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Oct 16, 2017
evangelism, podcast

What Job Can Teach Us About Responding To Suffering

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
What Job Can Teach Us About Responding To Suffering

Episode 36: What Job Can Teach Us About Responding To Suffering

Michael Lee, research fellow at the Billy Graham Center, talks about how the gospel intersects with the brokenness of our world. As God’s ambassadors, we are accountable for how we represent God, His purposes, ...

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Oct 16, 2017
evangelism, discipleship, leadership

Can We Talk? The Story of One Texas Church's Road to Evangelism

A gospel-centered church is where the people share the gospel.

We often find that God does his greatest work out of times of difficulty. For me as a pastor, 2013 was a difficult year. Our community was facing rapid demographic changes that were bringing transition to our own church membership. Large numbers of first-generation immigrants ...

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Oct 15, 2017
pastor, bivocational, marketplace, evangelism

Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity

One-third of American pastors are bivocational.
Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity
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One of the most vital yet understudied streams of church ministers is the bivocational pastor. This is that pastor who, either out of necessity or intentionality, works as both the pastor of a local church and in the secular marketplace.

Already, more than one-third of all American ...

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Oct 14, 2017
kenya, evangelical, democracy, public square

Dispatches from Kenya

Kenyan evangelicals were a petri dish in the grand experiment of public square engagement.
Dispatches from Kenya
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The Academy Award winning Out of Africa, with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, gives visual cadence to the beauty of the majestic landscape of East Africa. While too slow in pace, its cinematography captures what is so beguiling about that land.

One cannot wander in a four-wheeled ...

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Oct 13, 2017
evangelism, leadership, discipleship

Trickle-Down Evangelism

Are disciples becoming disciple-makers?
Trickle-Down Evangelism
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The Reagan-era theory of trickle-down economics is hotly contested among pundits who question whether or not the poor are actually helped by benefits given to the wealthy. In theory, various tax cuts and benefits to the rich should trickle-down to the poor and allow for mutual ...

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Oct 13, 2017
church planting, contentment

“Playing the Long Game”: 3 Reasons Learning to be Content Is Critical in Church Planting

Contentment is a required spiritual practice for church planters.
“Playing the Long Game”: 3 Reasons Learning to be Content Is Critical in Church Planting
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Have you ever heard the phrase, “playing the long game”? My guess is we’ve each heard it thrown around in different venues. The saying is not new. It’s been used to describe throwing the football down the field or driving the golf ball toward the green. ...

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Oct 12, 2017
lausanne, appointment, director

Serving as the Regional Director for Lausanne North America

The Lausanne Movement connects and mobilizes evangelical leaders to collaborate for world evangelization.
Serving as the Regional Director for Lausanne North America
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I recently accepted the role of North American Regional Director for Lausanne North America. You can read more in Wheaton College’s press release below and read my welcome letter on the Lausanne website.

Ed Stetzer, Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Distinguished Chair ...
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Oct 12, 2017
partnership, leadership, evangelism, missiology, cohort

Academic Partnerships at Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center—How, Why, and Your Organization

Wheaton College Graduate School partners with Every Nation and Propel Women.
Academic Partnerships at Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center—How, Why, and Your Organization

Among the many ministries housed in the Billy Graham Center is the graduate-level education of students from around the world. Some of the students attend in the traditional way, taking courses according to their individual schedule. One exciting addition to this traditional ...

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Oct 11, 2017
reformation, catholic, confession, denomination, protestant

One-on-One with David Dockery on the Reforming Catholic Confession that Celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Faithful Protestants continue to share many basic Christian beliefs in spite of our very real denominational differences.
One-on-One with David Dockery on the Reforming Catholic Confession that Celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
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Ed: What is the new Reforming Catholic Confession and why was it released at this time?

David Dockery: The Reforming Catholic Confession is a statement released to commemorate and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The statement is an attempt to show that Lutherans, ...

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Oct 11, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Don’t Be Overcome By Fear, But Go Forth In Faith

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Don’t Be Overcome By Fear, But Go Forth In Faith

Episode 35: Don’t Be Overcome By Fear, But Go Forth In Faith

Karen Swanson, director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center, talks about overcoming fear when it comes to sharing our faith with others. How do we do it? What resources can help? ...

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Oct 11, 2017
suicide, mental illness, first aid

Suicide, Mental Illness, and the Church: An Interview with Kay Warren

All church members can play a role in helping those with mental illness.

Ed: When talking about mental health, I often think of Galatians 6:2: “Carry one another’s burdens.” I know we want to be a caring church, but I think a lot of churches don’t know how to be a carrying church. Why should we carry the burden of people who ...

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Oct 10, 2017
kaepernick, protest, national anthem, NFL, NBA, trump, pence

Why Can't We Disagree Well? Reflections on Colin Kaepernick, VP Mike Pence, and Listening Well

As Christians, we can (and should) disagree well.
Why Can't We Disagree Well? Reflections on Colin Kaepernick, VP Mike Pence, and Listening Well

Well, the debate about taking a knee just took an odd turn.

On Sunday, after players at an Indianapolis Colts home game chose to kneel during the national anthem, Vice President Mike Pence decided to walk out of the game. On social media, President Trump signaled that, perhaps, ...

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Oct 10, 2017
Evidence, Verdict, Apologetics, Evangelism

One-on-One with Josh and Sean McDowell on the New Edition of “Evidence That Demands A Verdict”

First published in 1972, this classic was last updated nearly two decades ago.
One-on-One with Josh and Sean McDowell on the New Edition of “Evidence That Demands A Verdict”
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Ed: Why did you feel the need for an updated version of this classic?

Josh and Sean McDowell:Evidence has been updated three times since 1972, but the last version was 1999—nearly two decades ago! Over this time span, a number of new issues and challenges have arisen in ...

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Oct 7, 2017
hypocrisy, integrity, weinstein, murphy, politics, entertainment
Hypocrisy on Display in Hollywood and in Politics: Responding with Anger and Humility
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Hypocrisy. Even the thought of it makes most of us cringe.

And boy was it on display this week on the right and on the left.

For example, Harvey Weinstein was outed as a sexual harasser and an abuser of power. Yes, Weinstein created a foundation to support “...women’s ...

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Oct 5, 2017
globalization, evangelism, discipleship, hospitality

Use Globalization for the Gospel

The four corners of the world are now in your neighborhood.
Use Globalization for the Gospel
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Although Dubai is an Arabian city on the Persian Gulf, there are still Starbucks everywhere. Within these coffee shops you find a microcosm of the city. Women—fully covered in black abaya robes and head scarfs covering every strand of hair—chatter at one table, while ...

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