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Nov 19, 2017
african, diaspora, study Bible

The African Diaspora (Part 2): What We Can Learn and Biblical Principles

Immigrants can bless their home countries and their host countries
The African Diaspora (Part 2): What We Can Learn and Biblical Principles
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In Part 1, we looked at the African diaspora and four biblical figures from which we can learn. Today, we seek to apply some biblical principles to the reality of the diaspora today.

Stay Close to God

Although Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and Nehemiah were far from their homeland, ...

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Nov 18, 2017
sudan, muslim, christian, civil war

Is There Hope for South Sudan?

The fields of South Sudan could feed the whole continent.
South Sudan: Famine, War, and Hope

Three years ago, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flew us from Uganda onto a dirt landing strip in Yei South Sudan, a wind-blown village bravely holding onto life. For four days, with 90 chiefs, elders, and government ministers, we endeavored to broker a peace. These weren’t ...

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Nov 17, 2017
theology, podcast

Politics & Religion: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Dr. Amy Black is Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College.
Politics & Religion: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Politics & Religion: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

In this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and Ed talk with Dr. Amy Black about political civility and religion and her book Honoring God in Red or Blue. Is it too late to have humility, grace, and reason as we engage ...

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Nov 17, 2017
evangelism, questions

How to Help Someone Make the Best Decision of His or Her Life

All Christians are called to share their faith.

Most Christians are not preachers or teachers, and fewer still are evangelists, but all Christians are called to proclaim, to instruct, and to share their faith.

In Ephesians 4, we learn that the Holy Spirit gives preachers, teachers, and evangelists as a gift to the Church. ...

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Nov 16, 2017
moody radio, guest host

Equipped with Chris Brooks on Moody Radio

I had another opportunity to guest host on Moody Radio.
Equipped with Chris Brooks on Moody Radio

Last week I had the privilege of once again guest hosting on Moody Radio. I sat in for “Equipped with Chris Brooks,” which airs Monday - Friday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm Central.

On Monday, November 6, my guest was Dr. Jamie Aten, founder and director of Wheaton College’s ...

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Nov 16, 2017
assimilation, membership

Assimilation & Our Churches: Do We Do It Well?

Collect, Connect, Convene

For those in church leadership, the issue of assimilation typically comes with questions of effectiveness and strategy. Truth be told, there is no one-size-fits-all plan for assimilation in every church.

That said, let me share a few of my thoughts. I’ll start with an analogy ...

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Nov 15, 2017
roy moore, evangelical, senate, election, accusation

Your Disgust for Roy Moore’s Evangelicals May Say More about You than the Actual Data

Occam's razor, hermeneutics, and what the research really says
Your Disgust for Roy Moore’s Evangelicals May Say More about You than the Actual Data
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The accusations against Roy Moore are credible and Moore should step down. If he continues to maintain his innocence, he should still step down so he can fight to clear his name, for the good of his state, for the success of his party, and to end the embarrassment he is causing ...

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Nov 14, 2017
church planting, discipleship, evangelism, multiplication

Will We See a Church Planting Movement in North America?

How can church leaders prepare themselves and their churches?

The rise of church planting fervor within many streams of evangelicalism leads us to a question: Is it possible that we will see a church planting movement in North America? We read Luke’s account of the spread of the church in the Book of Acts and dream of being a part ...

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Nov 13, 2017
balance, yes, no, schedule

How to Be Busy but in Balance

Work is good; too much good can be bad.

You know that famous saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun?” Well, in my experience, that’s just not the case. Time flies regardless of whether I am enjoying myself or not. Finding a way to accomplish every line item on my to-do list and trying to ...

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Nov 12, 2017
african, diaspora, study Bible

The African Diaspora (Part 1): A Brief History and Lessons

Immigrant lessons from Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and Nehemiah
The African Diaspora (Part 1): A Brief History and Lessons
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We live in a world where emigration is an option for many people. For some, persecution or famine in their own country causes them to flee their homeland. Many of us know people who have felt forced to emigrate. For others, the promise of a better life for their family is hard ...

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Nov 10, 2017
evangelical, gospel, culture

Are Evangelicals Losing the Gospel in Our Day?

The Gospel itself never changes; the way we share the Gospel must.

When preaching the gospel, many preachers today are talking less about forgiveness and getting to heaven and more about bringing God’s kingdom to earth and changing and healing the world in the here and now.

Is this a good thing?

No and yes. Let me explain.

The gospel is ...

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Nov 9, 2017
Roy Moore, accusation, Joseph, Mary

No, Christians Don't Use Joseph and Mary to Explain Child Molesting Accusations

Doing so is ridiculous and blasphemous.
No, Christians Don't Use Joseph and Mary to Explain Child Molesting Accusations
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There are times when Christians bow our heads in prayer and lament. When we see unbelievable tragedy and suffering, we find ourselves asking how much longer God will wait. This past week, I found myself calling out to God in this respect in the wake of the Texas church shooting, ...

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Nov 9, 2017
parent, adoption, biracial

I’m a White Mom of Beautiful ‘Colored’ Boys

As a bi-racial family, how should we raise our children?
I’m a White Mom of Beautiful ‘Colored’ Boys
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I’m white. My son is black.

More accurately, my first born is an olive-toned Native American, and my youngest is black. I’m Slovenian and my husband is Irish. We are both olive. Until our second son was born—the black son—no one ever saw our family as ...

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Nov 9, 2017
interview, new book, martyr

One-on-One with Johnnie Moore (Part 2): Politics & The Christian Faith

Other faiths have equal concerns for religious liberty and human rights
One-on-One with Johnnie Moore (Part 2): Politics & The Christian Faith
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Ed: In the last year you’ve been thrust into the public square in a new way, especially as it relates to Donald Trump. From tweeting a viral photo of Christians laying hands on the president to pray for him to your role as an ad hoc spokesperson for the so-called Evangelical ...

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Nov 8, 2017
shooting, church, texas, rural

Church Security: How Do We Keep Our Churches Safe in a World Where Evil Is Present?

As we think through how to keep our people safe, we remember that our hope is secure in God.

The shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs continues to shock the nation. As stories of the victims begin to filter out into the news, our heartbreak is compounded by the contrast between their faith and the violence, hate, and cowardice of the act.

In my article ...

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