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Dec 11, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The Power of the Spoken Word [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The Power of the Spoken Word [Gospel Life Podcast]

The Power of the Spoken Word

Colleen Cooper, development coordinator at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about the power of God’s Word spoken aloud and how this simple practice can give hope to those who need it. Both in our personal quiet time, and in ...

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Dec 8, 2017
faithfulness, post-christian, cultural, nominal

Yesterday, I discussed our call to action as we seek to follow Christ in a post-Christian culture. In an age where Christians are concerned over cultural change, we need to begin by rediscovering our call to mission and identity as the people of God. Today, I briefly highlight ...

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Dec 7, 2017
faithfulness, post-christian, cultural, nominal

We live in a moment of cultural turmoil in the West, perhaps particularly in the United States. The shift to a post-Christendom age means that we as Christians need to rediscover our mission and identity as the people of God in a place that is increasingly foreign and, at times, ...

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Dec 4, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Forks & Spoons - A Simple Evangelism Strategy [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Forks & Spoons - A Simple Evangelism Strategy [Gospel Life Podcast]

Forks & Spoons – A Simple Evangelism Strategy

John C. Richards, Jr., Managing Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about meals as an opportunity to engage people in faith conversations. Perhaps you’ve been turned down when it comes to ...

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Dec 1, 2017
motivation, evangelism, discipleship

Unlocking Eight Motivational Triggers for Evangelism and Discipleship

How can we "spur one another on toward love and good deeds”?

We all want to make disciples but, sometimes, even when we’re doing everything we know how, we still don’t see a significant change in the people we lead. We know we can’t change people; yet, we deeply desire to see them wholeheartedly following Jesus.

How do ...

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Nov 30, 2017
evangelism, neighbor

In some of our Billy Graham Center staff meetings, I ask our staff who they’ve been able to share the gospel with that week. After all, we work for an organization that bears the name of a man who made sharing the gospel his whole life’s work.

Sometimes I let people ...

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Nov 29, 2017
#metoo, sexual assault, sexual harassment, discipleship

What Does #MeToo Have to Do with You?

When we tell our stories, we move from the western “I” to the biblical “we.”
What Does #MeToo Have to Do with You?
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There is a concept that some in the field of neuroscience call “increased integration.” Simply put, it’s the idea that when people share their personal stories with another, both people see changes in their brain circuitry. In fact, according to psychiatrist ...

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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 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 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
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 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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Nov 10, 2017
evangelical, gospel, culture

Are Evangelicals Losing the Gospel in Our Day?

The Gospel itself never changes; the way we share the Gospel must.

When preaching the gospel, many preachers today are talking less about forgiveness and getting to heaven and more about bringing God’s kingdom to earth and changing and healing the world in the here and now.

Is this a good thing?

No and yes. Let me explain.

The gospel is ...

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Nov 7, 2017
evangelism, podcast

So What If 8 Out of 10 Unchurched People Are Willing to Talk About Faith?

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
So What If 8 Out of 10 Unchurched People Are Willing to Talk About Faith?

Episode 39: So What If 8 Out of 10 Unchurched People Are Willing to Talk About Faith?

Laurie Nichols, director of communications and marketing at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, challenges us to look squarely in the eye and ask how our evangelism is going. How are ...

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Nov 3, 2017
important, urgent, relationship, task

Not Neglecting the Important for the Urgent

Tasks may be urgent, but people are important
Not Neglecting the Important for the Urgent
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There are many times God uses my sweet 5-year-old son to humble me and redirect my focus to the important things. Recently, as I was tucking him into bed and praying quickly over him, I thought about all the things I still had left to do. In my own world, I hoped to quickly ...

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