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Jul 18, 2018
Faith

The Big Conversation: A Q&A with Justin Brierley on Engaging Intellectual Thinkers around Issues of Faith

By modeling good conversations about faith between people on both sides of the debate, we can hopefully improve the discourse globally.
The Big Conversation: A Q&A with Justin Brierley on Engaging Intellectual Thinkers around Issues of Faith
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Ed: So what exactly is The Big Conversation?

Justin: The Big Conversation is a 6-episode video debate series in which I sit down with some of the biggest intellectual thinkers from the atheist and Christian world to debate some of life’s biggest questions.

It began with ...

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Jul 9, 2018
Meritocracy

The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals

Punishment devoid of grace is not justice, but vengeance.
The Implications of Meritocracy on the Church: Grace Erased for Incarcerated Individuals
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We gather weekly to worship God, giving honor, praise, and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We declare the goodness of God through prayers, songs, and sermons. We thank God for the unceasing love, mercy, and grace that’s been extended to us, singing hymns of ...

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Jun 22, 2018
prison ministry

Does Your Church Have Enough Samaritans?

Samaria has always been as fruitful a venue for the gospel as it has been a repulsive place for God’s people to initially consider engaging.
Does Your Church Have Enough Samaritans?
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Jesus’ final words on earth are in Acts 1:8: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

I think most churches do reasonably well in equipping ...

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Jun 18, 2018
Violent Extremism

The Increase of Women’s Involvement in Violent Extremism

Christians must reach out to their Muslims neighbors and together prevent extremist abuse and violence.
The Increase of Women’s Involvement in Violent Extremism

While there is growing interest in the #METOO and #TIMESUP movements, and rightly so, we must not forget the women who are subjected to religious-based violence every day of their lives. Gender equality is not only defined by glass ceilings, pay raises, and workplace sexual ...

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Jun 14, 2018
Apologetics

What Are Christian Apologetics, and How Do They Relate to the Gospel Anyways?

The greatest apologetic for faith is embedded in the gospel message itself.
What Are Christian Apologetics, and How Do They Relate to the Gospel Anyways?
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Many Christians talk about Christian apologetics. Indeed, the topic is very interesting for Christians on many levels as we seek to gain confidence and assurance for our own faith. And, of course, apologetics also has great value for us as we seek to help seekers and doubters ...

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May 31, 2018
incarceration

The Least of These: Ministry with and to the Incarcerated

It is time for the church to be more engaged in criminal justice reform
The Least of These: Ministry with and to the Incarcerated
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As we think about criminal justice reform, I am reminded of something Jesus said in Matthew 25:40: "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Did what? What exactly was he referring to?

Indeed, he ...

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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 17, 2018
counseling

Counseling Across America: Regional Snapshots of What Problems Rank Highest

The stigma that was often attached to pursuing mental wellness is slowly going away—and Americans are increasingly taking charge of their mental health because of it.
Counseling Across America: Regional Snapshots of What Problems Rank Highest
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According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, nearly half of American households have someone who has sought out mental health care. The stigma that was often attached to pursuing mental wellness is slowly going away—and Americans are increasingly taking ...

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May 10, 2018
Chronic illness

Abounding Love: My Life with Chronic Illness

A decade of deep suffering has led me to ask a lot of hard questions.
Abounding Love: My Life with Chronic Illness
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I can recall hearing the words “chronic illness” being spoken from a stage twice in my lifetime. Once was during a worship service during my orientation to Wheaton College in 2016. The other was also at Wheaton College, this time from my own lips as I shared about ...

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Mar 21, 2018
theology

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood [Theology for Life Podcast]

Dr. David Setran is Price-LeBar Chair of Christian Formation & Ministry at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.
Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood [Theology for Life Podcast]

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood

In this episode of Theology for Life, Ed and Lynn discuss with Dr. David Setran about this generation of emerging adults and how they view life and spirituality, and what this means for Christianity.

Dr. David Setran is Price-LeBar Chair ...

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Feb 20, 2018
Rice Brooks, The Human Right, God's Not Dead

20 Truths on The Human Right by Rice Broocks

God's Sovereignty, Justice, and Truth.
20 Truths on The Human Right by Rice Broocks
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Rice Broocks’ book God’s Not Dead inspired the movie by the same name, though it’s an apologetics book (that has a brief cameo in the movie) explaining the rationality of the faith.

His new book was just released today. It’s call The Human Right: To Know ...

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Dec 22, 2017
mary, nativity, advent, obedience

Every Woman Wants a Role Model—Someone to Look Up To. Is Mary that Person?

We see in Mary what God wants from all of us: faithful obedience.

Like most, I’ve spent a lifetime scanning through the pages of Scripture searching to find ‘my’ story: a biblical narrative I could write myself into.

Any woman leafing through the pages of Scripture for a story to call her own will quickly come to discover ...

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Sep 14, 2017
president, politician, evangelism

John Adams’ Words 240 Years Later: A Faith Filter for the Church Today

The role of the “great Politician” can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ.
John Adams’ Words 240 Years Later: A Faith Filter for the Church Today
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“It is the Part of a great Politician to make the Character of his People; to extinguish among them, the Follies and Vices that he sees, and to create in them the Virtues and Abilities which he sees wanting. I wish I was sure that America has one such Politician, but I ...

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Aug 17, 2017
evangelism, travel, taj mahal

Evangelism: A Traveler’s Perspective

Evangelism is inviting, encouraging, and inspiring travelers to journey with us to the City of God.
Evangelism: A Traveler’s Perspective
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Over two decades ago, my friend, Raul, and I travelled to New Delhi, India, just for a day. We actually had no business in India, but going through India was the cheapest route to the Arabian Peninsula. Once we settled into our hotel, we hired a cab to the Taj Mahal, one of ...

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Aug 3, 2017
millenial

A Millennial Anomaly? Why I’m Still In Church

Just because Millennials aren’t at your church doesn’t mean they’ve forsaken church.
A Millennial Anomaly? Why I’m Still In Church
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Hi, I’m Emily, and I’m an anomaly. (Hiiii, Emily.) I’m a Millennial who’s staying in church. I understood (and believed) the gospel when I was just 4, and I’ve been going to church ever since. Sure, I’ve thought about leaving more than once. ...

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