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May 25, 2016
Church

Living in a (Nominal) Religious Context

Nominal religious contexts do not mean the end of the church.
Living in a (Nominal) Religious Context
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Many American Southerners still possess a religious terminology that expresses they were saved at the age of 8, baptized at the age of 10, and are on the membership roll at the Crooked Creek Pentecostal Church or the Sugar Creek Methodist Church. Many of these individuals based ...

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May 9, 2016
Evangelism

Amplifying Evangelism—Using Your Existing Ministries to Bless Your Community with the Gospel

You don't have to reinvent the wheel to reach your community.
Amplifying Evangelism—Using Your Existing Ministries to Bless Your Community with the Gospel

Churches, by nature, are selfish. Because the church is made up of people, and people are fundamentally self-serving, the church ends up expending much of its time, money, and energy on those who are already part of the family of God.

I am not seeking to be critical or mean spirited, ...

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May 2, 2016
Mission

Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Understanding culture is crucial to a church's effectiveness.
Missiology, Church Models, and Cultural Alignment

Missiological Quest and Cultural Question

In each era and each cultural environment, the church defines its missiological quest in culture.

Now, that does not mean that eveything is on the table. There are marks of a biblical church that matter in every cultural setting. However, ...

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Apr 27, 2016
Education

Dissertations that are Needed Today

Work to add to the body of human knowledge.
Dissertations that are Needed Today
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The function of graduate work is to make specialists out of generalists. There is nothing wrong with being a generalist, but generalists are aggregators of knowledge. Specialists have an opportunity to add to the realm of human knowledge.

Ph.D. study refines the specialty of ...

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Apr 22, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—April 22, 2016

Dangerous refugees, evangelical opportunities, and more!
Weekend Edition—April 22, 2016

courage for the journey – dangerous refugeesTeanna Sunberg

From a Nazarene missionary on the front lines.

Evangelical leaders see Syrian refugees as opportunityTimothy C. Morgan

Not only leaders should have this kind of vision. All American Christians should. ...

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Apr 18, 2016

Individual Mission

How we respond to the church in exile?
Individual Mission

In the West, churches that take biblical authority seriously are entering a new season. The transition of nominals to nones will, in the long term, cause the biblically faithful to be marginalized from society.

With that being the case, I think ultimately we are going to have ...

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Apr 4, 2016
Church

Unity in the Body and Working Relationships Beyond

What are the limits of cross-denominational partnership?
Unity in the Body and Working Relationships Beyond

In John 17, we hear the Son of God pour out His deepest heart-wrenching desires to the Father. Facing the cross, Jesus prayed some rather unexpected words.

Instead of praying for Himself, for strength, for some way out, Jesus prayed that His death and His followers would honor ...

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Feb 22, 2016
Evangelism

Cultural Trends Pastors Should Recognize

Every generation has to consider their context as they live out the mission
Cultural Trends Pastors Should Recognize

An author friend of mine claims our modern church methodology can reach only 30 percent of people in the West. Further, he says we have already reached those 30 percent and that we need to explore other ways to reach the 70 percent who would not attend a church gathering.

Re-read ...

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Feb 16, 2016
Church Planting

Trend #3 for the Future of Church Planting: Residencies and Theological Education

Churches and seminaries should work together in theological education
Trend #3 for the Future of Church Planting: Residencies and Theological Education
George Fox Evangelical Seminary

When it comes to theological education, the pendulum has swung back-and-forth a few times over the last couple of centuries. From theological education being birthed out of the church, to it then being handed over to educational institutions, then back to the church and so-forth, ...

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Feb 15, 2016
Missions

Reflections from the GC2 Summit—Cynthia Thompson

Unreached peoples are coming to us. What will we do?
Reflections from the GC2 Summit—Cynthia Thompson
Kendra Hanson

On a recent blustery day in Chicago, Christian leaders, pastors, educators and college students convened at the GC2 Summit to grapple with the seismic refugee crisis emanating from a region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea known as the Levant. Ironically, on ...

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Feb 12, 2016
Evangelism

Amplifying Evangelism—The Future of Outreach and Mission

When evangelism meets pluralism, what's the Christian to do?
Amplifying Evangelism—The Future of Outreach and Mission

The Future of Outreach

Because of the overall ineffectiveness of the North American church’s ability to evangelize, I frequently get asked about the future of outreach. The truth is that outreach will not get any easier. Why? There are at least three reasons.

First, our ...

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Feb 11, 2016
Thinkers

Viewing Black Lives Matter—Part 2

D.A. Horton continues his analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement
Viewing Black Lives Matter—Part 2

In this part I briefly analyze #BlackLivesMatter as a movement by leveraging the words of the founders regarding: the movement’s definition, their appeal for recognition of Black-centeredness, an often overlooked core value, the movement’s funding, their guiding ...

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Feb 9, 2016

Trend #2 for the Future of Church Planting—Bivocational Ministry

In the future, church planters will choose to work in the marketplace
Trend #2 for the Future of Church Planting—Bivocational Ministry

Church planting today is not what it used to be. In the past, church planters were the ones who couldn’t get a "real ministry position” at a church, so they started their own. Although, there were those entrepreneurial few who defied all odds and purposefully ...

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Jan 25, 2016
Missiology

Modes of Mission: Applying Biblical Mission Practices in Our Ministry

We have examined three modes of mission in Scripture. Let's apply them to today's churches.
Modes of Mission: Applying Biblical Mission Practices in Our Ministry
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By outlining the Petrine, Johannine, and Pauline modes, I have aimed to hypothesize an approach describing how churches can be missionally effective by describing and considering all three modes. Once again, although these are distinct aspects of how God’s mission shaped ...

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Jan 19, 2016
Missiology

Modes of Mission: A Missional Practice

What can we learn from Paul when it comes to living on mission?
Modes of Mission: A Missional Practice

Thus far, I have attempted to outline the missional modes, or impulses, of “community” and “sentness” when the missio Dei is enacted. But there is one more missional mode that is enacted when the Church embraces the totality of God’s mission—and ...

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