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Jul 3, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 20)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 20)

Episode Twenty | Are You Seeking to be a Fisherman or a Shepherd?

Colleen Cooper, Development Coordinator at the Billy Graham Center, shares a personal example of working through conflict in order to bring deeper conversation and trust. Colleen reminds us that in evangelism, ...

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Jun 26, 2017
character, leadership, accountability

Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term

D.L. Moody described character as “what you are in the dark.”
Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term
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It comes as no surprise to anyone when I say that pastoring is hard. Pastors bear the spiritual responsibility of a church. They grow it to sustainability, help it thrive, drive the vision, and care for the culture.

I recently wrote an article for Influence Magazine on “Leading ...

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Jun 23, 2017
Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Alt-Right
Here's a Resolution: Denominations Should Stop Shooting Themselves in the Foot

Dwight McKissic called the most recent SBC drama a “24-hour roller coaster ride.”

I called it shooting yourself in the foot. Again. Publicly.

What could have been a Tuesday condemnation of racism became a Wednesday mea culpa.

So, what really happened on Tuesday when ...

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Jun 21, 2017
leadership

Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry

Healthy leaders make for healthy organizations.
Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry
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1. Value People More Than Tasks

This first leadership axiom is one that I will occasionally just put on a post-it note on the top of my computer. Slow down and see people. Because I'm such a driven leader, I can be task before people by nature. I am sure there are others ...

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Jun 19, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 19)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 19)

Episode Nineteen | Developing a Spirit of Acceptance When We Reach Out to the Unchurched

Rick Richardson, Professor at Wheaton College and head of academic programs and research at the Billy Graham Center, shares a story of a recent evangelism encounter. Rick explains that once ...

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Jun 19, 2017
mentor, accountability, confession

Saving Your Ministry Before You Lose It

A wise leader does not wait for God to send a messenger to uncover his or her sin.
Saving Your Ministry Before You Lose It
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He spoke only a few words and I knew something was wrong…desperately wrong. When my phone rang and I saw who it was, I was happy. Ken (not his real name) was a faithful friend and pastor of a local church in our community. I had known him for about a decade and I respected ...

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Jun 16, 2017
evangelism, freedom, persecution

Like a Knife in the Heart: When Our Witness Is Costly

In some parts of the world, a life of witness requires great courage.
Like a Knife in the Heart: When Our Witness Is Costly
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The first time I wrote for this blog, I shared that many Americans are actually open to hearing about the Christian faith. Research shows that previously unchurched people are looking for a welcoming, including environment that makes them feel like church members want them to ...

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Jun 15, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

The Power of Polarity

It’s past time the ongoing divide between justice and evangelism was broken down.
The Power of Polarity
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The Western mind, by default, seeks resolution of tension, elimination of ambiguity, and distinction in borders. This is true in the world of music, which is mostly storytelling set to song. It is true in the world of television and film, which is mostly storytelling set to ...

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Jun 14, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 18)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 18)

Episode Eighteen | Two Practical Ways to Show and Share the Love of Jesus with Others

Wes Holland, Program Administrator of the Rural Matters Institute at the Billy Graham Center, reminds us that God went on a rescue mission for us, and that we must do the same for others. He ...

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Jun 14, 2017
Southern Baptist, racism, alt-right
Southern Baptists, Racism, and the Alt-Right: It's Time to Make This Right, Plain, and Clear
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Update: #SBC17 just passed a resolution condemning the alt-right white nationalist movement. 99.9% vote, followed by standing ovation. Here’s the original article:

Last night, here in Phoenix at the Southern Baptist Convention, things got a bit unhinged.

Emma Green explains ...

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Jun 7, 2017
preaching, teaching, Bible

Leading by Biblical Preaching: An Example from Christ Fellowship-Miami

Pastors, lead from the pulpit, not the board room.
Leading by Biblical Preaching: An Example from Christ Fellowship-Miami
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The articles in this series on biblical preaching have been so helpful! Many thanks to the writers. Here, I want to share my story, which reveals the power of biblical preaching to lead even if you’re not a great leader.

I am not a strong leader by nature, and early on ...

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Jun 5, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

Reaching the Next Generation

This is a generation starving for community.
Reaching the Next Generation
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When it comes to the next generation, I’m sure of two things:

1) We aren’t too effective today at reaching (or keeping) the next generation.

2) The Gospel still works powerfully in any generation.

How do we share Christ effectively to a generation not impressed by the ...

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Jun 2, 2017
evangelism, leadership, accountability

Evangelism in Leadership: Is It Really as Simple as 5 Simple Steps?

We cannot lead what we do not live.

Pastors today are facing several challenges that make it tough to lead their churches into evangelism. With a trend towards tolerance, evangelism and ‘trying to convert’ others is often a major turn off in broader American and Western culture. Within the Church, ...

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May 31, 2017
conspiracy, truth

Christians, Repent (Yes, Repent) of Spreading Conspiracy Theories and Fake News—It's Bearing False Witness

Try this instead: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Christians, Repent (Yes, Repent) of Spreading Conspiracy Theories and Fake News—It's Bearing False Witness
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Conspiracy theories are nothing new—they’ve been around for centuries.

People love to speculate on hidden meanings or to jump at the potential of juicy secrets. Unfortunately, when these things are unfounded, lies are told and people are hurt. And most unfortunately, ...

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May 24, 2017
evangelism, church planting, leadership

The Type of Leaders a Small Town Church Needs

Lessons from a Small Town Pastor

A pastor or church planter in a small town who wants to make a long-lasting impact on the community will need a strategy to develop good leaders. What should you be looking for?

Leaders Who Are Reliable

Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-2 to, “Entrust to faithful men who ...

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