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Mar 22, 2017
evangelism, eternity, death, heaven, hell

Sharing the Gospel with People Who Aren’t Thinking about Death or Eternity

How do we witness to people who don’t think about heaven and aren’t fearful of hell?
Sharing the Gospel with People Who Aren’t Thinking about Death or Eternity
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“That could’ve been me.”

We hate to be selfish and think about ourselves at a time like this, but we can’t help it when someone we know who is close to our own age dies. Death is unavoidable, and when it hits close to home, we can’t help but briefly ...

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Mar 21, 2017
church planting

Church-Planting Shifts, Part Three: Preparing Our People for Witness

How do we prepare the mission force for the mission field?

Read Part One, The Launch, and Part Two, From Nominal to Secular.

In the past few weeks, I have talked about some recent church-planting shifts that I have noticed, both through the lens of research and some though anecdotal observations.

The world today is still reasonably familiar ...

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Mar 20, 2017
evangelism, encouragement

30 Day Infusions to Be Better Followers of Christ

30 days and four essential practices
30 Day Infusions to Be Better Followers of Christ
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I have said it many times, “The local church can be like a black hole!” Don’t get me wrong. I love the local church, I am a pastor, and I believe that God’s people (both gathered and scattered) are the best hope for the gospel to impact lives and communities. ...

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Mar 19, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Hermeneutics for Healthy Churches, Part Two

Training in biblical interpretation should be an integral part of every missions strategy.

Read Hermeneutics for Healthy Churches, Part One.

FOURTH, training prepares missionaries for future service. While planting healthy churches among the target group is certainly the short-term goal of the missionary, the long-term goal is seeing those newly-planted churches send ...

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Mar 18, 2017
research, worship, music

The Diffusion and Influence of Contemporary Worship

How does worship music style relate to congregational growth?
The Diffusion and Influence of Contemporary Worship
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In the past half century, perhaps no other Christian ministry innovation has been more influential and polarizing than contemporary worship. It has been maligned, celebrated, blamed for church splits (especially during the “worship wars” of the 1990s), credited for ...

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Mar 16, 2017
evangelism, secularism

Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends

Many have never been given a single reason as to why God is relevant to their lives.
Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends
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Man has, in Aldous Huxley‘s phrase, “an infinite appetite for distraction.” Thus, our pastimes have evolved into weapons of mass distraction: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, YouTube, and on and on. Pascal told us “that the ...

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Mar 15, 2017
art, free speech, award show

Shut Up and Dance! The Intersection of Freedom, Art, and Gospel Expression

Artist and evangelist believes all art carries a message.
Shut Up and Dance! The Intersection of Freedom, Art, and Gospel Expression
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I usually don’t watch award shows—three hours of celebrities patting each other on the back just isn't my thing. But a recurring subplot has made them more intriguing. In our divided times, these shows have served as a soapbox for actors and musicians to express ...

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Mar 14, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 15): Christianity in American History: Why Accuracy Matters

Dr. Tracy McKenzie is Chair of the History Department at Wheaton College.
Theology for Life (Ep. 15): Christianity in American History: Why Accuracy Matters
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In this episode of Theology for Life, Ed, Lynn, and guest Tracy McKenzie look at American history and the role of Christianity in the founding of the country. Who were the founders, and where were they at with their beliefs in God? And does America have a special covenant with ...

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Mar 14, 2017
church planting

Church-Planting Shifts, Part Two: From Nominal to Secular

Secularism is replacing nominalism as the religion of the people.
Church-Planting Shifts, Part Two: From Nominal to Secular
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In Part One of our series on subtle, yet important church-planting shifts, we dealt with the changing face of the church launch. As I mentioned, this includes a downscaling of the traditional launch mode to build up more core elements that will allow the church to go the long ...

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Mar 13, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 5)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 5)

Episode Five | In What Specific Ways Can the Good News Be Good News?

Michael Hakmin Lee, research fellow at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, shares how the gospel can actually be good news in a world that is broken and hurting. Michael asks practical questions and asks ...

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Mar 13, 2017
preaching, teaching, Bible

What is Biblical Preaching? Exegesis vs Exposition

Executive Editor of Preaching magazine contributes to an ongoing series
What is Biblical Preaching? Exegesis vs Exposition
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Most pastors would like to think of themselves as “biblical” preachers. We love God’s Word and recognize its authority; it’s the rare preacher who fails to acknowledge that scripture should play a prominent role in our proclamation. But what do we mean ...

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Mar 12, 2017
missions, EMQ

Missions Sunday: Hermeneutics for Healthy Churches, Part One

Training in biblical interpretation should be an integral part of every missions strategy.

On a dirt road somewhere in the Middle East, a missionary walks alone. As he walks, he wonders what work God might be leading him to do that day. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a man appears on the horizon. He approaches the man and notices he is intently reading some document. ...

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Mar 10, 2017
hero, art, faith, missions

Lessons from a Hero: What Lilias Trotter Can Teach Us Today

19th century artist chose ministry over fame.

Marvel Comics created a number of superheroes beginning in 1939, which continue to be popular today. You can find superhero movies, toys, clothes, shoes, watches, and electronic games, just to name a few. Each of these superheroes has special powers that allow them to overcome ...

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Mar 9, 2017
evangelism, welcome, neighbor

Making Connections with Scattered People

How can we reach the immigrants in our community?
Making Connections with Scattered People
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I regularly frequent the coffee shop in my neighbourhood. True, I can have a cup of coffee at home. Why then do I head out to the coffee shop on a near daily basis?

The neighbourhood cafe is a place of connection. It is a communal place where people pause from their busy days ...

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Mar 8, 2017
interview, new book, evangelism

(Im)Possible: One-on-One with Lon Allison about His New Book on Evangelism

Chicagoland pastor encourages believers to Prayer-Care-Share.
(Im)Possible: One-on-One with Lon Allison about His New Book on Evangelism
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Ed: Lon, why did you write (Im)Possible?

Lon: I wanted all God’s people to know that they can share their faith as a way of life and enjoy it! It doesn’t have to be a ‘must do,’ but can become a ‘want to.’ The truth is, we were made for this. ...

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