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Nov 10, 2017
evangelical, gospel, culture

Are Evangelicals Losing the Gospel in Our Day?

The Gospel itself never changes; the way we share the Gospel must.

When preaching the gospel, many preachers today are talking less about forgiveness and getting to heaven and more about bringing God’s kingdom to earth and changing and healing the world in the here and now.

Is this a good thing?

No and yes. Let me explain.

The gospel is ...

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Nov 7, 2017
evangelism, podcast

So What If 8 Out of 10 Unchurched People Are Willing to Talk About Faith?

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
So What If 8 Out of 10 Unchurched People Are Willing to Talk About Faith?

Episode 39: So What If 8 Out of 10 Unchurched People Are Willing to Talk About Faith?

Laurie Nichols, director of communications and marketing at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, challenges us to look squarely in the eye and ask how our evangelism is going. How are ...

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Nov 3, 2017
important, urgent, relationship, task

Not Neglecting the Important for the Urgent

Tasks may be urgent, but people are important
Not Neglecting the Important for the Urgent
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There are many times God uses my sweet 5-year-old son to humble me and redirect my focus to the important things. Recently, as I was tucking him into bed and praying quickly over him, I thought about all the things I still had left to do. In my own world, I hoped to quickly ...

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Oct 30, 2017
evangelism, podcast

How to Move from Leading Someone to Christ to Discipling

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
How to Move from Leading Someone to Christ to Discipling

Episode 38: How to Move from Leading Someone to Christ to Discipling

Jerry Root, evangelism professor and director of the Evangelism Initiative at the Billy Graham Center, talks about how to disciple those we’ve just led to faith. What kind of questions can we ask? What ...

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Oct 26, 2017
denomination, network, mentor, accountability

The Growth of Non-Denominationalism Is Making It Harder to Find Mentoring

Pastors outside of denominations need to find ways to connect with community and mentors.
The Growth of Non-Denominationalism Is Making It Harder to Find Mentoring
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“I need your coaching and advice,” is an email I often receive. Sometimes I can help, but many times I cannot. So my response is usually, “Have you called your denomination, network, or fellowship leader or partner?”

You see, one of the advantages to being ...

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Oct 23, 2017
evangelism, podcast

How Living in Light of Eternity Radically Changes Our Priorities

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
How Living in Light of Eternity Radically Changes Our Priorities

Episode 37: How Living in Light of Eternity Radically Changes Our Priorities

Kerilee Van Schooten, Church Evangelism Research and Ministries Coordinator at the Billy Graham Center, talks about how to view our whole life as a ‘short-term mission trip’ and why this ...

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Oct 20, 2017
evangelism, friendship, marketplace

Evangelism and the Marketplace: Four Stories of Evangelism on the Streets of Chicago

Evangelism professor talks to people while they're waiting for the train
Evangelism and the Marketplace: Four Stories of Evangelism on the Streets of Chicago
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Once a month I go out with Wheaton College students to share the gospel on the streets of Chicago. Many are intimidated by this kind of sharing. While I prefer ‘friendship evangelism’ most of all, marketplace evangelism is also a worthy enterprise.

In fact, the Gospels ...

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Oct 16, 2017
evangelism, podcast

What Job Can Teach Us About Responding To Suffering

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
What Job Can Teach Us About Responding To Suffering

Episode 36: What Job Can Teach Us About Responding To Suffering

Michael Lee, research fellow at the Billy Graham Center, talks about how the gospel intersects with the brokenness of our world. As God’s ambassadors, we are accountable for how we represent God, His purposes, ...

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Oct 13, 2017
evangelism, leadership, discipleship

Trickle-Down Evangelism

Are disciples becoming disciple-makers?
Trickle-Down Evangelism
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The Reagan-era theory of trickle-down economics is hotly contested among pundits who question whether or not the poor are actually helped by benefits given to the wealthy. In theory, various tax cuts and benefits to the rich should trickle-down to the poor and allow for mutual ...

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Oct 11, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Don’t Be Overcome By Fear, But Go Forth In Faith

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Don’t Be Overcome By Fear, But Go Forth In Faith

Episode 35: Don’t Be Overcome By Fear, But Go Forth In Faith

Karen Swanson, director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center, talks about overcoming fear when it comes to sharing our faith with others. How do we do it? What resources can help? ...

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Oct 5, 2017
globalization, evangelism, discipleship, hospitality

Use Globalization for the Gospel

The four corners of the world are now in your neighborhood.
Use Globalization for the Gospel
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Although Dubai is an Arabian city on the Persian Gulf, there are still Starbucks everywhere. Within these coffee shops you find a microcosm of the city. Women—fully covered in black abaya robes and head scarfs covering every strand of hair—chatter at one table, while ...

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Oct 2, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Metaphors and the Gospel

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

Episode 34: Metaphors and the Gospel

Christina Walker, associate director of academic programs at the Billy Graham Center, talks about metaphors for the gospel and how those can influence our evangelism and discipleship. As heirs of God, how are we using our influence and relationship ...

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Sep 18, 2017
evangelism, podcast

When Disasters Bring Out the Best in Our Gospel Witness

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
When Disasters Bring Out the Best in Our Gospel Witness

Episode 32: When Disasters Bring Out the Best in Our Gospel Witness

Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center, talks about the role of people of faith during times of natural disasters. In this moment of need, we can speak into their hurts and lend a helping hand. ...

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Sep 13, 2017
camp, self-esteem, confidence, discipleship

Why Girls Need Camp

Christian camp can be a powerful, confidence-building experience for girls.
Why Girls Need Camp

Over Labor Day weekend, I was in Miami with my youngest daughter. She keeps in touch with a number of friends she met at a camp she attended, so we met some for lunch.

My daughter and I talked a bit in the car about why she loves camp, and it inspired me to write a bit on the ...

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Sep 12, 2017
evangelical, charismatic, spiritual gift

The Fallacy of Spiritual Gifts

God uses weak people.
The Fallacy of Spiritual Gifts
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Brett and Noelle are busy penciling in 200 dots in the spiritual gifts inventory they’ve been given by their local church. Nervously concentrating, Brett and Noelle work their way to question 200, hand in their sheets, and anxiously wait until next Sunday to discover their ...

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