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Mar 24, 2017
mass incarceration, correctional ministry

Engaging Churches in Caring for Incarcerated Persons and Their Families

Correctional ministry leader calls churches to care for the incarcerated as they do the sick.
Engaging Churches in Caring for Incarcerated Persons and Their Families
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What if churches treated prisoners with the same care and support that they treat those in their congregation who are sick? What if churches invested in the redemption of incarcerated persons with the same regularity and resources as they do the healing and restoration of those ...

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Mar 20, 2017
evangelism, encouragement

30 Day Infusions to Be Better Followers of Christ

30 days and four essential practices
30 Day Infusions to Be Better Followers of Christ
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I have said it many times, “The local church can be like a black hole!” Don’t get me wrong. I love the local church, I am a pastor, and I believe that God’s people (both gathered and scattered) are the best hope for the gospel to impact lives and communities. ...

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Mar 13, 2017
preaching, teaching, Bible

What is Biblical Preaching? Exegesis vs Exposition

Executive Editor of Preaching magazine contributes to an ongoing series
What is Biblical Preaching? Exegesis vs Exposition
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Most pastors would like to think of themselves as “biblical” preachers. We love God’s Word and recognize its authority; it’s the rare preacher who fails to acknowledge that scripture should play a prominent role in our proclamation. But what do we mean ...

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Mar 6, 2017
preaching, teaching, Bible

What is Biblical Preaching?

President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary advocates for expository preaching
What is Biblical Preaching?
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Evangelical ministers generally agree that preaching is God’s appointed means to proclaim the gospel and instruct the church. Yet, within evangelicalism, precisely how one is to preach the Bible remains a contested topic—and one with huge ramifications.

Though I sometimes ...

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Feb 27, 2017
preaching, teaching, Bible

What is Biblical Preaching? Meeting the Needs of the People I Serve

“I’m just one beggar telling another beggar where I found bread.”
What is Biblical Preaching? Meeting the Needs of the People I Serve
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As a seminary student, I was assigned a book on preaching called Building Sermons to Meet People’s Needs. This book has taught me so much about how to plan my preaching throughout the year. When I’m planning my preaching, whether I’m planning to look at a New ...

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Feb 22, 2017
BGCE, graduate school, evangelism, leadership

Empowering Leaders for Strategic Evangelism Leadership

Leaders have the capacity to affect great changes in their communities.
Empowering Leaders for Strategic Evangelism Leadership
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This past January, I taught a class called “Missional Movements and Evangelism” at Wheaton College. One of the students in the class was Josh Fenska, who pastors Redeemer Community Church in Aurora, Illinois. Over the course of three days in class, I was reminded ...

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Feb 21, 2017
conference, pastors, preaching, teaching

One on One with the Small Church Pastor who "Took Over" the SBC Pastors Conference to Highlight Smaller Churches

An "average" church pastor is the president of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference.
One on One with the Small Church Pastor who "Took Over" the SBC Pastors Conference to Highlight Smaller Churches
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Ed: You’re a small church pastor and yet you won the election to be President of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. I think there was a message that Southern Baptists were sending to themselves. Sometimes people forget what a typical church looks ...

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Feb 20, 2017
theology, podcast

Theology for Life (Ep. 12): Rhetoric and Preaching the Gospel

Dr. Theon Hill is Assistant Professor of Communication at Wheaton College.
Theology for Life (Ep. 12): Rhetoric and Preaching the Gospel
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What is rhetoric, and why were the early prophets breaking all the rules when it came to communications? What does the Bible have to say about rhetoric? Rhetoric which is good is that which pushes people towards God and tells the truth.

What is the role of rhetoric in the public ...

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Feb 17, 2017
evangelism, bgce

When Evangelism Really Isn’t That Hard

Director of the BGCE Evangelism Initiative offers a guide on where we begin.

We do not take Jesus to anyone. He is already present, at some level, in everyone’s life.

How could it not be so given the omnipresence of God? Furthermore, because He is a God of love, He is near every person you meet, loving and wooing him or her.

We do not go to bring ...

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Feb 13, 2017
preaching, teaching, Bible

What Is Biblical Preaching? Stewarding the Message

Pastor of The Summit Church draws on Martyn Lloyd-Jones
What Is Biblical Preaching? Stewarding the Message
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One of the best books on preaching I’ve ever read is Between Two Worlds by John Stott. In it, he shared a metaphor for preaching that has always stuck with me. He said that one of the words used in the New Testament for “preacher” is the word “steward.” ...

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Feb 3, 2017
evangelism, truth, post-truth

Evangelism in a Post-Truth World

The world might be changing, but the gospel has not.

What is truth? Tension filled the room as Pontius Pilate’s words peeled back the layers of the human condition. An accused Jesus is standing before Pilate on trumped up (no pun intended) charges of insurrection. Pilate offered the interrogatory in response to words Jesus ...

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Jan 21, 2017
conferences, events, speaking
Saturday is for Seminars - Fractured, The Church and Mental Illness, One Night Centered on God

Fractured – Tuesday, January 24 – Wheaton, IL

The Church and Mental Illness – Tuesday, January 24

One Night Centered on God – Friday, March 17 – Wheaton, IL

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Monday & Tuesday, January 30 & 31, 2017Restore: A Conference on Mission Orlando, ...

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Dec 19, 2016
evangelism, leaders

Convening Thought Leaders: The Evangelism Leaders Fellowship

The BGCE hosts the first gathering of a new initiative.
Convening Thought Leaders: The Evangelism Leaders Fellowship
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One of my roles as Managing Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism (BGCE) is leading the center’s various initiatives and fellowships. It is a role I relish, as I realize the potential impact of the great work we’re doing.

Last December, we set a goal ...

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Dec 15, 2016
church planting, church growth, barrier

When a Pastor is a Growth Barrier: The Value of a Strong Work Ethic

God made us to work; sin made work frustrating and difficult.
When a Pastor is a Growth Barrier: The Value of a Strong Work Ethic
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A church that breaks barriers needs a leader that breaks barriers.

Dealing with sin is of the utmost importance for a leader. But there is another issue that isn’t often discussed, and for those in ministry it goes hand in hand with confronting sin—the importance ...

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Dec 5, 2016
preaching, teaching, Bible

What is Biblical Preaching? A New Series, starting with Kyle Idleman

Southeast Christian Church Teaching Pastor is the first in a new series
What is Biblical Preaching? A New Series, starting with Kyle Idleman
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As early as Acts 2, Luke wrote that Christians were devoted to, “the apostles’ teaching,” which has at least something to do with what we would call “biblical preaching” today. Many scholars believe that much of the New Testament came from sermons ...

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