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May 17, 2017
Rural Church, church planting, Amplify

Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting

If millions of Americans still lived in rural areas, surely God cared about them too.
Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting
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We’ve all heard it: “Go big or go home.” It’s the phrase we used in high school after we succeeded in eating 66 chicken wings—one hugely important wing more than our best friend. It’s the phrase we used in college to commemorate basically ...

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May 16, 2017
evangelism, church planting, gospel saturation

What is Christ Together Network and How Does It Work to Saturate a City?

The Directional Team of Christ Together Network talks "God's Gospel Saturation."
What is Christ Together Network and How Does It Work to Saturate a City?

Ed: Scott, what is Christ Together? What are you trying to accomplish?

Scott Chapman: Christ Together is a network of local churches that band together to reach every man, woman, and child in their city with the Gospel. The idea is that when the churches of a particular area ...

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May 15, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

Evangelism is a Four Letter Word

Evangelism isn’t what it used to be and is uncertain of what it should be.

I get it. Culture is changing rapidly and radically. The methods we have used successfully for decades have become ineffective, even counter-productive. Heaven? Spiritual laws? Bible verses? These no longer spark spiritual interest. Evangelism training isn’t what it used ...

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May 14, 2017
missions, EMQ

Teams in Mission: Are They Worth It? (Part Two)

TEAM missionaries research teamwork.

Read Teams in Mission: Are They Worth It?, Part One (Disappointments with the Team; Restoring the Team).

Be a Real Team

In global missions practice, team is a nebulous and often misused term. Lewis asks an important question: “While the idea is admirable, what is the difference ...

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May 12, 2017
evangelism, scandal, exclusive

One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus

We are sinful and desperately in need of rescue.
One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus
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In today’s culture, claims of exclusivity are met with the resistance of a tired toddler pushing back a plate of broccoli. This is especially true of religious claims. Religious pluralism is more palatable for Western society and this worldview rules the day.

Pluralism ...

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May 11, 2017
evangelism, suffering

The Cross-Resurrection Contradiction

At the heart of Christian faith is a commitment to a God who enters into suffering.
The Cross-Resurrection Contradiction
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One of the fears many people have when they think about evangelism is that they will be asked questions about Christian doctrine and belief for which they don’t have adequate answers. One of those questions is: Why would a good God allow suffering to exist?

I understand ...

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May 10, 2017
ministry, stewardship, knowledge, crisis

Stewarding Knowledge in Crisis

After 33 years, Global Mapping International is closing.
Stewarding Knowledge in Crisis
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Winston Churchill has been credited with saying “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Actually, it’s more likely that this idea came from a doctor: M.F. Weiner in a 1976 article, “Don’t Waste a Crisis – Your Patient’s or Your Own,” ...

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May 10, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 13)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.

Episode Thirteen | Listening: The Beginning of Love

Christina Walker, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, discusses Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together and the first service we owe to others. We must begin with listening to ...

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May 9, 2017
church planting

SEND Institute: A New Learning Community for Church Planting

The Billy Graham Center partners with the North American Mission Board.
SEND Institute: A New Learning Community for Church Planting
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For nearly 40 years the Billy Graham Center (BGC) at Wheaton College has served as a hub of mission and evangelism training and inspiration. Rev. Billy Graham sought to develop a Center for strategic planning, inspiration, and preparation of leaders to fuel the evangelism mission ...

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May 5, 2017
refugees, immigrants, pro-life

My Stance on Refugees and Immigration, and How They Intersect with Christianity

I answer some frequently asked questions.
My Stance on Refugees and Immigration, and How They Intersect with Christianity
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I have always believed that good discussion and debate over critical issues is helpful for those willing to engage in it. In the past few months, I have written quite a bit on the refugee ban and what I believe should be the Christian response to it. I, along with about 50 other ...

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May 4, 2017
evangelism, imagination, Amplify
The “E” Word: Why Many Avoid It, and How We Can Reimagine It
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To some, the term “reimagining evangelism” may sound cool and contextualized. To others, it may sound like we are trying to bring an outdated concept back into fashion. Either way, in my first post I shared why I believe that it is past time we reimagined our own ...

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