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May 2, 2017
evangelism, great commission

“Super Christians” Are Overrated

Somewhere along the line, many Christians have come to believe that it’s not their responsibility to tell others about Christ.
“Super Christians” Are Overrated
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I think there’s a misunderstanding out there that I’d like to confront.

The rationale behind this varies. Some think that it’s their pastor’s job to preach the gospel, not theirs. Others believe that proclaiming the hope of Christ is the domain of the ...

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May 1, 2017
backpack, children, hunger

Caring for Miami is the Miami-Dade Schools 2016-2017 District-Wide Exemplary Partner

Faith-based organization meets the physical needs of 1200 children each week.

Ed: What is the award, and who has won the award in the past?

Panos: On April 6, the Caring for Miami Backpack Program was honored with the District-Wide Exemplary Dade Partner Award for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Since its inception in 1978, Dade Partners has grown to ...

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Apr 30, 2017
missions, EMQ

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

TEAM missionaries research teamwork.

Do teams work? What does it take to develop and maintain a healthy team? Is it worth the effort? Does a healthy team really produce better results than a dysfunctional team?

Teamwork has been a popular concept in missions theory and practice for decades, but there is a persistent ...

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Apr 28, 2017
evangelism, failure, repentance

When Failure Isn't an Option: How to Press Forward in Sharing Jesus Even When We Stumble

Failure and repentance secure for us a more ample conception of the grace of God.
When Failure Isn't an Option: How to Press Forward in Sharing Jesus Even When We Stumble
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When I was in college, one of my InterVarsity leaders introduced me to the book Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders. Even though it was published in 1967, the guidance I found in those pages changed my life.

One summer break, when I was back home with my family, I found ...

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Apr 27, 2017
evangelism, orality, Gospel

Is Orality Really Effective in Sharing the Gospel?

o·ral·i·ty: the quality of being spoken or verbally communicated
Is Orality Really Effective in Sharing the Gospel?
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Increasing numbers of church and mission leaders are beginning to pay more attention to the orality movement that has emerged over the past 40 years. Some would say that the movement is one of the most significant breakthroughs that has taken place in the church/mission world ...

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Apr 26, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What Does Evangelism Look Like in Your Day-to-Day Life?

As you go, wherever you go, make disciples of all people.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What Does Evangelism Look Like in Your Day-to-Day Life?
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And the Lord added to their number …

What was behind the amazing growth of the Church in the Book of Acts? How did the Early Church grow—and grow so rapidly and with such diversity?

The 21st-century Body of Christ is exploding with evangelism-related resources. Christ-followers ...

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Apr 25, 2017
evangelism, imagination, Amplify

The "E" Word: Why Many Avoid It, and How We Can Reimagine It

Part One in a new series.
The "E" Word: Why Many Avoid It, and How We Can Reimagine It
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If we are honest, we must say that in many senses, we've lost our imagination, passion, and direction for evangelism. We need to put evangelism back into our imagination. To some, I may sound like a broken record (if you are old enough to remember records!). But I honestly ...

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Apr 24, 2017
church planting, contextualization

One-on-One with Dave Choi of Church of the Beloved in Chicago

Dave started the church in 2011 with no people, no resources, no building, nothing.
One-on-One with Dave Choi of Church of the Beloved in Chicago
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Ed: Dave, you came here and started Church of the Beloved in Chicago, but give me a little backstory. How did you come to start this church?

Dave: I was getting some offers from churches that were established with senior leaders who are highly respected and seasoned. I was really ...

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Apr 22, 2017
evangelism, conference, webinar

Cease Squirming and Know That I Am God: Why Don't We Share the Gospel?

We share the gospel because men and women need to know they are loved by God.
Cease Squirming and Know That I Am God: Why Don't We Share the Gospel?
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I’ve seen people squirm and fidget whenever the topic of evangelism is mentioned. Of course, the reasons vary from person to person.

Awkwardness

I wonder if some feel awkward engaging in an activity they’ve never, or seldom, done. They are awkward when it comes to ...

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Apr 21, 2017
Bill O'Reilly, Fox News

What Can the Church Learn about Sexual Harassment, Accusations, & Transparency from the Bill O'Reilly Debacle?

Powerful men, with organizations tending to cover things up, are a recipe for disaster.
What Can the Church Learn about Sexual Harassment, Accusations, & Transparency from the Bill O'Reilly Debacle?

The explosive controversy surrounding Bill O'Reilly has captured the attention of global news networks, and his sudden departure has sparked conversation about harassment, bullying, and organizational response. Wednesday night, I watched Fox News briefly mention O’Reilly ...

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Apr 20, 2017
ministry, success, leadership

Modeling the Ministry Success of Jesus

Why do we expect to be welcomed and cheered in our communities?
Modeling the Ministry Success of Jesus
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Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand ...
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Apr 19, 2017
evangelism, church planting, rural church
Rural Matters: Part of God's Plan to Transform Our Communities and Our World
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For many, particularly in the news media, Donald Trump has put a focus on rural America—specifically, white rural America. And, for many of us, our stereotypes prevail when we consider ‘rural America.’

Regardless, the fact is that we may be at a kairos moment ...

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Apr 18, 2017
evangelism, church planting, marathon

Stay the Course: Keeping a Church Evangelistically Focused after the Launch

Church planting is similar to running a marathon.
Stay the Course: Keeping a Church Evangelistically Focused after the Launch
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The marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger who was sent from the Battle of Marathon to Athens—26 miles away—to inform the Greeks that the Persians had been defeated. Legend has it that Pheidippides ran the entire 26 miles without stopping, ...

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Apr 17, 2017
evangelism, church planting, book

One-on-One with Peyton Jones on "Reaching the Unreached: Becoming Raiders of the Lost Art"

"I think that every believer has this hidden yet reluctant adventurer inside of them."
One-on-One with Peyton Jones on "Reaching the Unreached: Becoming Raiders of the Lost Art"
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I recently interviewed Peyton Jones about his new book, growing disciples, and seeing the potential in those around us. Peyton is the author of Reaching The Unreached: Becoming Raiders Of The Lost Art (Zondervan 2017), Regional Church Planter Training Catalyst for NAMB (Western ...

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Apr 16, 2017
missions, EMQ

Must-Haves for Innovation in Missions (Part Two)

Christian ministries are not insulated from the hyper-speed of change in the twenty-first century.

Read Must-Haves for Innovation in Missions, Part One (Pilot Projects; Rigorous, Honest Evaluation; The Role of the Champion).

Unexpected Benefits

Supporting a culture of innovation often leads to the discovery of benefits which were not in view when an experiment was initiated. ...

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