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April 2017

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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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Apr 14, 2017
Easter, evangelism, CNN

Why We Should Be Inviting Our Non-Christian Friends and Neighbors to Church at Easter, My Article at CNN (and a Bit More)

More people are open to Gospel conversations that you might think.
Why We Should Be Inviting Our Non-Christian Friends and Neighbors to Church at Easter, My Article at CNN (and a Bit More)
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It’s Easter season, and perhaps you’ve already begun inviting your neighbors to attend church with you on April 16.

I’ve asked Moody Church to join me in being “faithful for four,” to find four people to pray for an invite to Easter services. Actually, ...

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Apr 13, 2017
evangelical, orthodox, catholic, theology

Hank Hanegraaff’s Switch to Eastern Orthodoxy, Why People Make Such Changes, and Four Ways Evangelicals Might Respond

Let’s follow Jesus, keep sharing the simple gospel, focus on the Bible, and think like missionaries in order to translate that truth to our modern context.
Hank Hanegraaff’s Switch to Eastern Orthodoxy, Why People Make Such Changes, and Four Ways Evangelicals Might Respond

This past Sunday, the “Bible Answer Man” Hank Hanegraaff was welcomed into the Greek Orthodox Church. For a man who has built a valuable ministry on clear answers, this has sparked some questions within the evangelical community.

Now, I don’t know Hanegraaff, ...

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Apr 12, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology in the Book of Hebrews

Dr. Peeler is Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College.
Theology in the Book of Hebrews

On this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn, Ed, and guest Amy Peeler discuss the Book of Hebrews, including authorship and theme.

What are some of the key passages of Father and Son in Hebrews, and how is that a prominent theme in the book? According to Peeler, it is telling ...

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Apr 11, 2017
church planting, contextualization

3 Martian Tips for Contextualization

Lessons from the NASA team who manages the Mars rover.
3 Martian Tips for Contextualization
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What time is it on Mars?

I was obsessed with space as a child. In fact, I still have my old books about space, and now my children are reading them! I can assure you that it was their decision, not mine. Going along the theme of loving space, I was naturally into Star Wars, but ...

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Apr 10, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 9)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 9)

Episode Nine | When Tough Questions Are Really Trust Questions

Rick Richardson, Wheaton College Professor and Director of the Church Evangelism Initiative at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, explains that often when people ask us tough questions about faith there is emotion ...

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Apr 10, 2017

Focus and Faithfulness

Fueling gospel and organizational momentum
Focus and Faithfulness
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When we talk about evangelism we tend to use words like “share” and “spread” and even “explosion.” It’s no coincidence that all of these words suggest momentum. The gospel always moves with a sense of excitement, as people who have seen ...

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Apr 7, 2017
webinar, evangelism

Why Has Evangelism Fallen On Hard Times?

Join Drs Richardson and Stetzer for the Billy Graham Center's first webinar.
Why Has Evangelism Fallen On Hard Times?

You know, the more I talk with pastors and leaders, the more I continue to see the need for evangelism resources to equip all levels of the Church—from senior pastors through lay Christians. Evangelism is a funny little word which captures the heart of what Jesus has commanded ...

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Apr 7, 2017
evangelism, questions

When Questions Reflect Issues of the Heart: A New Evangelism for a New Day

The questions have changed, but the needs are the same.
When Questions Reflect Issues of the Heart: A New Evangelism for a New Day
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I had visited my local neighborhood Einstein Bagels many times, but I’ll never forget the day I ordered a Chocolate Macadamia Nut coffee with my new friend Sam pacing right behind me. For some time now, I had been intentionally getting to know Sam, one of the employees ...

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