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Oct 20, 2017
evangelism, friendship, marketplace

Evangelism and the Marketplace: Four Stories of Evangelism on the Streets of Chicago

Evangelism professor talks to people while they're waiting for the train
Evangelism and the Marketplace: Four Stories of Evangelism on the Streets of Chicago
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Once a month I go out with Wheaton College students to share the gospel on the streets of Chicago. Many are intimidated by this kind of sharing. While I prefer ‘friendship evangelism’ most of all, marketplace evangelism is also a worthy enterprise.

In fact, the Gospels ...

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Oct 16, 2017
evangelism, podcast

What Job Can Teach Us About Responding To Suffering

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
What Job Can Teach Us About Responding To Suffering

Episode 36: What Job Can Teach Us About Responding To Suffering

Michael Lee, research fellow at the Billy Graham Center, talks about how the gospel intersects with the brokenness of our world. As God’s ambassadors, we are accountable for how we represent God, His purposes, ...

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Oct 13, 2017
evangelism, leadership, discipleship

Trickle-Down Evangelism

Are disciples becoming disciple-makers?
Trickle-Down Evangelism
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The Reagan-era theory of trickle-down economics is hotly contested among pundits who question whether or not the poor are actually helped by benefits given to the wealthy. In theory, various tax cuts and benefits to the rich should trickle-down to the poor and allow for mutual ...

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Oct 11, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Don’t Be Overcome By Fear, But Go Forth In Faith

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Don’t Be Overcome By Fear, But Go Forth In Faith

Episode 35: Don’t Be Overcome By Fear, But Go Forth In Faith

Karen Swanson, director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center, talks about overcoming fear when it comes to sharing our faith with others. How do we do it? What resources can help? ...

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Oct 5, 2017
globalization, evangelism, discipleship, hospitality

Use Globalization for the Gospel

The four corners of the world are now in your neighborhood.
Use Globalization for the Gospel
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Although Dubai is an Arabian city on the Persian Gulf, there are still Starbucks everywhere. Within these coffee shops you find a microcosm of the city. Women—fully covered in black abaya robes and head scarfs covering every strand of hair—chatter at one table, while ...

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Oct 2, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Metaphors and the Gospel

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

Episode 34: Metaphors and the Gospel

Christina Walker, associate director of academic programs at the Billy Graham Center, talks about metaphors for the gospel and how those can influence our evangelism and discipleship. As heirs of God, how are we using our influence and relationship ...

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Sep 18, 2017
evangelism, podcast

When Disasters Bring Out the Best in Our Gospel Witness

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
When Disasters Bring Out the Best in Our Gospel Witness

Episode 32: When Disasters Bring Out the Best in Our Gospel Witness

Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center, talks about the role of people of faith during times of natural disasters. In this moment of need, we can speak into their hurts and lend a helping hand. ...

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Sep 13, 2017
camp, self-esteem, confidence, discipleship

Why Girls Need Camp

Christian camp can be a powerful, confidence-building experience for girls.
Why Girls Need Camp

Over Labor Day weekend, I was in Miami with my youngest daughter. She keeps in touch with a number of friends she met at a camp she attended, so we met some for lunch.

My daughter and I talked a bit in the car about why she loves camp, and it inspired me to write a bit on the ...

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Sep 12, 2017
evangelical, charismatic, spiritual gift

The Fallacy of Spiritual Gifts

God uses weak people.
The Fallacy of Spiritual Gifts
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Brett and Noelle are busy penciling in 200 dots in the spiritual gifts inventory they’ve been given by their local church. Nervously concentrating, Brett and Noelle work their way to question 200, hand in their sheets, and anxiously wait until next Sunday to discover their ...

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Aug 28, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 28)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 28)

Episode Twenty-Eight | If God Answered Every Prayer You Prayed, Would There Be Anyone New in the Kingdom?

Jerry Root, Wheaton College Evangelism Professor and Director of the Evangelism Initiative at the Billy Graham Center, talks about prayer in evangelism. It opens doors to ...

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Aug 23, 2017
church, mission, multicultural

Challenges to Becoming a Multicultural Church

Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America.
Challenges to Becoming a Multicultural Church
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One of the biggest issues in our culture is race relations. I write about it often, and the latest #Charlottesville incident reminds us of the brokenness we face in this area.

One of the biggest knocks on the Church is that 11:00 on Sunday morning is still the most segregated ...

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Aug 14, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 26)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 26)

Episode Twenty-Six | Being Ready, In Season and Out

Karen Swanson, Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center, shares a powerful story of why we always need to be prepared to share the gospel, at any point, in any place. First Peter 3:5 tells us ...

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Aug 11, 2017
evangelism, relationship, connection

Six Degrees of Separation: Why Our Witness Matters

Our lives reach farther than we can imagine.
Six Degrees of Separation: Why Our Witness Matters

Connectedness is largely taken for granted in today’s world. In many ways, interconnectivity is the air we breathe. Six degrees of separation is a familiar concept to many and it holds a magnifying glass to the relational connections we have. Originally developed in 1929 ...

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Jul 28, 2017
evangelism, parenting
Dealing with Rejection: How to Move Past the "No, Thanks" to Continue Sharing the Gospel
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I was recently on a long car ride with my husband and two kids from Illinois to the northern woods of Minnesota. Anyone who has traveled that kind of distance with younger children before knows it can be rather challenging to find fun ways to break up the ride, without extending ...

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Jul 17, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 22)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 22)

Episode Twenty-Two | Are You Prepared for a Gospel Conversation?

Laurie Nichols, Director of Communications at the Billy Graham Center, shares about a recent gospel conversation and what she learned about the importance of being prepared. Without the armor of God’s word ...

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