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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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Jul 10, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 21)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 21)

Episode Twenty-One | What Does Research Say about Our Prayers and Our Actions?

Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center, discusses the correlation between prayer and action. Research has shown that many people pray that they would see others come to faith, but ...

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Jul 5, 2017
evangelism, harvest
What Does It Really Mean to Bear "Much Fruit"?
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Jesus always seems to say things that hit straight at the heart and make you squirm.

For as long as I can remember, I had been extremely bothered by one of His affirmations: “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit…”

“Much fruit,” ...

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Jun 30, 2017
spiritual disciplines, discipleship

Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions

The root of being a disciple is discipline.
Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions
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The allure of a well-stocked buffet is that you can load up on the foods you love and avoid those you dislike. For most of us, this means plates over-laden with entrees and desserts and void of foods we find unpleasant. We don’t include foods we don’t like, such ...

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Jun 9, 2017

A Broken, Dying World: Why Spiritual Hunger Is Real and How We Can Begin to Meet People Where They Are

Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee
A Broken, Dying World: Why Spiritual Hunger Is Real and How We Can Begin to Meet People Where They Are
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Saint Augustine’s often quoted statement from his Confessions—“Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee”—assumes much about what it is to be human. Let me share four thoughts.

First, if ...

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Jun 6, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life, Episode 25

Dr. Margaret Diddams is Provost of Wheaton College.
Theology for Life, Episode 25

The Promises and Perils of Power

On this episode of Theology for Life, Ed and Lynn talk with Margaret Diddams about what authentic, biblical leadership should look like. Power starts with an understanding of the ability to transform something. Every person has the ability to ...

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Jun 5, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 17)

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

Episode Seventeen | When It Seems as Though God Is Up to Nothing

Laurie Nichols, Director of Communications at the Billy Graham Center, reminds us that even when we don’t see God working, He is. And if we remain faithful in prayer and seek ways to reach out to those who ...

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Jun 1, 2017
memory, death, evangelism, missions

Being Remembered for What Matters: Some Thoughts on Wheaton College Student Ethan Roser

"since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses"

It’s a sad, even tragic, thing to read news stories about an accidental death. The stories focus on, well, the accident. And, to be honest, they are hard to read.

We saw that recently in the death of one of our students at Wheaton College. His name was Ethan Roser. And, ...

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May 22, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

We marginalize evangelism when we say the good news is social action.
Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

I’ve read many mission statements of churches and faith-based ministries during my four decades working with evangelist Luis Palau. Most of these statements declare that one of the reasons why the church or mission exists is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

Yet ...

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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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Apr 25, 2017
evangelism, imagination, Amplify

The "E" Word: Why Many Avoid It, and How We Can Reimagine It

Part One in a new series.
The "E" Word: Why Many Avoid It, and How We Can Reimagine It
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If we are honest, we must say that in many senses, we've lost our imagination, passion, and direction for evangelism. We need to put evangelism back into our imagination. To some, I may sound like a broken record (if you are old enough to remember records!). But I honestly ...

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Apr 14, 2017
Easter, evangelism, CNN

Why We Should Be Inviting Our Non-Christian Friends and Neighbors to Church at Easter, My Article at CNN (and a Bit More)

More people are open to Gospel conversations that you might think.
Why We Should Be Inviting Our Non-Christian Friends and Neighbors to Church at Easter, My Article at CNN (and a Bit More)
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It’s Easter season, and perhaps you’ve already begun inviting your neighbors to attend church with you on April 16.

I’ve asked Moody Church to join me in being “faithful for four,” to find four people to pray for an invite to Easter services. Actually, ...

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