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Dec 11, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The Power of the Spoken Word [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The Power of the Spoken Word [Gospel Life Podcast]

The Power of the Spoken Word

Colleen Cooper, development coordinator at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about the power of God’s Word spoken aloud and how this simple practice can give hope to those who need it. Both in our personal quiet time, and in ...

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Dec 11, 2017
belonging, CQ, gospel, evangelism

How Can We Cultivate a Sense of ‘Belonging’ in Our Gospel Witness?

Belonging is one of the great longings of the human soul.

I am white.

And I am part of a community of ethnically diverse women who come together each year for five days for a spiritual retreat. This spiritual practice is life-giving, stretching, and enriching. Although I work in correctional ministry alongside a very diverse group of ...

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Dec 9, 2017
speaking, church signs

Saturday is for Seminars and Church Signs

16 shopping days till Christmas

December and January Speaking Engagements

Here are a few places I will be the next couple of months, and then some church signs for you!

December 2017

I’m at Moody Church all Sundays, including morning and evening on Christmas Eve, except these Sundays:

December 17Highpoint ...

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Dec 8, 2017
faithfulness, post-christian, cultural, nominal

Yesterday, I discussed our call to action as we seek to follow Christ in a post-Christian culture. In an age where Christians are concerned over cultural change, we need to begin by rediscovering our call to mission and identity as the people of God. Today, I briefly highlight ...

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Dec 7, 2017
faithfulness, post-christian, cultural, nominal

We live in a moment of cultural turmoil in the West, perhaps particularly in the United States. The shift to a post-Christendom age means that we as Christians need to rediscover our mission and identity as the people of God in a place that is increasingly foreign and, at times, ...

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Dec 7, 2017
mental illness, suicide, depression

Is There a Place at the Table for Leaders with Mental Illness? I Think So.

Depression is an illness. Like diabetes.
Is There a Place at the Table for Leaders with Mental Illness? I Think So.
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Pastor Bill Lenz, founder and pastor of Christ the Rock Community Church, took his own life Monday afternoon. Here is what Christ the Rock CC said in a public announcement:

Bill had been suffering from depression for the last three months. He was seeing a counselor and doctor, ...
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Dec 6, 2017
masterpiece cakeshop, baker, supreme court

No Matter Who Takes the Cake, What Christians Should Do Next Is Clear

Religious liberty and civil rights are key issues of our day.
No Matter Who Takes the Cake, What Christians Should Do Next Is Clear
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Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case, as you may have heard, involves Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who in 2012 refused to make a cake for the same-sex wedding of David Mullins and Charlie Craig. ...

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Dec 5, 2017
theology, podcast

Stories, Theology, and the Importance of Literature

Dr. Christina Bieber Lake is Professor of English at Wheaton College.
Stories, Theology, and the Importance of Literature

Stories, Theology, and the Importance of Literature

In this episode of Theology for Life, Dr. Christina Bieber Lake talks with Ed and Lynn about why all story is theological. She discusses themes in her book Beyond the Story: American Fiction and the Limits of Materialism, which ...

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Dec 5, 2017
church planting, leadership, culture

The Need for Culturally Agile Leaders in Church Planting

The mission of God knows no cultural boundaries
The Need for Culturally Agile Leaders in Church Planting
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We’re in one of the best times in history to start globally-minded churches in North America—churches that are rooted in North American cities, but effectively minister to and minister through global citizens. This isn’t just for cities like New York or Chicago. ...

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Dec 4, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Forks & Spoons - A Simple Evangelism Strategy [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Forks & Spoons - A Simple Evangelism Strategy [Gospel Life Podcast]

Forks & Spoons – A Simple Evangelism Strategy

John C. Richards, Jr., Managing Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about meals as an opportunity to engage people in faith conversations. Perhaps you’ve been turned down when it comes to ...

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Dec 4, 2017
advent, christmas, tradition, hope

Advent: The Birth of Christ Is Too Big for One Day

Why our family is celebrating Advent this year.

This weekend, we put up the Christmas lights, started decorating the tree, and then sang Christmas songs at church.

Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—which, for many of us, feels like a rush into chaos.

Between all the gift giving, cookie baking, and ...

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Dec 1, 2017
Michael Flynn, Fake News, election, Russia

Michael Flynn Isn’t the Only Guilty One

Michael Flynn, fake news, and an opportunity to ask why Christians are often the target audience.

Michael Flynn pled guilty today to lying to the FBI regarding his interactions with the Russian government—and is now cooperating with the investigation. Flynn’s guilty plea is a vindication of those who have objected to the “it’s all fake news” ...

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Dec 1, 2017
motivation, evangelism, discipleship

Unlocking Eight Motivational Triggers for Evangelism and Discipleship

How can we "spur one another on toward love and good deeds”?

We all want to make disciples but, sometimes, even when we’re doing everything we know how, we still don’t see a significant change in the people we lead. We know we can’t change people; yet, we deeply desire to see them wholeheartedly following Jesus.

How do ...

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Nov 30, 2017
evangelism, neighbor

In some of our Billy Graham Center staff meetings, I ask our staff who they’ve been able to share the gospel with that week. After all, we work for an organization that bears the name of a man who made sharing the gospel his whole life’s work.

Sometimes I let people ...

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Nov 29, 2017
#metoo, sexual assault, sexual harassment, discipleship

What Does #MeToo Have to Do with You?

When we tell our stories, we move from the western “I” to the biblical “we.”
What Does #MeToo Have to Do with You?
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There is a concept that some in the field of neuroscience call “increased integration.” Simply put, it’s the idea that when people share their personal stories with another, both people see changes in their brain circuitry. In fact, according to psychiatrist ...

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