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Sep 26, 2016
evangelism, apologetics

The Inconvenience of Loving Wisdom

Those who are afraid to test their convictions will lose the moral high ground in calling non-Christians to test their own beliefs.
The Inconvenience of Loving Wisdom

A woman came to my door one day carrying a massive Bible and toting literature adorned with pictures of happy people working in a bountiful garden. She was a Jehovah’s Witness asking if I’d be interested in a Bible study.

To be perfectly honest, I did not want to ...

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Sep 24, 2016
evangelism, missions

How Can The Church Thrive In A Non-Christian World?

If our churches have to be a little more uncomfortable to us insiders in order to reach even one lost soul for Christ, that’s a sacrifice we should all be willing to make.
How Can The Church Thrive In A Non-Christian World?

As we all know, it’s election season. This isn’t ever a rosy time for America, filled with rainbows and warm hugs. But if the political season of 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that the United States is culturally confused. Competing narratives vie for attention, ...

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Sep 23, 2016
evangelism, good samaritan

Church Hurt as a Barrier to Evangelism

How do we rebuild trust with those who have been deeply wounded by the church?
Church Hurt as a Barrier to Evangelism

Methods of evangelism have changed over the years.

In a culture that is increasingly gospel adverse, I anticipate the ways we evangelize will continue to change to remain effective and faithful to the gospel. As the number of religious nones (i.e., those who have no religious ...

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Sep 19, 2016
evangelism, trends in Christianity, nones

Five Fundamentals for an Evangelical Future

The sky isn’t falling for evangelicals
Five Fundamentals for an Evangelical Future

Many say it’s been a tough decade for Evangelicals. The media says that Christianity is in great decline. The media, and some Christian authors, predict doom and gloom.

Yet, the actual numbers tell a different story for evangelical Christians. (You can read much more about ...

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Sep 8, 2016
correctional ministry, incarceration

Are You And Your Church Acting Like Sheep? An Invitation To Correctional Ministry

Our biblical mandate requires us to care for the marginalized, including those impacted by crime.
Are You And Your Church Acting Like Sheep? An Invitation To Correctional Ministry

I cannot be more thrilled that the September issue of Christianity Today is dedicated to correctional ministry. You can read the main article here. Correctional ministry is often omitted or marginalized; however, it is a ministry which impacts everyone touched by crime—offenders, ...

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Sep 5, 2016
prayer, strategy, IJM

Recovering Prayer And Discernment In Our Agendas And Strategies

Oftentimes, the spiritual practices of discernment and listening to the Holy Spirit—which inherently carry risks of subjectivity—get evicted from the Christian planning process.
Recovering Prayer And Discernment In Our Agendas And Strategies
IJM Institute

Often, our “Christian” plans are created by really smart people doing really smart things and thinking really smart thoughts. But are our organizations’ strategic plans and vision statements just secular work wrapped in Christian clothing? Add “by the ...

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Aug 29, 2016
black church, culture, evangelism

What We Can Learn From The Black Church When We Are Pushed To The Margins

The powerful, painful history of the Black Church has much to teach us as our culture continues to push the church to the margins of society.
What We Can Learn From The Black Church When We Are Pushed To The Margins

At dinner the other night, our family sat in earshot of a group of people discussing presidential politics. They were older, Caucasian, and rather conservative in their political leanings. It was clear that they, like many Americans, are uninspired and—in their words—disheartened ...

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Aug 19, 2016
Books

How Resources Changed My Mind

The books we read and allow to influence us hold great importance, for good or bad.
How Resources Changed My Mind

When I was a young teen, my mom (a new Christian) gave me a book called Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis. She said it was a science fiction book written by a Christian. Being the sci-fi fan that I was, and intrigued by the idea of a Christian authoring those types of books, ...

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Aug 11, 2016
evangelism, millennials

Can Evangelism Emerge From The Next Generation?

It’s time to stop expecting millennials to show apathy to the call of evangelism, and train them to rise up to the call.
Can Evangelism Emerge From The Next Generation?

As I sat in a room full of energetic, Christian millennials, our conversation quickly turned to the topic of reaching the community in fresh ways.

These passionate men and women were asking the question, “How can we engage with people who are far from God and invite them ...

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Aug 1, 2016
evangelism, work, vocation

Jesus on the Job: How Faith Mixes With Work, Part 1

It is time for us to see all work as vital to the growth of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus on the Job: How Faith Mixes With Work, Part 1

In Acts 11, we read that because of persecution in Jerusalem following the stoning of Stephen, Christians were dispersed into various parts of the world. In their new homes, they continued to live as they had in Jerusalem, practicing and preaching their faith to both Jews and ...

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Jul 29, 2016
Books

20 Truths from Family Life of a Christian Leader, by Ajith Fernando

Joy is not complete until it is shared.
20 Truths from Family Life of a Christian Leader, by Ajith Fernando

1. Belief is one of the basic values of Christianity and it applies to every area of life. (9) 2. It goes without saying that the greatest desire of Christian leaders for the members of our families is that they become God’s children and follow him. (10) 3. One of the ...

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Jul 27, 2016
Church

99 Essential Doctrines Christians Should Know

Christianity wouldn't have its framework without these essential doctrines.
99 Essential Doctrines Christians Should Know

Inspiration of Scripture

Most Christians realize the inspiration of God’s word is an essential doctrine. J. Gresham Machen, pastor, professor and author of “Christianity and Liberalism,” expressed scripture as

a “true account” of divine revelation ...
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Jul 14, 2016
Thinkers

Learning to Recognize the Shepherd’s Voice

No one matures as a disciple on their own.
Learning to Recognize the Shepherd’s Voice

In John 10, Jesus describes the ideal shepherd. He knows his sheep and his sheep know him. They follow him because they recognize his voice.

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about this passage. She grew up on a farm where her family raised livestock, including sheep. ...

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Jul 4, 2016
Church

Engaging the Elections at Church

How to pastor your congregation during the campaign season.
Engaging the Elections at Church

With billions of dollars spent on presidential campaigns every four years, it is almost impossible for anyone who has a radio, television, computer or smart phone to ignore the barrage of news, advertisements and commentary on America’s favorite pastime: politics.

When ...

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Jul 1, 2016
Church

Patriotic Worship is Coming to a Church Near You

Pastors and churches mix patriotism and worship around July 4th.
Patriotic Worship is Coming to a Church Near You

Doubtless most Americans believe America has a special relationship to God. Last year LifeWay Research found:

Despite headlines lamenting the global decline of the United States since the Cold War, 54 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the upswing, according to a September ...
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