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May 24, 2017
evangelism, church planting, leadership

The Type of Leaders a Small Town Church Needs

Lessons from a Small Town Pastor

A pastor or church planter in a small town who wants to make a long-lasting impact on the community will need a strategy to develop good leaders. What should you be looking for?

Leaders Who Are Reliable

Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-2 to, “Entrust to faithful men who ...

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May 23, 2017
20 Truths, book release

20 Truths from 'Break Open the Sky'

Saving Our Faith from a Culture of Fear
20 Truths from 'Break Open the Sky'
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What if our growing unease about truth and the symptoms we feel, whether mere anxiety or full on fear, is actually an invitation take a hard look at our faith? What if our fear, whether corporate or personal, is really an opportunity to reason together, to consider the state ...

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May 23, 2017
evangelism, church planting, CPLF

Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering

Church Planting Leadership Fellowship is open to denominational and network leaders of church planting.
Evangelism and Movements: July CPLF Gathering
Image: New Churches

For the past few years we have hosted a gathering of denomination and network church planting leaders from across North America to consider process and practices of church planting. We call this group the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship, and it’s a partnership between ...

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May 22, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

We marginalize evangelism when we say the good news is social action.
Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

I’ve read many mission statements of churches and faith-based ministries during my four decades working with evangelist Luis Palau. Most of these statements declare that one of the reasons why the church or mission exists is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

Yet ...

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May 21, 2017
missions, EMQ

Church-Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part One)

Measure outcomes, not activities.

A few years ago I was part of a breakout group at a church planting roundtable where we discussed the question, “What is church?” The group was comprised of international and regional directors of church planting organizations. About fifteen minutes into the discussion ...

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May 19, 2017
mass incarceration, criminal justice

NORP Think and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

NORP = Normal Ordinary Responsible Person

The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration. Although America is home to only about 1/20 of the world’s population, we house almost 1/4 of the world’s prisoners.

Criminologists have coined the term “mass incarceration” to capture the ...

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May 18, 2017
Reformation, Five Solas, Lord's Supper

Is the Common Cup Still Relevant Today?

The Roman formula is for the faithful to receive the bread and for the priest to drink the wine.
Is the Common Cup Still Relevant Today?
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I sat in the church where Martin Luther preached some 2,000 sermons, imagining the impact his short life had on the world. Sitting in a pew, taking in the sights of The Town Church (Stadtkirche) of Wittenberg, I could almost hear his thunderous insights mixed with stories and ...

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May 17, 2017
Rural Church, church planting, Amplify

Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting

If millions of Americans still lived in rural areas, surely God cared about them too.
Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting
Image: Oil City, PA

We’ve all heard it: “Go big or go home.” It’s the phrase we used in high school after we succeeded in eating 66 chicken wings—one hugely important wing more than our best friend. It’s the phrase we used in college to commemorate basically ...

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May 16, 2017
evangelism, church planting, gospel saturation

What is Christ Together Network and How Does It Work to Saturate a City?

The Directional Team of Christ Together Network talks "God's Gospel Saturation."
What is Christ Together Network and How Does It Work to Saturate a City?

Ed: Scott, what is Christ Together? What are you trying to accomplish?

Scott Chapman: Christ Together is a network of local churches that band together to reach every man, woman, and child in their city with the Gospel. The idea is that when the churches of a particular area ...

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May 15, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

Evangelism is a Four Letter Word

Evangelism isn’t what it used to be and is uncertain of what it should be.

I get it. Culture is changing rapidly and radically. The methods we have used successfully for decades have become ineffective, even counter-productive. Heaven? Spiritual laws? Bible verses? These no longer spark spiritual interest. Evangelism training isn’t what it used ...

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May 14, 2017
missions, EMQ

Teams in Mission: Are They Worth It? (Part Two)

TEAM missionaries research teamwork.

Read Teams in Mission: Are They Worth It?, Part One (Disappointments with the Team; Restoring the Team).

Be a Real Team

In global missions practice, team is a nebulous and often misused term. Lewis asks an important question: “While the idea is admirable, what is the difference ...

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May 12, 2017
evangelism, scandal, exclusive

One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus

We are sinful and desperately in need of rescue.
One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus
Image: Steve DeLuca

In today’s culture, claims of exclusivity are met with the resistance of a tired toddler pushing back a plate of broccoli. This is especially true of religious claims. Religious pluralism is more palatable for Western society and this worldview rules the day.

Pluralism ...

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May 11, 2017
evangelism, suffering

The Cross-Resurrection Contradiction

At the heart of Christian faith is a commitment to a God who enters into suffering.
The Cross-Resurrection Contradiction
Image: Azlan DuPree

One of the fears many people have when they think about evangelism is that they will be asked questions about Christian doctrine and belief for which they don’t have adequate answers. One of those questions is: Why would a good God allow suffering to exist?

I understand ...

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May 10, 2017
ministry, stewardship, knowledge, crisis

Stewarding Knowledge in Crisis

After 33 years, Global Mapping International is closing.
Stewarding Knowledge in Crisis
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Winston Churchill has been credited with saying “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Actually, it’s more likely that this idea came from a doctor: M.F. Weiner in a 1976 article, “Don’t Waste a Crisis – Your Patient’s or Your Own,” ...

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May 10, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 13)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.

Episode Thirteen | Listening: The Beginning of Love

Christina Walker, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, discusses Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together and the first service we owe to others. We must begin with listening to ...

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