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Nov 12, 2014
Jesus

Leaving Behind a Jesus Created in Our Image

People want Jesus in their own image, which is ironic because Jesus came so we could be remade in His image.
Leaving Behind a Jesus Created in Our Image
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“Jesus” is a name, and there are certain times throughout the year—Christmas and Easter—when we hear that name a lot.

There are movies about Him. He makes the cover of magazines, which in turn sells a lot of magazines. But why?

Because people are ...

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Nov 11, 2014
Pentecostals

Why Do These Pentecostals Keep Growing?

Many evangelical churches and denominations are in a state of plateau or decline. Why aren’t Pentecostals?
Why Do These Pentecostals Keep Growing?
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There are parts of the globe where the greatest church growth is happening through the Pentecostal movement. One of the most asked questions is, “In a world where the church seems to be declining in many areas, how they are bucking the trend?”

There is never ...

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Oct 29, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Literacy by the Numbers: Fixing the Problem

Engaging with Scripture can begin to solve our biblical illiteracy problem, but how do we engage with Scripture?
Biblical Literacy by the Numbers: Fixing the Problem
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Faithful and Fruitful: How Do We Fix the Problem?

Of course, you already knew that reading the Bible helped you to grow. It's actually doingit that's a challenge. So what are some ways churches are helping people to engage the Scriptures more intentionally? Based ...

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Oct 22, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Literacy by the Numbers Part 2: Scripture Engagement

Biblical literacy cannot exist without regular Scripture engagement.
Biblical Literacy by the Numbers Part 2: Scripture Engagement
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It's All About Engagement

The bottom line is that too many Christians are simply not reading and studying their Bibles. This goes beyond simple trivia questions aimed at revealing how few facts we know about our Bibles. American evangelicals increasingly lack a spiritual ...

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Oct 17, 2014
Biblical Literacy

Biblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge

How well do American Christians know their Bibles? Hint: not well.
Biblical Illiteracy by the Numbers Part 1: The Challenge
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America can be proud of many things: our innovation, generosity and entrepreneurial spirit are unsurpassed. Yet when it comes to our nation understanding one of the greatest gifts ever given to humanity—the Bible—we're moving from dumb to dumber ... and it's ...

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Oct 17, 2014
The Gospel Project

The Gospel Project: Men Discipling Their Sons

Over 775,000 people study God's Word through The Gospel Project every week.
The Gospel Project: Men Discipling Their Sons

The Gospel Project team believes that it is important for kids, students, and adults to not learn only Bible stories but also learn the Bible story. The story of redemption through Jesus Christ. This is why we fashion every study in such a way that each participant not only ...

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Oct 14, 2014
Prayer

Gossip and Prayer Requests: A guest post by Matt Mitchell

At what point do those prayer requests become sinful gossip?
Gossip and Prayer Requests: A guest post by Matt Mitchell

Oh, those infamous prayer requests!

“We need to pray for Olivia and Liam. I heard that they might be getting a divorce!”

“I’m calling to ask for prayer for the church board. Something big is happening tonight. The chairman might resign!”

“How ...

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Oct 11, 2014
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Lynchburg, D.C., and Chicagoland

Refuel, Liberty, Evangelical Leaders, Chicago, and more!
Saturday is for Seminars: Lynchburg, D.C., and Chicagoland
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Over the course of the next week or so, I'm headed to Lynchburg, VA, Washington D.C., and Chicagoland, which I wrote a bit about last week.

Wednesday, October 15th: Lynchburg, VA—Refuel

On Tuesday evening, I will arrive in Lynchburg, VA, and on Wednesday morning ...

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Oct 8, 2014
Idolatry

Idolatry Is Alive Today: Why Modern Church Leaders Still Fight an Old Battle

Idolatry is still trying to work its way into our lives.
Idolatry Is Alive Today: Why Modern Church Leaders Still Fight an Old Battle
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Some readers likely saw the headline on this blog and decided they didn’t need to read an article about the Old Testament, perhaps opting to read a blog on leadership instead.

After all, you probably don’t have a carved stone statue in your house, and you’ve ...

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Oct 7, 2014
Discipleship

Unintended Pharisees: Revealing and Redeeming the Hypocrite Within

The Pharisaical spirit often hides in fields of high expectations.
Unintended Pharisees: Revealing and Redeeming the Hypocrite Within
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If you’re like me, you hate Pharisees. Jesus didn’t have much use for them either... and of course, I want to be like Jesus!

Also, let’s be honest, few things are more fulfilling than sending out a tweet about a case of hypocrisy in a Pharisee.

These ...

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Sep 26, 2014
Books

10 Truths from Second Forgetting by Benjamin Mast

Remembering the power of the Gospel during Alzheimer's disease
10 Truths from Second Forgetting by Benjamin Mast

1. We are all imperfect and broken. We forget the Lord, even in the best of health. This is what I call “the second forgetting. (19)

2. Never forget the wonder of the good news: God never forgets us or his promises to us, even when we forget him. Throughout Scripture, ...

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Sep 23, 2014
Books

20 Truths from The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson

Jonathan Dodson writes about the gospel and the evangelistic paralysis of the church.
20 Truths from The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson

1. Evangelism is something many Christians are trying to recover from. The word stirs up memories of rehearsed presentations, awkward door-to-door witnessing, and forced conversions in revival-like settings. (11)

2. Though it is unintentional, “modern” forms ...

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Sep 21, 2014
Community

Sunday is For Series: Chasing Community

Life together is an integral part of the Christian faith and the Kingdom of God.
Sunday is For Series: Chasing Community

What does a healthy church community look like? So many churches are trying to get larger. They put a lot of time, energy, and money into their pursuit of getting bigger. And yet size does not always equate to quality. A true gospel community is going to be good for the church ...

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Aug 29, 2014
Discipleship

The Surprising Truth About Discipleship and Spiritual Disciplines

Groups matter, and it's important that churches effectively establish and assess them.
The Surprising Truth About Discipleship and Spiritual Disciplines

Back in February, Eric Geiger and I co-authored Transformational Groups, a book based on a large research project conducted by LifeWay Research with close to 3,000 protestant churches. Eric recently interviewed me about this on his blog, and with so many churches preparing ...

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Jul 30, 2014
Evangelism

Introducing EvangelVision: A New Resource from Wheaton College

EvangelVision is a helpful resource for the both the veteran and the anxious evangelist.
Introducing EvangelVision: A New Resource from Wheaton College

I am thankful for the hard work of the talented people of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. I visited them earlier this month and had the opportunity to teach a class, and was once again impressed with their program and the students. Today, I want ...

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