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May 25, 2018
Faith

20 Truths from Faith Among the Faithless

The life the Bible offers is not one that is safe from the tragedies of the world, but one in which God suffers with us and accompanies us through our hardships.
20 Truths from Faith Among the Faithless

1. Secularism denies real transcendence. It might allow for the possibility of the experience of transcendence, but it must explain it via these material causes: What we call transcendence or religious experience is actually some combination of good hormones and happy neurons ...

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May 24, 2018
Evangelism

Three Ways to Successfully Navigate Failure in Evangelism

Learning how to navigate through failure is a crucial element of success.
Three Ways to Successfully Navigate Failure in Evangelism
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Learning how to navigate through failure is a crucial element of success. We know this to be true in the business world, in ministry, in our family relationships, and in pretty much every arena of our lives.

This same principle is also true about evangelism.

Despite the important ...

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May 18, 2018
Evangelism

Compelled to Share: Do You Have a Urgency to See Others Know the Love of Jesus?

I couldn’t not share of this great love I had just encountered because I couldn’t bear the thought of anyone else feeling like I had.
Compelled to Share: Do You Have a Urgency to See Others Know the Love of Jesus?
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“That’s why Scripture exclaims, ‘A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!’ But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: ...

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Apr 28, 2018
Kids

One-on-One with Brian Dembowczyk on ‘Cornerstones’

Cornerstones is a discipleship tool for parents to use with their children and an approachable systematic theology book for parents.
One-on-One with Brian Dembowczyk on ‘Cornerstones’
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Ed: What is the basic premise of Cornerstones?

Brian:Cornerstones is a pair of books—one for children and the other for parents—that covers the basic doctrines of the faith in a question-and-answer format, like a catechism. Years ago, when I was in seminary, I learned ...

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Apr 26, 2018
Holy Spirit

One-on-One with Scot McKnight on ‘Open to the Spirit’

The Holy Spirit’s involvement in our lives through the cultivation of holiness, spiritual gifts, and worship.
One-on-One with Scot McKnight on ‘Open to the Spirit’

Ed: You say that the secret to experiencing the Christian life is allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to live as God wants us to live. Why do you think so many Christians today are nervous and hesitant to open themselves up to the Spirit’s work?

Scot: I see three types ...

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Apr 24, 2018
Evangelism

One-on-One with Sam Chan on Evangelism in a Skeptical World

The essence of evangelism is the gospel message—true for all peoples, all places, and all times.
One-on-One with Sam Chan on Evangelism in a Skeptical World

Sam Chan, a practicing medical doctor and a public evangelist with City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia, recently wrote Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News about Jesus More Believable. Below, I talk with him about his new resource.

Ed: Why a book ...

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Apr 20, 2018
mental health

The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

Why is it uniquely challenging for us to address issues often associated with mental illness?
The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?
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Most of us know someone who is in counseling, on medication, or has even taken his or her own life as a result of a mental illness. There are many difficult issues for Christians to talk about, and mental health would certainly be near the top of that list.

Yet, this is a conversation ...

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Apr 12, 2018
race relations

Preaching on Racism from the 'White' Pulpit: Reflections from David Platt’s Talk at T4G

The learning curve in this conversation about race is steep and more complex than the Black-White binary. And because of that, it can become emotionally exhausting for all of us.
Preaching on Racism from the 'White' Pulpit: Reflections from David Platt’s Talk at T4G
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Expository Faithfulness and Racism

Attention prominent White pastor: If you want to avoid controversy, do not preach sermons on race at large evangelical conferences. In 2018, that will not go well for you. This week, David Platt discovered this at Together for the Gospel (T4G) ...

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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 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 7, 2018
Evangelism

God's Joy, Our Joy: How Sharing Our Faith Changes Everything

Here is Jesus’ promise: Come harvest time, the vine and the branches will both share in fullness of joy.
God's Joy, Our Joy: How Sharing Our Faith Changes Everything
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I have never interviewed a cow. In fact, thank God, I did not grow up anywhere near a farm. But if I was to guess as to the most joyful moment for any milking cow… I would say that it might be when the farmer stands in front of her and with great delight tastes a glass ...

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Apr 6, 2018
Discipleship

One-on-One with Michael Moynagh on “Church in Life”

Finding simple ways to follow Jesus alongside other Christians.
One-on-One with Michael Moynagh on “Church in Life”
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Ed: Why a book on Church in Life?

Michael: We hear much today about disciples making disciples and about Christians living out their faith in everyday life. But gather-and-scatter church makes this difficult.

We gather for worship and scatter as individuals for the rest of the ...

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Apr 5, 2018
evangelism

The Divorce & Remarriage of Evangelism and Discipleship

Jesus constantly and seamlessly integrated evangelism and discipleship into his everyday actions and into the way he spiritually formed and shaped the 12 disciples.
The Divorce & Remarriage of Evangelism and Discipleship
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I have often seen a false dichotomy emerge between evangelism and discipleship in many churches and with many Christians. Some individuals who emphasize evangelism seem to say things like, “If you aren’t sharing your faith regularly, how can you even call yourself ...

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Apr 4, 2018
Ministry

Why and When You Should Encourage People NOT To Enter Vocational Ministry:

The fact is, we are all called into ministry, sent on mission, and to honor God through our vocation.
Why and When You Should Encourage People NOT To Enter Vocational Ministry:
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It is easy within the culture of the church for many people to feel the call to full-time vocational ministry at some point.

It’s almost a right of passage— someone gets serious about their faith and asks, “Should I be a pastor?”

And, most of the time the ...

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Apr 2, 2018
incarcerated persons

God Is Not a God of Second Chances: The Church & Formerly Incarcerated Persons

If we really believe in the transformation of the gospel—that any life can be saved and changed—we cannot say to someone, “You are not welcome here.”
God Is Not a God of Second Chances: The Church & Formerly Incarcerated Persons
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When you read the title, you may have thought, You’re wrong—God is a god of second chances. There are many examples in the Bible of when God gave people second chances. If the Bible had a hall of shame, we would find many of the same names that we find in Hebrews ...

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