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Jul 4, 2017
rural church, small town

Ghost Towns and Small Towns: Church Planting in a Boom and Bust World

representing God in places that have been burned by short booms and long busts
Ghost Towns and Small Towns: Church Planting in a Boom and Bust World
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About 20 minutes from where I live, one can find the unfortunately named town of Pithole. At least one could have found the town had one been looking between January 1865 and August 1868. During these years, Pithole came to signify life in a boom and bust world.

After the first ...

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Jul 3, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 20)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 20)

Episode Twenty | Are You Seeking to be a Fisherman or a Shepherd?

Colleen Cooper, Development Coordinator at the Billy Graham Center, shares a personal example of working through conflict in order to bring deeper conversation and trust. Colleen reminds us that in evangelism, ...

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Jun 30, 2017
spiritual disciplines, discipleship

Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions

The root of being a disciple is discipline.
Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions
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The allure of a well-stocked buffet is that you can load up on the foods you love and avoid those you dislike. For most of us, this means plates over-laden with entrees and desserts and void of foods we find unpleasant. We don’t include foods we don’t like, such ...

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Jun 29, 2017

China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom

Two-thirds of Chinese Christians attend a house church.
China, House Churches, and the Growth of the Kingdom
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My host touched the ‘down’ button in the elevator of a high-rise apartment. Its door opened and we stepped out into underground parking. We maneuvered around cars and crates in the musty and dark basement. Then, to my surprise, I saw through a door a red cross with ...

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Jun 28, 2017
evangelism, church planting, church revitalization

How Do We Get at Effective Outreach?

As the mission field changes, churches will change.
How Do We Get at Effective Outreach?
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I frequently get asked about the future of outreach. Let me be honest, and perhaps you already know this: outreach will not get any easier.

Let me share at least three reasons why I believe this is the case.

First, our culture will continue to experience a decrease in nominal ...

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Jun 27, 2017
rural, midwest, church planting

Ruralology: All It Takes Is Sacrifice, Commitment, and a Desire to Be What God Made Us to Be

It doesn’t matter how grand your vision is if it doesn’t flow with the culture of your community.
Ruralology: All It Takes Is Sacrifice, Commitment, and a Desire to Be What God Made Us to Be
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I recently attended my high school class reunion. It was a backyard barbecue with a couple dozen in attendance. As I’m sure most reunions go, the time was spent reminiscing of the glory football days and Saturday night shenanigans. Not a lot has changed, but we are all ...

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Jun 26, 2017
character, leadership, accountability

Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term

D.L. Moody described character as “what you are in the dark.”
Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term
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It comes as no surprise to anyone when I say that pastoring is hard. Pastors bear the spiritual responsibility of a church. They grow it to sustainability, help it thrive, drive the vision, and care for the culture.

I recently wrote an article for Influence Magazine on “Leading ...

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Jun 25, 2017
evangelism, missions, partnership

Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

A good church-field partnership takes work and lots of communication.
Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

Read Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together, Part One (Case Study; The Cross-Cultural Worker’s Checklist).

The Church’s Checklist

1. Enlarge the church’s vision to include all nations. Initial steps might include a sermon ...

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Jun 23, 2017
Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Alt-Right
Here's a Resolution: Denominations Should Stop Shooting Themselves in the Foot

Dwight McKissic called the most recent SBC drama a “24-hour roller coaster ride.”

I called it shooting yourself in the foot. Again. Publicly.

What could have been a Tuesday condemnation of racism became a Wednesday mea culpa.

So, what really happened on Tuesday when ...

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Jun 22, 2017
evangelism, humility, intentionality, authenticity

Why Each Day Matters: What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life & Gospel Opportunities

How are we using our days to point people to Jesus?
Why Each Day Matters: What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life & Gospel Opportunities
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In one of his landmark essays, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “The years teach much which the days never know.” The first time I read these words, I fell in love with them, but I wasn’t sure why.

And then I had children. I have a 3 and a 5-year-old. My 5-year-old ...

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Jun 21, 2017
leadership

Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry

Healthy leaders make for healthy organizations.
Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry
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1. Value People More Than Tasks

This first leadership axiom is one that I will occasionally just put on a post-it note on the top of my computer. Slow down and see people. Because I'm such a driven leader, I can be task before people by nature. I am sure there are others ...

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Jun 20, 2017
church planting, evangelism, Jesus People, Vineyard

A Brief History of Recent Movements

7 constants representing 2 commitments
A Brief History of Recent Movements
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Let’s go on a short journey exploring the recent history of significant movements that have shaped what we’re seeing in the West today.

This history is important to digest as we look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead—with God! Less than 50 years ago, ...

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Jun 19, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 19)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 19)

Episode Nineteen | Developing a Spirit of Acceptance When We Reach Out to the Unchurched

Rick Richardson, Professor at Wheaton College and head of academic programs and research at the Billy Graham Center, shares a story of a recent evangelism encounter. Rick explains that once ...

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Jun 19, 2017
mentor, accountability, confession

Saving Your Ministry Before You Lose It

A wise leader does not wait for God to send a messenger to uncover his or her sin.
Saving Your Ministry Before You Lose It
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He spoke only a few words and I knew something was wrong…desperately wrong. When my phone rang and I saw who it was, I was happy. Ken (not his real name) was a faithful friend and pastor of a local church in our community. I had known him for about a decade and I respected ...

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Jun 18, 2017
evangelism, missions, partnership

Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

A good church-field partnership takes work and lots of communication.
Effective Partnering: The Church and Cross-Cultural Worker On-Task Together

Everyone agrees that we must work together to accomplish the task of Matthew 28:19-20 so that we may move closer to the end goal found in Matthew 24:14. Furthermore, we all know God did not give this task solely to missionaries or pastors.

In this post-modern world, many in the ...

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