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Feb 15, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 11): Crisis of Doubt/Perseverance in Faith

Dr. Timothy Larsen is the McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College.

In this episode, Ed and Lynn visit with Dr. Timothy Larsen to discuss Victorian England, doubt of significant leaders of that time, and the role of doubt for the Christian today. What were the patterns of those who came back to faith? How did the Church handle them coming back ...

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Feb 8, 2017
new book, interview, hospitality

What made you write a book on hospitality?

Dustin: Over the past few years, I’ve realized just how revolutionary the concept of opening my home to others can be. There was a time in my life and ministry when opening my home to others was the very last thing I wanted to ...

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Jan 28, 2017
book, 20 truths

20 Truths from "The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb"

Searching for Jesus' Path of Power in a Church that has Abandoned It

I am glad to feature a new book by Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin on the blog today. Kyle is an assistant professor of Spiritual Theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; Jamin is a pastor at Mission Hills Church in San Marcos, CA. Kyle and Jamin have also co-written ...

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Dec 22, 2016
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 3): Mary in Art and Icons

Associate Professor of Art History embraces Mary and Jesus in art

Lynn Cohick (Professor of New Testament) and I welcomed Matthew Milliner to the podcast this week. He is Associate Professor of Art History at Wheaton College. His scholarly specialization is Byzantine and medieval art, with a focus on how such images inform contemporary visual ...

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Dec 21, 2016
interview, book, culture

Stay the Course: My Interview with Wilfredo de Jesus on His Recent Book

"Pastor Choco" pastors one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago.

Ed:You write in the book that Christ is the True North. It keeps us on track with God and His purposes for us. What advice can you give to help us stay the course when culture is drifting?

Pastor Choco: Let me share a story. I was recently on a two-hour flight from Chicago to ...

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Dec 16, 2016
theology, podcast

As a missiologist, the study of theology (of God and His missio Dei) is critical for the way I understand the world and our place in it. In fact, in an article I wrote a few years ago, I reflected on the importance of theology for a missiologist:

Foundational to missiology is ...
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Dec 12, 2016
evangelism, church planting

Stand and Share: My Interview with Outreach Magazine

The Decline of Christian Evangelism … and What We Can Do About It

Ed, you study the big picture of evangelism in America today. Give us a snapshot.

American Christians have moved away from a focus on sharing the gospel. Historically, there are seasons to this, where people emphasize gospel proclamation for a while, then emphasize gospel demonstration ...

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Oct 28, 2016
church growth

Growing Young

Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church
Growing Young

We keep hearing that young people are leaving the church and the faith in droves. Is it true, and how do you hope your research helps churches today?

Much of the doom and gloom about young people leaving the church is true. Church attendance is declining overall. The share of ...

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Oct 14, 2016
evangelism, invitation, interview

Q&A with Steve Carter On "This Invitational Life"

Teaching Pastor for Willow Creek Community Church
Q&A with Steve Carter On "This Invitational Life"

Ed: The book does not have evangelism in the title, but it’s categorized under that. So, why an evangelism book? Everyone’s talking about mission, justice, etc., but not a lot about evangelism. So, why write on that?

Steve: Friends told me that writing your first ...

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Sep 21, 2016
interview, bgce

Introducing John Richards, The New BGCE Managing Director

I am very excited to welcome John Richards as our new Managing Director at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism.
Introducing John Richards, The New BGCE Managing Director

Ed: John, tell me a little bit about yourself, your previous work experience and your family life, your background.

John: I’ve been married to my wife, Sheridan, for seven years and we have two children, 6 and 18 months. My background is very interesting. I tell people ...

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Sep 6, 2016
Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church, pastors

36 Years Of Ministry: One-on-One With Erwin Lutzer

My interview with Erwin Lutzer on what it takes to survive, and thrive, during 30+ years of ministry.
36 Years Of Ministry: One-on-One With Erwin Lutzer

After 36 years as senior Pastor, Dr. Erwin Lutzer has transitioned to his new role as Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church. As such he will continue with his media ministry and also encourage other pastors in their ministries.

Ed: What does it take to have a ministry of 30+ years ...

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Sep 2, 2016
Dave Furman, suffering

Being There: How To Love Those Who Are Hurting

An interview with Dave Furman on his new book.
Being There: How To Love Those Who Are Hurting

Ed: What is your book about and who is it for?

Dave: Being There is a book about how to love those who are hurting. It’s a book for all of us because all of us have friends, family, neighbors, or fellow church members who suffer from disability, depression, or sickness. ...

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Jun 17, 2016
Interview

Missional Hymns—An Interview with Keith Getty

Keith and Kristen Getty drive hymnody for the missionary work.
Missional Hymns—An Interview with Keith Getty

Ed Stetzer: Tell us a little bit about how you put together the album in the first place. It’s very diverse.

Keith Getty: It all comes out of the Facing a Task Unfinished hymn, written by Frank Houghton, 1931, in the context of mass persecution in China. He writes this ...

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May 18, 2016
Interview

The Armageddon Code—An End Times Interview with Billy Hallowell

The return of Christ remains, as ever, a topic of great interest.
The Armageddon Code—An End Times Interview with Billy Hallowell

Ed Stetzer: Why did you write this book?

Billy Hallowell: I have always been fascinated by end-times theology. I was raised in non-denominational churches, so—like many evangelicals—I'm more than familiar with the concept of premillennialism and a pre-tribulation ...

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May 11, 2016
Interview

Remembering Spiritual Disciplines

Authors David Mathis and Philip Nation discuss a vital subject.
Remembering Spiritual Disciplines

Ed Stetzer: What prompted you to write on this subject?

David Mathis: I spent eight years on the college campus, first as a college student and then discipling college students on staff with Campus Outreach. One of our biggest focuses was teaching students to “fish for ...

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