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Jan 24, 2017
evangelism, baby boomers, millennials

Does It Really Matter? How Generational Dynamics Impact Our Evangelism

We need different methods for reaching those over 40 and under 40.
Does It Really Matter? How Generational Dynamics Impact Our Evangelism

How should generational dynamics affect evangelistic methods? Or we could put it this way: “How is reaching people over the age of 40 different from reaching those under 40?”

This is a tricky issue. We must first recognize that the categories are nuanced. Generally, ...

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Dec 31, 2016
seeker, books, church signs

Weekend Edition - December 31

Book recommendations from Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and Desiring God

Dec 30, 2016
sundry, assorted, disparate, divergent

Most Read Posts of 2016 (1-10)

It's that time of year.

(10) Marriage, Divorce, and the Church: What do the stats say, and can marriage be happy?

This post from Valentine’s Day 2014 asked Are Christian divorce rates the same, or even higher, than the rest of the population? Is a happy marriage possible?

(9) What Do White Evangelicals ...

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Dec 29, 2016
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 4): Kenosis: What Does Philippians 2 Teach Us About Jesus and His Divine Attributes?

who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage
Theology for Life (Ep. 4): Kenosis: What Does Philippians 2 Teach Us About Jesus and His Divine Attributes?
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My co-host, Lynn Cohick, is the author of the Philippians volume in The Story of God Bible Commentary series, which I have been using in my sermon prep for Moody Church. In this episode of Theology for Life, we talk about Philippians 2, particularly the hymn found in verse 6 ...

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Dec 28, 2016
evangelism, 21st century

Can We Evangelize Late Modern Culture?

We cannot assume a shared foundation.
Can We Evangelize Late Modern Culture?
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Many Christians can identify the good in Christianity but wonder if it really has to be pushed on others. Do we have to evangelize? Is it even considerate?

Think of a non-Christian that you know. He or she probably has a job, drives a car or depends on modern transportation of ...

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Dec 27, 2016
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Movements of God’s Mission (Part 3)

The mission of God is attractional and incarnational.
Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Movements of God’s Mission (Part 3)
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I don’t know why, but I have a fascination with yo-yos. Now, I can’t yo-yo. Nevertheless, I find it amusing and entertaining as a skilled yo-yoer (if I can use that term) cast the yo-yo out with great rhythmic force only to have it return with an energetic bounce ...

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Dec 26, 2016
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Message of God’s Mission (Part 2)

God is on mission to glorify Himself.
Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Message of God’s Mission (Part 2)
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In the first post I explained that missional effectiveness is embracing the totality of the missio Dei—including its message, movement, and marks—and enacting it in the life of a local church.

I don’t know about you, but I have been on many honey-do runs in ...

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Dec 25, 2016
all is well

Christmas 2016

A white Christmas is a fresh reminder of Christ's work.
Christmas 2016
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Well, this is my first Christmas in Wheaton, Illinois. That means snow and cold. It’s a far cry from Nashville. But, in all honesty, I love it. There is something beautiful about freshly-fallen snow that reminds us of the power of Christ’s death on the cross. He ...

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Dec 24, 2016
evangelism, Holy Spirit

"I Can't Wait to Tell You!" Learning from Mary

Evangelist offers evange-telling encouragement

“Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 1:39-41) ...

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Dec 23, 2016
sundry, assorted, disparate, divergent

Most Read Posts of 2016 (11-20)

It's that time of year.

(20) Ten Scripture Texts on God’s Mission

This post from January 2010 was a Twitter-generated list in answer to the question: "What are the key passages or texts that speak of God's people (OT and NT) being on mission?” The top 10 Scriptures were Genesis ...

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Dec 23, 2016
evangelism

How to Respond When People Say ‘No’ to Jesus (Part 2)

InterVarsity evangelist offers words of encouragement

How to Respond When People Say ‘No’ to Jesus (Part 1)

#4. Relate to the Response

Entering into a person’s concerns and reasons for rejecting Jesus can be powerful where it is appropriate. Frequently, the very reasons why a person would say ‘no’ to ...

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Dec 22, 2016
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 3): Mary in Art and Icons

Associate Professor of Art History embraces Mary and Jesus in art
Theology for Life (Ep. 3): Mary in Art and Icons
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Lynn Cohick (Professor of New Testament) and I welcomed Matthew Milliner to the podcast this week. He is Associate Professor of Art History at Wheaton College. His scholarly specialization is Byzantine and medieval art, with a focus on how such images inform contemporary visual ...

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Dec 22, 2016
evangelism

How to Respond When People Say ‘No’ to Jesus (Part 1)

InterVarsity evangelist offers words of encouragement

Getting up the nerve to share Jesus with others around us takes all the courage we can muster. We pray and ask God for wisdom, we review what we’ll say in our minds and perhaps a few Bible verses, and with palpitations in our chest, we begin to share Jesus.

For many Christians, ...

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Dec 21, 2016
interview, book, culture

Stay the Course: My Interview with Wilfredo de Jesus on His Recent Book

"Pastor Choco" pastors one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago.

Ed:You write in the book that Christ is the True North. It keeps us on track with God and His purposes for us. What advice can you give to help us stay the course when culture is drifting?

Pastor Choco: Let me share a story. I was recently on a two-hour flight from Chicago to ...

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Dec 20, 2016
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: An Introduction (Part 1)

What is mission? What is missions? What is missional?
Towards Missional Effectiveness: An Introduction (Part 1)
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Like most people, I want what I buy to work and be effective at what it was created to do.

For instance, I have a smartphone that keeps track of my life. I call, text, surf the web, tweet, Facebook, use Maps to get directions, make calendar appointments, etc. It helps me to function ...

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