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Oct 11, 2014
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Lynchburg, D.C., and Chicagoland

Refuel, Liberty, Evangelical Leaders, Chicago, and more!
Saturday is for Seminars: Lynchburg, D.C., and Chicagoland
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Over the course of the next week or so, I'm headed to Lynchburg, VA, Washington D.C., and Chicagoland, which I wrote a bit about last week.

Wednesday, October 15th: Lynchburg, VA—Refuel

On Tuesday evening, I will arrive in Lynchburg, VA, and on Wednesday morning ...

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Oct 8, 2014
Idolatry

Idolatry Is Alive Today: Why Modern Church Leaders Still Fight an Old Battle

Idolatry is still trying to work its way into our lives.
Idolatry Is Alive Today: Why Modern Church Leaders Still Fight an Old Battle
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Some readers likely saw the headline on this blog and decided they didn’t need to read an article about the Old Testament, perhaps opting to read a blog on leadership instead.

After all, you probably don’t have a carved stone statue in your house, and you’ve ...

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Oct 7, 2014
Discipleship

Unintended Pharisees: Revealing and Redeeming the Hypocrite Within

The pharisaical spirit often hides in fields of high expectations.
Unintended Pharisees: Revealing and Redeeming the Hypocrite Within
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If you’re like me, you hate Pharisees. Jesus didn’t have much use for them either and of course, I want to be like Jesus!

Also, let’s be honest, few things are more fulfilling than sending out a tweet about a case of hypocrisy in a Pharisee.

These days ...

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Oct 1, 2014
Transformational Groups

Small Groups and the Transformed Life

What do transformational small groups look like, and how do we make our groups more effective?
Small Groups and the Transformed Life

Much of Christian discipleship resourcing deals with what you need to know, not who you need to be with. That is sad, because if we get the relationships right, the information will follow.

In other words, if we connect people in real gospel community, they will learn, ...

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Sep 26, 2014
Books

10 Truths from Second Forgetting by Benjamin Mast

Remembering the power of the Gospel during Alzheimer's disease
10 Truths from Second Forgetting by Benjamin Mast

1. We are all imperfect and broken. We forget the Lord, even in the best of health. This is what I call “the second forgetting. (19)

2. Never forget the wonder of the good news: God never forgets us or his promises to us, even when we forget him. Throughout Scripture, ...

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Sep 24, 2014
Transformational Groups

The Transforming Power of Small Groups

Small groups are messy, but God uses groups to convert our theology to action.
The Transforming Power of Small Groups

If you think community is an important part of healthy church life, and I hope you do, then small groups should also be important to you. They are actually crucial to the life of any church. I’m not the only one who thinks so, and I have the research to back it up. ...

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Sep 23, 2014
Books

20 Truths from The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson

Jonathan Dodson writes about the gospel and the evangelistic paralysis of the church.
20 Truths from The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson

1. Evangelism is something many Christians are trying to recover from. The word stirs up memories of rehearsed presentations, awkward door-to-door witnessing, and forced conversions in revival-like settings. (11)

2. Though it is unintentional, “modern” forms ...

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Sep 21, 2014
Community

Sunday is For Series: Chasing Community

Life together is an integral part of the Christian faith and the Kingdom of God.
Sunday is For Series: Chasing Community

What does a healthy church community look like? So many churches are trying to get larger. They put a lot of time, energy, and money into their pursuit of getting bigger. And yet size does not always equate to quality. A true gospel community is going to be good for the church ...

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Aug 29, 2014
Discipleship

The Surprising Truth About Discipleship and Spiritual Disciplines

Groups matter, and it's important that churches effectively establish and assess them.
The Surprising Truth About Discipleship and Spiritual Disciplines

Back in February, Eric Geiger and I co-authored Transformational Groups, a book based on a large research project conducted by LifeWay Research with close to 3,000 protestant churches. Eric recently interviewed me about this on his blog, and with so many churches preparing ...

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Jul 30, 2014
Evangelism

Introducing EvangelVision: A New Resource from Wheaton College

EvangelVision is a helpful resource for the both the veteran and the anxious evangelist.
Introducing EvangelVision: A New Resource from Wheaton College

I am thankful for the hard work of the talented people of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. I visited them earlier this month and had the opportunity to teach a class, and was once again impressed with their program and the students. Today, I want ...

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May 21, 2014
Interview

Taking GOD at His WORD: An Interview with Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, answers questions about his new book on the Word of God.
Taking GOD at His WORD: An Interview with Kevin DeYoung

Q: You explain that Psalm 119 describes how we ought to feel about the Word of God—that we should delight in and desire it. How do these two things show themselves practically in our everyday lives?

Kevin DeYoung: For starters, there is an affective element. We should be ...

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May 16, 2014
The Gospel Project

The Sabbath, Jesus, and Christians by J.D. Greear

Pastor J.D. Greear reflects on the gospel and our Sabbath rest.
The Sabbath, Jesus, and Christians by J.D. Greear

In the Fourth Commandment, God established the Sabbath as a way for the Israelites to refocus on their relationship with Him, rest from their labors, and remember His work in creation and redemption (Deut. 5:12-15). That was the Sabbath law for Israel. But what does all this ...

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May 15, 2014
Canada

Pastor, Need a Break? I'll Preach for You

The last week of May I will be in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Need a week off? I'll come preach.
Pastor, Need a Break? I'll Preach for You
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During the last week in May, I am in Banff, Alberta, spending a few days with Donna before I will speak at The Congress of Apostolic Ministries. That includes a Sunday (May 25th) and I am not preaching anywhere at this point.

Since I am now pastoring a church, I preach ...

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May 14, 2014
Church

Dropouts and Disciples: How many students are really leaving the church?

Are students leaving the church in droves? What can we do to stop the bleeding?
Dropouts and Disciples: How many students are really leaving the church?

Dropout is a key word in today's evangelical churches concerning teenagers and young adults. The quote often sounds like this: "86% of evangelical youth drop out of church after graduation, never to return." The problem with that statement (and others around ...

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May 6, 2014
Atonement

The Atonement and the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 by Philip Nation

In Isaiah 53, the Suffering Servant sheds light on what Christ has done for us and why.
The Atonement and the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 by Philip Nation

The book of Isaiah is poetic and soaring in much of its language. But, at times, it is difficult to read. Not because it contains material that is too difficult to understand but because it contains truth that is difficult to face. The 53rd chapter contains what might be ...

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