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Sep 22, 2017
leadership, instinct, experience, tools

Leadership Is Not About You

Leadership means hard work and service.
Leadership Is Not About You
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Leadership is not about you.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that leadership is not for you—leadership is something you can learn and excel at. But no matter how many theories you study or how many clubs you led in high school, if your leadership is about ...

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Sep 21, 2017
religion, religious, liminal, none

20% of Americans Are on the Threshold of Religion

New research on American religion.
20% of Americans Are on the Threshold of Religion
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An important trend in American religion has been the rise of the religious nones. A religious none is someone who has no religious affiliation. They are given this name because when researchers survey them as to which religious faith they affiliate with, they check the box “none.” ...

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Sep 20, 2017
leadership, instinct, experience, tools

Can Leadership Be Learned?

You do not have to be a natural-born leader to become a great leader.
Can Leadership Be Learned?
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Is leadership something we’re born with, or is it something we learn?

Yes. Both-and.

Some people seem to be born with leadership skills. These people may be more charismatic, sometimes more extraverted, more affirming. Maybe he or she was president of their class and captain ...

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Sep 19, 2017
small town, rural matters, church planting

Go Where The Humans Are: What One Movement’s Small Town Task Force Has Learned So Far

If there are humans in small towns, then they need churches.
Go Where The Humans Are: What One Movement’s Small Town Task Force Has Learned So Far
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“Is Vineyard committed to planting churches in small town America?” Five years later, I still can’t believe I asked the question. It was directed to Michael Gatlin, national coordinator of Multiply Vineyard, Vineyard’s church planting arm. The occasion ...

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Sep 18, 2017
evangelism, podcast

When Disasters Bring Out the Best in Our Gospel Witness

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
When Disasters Bring Out the Best in Our Gospel Witness

Episode 32: When Disasters Bring Out the Best in Our Gospel Witness

Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center, talks about the role of people of faith during times of natural disasters. In this moment of need, we can speak into their hurts and lend a helping hand. ...

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Sep 18, 2017
graduate school, masters degree, humanitarian, disaster relief

One-on-One with Jamie Aten on the New MA in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership Program at Wheaton College

New master's degree seeks to prepare the next generation of humanitarian and disaster professionals.

After much planning and preparation, Wheaton College has just launched the first-of-its-kind MA in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership Program. I recently chatted with Dr. Jamie Aten, founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, about the program. ...

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Sep 17, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part Two)

Soul Care is a lifestyle of regular, ongoing, non-crisis activity that promotes growth and development of the whole person into maturity.
Missions Sunday: Enhancing Character Development through Soul Care (Part Two)

Read Part One (The Importance of Character and Character Development; Understanding Soul Care; Setting the Scene for Soul Care—What Leadership Must Think About).

Three Approaches to Building a Soul Care Movement

The end goal of establishing a Soul Care movement is to shape ...

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Sep 16, 2017

No, the World Won't End Next Week and There's No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist

If we start speaking up about bad "Christian" reporting, maybe people will do it less.
No, the World Won't End Next Week and There's No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist
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Again, we must deal with fake news. I’ve written on this numerous times before here and here and, undoubtedly, this won’t be the last time.

In this case, it’s making Christians look silly.

Again.

But there it is on the front page of Fox News, “Christian ...

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Sep 15, 2017
Kaine, Clinton, Republican, Democrat, Abortion, Healthcare

Kaine Is Simply Not Able to Speak Up Rightly for the "Least of These"

The "least of these" includes the unborn.
Kaine Is Simply Not Able to Speak Up Rightly for the "Least of These"
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In a recent Christianity Today article, Virginia senator and former Democratic VP candidate Tim Kaine eloquently appealed to Christians to take seriously the biblical imperative to care for “the least of these” out of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25.

I agree.

According ...

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Sep 14, 2017
pastor, ministry, leadership, accountability

David Platt to Be a Teaching Pastor—Is it a Bridge Too Far for the IMB President?

International Mission Board president to become McLean Bible teaching pastor.
David Platt to Be a Teaching Pastor—Is it a Bridge Too Far for the IMB President?

Harry Ironside, the pastor of Moody Church, was also the president of the African Inland Mission. People at Moody Church tell me that he rode the train in and out of Chicago, spending most of his time focused on the Africa Inland Mission, speaking all week.

The Ironside years ...

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Sep 14, 2017
president, politician, evangelism

John Adams’ Words 240 Years Later: A Faith Filter for the Church Today

The role of the “great Politician” can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ.
John Adams’ Words 240 Years Later: A Faith Filter for the Church Today
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“It is the Part of a great Politician to make the Character of his People; to extinguish among them, the Follies and Vices that he sees, and to create in them the Virtues and Abilities which he sees wanting. I wish I was sure that America has one such Politician, but I ...

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Sep 13, 2017
camp, self-esteem, confidence, discipleship

Why Girls Need Camp

Christian camp can be a powerful, confidence-building experience for girls.
Why Girls Need Camp

Over Labor Day weekend, I was in Miami with my youngest daughter. She keeps in touch with a number of friends she met at a camp she attended, so we met some for lunch.

My daughter and I talked a bit in the car about why she loves camp, and it inspired me to write a bit on the ...

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Sep 12, 2017
evangelical, charismatic, spiritual gift

The Fallacy of Spiritual Gifts

God uses weak people.
The Fallacy of Spiritual Gifts
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Brett and Noelle are busy penciling in 200 dots in the spiritual gifts inventory they’ve been given by their local church. Nervously concentrating, Brett and Noelle work their way to question 200, hand in their sheets, and anxiously wait until next Sunday to discover their ...

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Sep 11, 2017
theology, podcast

Disasters and the Christian Faith (Theology for Life)

Dr. Jamie Aten directs the Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College.
Disasters and the Christian Faith (Theology for Life)

Episode 32: Disasters and the Christian Faith

In this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and Ed talk with Dr. Jamie Aten about how we face personal disaster and crisis. Aten talks about his own journey with a cancer diagnosis. What do we learn about God during these times, and ...

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Sep 11, 2017
Billy Graham, Montreat, North Carolina, The Cove

My Visit to Montreat

I spent a day at the home of the Rev. Billy Graham.
My Visit to Montreat

Recently, I was in Montreat, North Carolina, at the home of Billy Graham.

As the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, this was a tremendous privilege for me. As I think about it, virtually all of the ministries that I am engaged in are in some way ...

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