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Mar 14, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 15): Christianity in American History: Why Accuracy Matters

Dr. Tracy McKenzie is Chair of the History Department at Wheaton College.
Theology for Life (Ep. 15): Christianity in American History: Why Accuracy Matters
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In this episode of Theology for Life, Ed, Lynn, and guest Tracy McKenzie look at American history and the role of Christianity in the founding of the country. Who were the founders, and where were they at with their beliefs in God? And does America have a special covenant with ...

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Mar 13, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 5)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 5)

Episode Five | In What Specific Ways Can the Good News Be Good News?

Michael Hakmin Lee, research fellow at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, shares how the gospel can actually be good news in a world that is broken and hurting. Michael asks practical questions and asks ...

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Mar 9, 2017
evangelism, welcome, neighbor

Making Connections with Scattered People

How can we reach the immigrants in our community?
Making Connections with Scattered People
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I regularly frequent the coffee shop in my neighbourhood. True, I can have a cup of coffee at home. Why then do I head out to the coffee shop on a near daily basis?

The neighbourhood cafe is a place of connection. It is a communal place where people pause from their busy days ...

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Mar 8, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 14): Why Theology & Discipleship Are Interwoven

Dr. Keith Johnson is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.
Theology for Life (Ep. 14): Why Theology & Discipleship Are Interwoven
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Many in the Church believe that theology takes our eyes off being faithful to God in our discipleship and our call to be witnesses in the world. Dr. Johnson explains that the opposite is actually the case.

What exactly are some misconceptions people have surrounding the study ...

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Mar 7, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 4)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.

Episode Four | How Does an Introvert Do Evangelism?

Today, Karen Swanson, director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, shares, from an introvert’s point of view, what it’s like to be a witness for Christ in the world. ...

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Mar 3, 2017
evangelism, welcome

The Importance of a Welcoming Church Environment for Newcomers

Church members make newcomers feel like a part of the family.
The Importance of a Welcoming Church Environment for Newcomers
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In Spring 2016, I had the opportunity to work on a research study that looked at effectively evangelistic churches. Using data from my own interviews as well as those from fellow research team members, I wanted to understand what activities help a previously unchurched person ...

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Mar 2, 2017
evangelism, neighbors

Christianity's Most Vivid Celebration Is a Meal

This inner-city pastor is inviting himself into his neighbor's homes.
Christianity's Most Vivid Celebration Is a Meal
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Not every community is the same.

For the last 20 years, I have lived in a very connected neighborhood. This is the kind of place where people walk the streets, kids attend the same local school in walking distance, and people see each other at the laundromat, at the doctor, at ...

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Mar 1, 2017
easter, devotional

By His Wounds the World Is Healed: a 40-Day Resource Leading Up to Easter

40 days of visual inspiration to lead you to show & share the love of Jesus as Easter draws near

I want to share an invitation to join me on a 40-day journey leading up to Easter. Research has shown that this season ranks among the top times of year when people are most open to hearing the gospel. And as I’ve said before, evangelism has fallen on hard times. But my ...

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Feb 27, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 3)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.

Episode Three | Is There a One-Size-Fits-All Evangelism?

Today Christina Walker, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, talks about how people experience love differently and why our evangelism must take that into account. How can we ...

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Feb 24, 2017
coffee, evangelism, when helping hurts

When Coffee Isn't Enough: Reflecting on Relationships & Gospel Witness

The most valuable resource we can offer is the Gospel.
When Coffee Isn't Enough: Reflecting on Relationships & Gospel Witness
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We all hear those inspiring stories of people who have paid for the meal of the person behind them in the drive-thru lane. Or people who have dropped $20 bills into the buckets of all those they pass by on the street. Or those who have purchased a hot drink for the person standing ...

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Feb 23, 2017
evangelism, old testament, new testament, temple

A Journey of Evangelism in Scripture: The Temple

History reflects a God who deeply longs to be with His people.

From the beginning of time, God’s desire and design is to dwell in and amongst His creation. God’s dream manifests a world of perfect harmony—a world where God is the natural habitat of humanity.

Yet we know the story all too well: man and woman rejected God ...

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Feb 20, 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.
Belong, Believe, Become: A New Process of Evangelism
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“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
Toward a National Renewal of Evangelism through the Local Church in Our Day
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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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