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Aug 6, 2017
refugee, immigrant, outsider, hospitality

Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part Two)

A biblical view of hospitality can offer a corrective to the current view of refugees.
Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part Two)

Read The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims, Part One (The Calling of Levi: Jesus Invites the Marginalized; Levi’s Feast: The Challenge of Hospitality to the Marginalized; Jesus Reveals His Motive; Jesus and the Samaritans: Enemies ...

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Aug 4, 2017
pride, fear, insecurity, love

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

Receive the love of God so freely given.
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

The Bible is clear: we all need the gospel. For instance, have you ever noticed that virtually everyone in scripture could have been introduced in some kind of recovery group? Imagine it:

“Hi. My name is Noah and I am a drunk.”

“Hi. My name is Abraham. I am a ...

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Aug 3, 2017
millenial

A Millennial Anomaly? Why I’m Still In Church

Just because Millennials aren’t at your church doesn’t mean they’ve forsaken church.
A Millennial Anomaly? Why I’m Still In Church
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Hi, I’m Emily, and I’m an anomaly. (Hiiii, Emily.) I’m a Millennial who’s staying in church. I understood (and believed) the gospel when I was just 4, and I’ve been going to church ever since. Sure, I’ve thought about leaving more than once. ...

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Aug 2, 2017
religious, spiritual, none

How We Lead in Times of Cultural Shift

In many ways, we have lost our home field advantage.
How We Lead in Times of Cultural Shift
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It’s pretty obvious the English-speaking Western world is rapidly changing in regards to faith. The culture is moving in secular and pluralist directions, and away from a more Judeo-Christian influence. As a result, Christians need to re-learn how to lead effectively in ...

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Aug 1, 2017
pastor, teacher, coach

Types of Interim Pastors: An Overview

Some ways churches engage interim pastors
Types of Interim Pastors: An Overview
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For the past year I have had the privilege of serving as interim teaching pastor at Moody Church in Chicago. It’s been a fascinating experience and I am continually amazed at the people there and the legacy of the church. But having worked as a pastor in different contexts ...

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Jul 31, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 24)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 24)

Episode Twenty-Four | Where Are You Opening Your Umbrella?

Christina Walker, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Billy Graham Center, talks about what she recently learned from a cohort of pastors from Every Nation. One story in particular stuck out; it was about a ...

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Jul 31, 2017
evangelism, interview

One-on-One with Randy Frazee about Pastoring and a New Initiative Focused on City Reaching

Become an advocate for people in your city who don't have hope.
One-on-One with Randy Frazee about Pastoring and a New Initiative Focused on City Reaching

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Randy Frazee. Randy is the founder of a new work based out of San Antonio, Texas called Hope4RCity.

Ed: You grew a church from 4,000 people to over 10,000. But you've left to focus on city reaching movements. Why did you make this ...

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Jul 30, 2017
refugee, immigrant, outsider, hospitality

Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part One)

A biblical view of hospitality can offer a corrective to the current view of refugees.
Missions Sunday: The Missing Key to the Refugee Crisis: Christian Hospitality towards Muslims (Part One)

We live in a rapidly changing world in which massive amounts of people move from one place to the next. Many people who have come from other places live on the margins of society as socially excluded international refugees or immigrants.

One out of every 122 people worldwide ...

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Jul 28, 2017
evangelism, parenting
Dealing with Rejection: How to Move Past the "No, Thanks" to Continue Sharing the Gospel
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I was recently on a long car ride with my husband and two kids from Illinois to the northern woods of Minnesota. Anyone who has traveled that kind of distance with younger children before knows it can be rather challenging to find fun ways to break up the ride, without extending ...

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Jul 27, 2017
church planting

The Value of Church Planter Assessment and Boot Camps

We identified seven challenges faced by most church planters.
The Value of Church Planter Assessment and Boot Camps
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Planting a church is hard enough. It is more difficult when the planter doesn’t have solid support and resources. And we’re not talking about money here. Church planter development is a crucial element to giving new churches a real chance to succeed.

I’m a big ...

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Jul 26, 2017
republican, democrat, election, evangelicls

Politics, Elections, and Christians: Reconciling the Church after the Great Divide of 2016

Have you allowed election speech to replace the speech of the 'elect'?
Politics, Elections, and Christians: Reconciling the Church after the Great Divide of 2016
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The 2016 American presidential election divided the nation and many churches in a way that is unprecedented. It may seem like a long time ago, but the effects linger, often continuing to cause deeper wounds than we know.

The nation, it appears, is becoming more divided right ...

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Jul 24, 2017
book, interview

One-on-One with Clayton King about Overcoming the Lies Christians Face

God loves us and is not trying to get even with us.

Ed: First of all, what are the lies that hold us down that need to be replaced that you talk about in your latest book?

Clayton: My attempt in this book was to identify the ten most common lies that people predominantly believe. Sometimes we hear these voices. I use the illustration ...

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Jul 23, 2017
missions, EMQ

Cultural Self-Awareness: A Missing Element in Intercultural Service?

Professor uses Dr. Seuss as a case study.
Cultural Self-Awareness: A Missing Element in Intercultural Service?

There are a lot of books and articles that help prepare God’s people for working in other cultures. Most of the material provides insights into cultural difference and for understanding how to adapt to, interact with, and share the gospel with those from another culture. ...

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Jul 21, 2017
rural church, small town, church planting

Rural Matters: Placing Rural Church Planting Back on the Map

Small town pastors are doing big things for God’s Kingdom.
Rural Matters: Placing Rural Church Planting Back on the Map
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I recently introduced my daughter to the 2006 Pixar movie Cars. Sorry, if I’m ruining the movie for anyone, but it has been out since 2006, so tough. The movie follows a race car named Lightning McQueen who ends up stranded in a small town off Route 66 called Radiator ...

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Jul 20, 2017
rural church, small town

A Kairos Moment for Small Town America

Over 30 million people still live in rural areas.
A Kairos Moment for Small Town America
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When is time more than just seconds and minutes stuck end-to-end? If you’ve been around the Church for a while, you probably know the answer. As the Greeks and the authors of the Greek New Testament knew, there is time (chronos), and then there is time (kairos). The first ...

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