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Apr 9, 2017
missions, EMQ

Must-Haves for Innovation in Missions (Part One)

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

Knowledge and information are growing at rates never before seen in history (The Technium, 2008). This explosion of information, and the attendant introduction of new technologies driven by it, has led to a breakneck pace of change in the world around us. Even those of us involved ...

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Apr 6, 2017
evangelism, lecture approach, influential question approach

Following Jesus: The Master of the Question

Q Place founder encourages believers to ask more questions.
Following Jesus: The Master of the Question
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A few years ago I found some relevant wisdom on evangelism and spiritual transformation in an unlikely place: Forbes Magazine. The article was entitled “The 3 Most Powerful Ways to Change People Who Don’t Want to Change,” by therapist and life coach Kathy Caprino. ...

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Apr 5, 2017
church, community, spiritual, social, cultural

City Reaching: A Conversation with Three Leaders about a Gospel Movement in South Florida

Church United is a partnership of local churches across denominations joining together to transform South Florida.
City Reaching: A Conversation with Three Leaders about a Gospel Movement in South Florida
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Ed: Why are you interested in city-reaching movements?

Rob Hoskins: Serving the Global Church through OneHope, I've seen that there's a natural growth and traction around local missiology. How we reach our city is cropping up all over the world. With globalization, localization ...

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Apr 4, 2017
theology, podcast

Augustine Today: Why He’s Still Relevant

Dr. Lee is Senior Fellow at the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies.
Augustine Today: Why He’s Still Relevant
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In this edition of Theology for Life, Ed, Lynn, and Greg Lee discuss why St. Augustine is important to theology today, especially as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

What issues did Augustine face as a Bishop in North Africa? Church unity was ...

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Apr 4, 2017
evangelism, leadership, graduate program, propel, women
One-on-One with Christine Caine about Her New Partnership with the Wheaton College Evangelism and Leadership Graduate Program

Ed: Christine, we are thrilled that you are going to begin our Evangelism and Leadership Graduate School Program this summer and that you would like other Propel women to join you. Personally, why did you decide to enroll in our program?

Christine: For many years, I've wanted ...

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Apr 3, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 8)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 8)

Episode Eight | What Does It Mean That We Don’t Take God to Anyone?

Jerry Root, Wheaton College Evangelism Professor and Director of the Evangelism Initiative at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, reminds us that God is always going before us in our gospel efforts. ...

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Apr 3, 2017
protestant, martin luther, 95 theses, 500 years

Protestantism after 500 Years

By 2040, half of all Protestants will live in Africa.
Protestantism after 500 Years
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I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the Scandinavian Lutheran tradition on a steady diet of hot dish, sola fides, and Davey and Goliath TV episodes. From my Lake Wobegon perspective, the Protestant world did not extend much beyond Iowa. Today, I am on sabbatical in Chiang ...

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Mar 31, 2017
leadership, credibility

3 Keys to Protecting Your Leadership Credibility

Steward the influence God has given you.
3 Keys to Protecting Your Leadership Credibility
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This article originally appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Outreach Magazine.

If you are reading Outreach magazine, then you likely have a leadership position of some kind, either as a senior leader or as a lay leader. And those under you likely have leadership responsibilities; ...

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Mar 29, 2017
tragedy, listening well, Job

Listen More, Speak Less to Help After Tragedies Like the Deadly Texas Church Bus Accident

Listening will speak more deeply to survivors than any words you might say.
Listen More, Speak Less to Help After Tragedies Like the Deadly Texas Church Bus Accident
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We live in a world where tragedies come—and come far too often. The world is broken, and tragic moments remind us of that reality. However, it’s unusual to know someone who is on the front page of the news for such tragedy.

But that’s the case right now. A few ...

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Mar 29, 2017
integrity, accountability

The Integrity Challenge

Organizations that name the name of Christ must communicate truth consistently.
The Integrity Challenge
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Every Christian with a heart to please Christ faces a daily challenge to maintain and even grow in integrity—to be as good on the inside as we may seem to others on the outside. The measure of character, as has been wisely observed, is what we do and think when nobody ...

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Mar 28, 2017
theology, podcast

What's Love Got to Do with It? Love, Marriage, and the Gospel

Dr. David Van Dyke joins Drs Cohick and Stetzer for the latest Theology for Life podcast.
What's Love Got to Do with It? Love, Marriage, and the Gospel
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What is love, and how is it reflected in our lives? How do we have a love stance that is based in action instead of emotion? What is our culture teaching our kids today about love and objectification?

What about marriage and the role of love? According to Van Dyke, love is connected ...

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Mar 28, 2017
church planting

Church-Planting Shifts, Part Four: Supporting Planters

Church planting may require supporting church planters, not church plants.
Church-Planting Shifts, Part Four: Supporting Planters
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Read Part One, The Launch, Part Two, From Nominal to Secular, and Part Three, Preparing Our People for Witness.

As I have discussed in this series on church-planting shifts, we must acknowledge that Christianity in the West will be competing more with a secular worldview than ...

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Mar 27, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 7)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 7)

Episode Seven | What Would It Mean for Us to Humanize Each Person We Meet?

Laurie Nichols, Director of Communications at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, talks about what it would look like for our gospel witness if we started to see each person we meet as different and ...

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Mar 27, 2017
chicagoland, church planting, alliance

Launch of the Chicagoland Church Planting Alliance

The Moody Church hosted the inaugural meeting.
Launch of the Chicagoland Church Planting Alliance

Church planting can be hard, lonely work. Church planters often plod along, encouraging their flock without a peer network with which to share triumphs and frustrations.

As discussed here on The Exchange, one of the key issues facing church planters is maintaining spiritual, ...

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Mar 26, 2017
missions, EMQ

The LAUNCH Survey: Helpful and Hindering Factors for Launching into Long-Term Missions

Sending agency surveyed 299 long-term missionaries.

A few years ago the founder of our training program said, “We have a lot of people who come to us with a desire to serve God internationally, but not all end up overseas. How can we help people get to the mission field? What things are helpful? What things hinder? How ...

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