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Empowering Leaders for Strategic Evangelism Leadership
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Leaders have the capacity to affect great changes in their communities. This past January, I taught a class called “Missional Movements and Evangelism” at Wheaton College. One of the students in the class was Josh Fenska, who pastors Redeemer Community Church in Aurora, Illinois. Over the course of three days in class, I was reminded […]

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News: The Title IX Lives of Christian Colleges
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Why CCCU schools are split on claiming one of their legal rights. What was intended as a “list of shame” for Christian colleges may instead become a badge of honor. The US Department of Education (DOE) now publicly lists which schools have religious exemptions from portions of Title IX, the civil rights law banning sex […]

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News: Challenging the Narrative: How Race Complicates the Latest LifeWay Debate
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Black Southern Baptists weigh in on the issues around removing Sho Baraka’s album. Being a black leader in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) today can be exciting, as America’s largest Protestant denomination makes unprecedented progress toward diversity. But it can also be discouraging. Even small instances of culture clash are hard to overlook when you’re […]

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Making Music and Babies: Christian Singers Open Up About Motherhood
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For artists like Kari Jobe and Audrey Assad, family comes first, but that doesn’t mean their careers go away. What happens when you’re in the middle of living the dream… and another dream comes along? Jaci Velasquez had spent over half her life recording and performing Christian music by the time she gave birth to […]

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Southern Baptists Back Away from Backing Mosques
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Trustee scuffle over ‘unholy alliance’ leads IMB to leave ERLC’s side on religious freedom fights. The trouble started last May, when several arms of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) reached out a legal hand to a Muslim community in New Jersey, publicly supporting their right to build a mosque. The International Mission Board (IMB) and […]

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When God Fights Idolatry with Unconventional Weapons
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A better way to read the bizarre story of Elisha and the bears. Three times last year I asked a Christian audience this question: Which story in Scripture bothers you most? There are numerous candidates—the flood, the destruction of Sodom, the Passover, the conquest of Canaan—most involving large numbers of people being killed. But each […]

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Division Is Not Always a Scandal
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What to think of the 45,000 denominations that rose from the Reformation. Not every Christian is celebrating the Reformation’s anniversary this year. It’s not just Catholics who have reservations; many Protestants do as well. Our enthusiasm for the Reformation’s emphasis on Scripture as the highest and final authority does not mean we can ignore how […]

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Dear Fellow Christians: It's Time to Speak Up for Refugees
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If we are pro-life, we are pro-refugee. bYesterday was a critical day for U.S. relations with the world. When Candidate Donald Trump promised to overhaul immigration policies, it seemed like a long shot for many of us. But we are now seeing it unfold before our eyes. As I wrote in an article in the […]

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What the Hygge Trend Tells Me About True Comfort
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I like warm socks, coffee, and a cozy fire. But real, sustainable self-care involves something unexpected. I, like so many, am pretty good at self-care: I love bubble baths, magazines, drinking coffee, and reading good books. But even my skills in this area could not prepare me for the month I just endured. The city […]

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Evangelical Experts Oppose Trump’s Plan to Ban Refugees
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World Relief and other major ministries argue that compassion and security are not opposing forces. Despite previous plans to admit the highest number of refugees in decades, the United States would be shutting its doors to thousands displaced by conflict in the Middle East—at least temporarily—under an executive order President Donald Trump is expected to […]

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700 Club Interactive – Get Uncomfortable – January 17, 2017
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Hip-hop’s Andy Mineo explains why we need to get a little “uncomfortable” in life.

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Trump Inauguration’s Bible Reading Is Not in Your Bible
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Why it’s good for Protestants to hear from the Apocrypha. When Cardinal Timothy Dolan moved to the podium to pray at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, his prayer may have struck you as oddly familiar. The passage he prayed from is very similar to Solomon’s prayer for wisdom in 1 Kings 3. But, it’s not the […]

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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone: My Review
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Donna and I attended the premiere last night in Chicagoland. Last night, my wife, Donna, and I, attended the premiere of The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a new movie that brought together the strange bedfellows of Vertical Church Films and World Wrestling Entertainment, the well-known wrestling company. The movie is the latest in a line […]

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November 8th Is Long Gone, So Where do Christians Find Themselves?
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God doesn’t love countries. He loves people. Many Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump on November 8th, and he is now our President-elect. Last October and November, I ran numerous articles about Trump and the other candidates. As I posted piece after piece, however, my heart continued to grow pained as I watched fellow Christians do […]

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Wrestling with Eternity
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For many, predestination is a struggle to accept; for Paul, it’s a doctrine of love. Let’s just admit it: the Bible makes us uncomfortable at times. We recoil when we read about the destruction of the Canaanites or Father Abraham pimping his sister/wife, Sarah. But these stories are right there on the pages of the […]

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Amazon’s Alexa Delivers Your Daily Devo in Your Favorite Authors’ Voices
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Hear Ann Voskamp, Shauna Niequist, and others straight from your smart device. Ask Alexa, and it will be given to you. Users can now summon the popular Amazon voice assistant for biblical inspiration, cueing audio clips from daily devotionals by top evangelical authors such as Ann Voskamp and Rick Warren. In December, the company sold […]

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Interview: Is the Way Our Cities Are Designed Keeping Us Apart?
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How churches can benefit from a lesson in urban geography. For all the church’s efforts at promoting racial unity in urban America, what if our cities are actually designed to keep us apart? In Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation (InterVarsity Press), urban missiologist David P. Leong considers how the […]

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As The Year Turns
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Professor shares poetry from Milton and Donne. Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree, Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes— Some have got broken—and carrying them up to the attic. The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt, And the children got ready for school. There […]

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Here’s Who Will Pray at Trump’s Inauguration
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Franklin Graham, Sam Rodriguez, and Paula White among the clergy lineup. Evangelical leaders Franklin Graham and Samuel Rodriguez will take the stage alongside Donald Trump at his presidential inauguration next month. The pair are among a half dozen clergy who will participate in the Trump administration’s kickoff in Washington, according to a lineup first obtained […]

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Most Read Posts of 2016 (11-20)
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It’s that time of year. (20) Ten Scripture Texts on God’s Mission This post from January 2010 was a Twitter-generated list in answer to the question: "What are the key passages or texts that speak of God's people (OT and NT) being on mission?” The top 10 Scriptures were Genesis 12:1-3, Exodus 19:5-6, Isaiah 6:8, […]

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What Happens when Churches Read Together
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We need to read the Bible, certainly—but also history, literature, current events, and everything else under the sun. One of the defining characteristics of the evangelical tradition is the authority we find in Scripture and the value we place on reading it. Although we may vary widely in our convictions about the role of Scripture […]

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Breaking the 200 Barrier: Monmouth Christian Church in Monmouth, Oregon
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Church planted by pioneers seeks to reach hipsters MCC is a church planted by pioneers from Illinois 160 years ago. Throughout those 16 decades it has been a church that has seen some major highs and painful lows. This legacy has included the season when the building was condemned, an Easter when they had an […]

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‘La La Land’ Dances Between Love and Calling
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What Christians might take away from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s latest hit. Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for the movie La La Land. C. S. Lewis wrote, “Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing.” Hollywood takes a different stance. On-screen love stories bring us dramatic clichés: […]

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Compassion: 145,000 Children Could Lose Sponsorship by Christmas
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Christian charity’s largest country, India, no longer lets it transfer money. And now it’s run out. Compassion International is “weeks away from permanently withdrawing” from India, according to its testimony this week to a Congressional committee. “What we’re experiencing is an unprecedented, highly coordinated, deliberate and systematic attack intended to drive us out,” the Christian […]

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