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Jan 17, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 7): A Discussion on Judaism, the Ancient World, and Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith.

In this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and Ed delve into Ephesians 2:8-9 and what was going on culturally when people first heard Paul say this. What would they have been thinking about, especially related to works and what they needed from God? Who was this passage written ...

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Jan 12, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 6): What's Really Going On in the Book of Philippians, and What Can We Learn about God and Ourselves?

It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

In this week's episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and I discuss Philippians 2 and the themes within: joy, unity, partnership, etc.

What does it mean to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling? What does it means that we participate in Christ’s suffering? ...

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Jan 11, 2017
grief, grieving, sorrow

He Ain't Heavy: Witnessing Well During Seasons of Grief

Dean of Campus Ministry at Bethel University reflects on death and loss

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans?” I have found that in the most unpredictable, most inconvenient, and often most shocking ways that this statement can be true.

Just a few short weeks ago my family and I were on ...

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Jan 9, 2017
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: Analogizing and Applying Missional Effectiveness (Part 7)

Yo-Yos, newer churches, and established churches

Missional effectiveness begins with a biblical understanding of the message and movement of the missio Dei, which hopefully leads a church to become a missional people who embrace a missional posture and who enact a missional program.

So, how does this series about missional ...

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Jan 6, 2017
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Mark of Multiplication (Part 6)

Go where people are, make disciples, plant churches.

I’m in a series covering the topic of missional effectiveness. In the previous two posts, I have explained the marks of God’s mission. What I have sought to do is stress the major foci of each mark in an effort to build a visual of the enactment of the message and ...

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Jan 3, 2017
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Mark of Missional Community (Part 4)

Community is the vehicle of God's mission.

In this blog series, we are looking at the topic missional effectiveness. Once again, missional effectiveness is embracing the totality of the missio Dei—including its message, movement, and marks—and enacting it in the life of a local church.

So far, I have covered ...

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Dec 29, 2016
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 4): Kenosis: What Does Philippians 2 Teach Us About Jesus and His Divine Attributes?

who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage

My co-host, Lynn Cohick, is the author of the Philippians volume in The Story of God Bible Commentary series, which I have been using in my sermon prep for Moody Church. In this episode of Theology for Life, we talk about Philippians 2, particularly the hymn found in verse 6 ...

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Dec 27, 2016
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Movements of God’s Mission (Part 3)

The mission of God is attractional and incarnational.

I don’t know why, but I have a fascination with yo-yos. Now, I can’t yo-yo. Nevertheless, I find it amusing and entertaining as a skilled yo-yoer (if I can use that term) cast the yo-yo out with great rhythmic force only to have it return with an energetic bounce ...

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Dec 25, 2016
all is well

Christmas 2016

A white Christmas is a fresh reminder of Christ's work.

Well, this is my first Christmas in Wheaton, Illinois. That means snow and cold. It’s a far cry from Nashville. But, in all honesty, I love it. There is something beautiful about freshly-fallen snow that reminds us of the power of Christ’s death on the cross. He ...

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Dec 23, 2016
evangelism

How to Respond When People Say ‘No’ to Jesus (Part 2)

InterVarsity evangelist offers words of encouragement

How to Respond When People Say ‘No’ to Jesus (Part 1)

#4. Relate to the Response

Entering into a person’s concerns and reasons for rejecting Jesus can be powerful where it is appropriate. Frequently, the very reasons why a person would say ‘no’ to ...

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Dec 22, 2016
evangelism

How to Respond When People Say ‘No’ to Jesus (Part 1)

InterVarsity evangelist offers words of encouragement

Getting up the nerve to share Jesus with others around us takes all the courage we can muster. We pray and ask God for wisdom, we review what we’ll say in our minds and perhaps a few Bible verses, and with palpitations in our chest, we begin to share Jesus.

For many Christians, ...

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Dec 15, 2016
missions, ministry, children

Growing Up in Ministry

The grace of Jesus was not just offered to orphans and widows or rebellious pastors’ kids; it was for me.

I didn’t want to go to India. The morning we were supposed to leave, I snuggled deep under soft covers in Colorado Springs, breathing in the scent of fabric softener and listening to my mom make chocolate chip pancakes. I didn’t like anything I’d heard about ...

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Dec 2, 2016
evangelism, ministry

Scarlet Hope

Louisville-based ministry shares the love of Jesus with women in the adult entertainment industry

I had been loving and serving dancers in strip clubs for several years when my teammates and I decided to do something special. While we usually just did hair and makeup, on this particular night we decided we would give the dancers pedicures.

We were given our usual greeting ...

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Nov 28, 2016
women's ministry

What I Want Pastors to Know About Women's Ministry

Is the local church meeting the needs of half the congregation?

There was a time, in our not too distant past, when women’s ministry was a punchline. For years, women’s ministry was viewed as a second rate ministry, more akin to a social club than a serious effort at discipleship. The label conjured images of women sipping tea ...

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Nov 25, 2016
church planting, church growth, missions

Perched on the Shoulders of Giants (Part 2)

Building on Legacy for the Sake of Mission

Vision & Strategy

Our history and relationships are vitally important, but the missional impulse of a church will plateau if the overall vision and strategy for mission is not clear. Based on the history and relationships that God has woven into the life of a church, we should ...

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