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Jan 24, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 8): The Kingdom of God

Dr. Nick Perrin, Dean of the Graduate School at Wheaton College, joins the conversation.
Theology for Life (Ep. 8): The Kingdom of God
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What is the Kingdom of God, and how does it relate to the Church? How has systematic categories hindered our understanding of the Kingdom of God? Instead, perhaps it is time to take a storied nature to scripture.

Rather than talking about the Kingdom of God as something abstract ...

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Jan 22, 2017
politics, election, worldview

Facts Are Our Friends: Why Sharing Fake News Makes Us Look Stupid and Harms Our Witness

Christians are supposed to be the people who think the "truth will set you free."
Facts Are Our Friends: Why Sharing Fake News Makes Us Look Stupid and Harms Our Witness
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The Trump Administration is off to a bad start with the truth… and on things that just don’t matter.

On Sunday, President Trump claimed that the media under-reported the crowd size at his swearing-in ceremony. His press secretary doubled down, in a now widely-debunked ...

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Jan 21, 2017
conferences, events, speaking
Saturday is for Seminars - Fractured, The Church and Mental Illness, One Night Centered on God

Fractured – Tuesday, January 24 – Wheaton, IL

The Church and Mental Illness – Tuesday, January 24

One Night Centered on God – Friday, March 17 – Wheaton, IL

Coming Soon

Monday & Tuesday, January 30 & 31, 2017Restore: A Conference on Mission Orlando, ...

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Jan 20, 2017
Christian Film

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone: My Review

Donna and I attended the premiere last night in Chicagoland.
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone: My Review

Last night, my wife, Donna, and I, attended the premiere of The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a new movie that brought together the strange bedfellows of Vertical Church Films and World Wrestling Entertainment, the well-known wrestling company. The movie is the latest in a line ...

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Jan 20, 2017
humor, church signs, politics

Weekend Edition - January 20, 2017

Rural churches, same-sex marriage, ICYMI, and church signs

Jan 19, 2017
evangelism, missions

Dying to Self and Living for Christ

Why We Must Surrender and Sacrifice Daily in Order to Know Jesus More
Dying to Self and Living for Christ
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Tears streamed down my face as those radical, counter-cultural words leapt off the pages of the book in my hand, piercing my heart and awaking something inside of me. I sat in the midst of prosperity and entitlement at a beautiful resort on the gulf coast, sitting by a pool, ...

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Jan 18, 2017
politics, election, worldview

Retraining Our Minds on the Things of Christ: Thoughts as We Draw Closer to Inauguration Day

Four Questions to Ask Ourselves as We Adjust to a New Political Reality
Retraining Our Minds on the Things of Christ: Thoughts as We Draw Closer to Inauguration Day
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I have recently posted a number of articles on politics, in particular about where Evangelicals find themselves as the new President of the United States is inaugurated and how our witness has been damaged as a result of this election (Rebuilding Our Witness: Part 1, Part 2). ...

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Jan 17, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 7): A Discussion on Judaism, the Ancient World, and Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith.
Theology for Life (Ep. 7): A Discussion on Judaism, the Ancient World, and Grace
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In this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and Ed delve into Ephesians 2:8-9 and what was going on culturally when people first heard Paul say this. What would they have been thinking about, especially related to works and what they needed from God? Who was this passage written ...

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Jan 17, 2017
church planting, worship
Ten Reasons Every Church-Planting Team Needs a Worship Leader
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Many Evangelical Christians have a very truncated understanding of worship. When asked to define it, they respond, "It's singing," or "It's praising God." Worship, from a biblical perspective, is far more than merely singing or praising God in the ...

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Jan 16, 2017
Q&A, Facebook Live

A New Q&A on Facebook: Join Me Each Tuesday at Noon CST

www.Facebook.com/EdStetzer
A New Q&A on Facebook: Join Me Each Tuesday at Noon CST

I love technology. At any given time, I always have access to my cell or my laptop. All of the cool features help keep me to stay organized and allow me to do more and do it well. But if I’m honest, one of the main reasons I love technology is that is helps me develop, ...

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Jan 16, 2017
politics, election, worldview

November 8th Is Long Gone, So Where do Christians Find Themselves?

God doesn’t love countries. He loves people.
November 8th Is Long Gone, So Where do Christians Find Themselves?
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Many Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump on November 8th, and he is now our President-elect.

Last October and November, I ran numerous articles about Trump and the other candidates. As I posted piece after piece, however, my heart continued to grow pained as I watched fellow ...

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Jan 13, 2017
politics, affordable care act, obamacare
Repealing Obamacare without a Replacement: How It May Hurt Small Church Pastors and Church Planters Near You
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It seems that President-elect Trump is moving full force toward a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), tweeting out that “The ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act will soon be history!”

The Problems of Obamacare

Admittedly, we would find few people who ...

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Jan 13, 2017
politics, election, worldview

Rebuilding Our Witness (Part 2): Developing an Understanding of the Connection of Love & Evangelism in Light of Our New Political Climate

A Christian worldview embraces two things: the Great Commandment and the Great Commission

In Part 1, I talked about why we are at a time when we need to step back and assess how we view the world and the lens we apply to all that we see and do. I talked about a Christian worldview that holds in one hand the Great Commandment and in the other the Great Commission. ...

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Jan 13, 2017
christian film

Christians in Film: Why I'm Going to See The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

Some thoughts on Christian movies... and some hope...
Christians in Film: Why I'm Going to See The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

It appears that churches making films is a thing now.

Christian Films

I’ve known the folks at Sherwood Pictures and have even endorsed some of their work. And Christian movies, in general, are increasingly a thing.

Sometimes that’s good, and sometimes that’s bad. ...

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Jan 12, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 6): What's Really Going On in the Book of Philippians, and What Can We Learn about God and Ourselves?

It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Theology for Life (Ep. 6): What's Really Going On in the Book of Philippians, and What Can We Learn about God and Ourselves?
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In this week's episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and I discuss Philippians 2 and the themes within: joy, unity, partnership, etc.

What does it mean to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling? What does it means that we participate in Christ’s suffering? ...

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