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Jun 23, 2017
Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Alt-Right
Here’s a Resolution: Denominations Should Stop Shooting Themselves in the Foot

Dwight McKissic called the most recent SBC drama a “24-hour roller coaster ride.”

I called it shooting yourself in the foot. Again. Publicly.

What could have been a Tuesday condemnation of racism became a Wednesday mea culpa.

So, what really happened on Tuesday when ...

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Jun 22, 2017
evangelism, humility, intentionality, authenticity

Why Each Day Matters: What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life & Gospel Opportunities

How are we using our days to point people to Jesus?
Why Each Day Matters: What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life & Gospel Opportunities
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In one of his landmark essays, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “The years teach much which the days never know.” The first time I read these words, I fell in love with them, but I wasn’t sure why.

And then I had children. I have a 3 and a 5-year-old. My 5-year-old ...

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Jun 21, 2017
leadership

Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry

Healthy leaders make for healthy organizations.
Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry
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1. Value People More Than Tasks

This first leadership axiom is one that I will occasionally just put on a post-it note on the top of my computer. Slow down and see people. Because I'm such a driven leader, I can be task before people by nature. I am sure there are others ...

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Jun 20, 2017
church planting, evangelism, Jesus People, Vineyard

A Brief History of Recent Movements

7 constants representing 2 commitments
A Brief History of Recent Movements
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Let’s go on a short journey exploring the recent history of significant movements that have shaped what we’re seeing in the West today.

This history is important to digest as we look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead—with God! Less than 50 years ago, ...

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Jun 19, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 19)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 19)

Episode Nineteen | Developing a Spirit of Acceptance When We Reach Out to the Unchurched

Rick Richardson, Professor at Wheaton College and head of academic programs and research at the Billy Graham Center, shares a story of a recent evangelism encounter. Rick explains that once ...

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Jun 19, 2017
mentor, accountability, confession

Saving Your Ministry Before You Lose It

A wise leader does not wait for God to send a messenger to uncover his or her sin.
Saving Your Ministry Before You Lose It
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He spoke only a few words and I knew something was wrong…desperately wrong. When my phone rang and I saw who it was, I was happy. Ken (not his real name) was a faithful friend and pastor of a local church in our community. I had known him for about a decade and I respected ...

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Jun 18, 2017
evangelism, missions, partnership

Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

A good church-field partnership takes work and lots of communication.
Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

Everyone agrees that we must work together to accomplish the task of Matthew 28:19-20 so that we may move closer to the end goal found in Matthew 24:14. Furthermore, we all know God did not give this task solely to missionaries or pastors.

In this post-modern world, many in the ...

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Jun 16, 2017
evangelism, freedom, persecution

Like a Knife in the Heart: When Our Witness Is Costly

In some parts of the world, a life of witness requires great courage.
Like a Knife in the Heart: When Our Witness Is Costly
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The first time I wrote for this blog, I shared that many Americans are actually open to hearing about the Christian faith. Research shows that previously unchurched people are looking for a welcoming, including environment that makes them feel like church members want them to ...

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Jun 15, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

The Power of Polarity

It’s past time the ongoing divide between justice and evangelism was broken down.
The Power of Polarity
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The Western mind, by default, seeks resolution of tension, elimination of ambiguity, and distinction in borders. This is true in the world of music, which is mostly storytelling set to song. It is true in the world of television and film, which is mostly storytelling set to ...

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Jun 14, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 18)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 18)

Episode Eighteen | Two Practical Ways to Show and Share the Love of Jesus with Others

Wes Holland, Program Administrator of the Rural Matters Institute at the Billy Graham Center, reminds us that God went on a rescue mission for us, and that we must do the same for others. He ...

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Jun 14, 2017
Southern Baptist, racism, alt-right
Southern Baptists, Racism, and the Alt-Right: It's Time to Make This Right, Plain, and Clear
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Update: #SBC17 just passed a resolution condemning the alt-right white nationalist movement. 99.9% vote, followed by standing ovation. Here’s the original article:

Last night, here in Phoenix at the Southern Baptist Convention, things got a bit unhinged.

Emma Green explains ...

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Jun 14, 2017
evangelism, church planting, leadership

10 Characteristics of Movemental Christianity

Moving from addition to reproduction.
10 Characteristics of Movemental Christianity
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In the West, if and when we see movements of churches planting 1,000 churches in their lifetime, then we believe the following ten characteristics will be present. Based on our observations, movemental Christianity will have some of these characteristics.

1) Prayer

Prayer will ...

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Jun 13, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life, Episode 26

The Grand Story of God and Our Place in It
Theology for Life, Episode 26

The Grand Story of God and Our Place in It

In this episode of Theology for Life, Ed and Lynn talk about what it means that the Bible is the grand narrative–one story–of God and the Christian life. As we read the Bible, we must be faithful to the description of God, ...

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Jun 13, 2017
Rural Church, church planting, Amplify

What You Don’t Know About Rural America: 3 Common Misconceptions

The physical presence of a church and its spiritual impact are not the same thing.
What You Don’t Know About Rural America: 3 Common Misconceptions
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Many of us are busy. So much so that we rush from one thing to the next having failed to stop and assess whether or not our thoughts and beliefs match the current reality. As the president of an international children’s ministry, I am constantly bombarded by statistics ...

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Jun 12, 2017
CSB, HCSB, Bible, translation, gender

Gender and the Christian Standard Bible: Trevin Wax Answers My Questions

I spoke with CSB publisher Trevin Wax.

I’m excited to welcome Trevin Wax to The Exchange today. He gave us an overview of the release of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation a few months ago, which has now launched.

Disclosure: The CSB is published by LifeWay, where I was a Vice President until a year ...

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