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Jul 20, 2018
Evangelism

Evangelism: Just Do Something

It’s high time we started sharing the gospel with the people around us.
Evangelism: Just Do Something
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Sometimes, when people read the word evangelism, they stop reading. They think it doesn’t matter to them and they move on to doing something else with their day.

Below I want to highlight a few things to help you, especially if you are a pastor or church leader, to find ...

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Jul 19, 2018
Suburbia

The Gospel in Suburbia: Living on Mission in a “Soul-less” Place

The deep power of the hope of Jesus Christ can overcome any amount of separation, not matter how soul-less we may feel our communities to be.

When you hear the word “suburbia,” what’s your first thought?

Quiet, tree-lined streets? Isolation and a lack of connectivity? Kids’ sports games and white-picket fences?

And where is God in all of this anyways?

My Irish Catholic family progressively moved ...

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Jul 14, 2018
Conversation

How Do I Get Connected? A Conversation with a Hasidic Israeli Jewish Man

The relationship connection throughout all of the Lord’s promises was the same.
How Do I Get Connected? A Conversation with a Hasidic Israeli Jewish Man
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“How do I get connected?” The question was a text from an earnest Hasidic (ultra-orthodox) Israeli Jewish guy named Aviel.*

After a series of casual conversations, he made a theological comment about God and time. That was the introduction for deeper discussion. How ...

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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 22, 2018
Missiology

Celebrating David Hesselgrave (1924-2018), Missiologist and Professor

David Hesselgrave is considered the founding dean of modern evangelical missiology.
Celebrating David Hesselgrave (1924-2018), Missiologist and Professor

Nearly a decade ago I had the privilege of co-editing a book alongside Dr. David Hesselgrave called MissionShift: Global Mission Issues in the Third Millennium. It was an honor to co-labor on a project with a man who had been so influential not only to me, but to so many 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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Apr 21, 2018
Church Growth

One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

The gospel springs into life and people are transformed.
One-on-One with Brian Stiller on “From Jerusalem to Timbuktu”

Ed: What led you to write From Jerusalem to Timbuktu?

Brian: North America media promotes the perception that the church is slowly dying. But in my travels, I see amazing communities of faith. In Latin America in 1900, there were 50,000 evangelicals. Today, there are over 100 ...

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Apr 19, 2018
disaster relief, humanitarian relief

One-on-One with Jamie Aten on the Disaster Ministry Conference

Below I talk with Dr. Jamie Aten about the upcoming Disaster Ministry Conference.
One-on-One with Jamie Aten on the Disaster Ministry Conference

Ed: What’s can attendees expect from HDI’s Disaster Ministry Conference?

Jamie: The Disaster Ministry Conference will equip church and lay leaders to prepare and care for small localized crises to large national events. When most people hear the word “disaster” ...

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Apr 14, 2018
Persecution

This Week, Speak the Name of Andrew Brunson, A Persecuted Brother in Turkey

Please join us in standing with Brunson’s family and home church in lifting the name of Andrew Brunson to the God he serves.
This Week, Speak the Name of Andrew Brunson, A Persecuted Brother in Turkey
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On July 15, 2016, Christian pastor Andrew Brunson had no idea that a group of Turkish rebels were about to make a choice that would put his own life in serious danger.

On this day, a group within the Turkish armed forces attempted to overthrow their government. Over 300 were ...

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Apr 11, 2018
Church Planting

Some (Recent) History of Church Planting – Two Startup Models

As long as the Kingdom of God is being built, we can be thankful for diversity in approaches.
Some (Recent) History of Church Planting – Two Startup Models
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It is important to remember that ‘missiology’ is not a thing. It is things.

Some people say, “We just have to think missiologically.” But, they need to know that a missiology of a tribal people group in Papau New Guinea is very different than a missiology ...

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Mar 19, 2018
small churches

Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 4)

More ways small churches can serve their communities
Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 4)
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8. Small churches could develop a jail ministry.

Local and county jails almost always appreciate any attempt to lower recidivism and the evangelism and discipleship of inmates is a proven way to lower repeat offenses. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the ...

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Mar 10, 2018
Missiology

One-on-One with the Authors of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America

The church, God's mission, and the challenges of a changing culture
One-on-One with the Authors of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America
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Ed: Why did you write this book?

Craig and Dwight: It is our assessment that two great unravelings are occurring in America at the beginning of the 21st century. The first is the continued unraveling of the Enlightenment project that over several centuries provided for a ‘can ...

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Mar 9, 2018
evangelism, Billy Graham

Do You Really Care about Evangelism? If So, You Need To Do More Than Pray

Prayer is the starting point, not the endpoint, of our journey in helping people from darkness to light.
Do You Really Care about Evangelism? If So, You Need To Do More Than Pray
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We are likely all familiar with Jonah, who was a prophet of the Lord.

Jonah lived during a time of relative prosperity for the nation of Israel; however, there was, of course, some trouble brought on by a certain city: Nineveh. As the capital of the Assyrian empire, Nineveh and ...

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Mar 9, 2018
Missions

Are You Willing to Go if God Calls You? Thoughts on Our Mission as We Follow Jesus

Mission, ultimately, is at the heart of the gospel.
Are You Willing to Go if God Calls You? Thoughts on Our Mission as We Follow Jesus
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I’m always fascinated to hear unbelievers today arguing that while they do not believe Jesus to be God, he nevertheless seemed to be a pretty nice guy—and a great moral teacher at that.

But interestingly enough, those who did not follow Christ as Lord during his earthly ...

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Feb 27, 2018
small churches

Getting Small Churches on Mission (Part 3)

More ways small churches can serve their communities

Small churches can adopt the same (or different) unengaged, unreached people groups currently living in the United States.

In addition to overseas work, consider how you can share the gospel effectively and long-term with a people group in America. States like Oklahoma, Louisiana, ...

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