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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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May 6, 2016
Interviews

Art and the Ultimate Investor: An Interview with Propaganda

Art is a return on God's investment in us.
Art and the Ultimate Investor: An Interview with Propaganda

Ed Stetzer: You are a spoken word artist. Could you explain a little of what that is?

Propaganda: Spoken word is essentially performance-based poetry. It’s like Shakespeare, but done in a way that’s birthed out of hip-hop culture.

ES: Your work seems to have both a ...

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May 4, 2016
Interview

How Many Evangelicals? An Interview with Brian Stiller

Getting a handle on the global number of Evangelicals
How Many Evangelicals? An Interview with Brian Stiller
Wikipedia

Ed Stetzer: Brian, why did you think it important to produce Evangelicals Around the World?

Brian Stiller: I was browsing in a bookstore and saw Evangelicals for Dummies. In flipping through the pages I was impressed with their accuracy, but all they wrote about was the United ...

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Feb 4, 2016
Interview

Church Planting At Thomas Road Baptist Church—An Interview with Jonathan Falwell

Thomas Road's pastor discusses the church's 60-year history of planting churches
Church Planting At Thomas Road Baptist Church—An Interview with Jonathan Falwell
TRBC

Ed Stetzer: Tell me about the church planting history of Thomas Roads Baptist Church as you look back at your 60 years.

Jonathan Falwell: My dad was always about church planting. He planted Thomas Road in 1956 and planted the first church out of Thomas Road just a year later. ...

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Feb 3, 2016
Interview

Exploring Evangelicalism: An Interview With Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel—Part 2

Brian Brodersen explains what some Evangelicals have misunderstood about Calvary Chapel
Exploring Evangelicalism: An Interview With Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel—Part 2
Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

ES: What do many Evangelicals often misunderstand about your movement?

BB: One of the most common misunderstandings about Calvary Chapel that I’ve encountered is on the issue of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It seems that the non-Charismatics think we are Charismatics, ...

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Feb 1, 2016
Interview

Exploring Evangelicalism: An Interview With Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel—Part 1

Brian Brodersen explains the uniqueness of Calvary Chapel's approach to ministry
Exploring Evangelicalism: An Interview With Brian Brodersen of Calvary Chapel—Part 1
Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

Ed Stetzer: What are some of the distinctives that make you different from other evangelical groups?

Brian Brodersen: The best way to answer that is to tell you a story. Years ago, when I was pastoring overseas, a prominent Evangelical pastor invited me to visit with him so we ...

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Jan 29, 2016
Interview

Religion in America: An Interview With Greg Smith of the Pew Research Center (Part 2)

Pew researcher says neither Christianity nor Evangelicalism are dying in the U.S.
Religion in America: An Interview With Greg Smith of the Pew Research Center (Part 2)
Wikipedia

Ed Stetzer: How would you describe the state of Evangelicalism knowing that this is much of our audience? Is Evangelicalism dying?

Greg Smith: Absolutely not.

There’s nothing in these data to suggest that Christianity is dying. That Evangelicalism is dying. That Catholicism ...

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Jan 28, 2016

A Muslim Declaration on Religious Minorities: An Interview w/ Pastor Bob Roberts in Marrakesh, Morocco

Landmark declaration from 250 global Muslim leaders calls for religious tolerance
A Muslim Declaration on Religious Minorities: An Interview w/ Pastor Bob Roberts in Marrakesh, Morocco
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ES: Bob, what’s happening there in Morocco and why does it matter?Bob Roberts: This is the first gathering in modern times that Muslims have called from among themselves to address issues of religious freedom in Muslim majority nations. Attendees are heads of state, ...
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