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November 2017

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Dec 1, 2017
Michael Flynn, Fake News, election, Russia

Michael Flynn Isn’t the Only Guilty One

Michael Flynn, fake news, and an opportunity to ask why Christians are often the target audience.

Michael Flynn pled guilty today to lying to the FBI regarding his interactions with the Russian government—and is now cooperating with the investigation. Flynn’s guilty plea is a vindication of those who have objected to the “it’s all fake news” ...

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Dec 1, 2017
motivation, evangelism, discipleship

Unlocking Eight Motivational Triggers for Evangelism and Discipleship

How can we "spur one another on toward love and good deeds”?

We all want to make disciples but, sometimes, even when we’re doing everything we know how, we still don’t see a significant change in the people we lead. We know we can’t change people; yet, we deeply desire to see them wholeheartedly following Jesus.

How do ...

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Nov 30, 2017
evangelism, neighbor

In some of our Billy Graham Center staff meetings, I ask our staff who they’ve been able to share the gospel with that week. After all, we work for an organization that bears the name of a man who made sharing the gospel his whole life’s work.

Sometimes I let people ...

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Nov 29, 2017
#metoo, sexual assault, sexual harassment, discipleship

What Does #MeToo Have to Do with You?

When we tell our stories, we move from the western “I” to the biblical “we.”
What Does #MeToo Have to Do with You?
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There is a concept that some in the field of neuroscience call “increased integration.” Simply put, it’s the idea that when people share their personal stories with another, both people see changes in their brain circuitry. In fact, according to psychiatrist ...

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Nov 28, 2017
Moore, Franken, Conyers, Republican, Democrat, Weinstein

Don’t Dismiss Abuse: People Matter More than Institutions

No more prioritizing institutional protection over individual needs
Don’t Dismiss Abuse: People Matter More than Institutions

Unless we’ve been hiding in a box, most of us have started noticing a trend in our twitter feeds and daily news headlines: sexual harassment and assault have been running rampant. And it is far beyond Hollywood and Harvey Weinstein, though he seemed to open the floodgates. ...

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Nov 27, 2017
rural church, small town, church planting

Rural Stories: Books to Challenge, Inspire, and Encourage the Small Town Pastor

Donnie Griggs, J.D. Vance, and Winn Collier
Rural Stories: Books to Challenge, Inspire, and Encourage the Small Town Pastor

If church history has shown us anything, it’s that stories matter. From the time of the earliest followers of the Way, stories shaped the Christian community in profound ways. The most powerful story was the gospel—God in the flesh dwelt among us, died, rose again ...

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Nov 24, 2017
inclusive, leadership, diversity, multi-ethnic

Inclusive Leadership: What We Need to Be Effective Leaders in Today’s Diverse World

Are you close friends with someone who is significantly different?
Inclusive Leadership: What We Need to Be Effective Leaders in Today’s Diverse World
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As a PhD student studying inclusive leadership,* I’m exploring how leaders effectively assemble a diverse team of people and then ensure their different perspectives are included and valued.

I’m curious to know…

  • How can a team of missionaries from different parts of the globe effectively work together to reach others for Christ?
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Nov 23, 2017
thanksgiving, pilgrims, history

One-on-One with Tracy McKenzie on the Truth about Thanksgiving and What It Means for Us Today

The Pilgrims did not think of their autumn 1621 celebration as a Thanksgiving Day as much as a kind of harvest festival.
One-on-One with Tracy McKenzie on the Truth about Thanksgiving and What It Means for Us Today
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Ed: Several years ago, you wrote a great book called The First Thanksgiving, where you talk about what the Pilgrims were really like, that first Thanksgiving, and what we can learn as Christ-followers. What are 1-2 historical “facts” that you debunked?

Tracy McKenzie: ...

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Nov 22, 2017
evangelism, podcast

What Is Your Story? (Part 1) [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
What Is Your Story? (Part 1) [Gospel Life Podcast]

What Is Your Story? (Part 1)

Christina Walker, associate director of academic programs for the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about her father-in-law’s passion for planting churches and evangelism. What keeps him excited about it year after year? “Pop” ...

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Nov 22, 2017
leadership, priorities, delegation, efficiency

Leadership Priorities: Five Thoughts on How We Can Lead Better

Leadership, at its most basic level, involves the leading of people.
Leadership Priorities: Five Thoughts on How We Can Lead Better
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Being a leader is tiring. When I was pastoring in Buffalo in the early 90s, I was responsible for EVERYTHING. You name it, I did it:

Make the bulletins. Check.

Visit the hospitals and sick. Check.

Preach the message. Check.

Lead worship. Check. (I am still apologizing to Jack Hayford ...

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Nov 21, 2017
theology, podcast

Community Arts, Visual Artistry, and the Christian Faith

Leah Samuelson is Associate Lecturer of Art at Wheaton College.
Community Arts, Visual Artistry, and the Christian Faith

Community Arts, Visual Artistry, and the Christian Faith

In this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn and Ed talk with Leah Samuelson about community art—what it means and how it benefits the community and those participating. How are relationships built while doing art? ...

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Nov 21, 2017
paraphrase, translation, new book

One-on-One with Elmer Towns on His New Paraphrase “The Bible by Jesus”

An extended sermon in the words of the Savior
One-on-One with Elmer Towns on His New Paraphrase “The Bible by Jesus”
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Elmer Towns has a new book that will raise some questions and spark some discussion. He spoke with The Exchange about “The Bible by Jesus” recently and this is what he had to say.

The Exchange: So how did this book come about?

Elmer Towns: About 15 years ago I was ...

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Nov 20, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Why was Jesus so effective at reaching messy people? [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Why was Jesus so effective at reaching messy people? [Gospel Life Podcast]

Why was Jesus so effective at reaching messy people?

Daniel Yang, Director of the Send Institute at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, pulls from Luke 15:1-2 to talk about God’s love for lost people. In evangelism, there’s always a chance people will be offended ...

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Nov 20, 2017
suicide, mental illness, research

The Problem of Suicide: How is the Church Caring for those Impacted?

A church without the broken is a broken church.
The Problem of Suicide: How is the Church Caring for those Impacted?

Each year, 44,193 Americans die by suicide which, on average, amounts to 121 suicides per day.

For many of us, these figures don’t feel too far off. We can picture the faces and remember the names of those in our own communities who’ve taken their own lives.

As a young ...

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Nov 18, 2017
sudan, muslim, christian, civil war

Is There Hope for South Sudan?

The fields of South Sudan could feed the whole continent.
South Sudan: Famine, War, and Hope

Three years ago, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flew us from Uganda onto a dirt landing strip in Yei South Sudan, a wind-blown village bravely holding onto life. For four days, with 90 chiefs, elders, and government ministers, we endeavored to broker a peace. These weren’t ...

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