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Feb 21, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Introducing the New BGCE Gospel Life Podcast

A new short podcast to help you show and share the love of Jesus each week.
Introducing the New BGCE Gospel Life Podcast

It’s hard to believe it’s been over seven months since I officially took the role of Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. It’s been a fun journey so far with some great (and creative) people. One of the reasons I ...

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Feb 14, 2017
church growth, church planting, evangelism

Belong, Believe, Become: A New Process of Evangelism

The American evangelical process is shifting.

“Churches aren’t growing because of conversions. Churches are just swapping sheep.”

Have you ever heard someone make this claim or something like it? I have—way too many times, from pastors and church members alike. What do we make of this kind of comment, ...

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Feb 10, 2017
welcome, outreach, hospitality

So, when I moved to Wheaton, I loved how my neighbors reached out and welcomed me.

They created a four-page (four page!) long list of things, including...

In Our Humble Opinion

Welcome to Wheaton, Stetzers!

I know you are going to find it to be a wonderful community to live in BUT ...

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Feb 10, 2017
church growth, church planting, evangelism

Toward a National Renewal of Evangelism through the Local Church in Our Day

Americans are far more open to the gospel than you may imagine

We need the fire for evangelism to spread across the Church in our day, but will it?

As I see it, there are at least four main barriers keeping the Church from a passionate pursuit of evangelism.

#1. Our old paradigms and methods of evangelism feel outmoded, intrusive, and inauthentic ...

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Feb 6, 2017
preaching, teaching, Bible

What Is Biblical Preaching? Driving the Sermon

Shiloh Church pastor-teacher contributes to an ongoing series

What is biblical preaching? This is an important question, make no mistake. But maybe a better one is: What is driving the sermon?

When I listen to a sermon, this is the question I’m most concerned with. I care about how a preacher exposits the text, but I’m not listening ...

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Feb 2, 2017
children, inner city, evangelism

We Won't Know Until We Get to Heaven: A Snapshot of By The Hand Ministry

Faith-based after-school program takes kids from inner-city Chicago by the hand.

It was bitterly cold, typical for Chicago during the December holidays. It was also Christmas in the City, when By The Hand takes kids into downtown Chicago to see the Christmas lights, shop at the flagship Old Navy store, and eat at a nearby McDonald’s.

As the children ...

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Jan 30, 2017
preaching, teaching, Bible

What is Biblical Preaching? The Messenger and the Message

an ongoing series on biblical preaching

In the last decade I have invested a lot of time in public speaking. With employee meetings, plenary sessions, breakouts at conferences, consulting ministry leaders, and speaking on books I have written, I have given hundreds and hundreds of leadership and ministry presentations. ...

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Jan 24, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 8): The Kingdom of God

Dr. Nick Perrin, Dean of the Graduate School at Wheaton College, joins the conversation.

What is the Kingdom of God, and how does it relate to the Church? How has systematic categories hindered our understanding of the Kingdom of God? Instead, perhaps it is time to take a storied nature to scripture.

Rather than talking about the Kingdom of God as something abstract ...

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Jan 24, 2017
evangelism, baby boomers, millennials

Does It Really Matter? How Generational Dynamics Impact Our Evangelism

We need different methods for reaching those over 40 and under 40.
Does It Really Matter? How Generational Dynamics Impact Our Evangelism

How should generational dynamics affect evangelistic methods? Or we could put it this way: “How is reaching people over the age of 40 different from reaching those under 40?”

This is a tricky issue. We must first recognize that the categories are nuanced. Generally, ...

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Jan 17, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 7): A Discussion on Judaism, the Ancient World, and Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith.

In this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and Ed delve into Ephesians 2:8-9 and what was going on culturally when people first heard Paul say this. What would they have been thinking about, especially related to works and what they needed from God? Who was this passage written ...

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Jan 12, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 6): What's Really Going On in the Book of Philippians, and What Can We Learn about God and Ourselves?

It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

In this week's episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and I discuss Philippians 2 and the themes within: joy, unity, partnership, etc.

What does it mean to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling? What does it means that we participate in Christ’s suffering? ...

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Jan 11, 2017
grief, grieving, sorrow

He Ain't Heavy: Witnessing Well During Seasons of Grief

Dean of Campus Ministry at Bethel University reflects on death and loss

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans?” I have found that in the most unpredictable, most inconvenient, and often most shocking ways that this statement can be true.

Just a few short weeks ago my family and I were on ...

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Jan 9, 2017
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: Analogizing and Applying Missional Effectiveness (Part 7)

Yo-Yos, newer churches, and established churches

Missional effectiveness begins with a biblical understanding of the message and movement of the missio Dei, which hopefully leads a church to become a missional people who embrace a missional posture and who enact a missional program.

So, how does this series about missional ...

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Jan 6, 2017
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Mark of Multiplication (Part 6)

Go where people are, make disciples, plant churches.

I’m in a series covering the topic of missional effectiveness. In the previous two posts, I have explained the marks of God’s mission. What I have sought to do is stress the major foci of each mark in an effort to build a visual of the enactment of the message and ...

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Jan 3, 2017
mission, missions, missional

Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Mark of Missional Community (Part 4)

Community is the vehicle of God's mission.

In this blog series, we are looking at the topic missional effectiveness. Once again, missional effectiveness is embracing the totality of the missio Dei—including its message, movement, and marks—and enacting it in the life of a local church.

So far, I have covered ...

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