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Sep 14, 2017
president, politician, evangelism

John Adams’ Words 240 Years Later: A Faith Filter for the Church Today

The role of the “great Politician” can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ.
John Adams’ Words 240 Years Later: A Faith Filter for the Church Today
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“It is the Part of a great Politician to make the Character of his People; to extinguish among them, the Follies and Vices that he sees, and to create in them the Virtues and Abilities which he sees wanting. I wish I was sure that America has one such Politician, but I ...

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Aug 17, 2017
evangelism, travel, taj mahal

Evangelism: A Traveler’s Perspective

Evangelism is inviting, encouraging, and inspiring travelers to journey with us to the City of God.
Evangelism: A Traveler’s Perspective
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Over two decades ago, my friend, Raul, and I travelled to New Delhi, India, just for a day. We actually had no business in India, but going through India was the cheapest route to the Arabian Peninsula. Once we settled into our hotel, we hired a cab to the Taj Mahal, one of ...

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Aug 3, 2017
millenial

A Millennial Anomaly? Why I’m Still In Church

Just because Millennials aren’t at your church doesn’t mean they’ve forsaken church.
A Millennial Anomaly? Why I’m Still In Church
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Hi, I’m Emily, and I’m an anomaly. (Hiiii, Emily.) I’m a Millennial who’s staying in church. I understood (and believed) the gospel when I was just 4, and I’ve been going to church ever since. Sure, I’ve thought about leaving more than once. ...

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Jul 19, 2017
book, writing, publishing

Ready to Write Your Book? Here's a Five Point Checklist

It's time to start writing.
Ready to Write Your Book? Here's a Five Point Checklist
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Writing often begins with wondering. Pen in hand, you find yourself asking…

Will people ever read what I write?
Do I have what it takes to write a book?
Why should I write when mountains of books already exist on this topic?

I call these “God nudges.” They are ...

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Jun 22, 2017
evangelism, humility, intentionality, authenticity

Why Each Day Matters: What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life & Gospel Opportunities

How are we using our days to point people to Jesus?
Why Each Day Matters: What Emerson and Mister Rogers Have Taught Me About Life & Gospel Opportunities
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In one of his landmark essays, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “The years teach much which the days never know.” The first time I read these words, I fell in love with them, but I wasn’t sure why.

And then I had children. I have a 3 and a 5-year-old. My 5-year-old ...

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Jun 8, 2017
evil, theology, suffering

Seven Things Evil Is Not: What the Death of My Son Taught Me

Evil is a lack of goodness as darkness is a lack of light.
Seven Things Evil Is Not: What the Death of My Son Taught Me
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I held my son Enoch’s little hand as he died, and went through a suffering that no words could express. A perpetually wounded heart that would not mend, a broken body for which there is no antidote, or a destroyed home that can never be the same…all left me asking ...

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May 26, 2017
racism, prejudice, discrimination

Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them Up

Baseball and the distinction between prejudice and discrimination
Prejudice and Discrimination: Why We Can’t Keep Covering Them Up
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Racial and ethnic diversity among Major League Baseball (MLB) players has grown significantly since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. This past season, a record 259 players (or 29.8%) on the 2017 Opening Day active and inactive rosters for all 30 teams ...

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Mar 18, 2017
research, worship, music

The Diffusion and Influence of Contemporary Worship

How does worship music style relate to congregational growth?
The Diffusion and Influence of Contemporary Worship
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In the past half century, perhaps no other Christian ministry innovation has been more influential and polarizing than contemporary worship. It has been maligned, celebrated, blamed for church splits (especially during the “worship wars” of the 1990s), credited for ...

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Mar 10, 2017
hero, art, faith, missions

Lessons from a Hero: What Lilias Trotter Can Teach Us Today

19th century artist chose ministry over fame.

Marvel Comics created a number of superheroes beginning in 1939, which continue to be popular today. You can find superhero movies, toys, clothes, shoes, watches, and electronic games, just to name a few. Each of these superheroes has special powers that allow them to overcome ...

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Jan 26, 2017
gospel, evangelism

How to Have Comfortable Conversations about God

Former atheist wants believers to have more effective gospel conversations.
How to Have Comfortable Conversations about God
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“And I pray that the sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of all the good that is ours in Christ” (Phile. 1:6, RSV). We get to help people who are yet to know Christ to discover all the good that is ours in Christ. In short, we want to help people understand ...

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Dec 24, 2016
evangelism, Holy Spirit

"I Can't Wait to Tell You!" Learning from Mary

Evangelist offers evange-telling encouragement

“Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 1:39-41) ...

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Dec 1, 2016
preaching, pastoring

Pastors, Your Sermons Do Matter If You Want To See People Come To Trust Jesus

Every preacher at some point has experienced the painful vulnerability of baring their soul.

For my wife and I, it’s a joy being Lucero’s pastor.

A young, intelligent, and enjoyable mother of an exuberant boy, Lucero has recently abandoned herself fully into the arms of Jesus, a true testament of the gospel’s power to transform hearts from darkness ...

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Oct 20, 2016
evangelism, thinkers

Reclaiming Evangelism: Why Christians Need to Recover Their Passion for Christ

U.K. ministry leader explores evangelism's embarrassment, exclusivity, and entrepreneurial nature
Reclaiming Evangelism: Why Christians Need to Recover Their Passion for Christ

It didn't take him long to get round to trying to convert me. We had agreed to meet for lunch to talk about social media strategy. After the briefest of conversations about our families and what our working day had involved so far, it began. He pulled out the leather bound ...

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Sep 15, 2016
evangelism, thinkers

Why I Love Being Around Evangelists

There are a number of things we can learn from our evangelist friends.
Why I Love Being Around Evangelists

I love people who are called to be evangelists. You know the ones—they are able to engage in a faith conversation from almost any angle, in almost any moment. Sure, you have some with the gift of evangelist who abuse the gift and use it to the detriment of the Church’s ...

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Sep 8, 2016
correctional ministry, incarceration

Are You And Your Church Acting Like Sheep? An Invitation To Correctional Ministry

Our biblical mandate requires us to care for the marginalized, including those impacted by crime.
Are You And Your Church Acting Like Sheep? An Invitation To Correctional Ministry

I cannot be more thrilled that the September issue of Christianity Today is dedicated to correctional ministry. You can read the main article here. Correctional ministry is often omitted or marginalized; however, it is a ministry which impacts everyone touched by crime—offenders, ...

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