big Story, Not Just Morals

It's easy to teach moralism, but it's important to teach more than that.
The Importance of Teaching the Big Story, Not Just Morals

Ed: Why do you think the storyline of the Bible itself is important for kids to know? Why do they need to know the big story?

Lou Cha (Kenwood Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH): As a congregation, we value the whole counsel of Scripture...

It’s like a puzzle and the kids ...

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Dec 21, 2015
Refugees

The AIDS Epidemic and the Refugee Crisis: Faithfulness, Not Fear, Is Our Call

When a situation is not understood, the Christian response is often defined by fear.
The AIDS Epidemic and the Refugee Crisis: Faithfulness, Not Fear, Is Our Call
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In New York City in the early 1980’s medical doctors began to diagnose a strange and frightening disease. The New York Times reported:

A SERIOUS disorder of the immune system that has been known to doctors for less than a year — a disorder that appears to affect ...
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Dec 19, 2015
Christmas

I Recently Went to a Full-Blown Christmas Pageant for the First Time—Here's What I Thought

Some disparage the idea of Christmas pageants, and I understand the concern. But, not so fast.
I Recently Went to a Full-Blown Christmas Pageant for the First Time—Here's What I Thought

So, I’ve never actually been a a real Christmas pageant. By “real” I mean one where my kids were not dressed as sheep or something. (Those are awesome, but of a different variety!

Anyway, when I was recently in Fort Lauderdale, I was by an invitation to ...

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Dec 18, 2015
Wheaton College

My Daughter, Wheaton College, Protests, and Why We Are More Interested in the School Today

Wheaton College made the national news in a big way this week—while I was visiting with my daughter. Here's my reflection.
My Daughter, Wheaton College, Protests, and Why We Are More Interested in the School Today

It was an odd day to visit Wheaton College.

I was in town for some work at the Billy Graham Center, where I'm providing some leadership as the Senior Fellow. While there, we made a statement about refugees and planned a summit. You can read about it in Christianity ...

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Dec 17, 2015
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition: December 18, 2015

Leading a joyful team, practicing what you preach, and more.
Weekend Edition: December 18, 2015

Five Reasons a Team Lacks JoyEric Geiger

Such a good word from Eric.

The biggest Pinocchios of 2015Glenn Kessler

This is a helpful look at some of the lies, bad info, or just “stretched” stories.

Note that it includes Democrats, Republicans, “hands ...

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