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Aug 17, 2017
evangelism, travel, taj mahal

Evangelism: A Traveler’s Perspective

Evangelism is inviting, encouraging, and inspiring travelers to journey with us to the City of God.
Evangelism: A Traveler’s Perspective
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Over two decades ago, my friend, Raul, and I travelled to New Delhi, India, just for a day. We actually had no business in India, but going through India was the cheapest route to the Arabian Peninsula. Once we settled into our hotel, we hired a cab to the Taj Mahal, one of ...

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Aug 16, 2017
religion, christianity, evangelical

One-on-One with Scholar and Researcher Mark Silk on the Future of Religion, Especially Evangelicalism, in America

Evangelicalism is now the normative form of non-Catholic Christianity in America.
One-on-One with Scholar and Researcher Mark Silk on the Future of Religion, Especially Evangelicalism, in America
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Ed: Let’s start with the obvious question since that’s the title of the book: What is the future of Evangelicalism in America?

Mark: I think it’s pretty good as far as religious traditions go in America.

We make the claim that Evangelicalism is now the normative ...

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Aug 15, 2017
love2020, mission america coalition, love, evangelism

Love2020: Q&A with Paul Cedar & Kathy Branzell

Love the Lord your God ... Love your neighbor ...
Love2020: Q&A with Paul Cedar & Kathy Branzell
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During Amplify 2017, I had the honor of giving Paul Cedar, Chairman and CEO of the Mission America Coalition, the lifetime recognition award for his commitment to evangelism. I am a big fan of Paul and thankful for his passion to see people reached with the gospel. Below I interviewed ...

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Aug 14, 2017
Loyalty, Rorschach, Charlottesville, Evangelical

On Christians Unable to Critique President Trump: Loyalty and the Rorschach Test

If you are unable to critique a president, you've lost your prophetic witness.
On Christians Unable to Critique President Trump: Loyalty and the Rorschach Test
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This weekend was an important moment in our nation and, I think, for evangelical Christianity in America. Reflecting and responding to the events following Charlottesville is worth our time and energy.

Many issues are already being discussed, and it’s important that we ...

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Aug 14, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 26)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 26)

Episode Twenty-Six | Being Ready, In Season and Out

Karen Swanson, Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center, shares a powerful story of why we always need to be prepared to share the gospel, at any point, in any place. First Peter 3:5 tells us ...

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Aug 14, 2017
outreach, leadership

Breaking Church-Growth Barriers: Build A Bigger Leadership Table

making disciples and exerting cultural influence
Breaking Church-Growth Barriers: Build A Bigger Leadership Table
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This article originally appeared in Outreach Magazine.

How many of us would admit that we have experienced more failures than we’d have liked in leading our churches? It’s never easy to reflect honestly on our leadership mistakes; however, measurable outcomes and ...

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Aug 12, 2017

Charlottesville and Your Church's Response

Silence on matters of hatred and bigotry is antithetical to the gospel.
#Charlottesville, the Christian Response, and Your Church's Call
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I know I’m not the only one who has been keeping track of what is happening in Charlottesville, VA, and feeling both sadness and anger at the same time. I returned to the United States this morning, to a country that seems to be bursting at the seams with tension, hatred, ...

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Aug 11, 2017
evangelism, relationship, connection

Six Degrees of Separation: Why Our Witness Matters

Our lives reach farther than we can imagine.
Six Degrees of Separation: Why Our Witness Matters

Connectedness is largely taken for granted in today’s world. In many ways, interconnectivity is the air we breathe. Six degrees of separation is a familiar concept to many and it holds a magnifying glass to the relational connections we have. Originally developed in 1929 ...

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Aug 10, 2017
patriotism, america, independence day

Patriotism and the Church: Is It Too Much to Ask Churches to Be Careful?

Anything that replaces the worship of God is idolatry.
Patriotism and the Church: Is It Too Much to Ask Churches to Be Careful?
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I recently wrote an article for Influence Magazine on patriotism and the church and wanted to add a few more thoughts.

As we celebrated Independence Day in the United States over the summer, I saw a lot of churches discussing America, God, and the Church, and how they fit together ...

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Aug 9, 2017
interview, book, commentary

One-on-One with Jon Laansma on His New Book on Hebrews

Associate Professor of Ancient Languages and New Testament offers new commentary.
One-on-One with Jon Laansma on His New Book on Hebrews
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I recently interviewed one of my new colleagues, Jon Laansma, associate professor of ancient languages and New Testament at Wheaton College, and author of the new book The Letter to the Hebrews: A Commentary for Preaching, Teaching, and Bible Study. The book was recently released, ...

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Aug 8, 2017
church planting

Three Keys to Increasing Church Planting Capacity in Denominations

Engage the Planters. Embrace the Pace. Establish the Path.
Three Keys to Increasing Church Planting Capacity in Denominations
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A generation of Christians that has grown up with microwaves is also sold on the idea of movements. But rarely do these things go together.

Movements are not instantaneous—they can explode (that’s what makes them movements) but they don’t just show up.

It takes ...

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Aug 7, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 25)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 25)

Episode Twenty-Five | Starting a Gospel Conversation by Talking about Prayer

Michael Hakmin Lee, Research Fellow at the Billy Graham Center, discusses the challenges for Christians seeking to share their faith in a more privatized culture, where talking about faith can seem anathema. ...

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Aug 7, 2017
truth, fake news

Being People of Truth in a World of Fake News

Use common sense, desire discernment, and cultivate accountability.
Being People of Truth in a World of Fake News
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One of the hottest topics in our culture is fake news. I’ve written about it, and others have as well. Obviously, not all news is fake. At the same time, not everything that calls itself news is real news. When one of the leading stories in USA Today is about someone wearing ...

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Aug 6, 2017
refugee, immigrant, outsider, hospitality

Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part Two)

A biblical view of hospitality can offer a corrective to the current view of refugees.
Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part Two)

Read The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims, Part One (The Calling of Levi: Jesus Invites the Marginalized; Levi’s Feast: The Challenge of Hospitality to the Marginalized; Jesus Reveals His Motive; Jesus and the Samaritans: Enemies ...

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Aug 4, 2017
pride, fear, insecurity, love

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Receive the love of God so freely given.
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

The Bible is clear: we all need the gospel. For instance, have you ever noticed that virtually everyone in scripture could have been introduced in some kind of recovery group? Imagine it:

“Hi. My name is Noah and I am a drunk.”

“Hi. My name is Abraham. I am a ...

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