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Nov 23, 2017
thanksgiving, pilgrims, history

One-on-One with Tracy McKenzie on the Truth about Thanksgiving and What It Means for Us Today

The Pilgrims did not think of their autumn 1621 celebration as a Thanksgiving Day as much as a kind of harvest festival.
One-on-One with Tracy McKenzie on the Truth about Thanksgiving and What It Means for Us Today
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Ed: Several years ago, you wrote a great book called The First Thanksgiving, where you talk about what the Pilgrims were really like, that first Thanksgiving, and what we can learn as Christ-followers. What are 1-2 historical “facts” that you debunked?

Tracy McKenzie: ...

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Nov 22, 2017
evangelism, podcast

What Is Your Story? (Part 1) [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
What Is Your Story? (Part 1) [Gospel Life Podcast]

What Is Your Story? (Part 1)

Christina Walker, associate director of academic programs for the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about her father-in-law’s passion for planting churches and evangelism. What keeps him excited about it year after year? “Pop” ...

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Nov 22, 2017
leadership, priorities, delegation, efficiency

Leadership Priorities: Five Thoughts on How We Can Lead Better

Leadership, at its most basic level, involves the leading of people.
Leadership Priorities: Five Thoughts on How We Can Lead Better
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Being a leader is tiring. When I was pastoring in Buffalo in the early 90s, I was responsible for EVERYTHING. You name it, I did it:

Make the bulletins. Check.

Visit the hospitals and sick. Check.

Preach the message. Check.

Lead worship. Check. (I am still apologizing to Jack Hayford ...

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Nov 21, 2017
theology, podcast

Community Arts, Visual Artistry, and the Christian Faith

Leah Samuelson is Associate Lecturer of Art at Wheaton College.
Community Arts, Visual Artistry, and the Christian Faith

Community Arts, Visual Artistry, and the Christian Faith

In this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and Ed talk with Leah Samuelson about community art—what it means and how it benefits the community and those participating. How are relationships built while doing art? ...

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Nov 21, 2017
paraphrase, translation, new book

One-on-One with Elmer Towns on His New Paraphrase “The Bible by Jesus”

An extended sermon in the words of the Savior
One-on-One with Elmer Towns on His New Paraphrase “The Bible by Jesus”
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Elmer Towns has a new book that will raise some questions and spark some discussion. He spoke with The Exchange about “The Bible by Jesus” recently and this is what he had to say.

The Exchange: So how did this book come about?

Elmer Towns: About 15 years ago I was ...

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Nov 20, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Why was Jesus so effective at reaching messy people? [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Why was Jesus so effective at reaching messy people? [Gospel Life Podcast]

Why was Jesus so effective at reaching messy people?

Daniel Yang, Director of the Send Institute at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, pulls from Luke 15:1-2 to talk about God’s love for lost people. In evangelism, there’s always a chance people will be offended ...

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Nov 20, 2017
suicide, mental illness, research

The Problem of Suicide: How is the Church Caring for those Impacted?

A church without the broken is a broken church.
The Problem of Suicide: How is the Church Caring for those Impacted?

Each year, 44,193 Americans die by suicide which, on average, amounts to 121 suicides per day.

For many of us, these figures don’t feel too far off. We can picture the faces and remember the names of those in our own communities who’ve taken their own lives.

As a young ...

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Nov 18, 2017
sudan, muslim, christian, civil war

South Sudan: Famine, War, and Hope

The fields of South Sudan could feed the whole continent.
South Sudan: Famine, War, and Hope

Three years ago, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flew us from Uganda onto a dirt landing strip in Yei South Sudan, a wind-blown village bravely holding onto life. For four days, with 90 chiefs, elders, and government ministers, we endeavored to broker a peace. These weren’t ...

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Nov 17, 2017
theology, podcast

Politics & Religion: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Dr. Amy Black is Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College.
Politics & Religion: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Politics & Religion: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

In this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and Ed talk with Dr. Amy Black about political civility and religion and her book Honoring God in Red or Blue. Is it too late to have humility, grace, and reason as we engage ...

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Nov 17, 2017
evangelism, questions

How to Help Someone Make the Best Decision of His or Her Life

All Christians are called to share their faith.

Most Christians are not preachers or teachers, and fewer still are evangelists, but all Christians are called to proclaim, to instruct, and to share their faith.

In Ephesians 4, we learn that the Holy Spirit gives preachers, teachers, and evangelists as a gift to the Church. ...

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Nov 16, 2017
moody radio, guest host

Equipped with Chris Brooks on Moody Radio

I had another opportunity to guest host on Moody Radio.
Equipped with Chris Brooks on Moody Radio

Last week I had the privilege of once again guest hosting on Moody Radio. I sat in for “Equipped with Chris Brooks,” which airs Monday - Friday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm Central.

On Monday, November 6, my guest was Dr. Jamie Aten, founder and director of Wheaton College’s ...

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Nov 16, 2017
assimilation, membership

Assimilation & Our Churches: Do We Do It Well?

Collect, Connect, Convene

For those in church leadership, the issue of assimilation typically comes with questions of effectiveness and strategy. Truth be told, there is no one-size-fits-all plan for assimilation in every church.

That said, let me share a few of my thoughts. I’ll start with an analogy ...

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Nov 15, 2017
roy moore, evangelical, senate, election, accusation

Your Disgust for Roy Moore’s Evangelicals May Say More about You than the Actual Data

Occam's razor, hermeneutics, and what the research really says
Your Disgust for Roy Moore’s Evangelicals May Say More about You than the Actual Data
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The accusations against Roy Moore are credible and Moore should step down. If he continues to maintain his innocence, he should still step down so he can fight to clear his name, for the good of his state, for the success of his party, and to end the embarrassment he is causing ...

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Nov 14, 2017
church planting, discipleship, evangelism, multiplication

Will We See a Church Planting Movement in North America?

How can church leaders prepare themselves and their churches?

The rise of church planting fervor within many streams of evangelicalism leads us to a question: Is it possible that we will see a church planting movement in North America? We read Luke’s account of the spread of the church in the Book of Acts and dream of being a part ...

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Nov 13, 2017
balance, yes, no, schedule

How to Be Busy but in Balance

Work is good; too much good can be bad.

You know that famous saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun?” Well, in my experience, that’s just not the case. Time flies regardless of whether I am enjoying myself or not. Finding a way to accomplish every line item on my to-do list and trying to ...

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