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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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Jun 22, 2016
Evangelism

What the Tower of Babel Can Teach Us about Our Desire for True Gospel Witness

Foundational to following Jesus is that we live by faith and not fear!
What the Tower of Babel Can Teach Us about Our Desire for True Gospel Witness

Psychologists tell us that the primary way people deal with fear is avoidance. We just stay away from people and places that cause us anxiety. And what causes us anxiety? The unfamiliar, the unknown. That’s why most of us prefer safe, familiar, homogenous environments ...

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Jun 14, 2016
Discipleship

3 Ways Suffering Produces Sanctification

Suffering for the believer is never without purpose.
3 Ways Suffering Produces Sanctification

“Why?” is the question many of us ask of the Lord when something tragic happens in our lives or in the life of someone we know. There’s story after story of suffering in the Bible, but very seldom do we know why the people suffered. On this topic Paul wrote: ...

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May 27, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—May 27, 2016

Problems at Baylor, Poverty, Millennial roommates, church signs and more!

May 23, 2016
Church

The Christian Struggle with Mental Illness

Mental illness is not a subject Christians should run from.
The Christian Struggle with Mental Illness

As I see the widespread presence and pain of mental illness, another reality confronts me: oftentimes Christians struggle with talking about and understanding mental illness.

There are three points that I want to lay out to encourage all of us to confront effectively the stigma ...

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May 20, 2016
Evangelism

Amplifying Evangelism—A Call to Share the Faith

In a pluralistic world the need to evangelize is greater than ever.
Amplifying Evangelism—A Call to Share the Faith

I have been writing about evangelism a lot lately, and have asked others to do the same. That there is a pronounced lack of evangelist fervor in the West is self-evident to most. I am hopeful my new opportunity at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton will allow ...

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May 20, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—May 20, 2016

The Black Church, Sharing Our Faith, Church Signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—May 20, 2016

Don’t Give up on the Black ChurchCharlie Dates

Charlie and I spoke at the National Conference on Preaching and I was blessed by his words. Now, you should read his article!

Research: You Have Fewer Friends than You ThinkAlex Pentland

Anyone who’s ever ...

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May 16, 2016
Church

Going Back to Your Home Church: To Go or Not to Go?

Returning to one's home church as pastor can be tricky.
Going Back to Your Home Church: To Go or Not to Go?

Those who would argue against going back to one’s home church may quote Matthew 13:57–58, “And they took offense at him [Jesus]. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household.’ And he did not ...

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May 11, 2016
Interview

Remembering Spiritual Disciplines

Authors David Mathis and Philip Nation discuss a vital subject.
Remembering Spiritual Disciplines

Ed Stetzer: What prompted you to write on this subject?

David Mathis: I spent eight years on the college campus, first as a college student and then discipling college students on staff with Campus Outreach. One of our biggest focuses was teaching students to “fish for ...

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Apr 21, 2016
Thinkers

9 Ways We Can Counter Radical Islam

Countering extremism will require a thoughtful effort.
9 Ways We Can Counter Radical Islam

As an Iranian-American, I often get asked about the crisis in the Muslim world. I try to lean into the conversation, knowing a lot of sincere people are grasping for solutions.

In the aftermath of the Iraq War, most Americans want to avoid creating a Vietnam-style scenario in ...

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Mar 21, 2016
Discipleship

Taking the Long View

Live your earthly life with heaven in mind.
Taking the Long View

At some point in our life, each of us has to learn the necessity of taking the long view. Deferred gratification causes us to live differently. We continue our education now so that we’ll have more opportunities after we graduate. We save today so we can have financial ...

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Mar 16, 2016
Leadership

20 Truths from Bound to be Free by D.A. Horton

Nothing in life is like freedom in Christ.
20 Truths from Bound to be Free by D.A. Horton

1. By the Holy Spirit’s empowering (Romans 8:9-13), you can walk in the freedom Christ has provided you with from sin and the encumbrances that weigh you down (Hebrews 12:1-2). (11)

2. I have found that when my focus is on my trajectory, my relationships, my lack of affirmation, ...

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Feb 24, 2016
Preaching

Thinking About Expository Preaching—Part 3

A look at the place of thematic, narrative, and topical preaching
Thinking About Expository Preaching—Part 3

In this three post series, I am trying to clear up some preaching myths and explain my position on the best method. The first post explained why verse-by-verse exposition should be the primary diet from which you feed your church. The second post made the point that verse-by-verse ...

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