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Nov 8, 2013
The Gospel Project

Is Your Church Prepared to Answer the Big Questions of the Faith?

Christians don't need to shy away from hard topics—we need to face them with truth and grace.
Is Your Church Prepared to Answer the Big Questions of the Faith?

Our culture is changing. Always has been, to be honest, but we are seeing some major shifts in the culture of our day. Long time beliefs are being jettisoned. Affiliations from birth are being abandoned. What was once hidden is now mainstream. What was once accepted is now ...

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Oct 30, 2013
Subversive Kingdom

Subversive Kingdom: The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

Jesus communicated the mysteries of the Kingdom through the context of his hearers.
Subversive Kingdom: The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds
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Jesus lived in an agrarian society, so it shouldn't surprise us that many of His parables use metaphors related to farming. When He told these stories originally, His audience would have resonated with the talk of fields, seed, and crops.

These were tangible ideas Jesus ...

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Oct 27, 2013
Money

Still Learning on Sundays: Reflections on Money Mistakes

What are some of the most common errors we make when it comes to money?
Still Learning on Sundays: Reflections on Money Mistakes
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I started a new (occasional) feature of things from my Sunday message. Last time, it was something the Lord taught me—on the need to forgive some people who had not done anything to me, but I was growing bitter toward. Now, I just thought I'd share something I learned ...

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Oct 13, 2013
Forgiveness

Still Learning on Sundays: Reflections on Something the Lord Taught Me through this Morning's Message

Even when we don’t have direct strife with someone, bitterness and a lack of forgiveness can still take root
Still Learning on Sundays: Reflections on Something the Lord Taught Me through this Morning's Message
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I was struck this week (and last) that my message preparation led to conviction in my own life. As I preach, I need to learn and I thought it might be helpful to occasionally share that on the blog. I'm calling this feature, "Still Learning on Sundays." It will ...

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Sep 27, 2013
The Gospel Project

The Heart of the Gospel and The Gospel Project: The Atonement

The Gospel Project editors comment on the importance of the atonement.
The Heart of the Gospel and The Gospel Project: The Atonement

In spring of next year, The Gospel Project team will release the seventh volume of our new curriculum. You may have heard that the Gospel Project recently passed half a million weekly users.

It's a crazy thing—God is using The Gospel Project around the world, ...

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Sep 16, 2013
Assessments

What Methods Give Us the Wrong Answers?

Creating an Assessment Culture, part 3: How Not To Do It
What Methods Give Us the Wrong Answers?
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Last year, Caroline Inglis was on the verge of an historic feat. No high school golfer, male or female, had ever captured the Oregon state title four consecutive years. Inglis won the class 5A state tournament her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. There seemed very little ...

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Sep 5, 2013
Interview

Talking Evangelism with the Evangelism Linebacker

An Interview with Derwin Gray - Part 3
Talking Evangelism with the Evangelism Linebacker
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Before I ever met you personally, I saw these witnessing videos that went viral. Are you the evangelism linebacker? How did that happen?

That's me. When they were developing the idea, someone had heard me speak at the University of Montana State and said I would be perfect ...

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Aug 26, 2013
Assessments

Creating an Assessment Culture

What Is It and Are We Really Making Disciples?
Creating an Assessment Culture
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I hate bad stats. They undermine the credibility of Christians and can confuse the issues. (I've written on the issue in Christianity Today.) But when we apply stats wisely, they can be of great benefit.

So while I often say "facts are our friends," they aren't ...

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Aug 21, 2013
Interview

A Neglected Grace

An Interview with Jason Helopoulos on Family Worship
A Neglected Grace
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How does family worship help teach children the gospel rather than just religion?

As we think about the difference between the gospel and mere religion, it is not that we obey and therefore are accepted, but are accepted and therefore obey. Maybe one of the greatest challenges ...

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Aug 20, 2013
Gospel Project

Four Reasons Jesus' Ascension Matters

Excerpt from The Gospel Project
Four Reasons Jesus' Ascension Matters
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For Luke, the ascension was a significant moment in the disciples' personal transformation and the advance of the gospel through the church. He emphasized the importance of the ascension by ending his Gospel with this event and beginning his second volume, Acts, with ...

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Aug 7, 2013
Discipleship

Better Discipleship

5 Broken Views of Discipleship and How to Fix Them
Better Discipleship

There is a lot of talk about discipleship these days—and it is about time. Jesus seemed to think discipleship was a big deal, putting it as the heart—and the verb—of the Great Commission to "make disciples of all nations." Yet, it seems discipleship ...

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Jul 26, 2013
Christ-Centered Preaching

Christ-Centered Preaching and The Gospel Project

Guidelines for Christ-Centeredness in The Gospel Project Curriculum
Christ-Centered Preaching and The Gospel Project
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Over the last month, I've brought a number of scholars to this blog to discuss the importance of Christ-centered preaching and teaching. We've looked at the strengths and weaknesses of adopting this kind of hermeneutic.

This series leaves us with the question that ...

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Jul 22, 2013
Christ-Centered Preaching

Bryan Chapell on Christ-Centered Preaching - Part 2

Redemptive Reading Glasses and Grace
Bryan Chapell on Christ-Centered Preaching - Part 2

Redemptive Reading Glasses

Finally, the most basic and common way to see redemptive truth(s) in any text is by asking two questions that are fair to ask of any text: 1) What does this text reflect about the nature of God who provides redemption? and/or, 2) What does this text ...

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Jul 15, 2013
Christ-Centered Preaching

Bryan Chapell on Christ Centered Preaching: Part One

Exegesis, Eisegesis, and Redemptive Context
Bryan Chapell on Christ Centered Preaching: Part One

First Encounters with Christ-centered Preaching

I first encountered Christ-centered preaching, when a substitute preaching professor gave me my first "C" on a sermon in seminary. After crying myself to sleep, I summoned the courage to ask him, "Why?" and ...

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Jul 9, 2013
Christ-Centered Preaching

Dr. Walt Kaiser on Christ-Centered Preaching

Christ-Centered Hermeneutics, Part Seven
 Dr. Walt Kaiser on Christ-Centered Preaching

I believe the first time I encountered the problem that Christ-centered preaching attempts to solve was in Dr. Sidney Greidanus' work entitled Sola Scriptura: Problems and Principles in Preaching Historical Texts, (Toronto: Wedge Publishing, 1970). In his account of the ...

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