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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

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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Nov 22, 2016
church planting, church growth, missions

Perched on the Shoulders of Giants (Part 1)

Building on Legacy for the Sake of Mission

“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance” (Joshua ...

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Nov 22, 2016
church planting, racial reconciliation

The Next Iteration of the Black Church

The Church needs Black pastoral leadership.
The Next Iteration of the Black Church

On Sunday, September 25, something truly remarkable happened in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. At an AMC movie theater in one of the largest shopping malls in the Greater Milwaukee area, hundreds of people gathered to hear a message about racial justice.

The fact that they gathered is ...

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Nov 15, 2016
Billy Graham, crusades, saint

Cliff Barrows Just Moved from Choir Director to Member of Heavenly Choir

Billy Graham's long-time song leader and choir director passes into Glory

Every day when I come into my office at the Billy Graham Center, I walk through the main doors marked “Barrows Auditorium.” Once inside, I pass by the auditorium, which, to this day, is often filled with students and outside groups singing gospel, contemporary, and ...

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Oct 22, 2016
obituary, memory

C. Peter Wagner (1930-2016), Some Thoughts on His Life and Passing

Missiologist, missionary, writer, teacher, and Church Growth specialist
C. Peter Wagner (1930-2016), Some Thoughts on His Life and Passing

I was sad to hear Peter Wagner died yesterday. He was always a fascinating and brilliant man... and he loved the Church.

Who is Peter Wagner?

For those of you who don’t know who he was, I first knew him as a professor at the School of World Missions at Fuller Seminary. His ...

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Oct 9, 2016

Sunday Journeys - One Month at Moody Church

I love the diversity of cultures, ages, and worship styles.
Sunday Journeys - One Month at Moody Church

I was not at Moody Church today, but ended up at another Chicagoland church due to an odd twist of circumstances.

I was planning to be in Miami this weekend, preaching at Christ Fellowship, while Knute Larson preached at Moody Church. However, the storm bumped me out of Miami ...

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Oct 8, 2016
events, speaking

Saturday is for Seminars - Centered & Sent, CMHC Summit, CPLF

Join me in Chicagoland, North Carolina, or Nashville.
Saturday is for Seminars - Centered & Sent, CMHC Summit, CPLF

Centered & Sent - October 18-19 - Durham, NC

CareNet 35th Anniversary Banquet - October 27 - Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Church, Mental Health, and Counseling Summit – November 3-5 – Naperville, IL

Coming Soon

Saturday, October 8, 5:00 pmHarvest Rolling Meadows Rolling ...

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Sep 17, 2016
events, speaking

Saturday is for Seminars - Moody Church, IMPACT, LCMC Annual Gathering

Join me in Chicago, South Carolina, or Colorado.
Saturday is for Seminars - Moody Church, IMPACT, LCMC Annual Gathering

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 16th Annual Gathering – October 2-5, 2016 – Denver, CO

Coming Soon

September 18, 2016
Moody Church
Chicago, IL

September 20-21, 2016
Yale University
New Haven, CT

September 22, 2016
IMPACT Conference
Columbia, SC

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Sep 5, 2016
prayer, strategy, IJM

Recovering Prayer And Discernment In Our Agendas And Strategies

Oftentimes, the spiritual practices of discernment and listening to the Holy Spirit—which inherently carry risks of subjectivity—get evicted from the Christian planning process.
Recovering Prayer And Discernment In Our Agendas And Strategies
IJM Institute

Often, our “Christian” plans are created by really smart people doing really smart things and thinking really smart thoughts. But are our organizations’ strategic plans and vision statements just secular work wrapped in Christian clothing? Add “by the ...

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Aug 9, 2016
sexual abuse, leadership, sin, ABWE

When The Church Becomes Complicit In Sin: Lessons On Preventing and Combatting Sexual Abuse

God wants those institutions that bear His name to be holy in the secret places. Only then are they truly His.
When The Church Becomes Complicit In Sin: Lessons On Preventing and Combatting Sexual Abuse

Just a month ago Elie Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz and a voice for justice, died. His words remain: “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

In reading through the Professional Investigators International ...

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Aug 5, 2016
leadership, legacy

Leadership Legacies: Why Character Trumps All

Good leaders are known for leading, encouraging, and caring for those in their organization.
Leadership Legacies: Why Character Trumps All

The Apostle Paul wrote,

What after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is ...

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Jul 29, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—July 29, 2016

Disaster Relief, Excuses, Sharing faith, Church signs, and more!
Weekend Edition—July 29, 2016

Preaching in the Wake of DisasterJamie Aten

Bringing hope to victims of a disaster is a great opportunity and responsibility.

Conflict Resolution, Excuses, and Race RelationsBarnabas Piper

Isn’t it about time we who claim the gospel move forward—fast—toward ...

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Jul 27, 2016
Research

Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry

Facts are our friends, and so are stats.
Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry
Yahoo Movies / Sony

Those of you who know me know my tentative relationship with all things sports. But, with our move to Wheaton I wanted to approach our new home missionally, so, I took in a Chicago Cubs game.

It isn’t that I know nothing of sports; I just haven’t kept up much. Going ...

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Jul 25, 2016
Church Planting

Don’t Be the Bottleneck

Effective lead pastors must learn how to lead larger.
Don’t Be the Bottleneck

I love helping churches uncover growth opportunities! And oftentimes, while leading churches through this strategic process, I uncover something else. A bottleneck! The dictionary defines a bottleneck as a point of congestion or blockage. As the lead pastor, you must continually ...

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Jul 23, 2016
Seminars
Saturday is for Seminars—Church Planting Leaders and The Defenders Apologetics Conference in Chicago

The next couple of weeks are a crazy couple of weeks in our family.

We’ve sold our Nashville house and move next week. Then, the week after, we unpack.

And, then, after that… back at it for a couple of conferences!

Here’s a couple where I’d value your prayers.

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