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Apr 21, 2018
sexual immorality

The Moral of Moral Failings of Christian Leaders

The character of Christian leaders is in question. We need to ask why and work for change.
 The Moral of Moral Failings of Christian Leaders
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The past few months (and if we are honest, the past few years) have been hard for Christians, and evangelicals in particular. I’ve felt it myself as I’ve had to deal with some good friends confess to failures, and the aftermath that has occurred in their wake.

It’s ...

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Apr 20, 2018
mental health

The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

Why is it uniquely challenging for us to address issues often associated with mental illness?
The Church and Mental Health: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?
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Most of us know someone who is in counseling, on medication, or has even taken his or her own life as a result of a mental illness. There are many difficult issues for Christians to talk about, and mental health would certainly be near the top of that list.

Yet, this is a conversation ...

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Apr 18, 2018
Church Growth

Bob Buford, Founder of Leadership Network and Halftime, Has Died: He Was a Catalyst that Fostered a Movement

Meet one of the most influential, but least known, church leaders: Bob Buford.
Bob Buford, Founder of Leadership Network and Halftime, Has Died: He Was a Catalyst that Fostered a Movement
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The Church Growth Movement began to lose its mojo. That's not exactly a scholarly word, but you get the point. After a promising start, it began to decline in the 1980s.

In 1956, Donald McGavran published a book entitled The Bridges of God. It looked at the strategies that ...

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Apr 16, 2018
leadership

The Humble Leader

Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be.
The Humble Leader
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Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be. Here is what I mean: Leadership is humbling because it is extremely challenging. Being a leader can be deeply sanctifying because humbling opportunities abound.

The messiness of life gets ...

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Apr 12, 2018
race relations

Preaching on Racism from the 'White' Pulpit: Reflections from David Platt’s Talk at T4G

The learning curve in this conversation about race is steep and more complex than the Black-White binary. And because of that, it can become emotionally exhausting for all of us.
Preaching on Racism from the 'White' Pulpit: Reflections from David Platt’s Talk at T4G
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Expository Faithfulness and Racism

Attention prominent White pastor: If you want to avoid controversy, do not preach sermons on race at large evangelical conferences. In 2018, that will not go well for you. This week, David Platt discovered this at Together for the Gospel (T4G) ...

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Apr 12, 2018
Leadership

20 Truths from Leading Major Change in Your Ministry

God has an amazing capacity to use leaders in their present situation
20 Truths from Leading Major Change in Your Ministry
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1.God has an amazing capacity to use leaders in their present situation, while at the same time using that present situation to train them for future ministry challenges. (p. xvii)

2.When leaders serve their followers—meeting personal needs in practical ways—word ...

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Apr 10, 2018
leadership

One-on-One with Eric Geiger: Why Are Leaders Ruining Their Lives?

A timely book as leaders are stepping away from their roles due to moral failure or accusations of moral failure.
One-on-One with Eric Geiger: Why Are Leaders Ruining Their Lives?

Ed: You recently wrote a book about people ruining their lives, and you called it an implosion. Why did you use that term?

Eric: Demolition experts can take a building down two ways: they can pummel it from the outside with cranes and wrecking balls, or they can implode the building ...

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Mar 21, 2018
Leadership

The Values-Driven Leader: A Mosaic of 3 Tiles

What can you do to keep your organization on mission?
The Values-Driven Leader: A Mosaic of 3 Tiles
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What do these things have in common?

Each is an example of an organization that lost its way. Somewhere along the line— ...

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Mar 14, 2018
Leadership

The Focused Leader: Keeping the Mission as the Ultimate Goal

Missional leaders must cultivate biblically-shaped leadership and the gospel-structured mission.
The Focused Leader: Keeping the Mission as the Ultimate Goal
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Eighteenth-century pioneer of missional theology, Nicolaus Zinzendorf, once quipped, “Preach the gospel, die and be forgotten.” Zinzendorf accurately describes the posture of the missional leader.

We don’t need celebrities that dictate to us what our ministry ...

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Mar 12, 2018
Leadership

The Suffering Leader

I found new treasures in the field of suffering
The Suffering Leader
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The suffering leader sounds like an un-American idea. In our paradigm, leaders flourish, whether on Wall Street or in the house church. Even in the spiritual realm, we are susceptible to expectations that flourishing leaders have flourishing lives—yet we know better. And ...

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Mar 5, 2018
Leadership

The Legacy of a Leader

All of us as leaders will leave behind our legacy someday
The Legacy of a Leader
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Death is not the final chapter of our life, is it? A key understanding of faith for a believer is that life lasts an eternity.

When we die, we leave stuff behind. We leave behind the possessions we acquire here. We leave behind any unfinished business. We leave behind our memories—the ...

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Mar 1, 2018
Leadership

Network Leaders & Hero Makers

Network leaders are distinct from other leaders in their motives, methods, and measurement of success.
Network Leaders & Hero Makers
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The ‘Shalane Effect’

For the first time in 40 years, an American woman won the 2017 New York City Marathon! Shalane Flanagan crossed the finish line of the 26.2-mile race in a blistering time of 2 hours 26 minutes. Running experts are now calling her, “The greatest ...

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Feb 21, 2018

Reflections on the Passing of Rev. Billy Graham, One of the Greatest Christian Heroes of Our Time

Ed Stetzer, who holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair at Wheaton College (Billy Graham's alma mater), shares his thoughts.
Reflections on the Passing of Rev. Billy Graham, One of the Greatest Christian Heroes of Our Time
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Two hundred million people. That’s the number of people that Rev. Billy Graham is thought to have preached the gospel to during his years of active ministry. This doesn’t include those who heard via radio or film. Millions have come to faith in Christ as a result ...

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Feb 17, 2018
small town, rural church, fish bowl

Rural Fish Bowl

Pastor Dad needs to be just Dad.

Growing up in a rural town, I came to understand the lack of privacy just by picking up the local newspaper. Our local gossip column was called “Out and About.” It kept everyone in the loop of how many ladies made it to bridge club that week and that Ida Hayes was ...

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Feb 16, 2018
onward, orchard, graduate, evangelism, leadership

Church-Based Academic Partnerships—How the Church and the Academy Can Better Connect to Raise Up and Train

Students receive practical ministry training, in context, when church and academia partner.
Church-Based Academic Partnerships—How the Church and the Academy Can Better Connect to Raise Up and Train

Ed Stetzer: Why bring the church and the academy together? Why is that important?

Colin Smith: Study matters, but so does hands-on experience. So bringing what can best be learned in the classroom together with what can best be learned in the church offers the best way to equip ...

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