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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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Nov 24, 2016
thanksgiving

Psalm 100: A Call to Give Thanks

Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

One of the first chapters of scripture I memorized was Psalm 100. It was actually easy to memorize because it was put in the form of a song. It started, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye, all ye lands.”

This psalm reminds me of the importance of thanksgiving ...

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Nov 22, 2016
Billy Graham, crusades, saint

Four Life Lessons from the Funeral of Cliff Barrows

Billy Graham's long-time song leader and choir director remembered in North Carolina

This morning, I was at Cliff Barrows’ funeral.

In ways I did not expect, the service moved me. Surprisingly, it was not because of the music (although it was amazing), but because of the life that was celebrated.

I posted a clip of the music, and you can watch it here.

However, ...

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Nov 21, 2016
evangelism, conference, amplify 2017

Mark Your Calendar to Join Me at #Amplify2017: A National Evangelism Conference

Our super early bird rate of $129 is available through December 31.
Mark Your Calendar to Join Me at #Amplify2017: A National Evangelism Conference

If you regularly read this blog, follow me on Twitter, or know me personally, it is likely clear to you that in my mind, evangelism really matters. And I don’t just talk about it, or encourage you all to do it. I actually seek ways to share my faith often.

In fact, I recently ...

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Nov 16, 2016
Advent, Christmas, devotional

My Special Gift to You: A Free, Downloadable Advent Devotional

Nearly two dozen Christian leaders contributed reflections on the birth of Christ
My Special Gift to You: A Free, Downloadable Advent Devotional

Each year at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism we create an Advent/Christmas resource to inspire and equip believers to show and share the love of Jesus in a lost and broken world.

In the past, we’ve created Speaking the Story at Christmas, a video series to help us ...

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Nov 10, 2016
diaspora missions, missiology, refugees, migrants

Diaspora Missions: Diaspora Churches as Equal Partners in Mission

Hispanic, Korean, Chinese, and Nigerian churches embody the vitality and vibrancy of Global Christianity.
Diaspora Missions: Diaspora Churches as Equal Partners in Mission

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the first united symposium of the Chinese Alliance churches in Canada. These churches are part of the Canadian Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) and offer services in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English languages. They ...

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Nov 8, 2016
church planting, church growth

Breaking the 200 Barrier: New Vintage Church in Richland, Washington

Church seeks to meet the needs of unbelievers in southwest Washington State
Breaking the 200 Barrier: New Vintage Church in Richland, Washington

When we broke the 200 mark for the first time—what a victory! We were sure that full-on revival had broken out in the SW corner of Washington State. At times, my wife and I would crash on the couch at the end of a weekend and wonder, “Where did the all these people ...

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Nov 3, 2016
church planting, church growth

Breaking the 200 Barrier: Genesis Church in Mexico, Missouri

Church seeks to meet the needs of a small town that is 70% unchurched.
Breaking the 200 Barrier: Genesis Church in Mexico, Missouri

Our county is classified as 70% unchurched. Think about it: this means that 7 out of 10 families on my street are not connected to any church. To test this number, I walked out into my yard, looked up and down my street, and counted ten homes. Of the ten, seven were unchurched. ...

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Nov 3, 2016
diaspora missions, missiology, refugees, migrants

Diaspora Missions: The Uncomplicated First Step of Entering the Other’s World

The first step can be learning to pronounce an unfamiliar name.
Diaspora Missions: The Uncomplicated First Step of Entering the Other’s World

Suresh the Tamil Taxi Driver

Tonight I was treated to a lovely dinner at a local Korean restaurant by a Korean friend of mine. Our dinner party also included three Filipinos, a Japanese, and one Canadian. We are together in Singapore. Such a gathering of the scattered in today’s ...

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Nov 2, 2016
diaspora missions, missiology, refugees, migrants

Diaspora Missions: East Meets West (and North meets South): Reflections on Polycentric Missions

Christianity is not declining in the U.S., but is being ‘de-Europeanized.'
Diaspora Missions: East Meets West (and North meets South): Reflections on Polycentric Missions

Last month, as I stood on the banks of the giant Panama Canal in Panama, Central America, and saw ships cross from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean side, I was reminded of a famous quote from a poem by Nobel Laurate Rudyard Kipling—‘East is East and West is West, and ...

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Nov 1, 2016
church planting, church growth

Breaking the 200 Barrier: Renaissance Church in Decatur, Illinois

Church seeks to meet the needs of the un-churched and de-churched.
Breaking the 200 Barrier: Renaissance Church in Decatur, Illinois

My church, Renaissance, is located in a small Midwestern city with around 100,000 people living in the county. It began as a Sunday night Bible study in the home of our pastor. Once his living room was outgrown, the church began meeting downtown at the local Arts Council building ...

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Oct 31, 2016
diaspora missions, missiology, refugees, migrants

Diaspora Missions: People on the Move in the Borderless World

As of the end of 2015, 65.3 million people were displaced.
Diaspora Missions: People on the Move in the Borderless World

In 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) declared that year to be the Year of the Migrants.

The 21st century world, a world that the Creator-Redeemer God loves, is a different world from 2,000 years ago when the Apostle John wrote, “For God so loved the ...

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Oct 24, 2016
giving, tithing

3 Mistakes Churches Make When They Talk Money

Ministry leader wants to spread the biblical message of generosity in order to grow generous givers.
3 Mistakes Churches Make When They Talk Money

It may be one of the most dreaded and uncomfortable sermon topics—both to preach and to hear. Money and giving can stir all kinds of emotions and reactions in even the most faithful Christ followers.

While I’m no preacher, I spend a good deal of time with Christians ...

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