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May 8, 2018
Culture

The Legacy of Scripture in the Latino(a) Protestant Church in America

“If we don’t tell our stories, then who will?”
The Legacy of Scripture in the Latino(a) Protestant Church in America
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Who Will Tell Our Stories?

When we don’t know the past, we tend to make assumptions that don’t historically line up with the facts. I’ve been guilty of this kind of thinking as it pertains to my heritage—the story of the Latino(a) Protestant church in ...

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May 5, 2018
missions

Multiple Faces of India

If religious nationalism is at the heart of India’s social and political uprising, what then is core to the spiritual renewals taking place in so many places and among so many peoples?
Multiple Faces of India

Two dramatically divergent pictures of India appear in this country of astounding complexity, variety, and opportunity. The first is that in 2017 the government of India forced Compassion International to shut down its services to 145,000 children, lay off its 580 staff, and ...

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May 1, 2018

Our Call: Missionaries in a Secular Land

The reality is, Christians are interlopers. We are strangers and foreigners.
Our Call: Missionaries in a Secular Land
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As Christians, I believe we should always be more driven by our missionary identity than we are by our national identity, our political identity, our environmental identity, our social identity, or even our church identity.

Don’t get me wrong. We ought to love our church. ...

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Apr 17, 2018
Chick-fil-A

Creepy Chick-fil-A and New York(er) Values: The Shock (and Slander) are Getting Old

The treatment the fast food restaurant has received for its “pervasive Christian traditionalism” is getting old and tired.
Creepy Chick-fil-A and New York(er) Values: The Shock (and Slander) are Getting Old
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Just a few days ago, an article was published in The New Yorker discussing the “infiltration” of a certain fast food brand throughout Manhattan: Chick-fil-A.

The headline says they are creepy, but probably not in the way that some people talk about, say immigrant ...

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Apr 11, 2018
end times

It's Time to End the Stupid about the End Times: Debunking Christian Numerology

Self-proclaimed Christian numerologist David Meade is at it again.
It's Time to End the Stupid about the End Times: Debunking Christian Numerology
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Self-proclaimed Christian numerologist David Meade is at it again. This time, though, he’s saying that the world is going to end on April 23rd.

It’s on the front page of the USAToday and the Drudge Report right now.

Worse yet, he’s now brought international policy ...

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Apr 11, 2018
prayer

One-on-One with Ronnie Floyd on the National Day of Prayer, May 3

Last year, an estimated two million Americans observed the National Day of Prayer in over 30,000 events across all 50 states.
One-on-One with Ronnie Floyd on the National Day of Prayer, May 3

Ed: If we are honest, many Evangelicals today are feeling rather disheartened about the state of our country. What’s your take on the current spiritual state of America?

Ronnie: There’s no denying our country is in deep trouble. In fact, we are living through what ...

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Apr 10, 2018
Culture

Engaging Culture Well: How to Share Your Faith Critically and Contextually Today

How to speak truth and trust God to change hearts and minds.
Engaging Culture Well: How to Share Your Faith Critically and Contextually Today
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In every time period and historical context during which it has been shared, the gospel has confronted culture in one way or another.

During the years of Christ’s ministry, it challenged the mistreatment of the poor.

During the Reformation, it drove Martin Luther to condemn ...

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Apr 9, 2018
C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis, Evangelism, and Cultural Engagement

Although Lewis was not always comfortable in the role of an evangelist, he was true to this task and regarded it as a necessary one.
C.S. Lewis, Evangelism, and Cultural Engagement
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C. S. Lewis denied he was a theologian but he did declare “I am a rhetor.”[1]

Since all rhetoric is persuasive—whether it be a request for someone to pass the salt or a shouted warning to flee a burning building—it is safe to say that through the spoken ...

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Apr 3, 2018
School Shootings

God in Suffering: Our Response to Too Many School Shootings

God hasn't left our students or abandoned our nation's education system
God in Suffering: Our Response to Too Many School Shootings
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The March for Our Lives—a student led effort to speak out against school shootings—took place in Washington D.C. on Saturday, March 24th. Hundreds of thousands of passionate protesters gathered in our nation’s Capitol to advocate for policy changes in support ...

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Mar 31, 2018
Evangelicals

To Be or Not to Be an Evangelical

Do Christians need a term or label to identify ourselves?
To Be or Not to Be an Evangelical

A friend wrote, “I no longer call myself an Evangelical.”

He is thoughtful and well informed, but now I suspect he is feeling a bit embarrassed as he has chosen to avoid a term used globally by hundreds of millions of Christians.

For many within shouting distance of ...

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Mar 30, 2018
Good Friday, evangelism, Billy Graham

Good Friday, Billy Graham, and the Transcendent Gospel

The truth presented to us in scripture should tell us something about not only who we are but who our neighbors are: image bearers of the Father in heaven.
Good Friday, Billy Graham, and the Transcendent Gospel
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Today is Good Friday; the day we remember Christ’s death on the cross. This sacrifice—the greatest outpouring of love this world will ever know—earned us our freedom from the bondage of sin.

Without the pain, loss, and sorrow of Good Friday, we could never know ...

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Mar 29, 2018
Billy Graham

Billy Graham and the Presidents: Lessons in Spiritual Counsel and Friendship

One evangelist's influence on our nation's leaders
Billy Graham and the Presidents: Lessons in Spiritual Counsel and Friendship
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The Billy Graham Center Archives has just recently announced the opening of two new collections on the ministry of Billy Graham and the work of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). This opening comes at Graham’s wishes after his recent passing on February ...

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Mar 17, 2018
Russia

Faith in Russia: What Does It Mean?

Many Russians, be they Orthodox or Evangelical, will understandably view their homeland with affection, loyalty, and patriotism.
Faith in Russia: What Does It Mean?
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After brief instructions from the Lutheran Archbishop Dietrich Brauer, we processed up the center aisle of the St. Peter-and-St. Paul Lutheran Cathedral in Moscow, launching the 500th Anniversary observance of the Protestant Reformation.

Robed in gowns and hats of all colors ...

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Mar 6, 2018
Billy Graham

Hero Making: The Story of One Man Who Invested in Billy Graham, Changing the Course of His Ministry

All of us can and should look for people to invest our time, efforts, and energy in.
Hero Making: The Story of One Man Who Invested in Billy Graham, Changing the Course of His Ministry
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Many people have been talking about Rev. Billy Graham since his passing on February 21, 2018, and appropriately so. Having attended his funeral and hosted the radio coverage on many networks, I spent much time brushing up on Billy Graham history to share as color commentary ...

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Feb 28, 2018
Billy Graham

Preparing for Rev. Billy Graham’s Memorial Service, and Reflecting on His Love for Our Hurting World

Truly effective evangelism is a matter of friendship, mentorship, and unconditional love.
Preparing for Rev. Billy Graham’s Memorial Service, and Reflecting on His Love for Our Hurting World
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Nearly a week after Rev. Billy Graham’s death, so many around our world are still mourning. Closed-casket viewings will take place in Graham’s childhood home on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library where the Billy Graham Association is expecting long lines and ...

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