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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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Apr 1, 2018
Easter

What Do We Do With the Very Real Resurrection?

Does the biblical resurrection account leave us with as little evidence as some assume?
What Do We Do With the Very Real Resurrection?

Today is Easter and we celebrate the good news that Christ is risen; he is risen indeed!

We rise—some of us much too early—to scenes of Easter baskets, jelly beans, and all things pastel. Our children climb out of bed with excitement ready to embark on a day filled ...

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Mar 29, 2018
Judas Iscariot

One-on-One with Pastor Colin Smith on “Heaven, So Near – So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot”

If a person really belongs to Jesus, he or she will persevere in faith
One-on-One with Pastor Colin Smith on “Heaven, So Near – So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot”

I am happy to welcome Colin Smith to The Exchange today. Colin is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard, a multi-campus church in the Chicago suburbs, and the teaching pastor for the daily radio program called Unlocking the Bible. We also have an academic partnership with Colin and ...

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Mar 23, 2018
evangelism

What Will You Do Each Day to Make Our World—and Those Around You--Better?

What if we challenged ourselves to shift our focus from self-improvement to fostering community?
What Will You Do Each Day to Make Our World—and Those Around You--Better?
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As what all too quickly happens, the New Year pizazz motivates us to make some positive changes or accomplishments with our lives and year ahead, and then quickly dims into tiredness, excuses, or disappointments as only about 8% of us actually keep our resolutions. But what ...

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Mar 22, 2018
Identity

One-on-One with Brian Rosner on Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity

Being known by God brings significance, humility, comfort, and direction.
One-on-One with Brian Rosner on Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity
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Ed: How did you get interested in the topic of personal identity?

Brian: It was for very personal reasons. Back in the 1990s I had my own crisis of identity of sorts. Some big changes happened in my life and I found myself asking some uncomfortable questions. I talk about it ...

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Mar 22, 2018
Evangelism

Empathy & Evangelism

Empathizing with others leads to greater effectiveness in evangelism.
Empathy & Evangelism
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In his bestselling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey explains that empathy is a key to effectiveness. He exhorts us to “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” It’s so easy to jump right into the point that we want to ...

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Mar 20, 2018
evangelism

What Does Community Have to Do with Our Evangelism, Anyways? [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
What Does Community Have to Do with Our Evangelism, Anyways? [Gospel Life Podcast]
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What Does Community Have to Do with Our Evangelism, Anyways?

Daniel Yang, Director of the Send Institute for Church Planting at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about our first impression of evangelism and the mission of the local church. We are to naturally ...

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Mar 16, 2018
St. Patrick's Day

Changing Direction – Reflections on the Chicago River at St. Patrick’s Day

When we follow Jesus, we do what the Chicago River did in 1900: we change direction.
Changing Direction – Reflections on the Chicago River at St. Patrick’s Day
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My husband and I live in downtown Chicago. Since I work at Wheaton College, people often ask, “Why don’t you live in the suburbs? Isn’t it a hassle to commute every day?” And from those who live in another state and only know the city fromknow the city ...

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