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Churches Needed That Are Highly Aware of Their Calling
Churches Needed That Are Highly Aware of Their Calling

By: Mark Tidsworth
Whether we recognize it or not, Christians are declaring with every word and action 24/7 what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. We can no longer neglect our calling and expect to be relevant.

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Which Matters More? What The Church Says or What It Does?
Which Matters More? What The Church Says or What It Does?

By: Jon Kuhrt
Some believe the church should focus on proclaiming the gospel. Others believe our faith is best reflected through our social actions. Guess what? They're both right.

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3 Ways Good Mission Funding Can Do Great Harm
3 Ways Good Mission Funding Can Do Great Harm

By: Mike Kuhn
Mission funding is a powerful force flooding the Middle East like a sudden storm in an arid desert. It changes the entire environment - sometimes doing great good, but with the potential to do great harm.

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3 Ways Your Church Can Launch New Churches
3 Ways Your Church Can Launch New Churches

By: Shannon Youell
Most churches believe church planting is a great idea but don't have an intentional plan for it. Here are three ways that churches can take an active approach to starting new churches.

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Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People
Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Baptist Convention in Egypt comprises 19 local churches and many church plants. The small convention is active in seeking opportunities to plant new congregations.

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Returning Evangelism to Moderate Baptist Life - Part 2
Returning Evangelism to Moderate Baptist Life - Part 2

By: Bob Ferguson
Many moderate Baptist churches are more like Christian clubs - in which everyone resembles everyone else - than churches. If your church looks a lot like you, chances are you're in a club and not a church.

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Returning Evangelism to Moderate Baptist Life - Part 1
Returning Evangelism to Moderate Baptist Life - Part 1

By: Bob Ferguson
Evangelism has become a missing element in moderate Baptist life. If sharing the good news doesn't become the central focus of our mission, U.S. Protestant Christianity will lose its slow battle with attrition.

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Can Christians Work with Those Who Aren't 'One of Us'?
Can Christians Work with Those Who Aren't 'One of Us'?

By: Colin Sedgwick
Wherever we look in our world today, we can find men and women of goodwill, even in places where our prejudices might have led us to regard it as extremely unlikely. We can work together without compromise.

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Whatever Happened to Missions Sunday in Churches?
Whatever Happened to Missions Sunday in Churches?

By: Roger Olson
A generation ago, many churches regularly held Mission Sundays, focusing on world missions and evangelism every month or quarter. Today, such Sundays are rare. What happened?

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Few Churches Mirror Percentage of Younger Adults in U.S.
Few Churches Mirror Percentage of Younger Adults in U.S.

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Younger adults comprise nearly one-fourth of the U.S. population, but that portion of young people is found in only one in 10 local churches, according to a Faith Communities Today analysis.

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Why Churches Must Take the Right Kind of Risks
Why Churches Must Take the Right Kind of Risks

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Taking risks can be good. When churches feel more like circling the wagons than trying anything approaching adaptive change, it shows throughout their ministry and the way they share the gospel.

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When Your Church Needs a Mission Trip in Reverse
When Your Church Needs a Mission Trip in Reverse

By: Roger Olson
Many churches send a group of their congregants on a mission trip to help those "poor other people." Do they need more help? Or do we? Churches might benefit more from a mission trip in reverse.

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4 Seeds to Live Out the Gospel Organically
4 Seeds to Live Out the Gospel Organically

By: Brent McDougal
Missions can't be a bait-and-switch to get people to come to a worship service. To grow a genuine mission work in your community, your church must invest time, attentiveness and love.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism often happens best when it happens obliquely. If evangelism is always the primary motivator for everything we are, do and say, we will end up making our evangelism inauthentic.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism can so easily become intrusive, arrogant, pushy, manipulative, forced, artificial, dishonest - anything but good news. However, it doesn't have to be that way.

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3 Questions to Help Your Church Engage its Community
3 Questions to Help Your Church Engage its Community

By: Mark Tidsworth
How can your church connect with its community? Before you resurrect the outmoded Tuesday night visitation program, your congregation should answer these three questions.

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Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?
Whose Heart Will You Wake Up Today?

By: Jim Kelsey
People with no interest in religious faith aren't bad or rejecters of God. They simply do not fully appreciate what lies dormant within them. We can wake up their hearts.

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Bibles Aplenty But Few Folks Actually Read Them
Bibles Aplenty But Few Folks Actually Read Them

By: Thomas Kidd
With the Internet and smartphone apps, the Bible is more widely available than ever before. So why is massive ignorance of its message still high? Getting folks to actually read it is the challenge.

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IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction
IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction

By: EthicsDaily Staff
After shedding more than 1,000 missionaries and staff, Southern Baptists' International Mission Board president discusses the agency's future and mobilizing ordinary Christians to the mission field.

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4 Reasons People Don't Want to Attend Church
4 Reasons People Don't Want to Attend Church

By: Robert Guffey
Most people don't go to church for one of four reasons. If Christians are to reach people for Christ, especially those for whom God and church are not important, we are going to have to do it through love.

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Jesus: Uncool, Untrendy, Difficult to Follow
Jesus: Uncool, Untrendy, Difficult to Follow

By: Michael Shaw
Why can't Jesus be cool? The truth is: We don't want Jesus to truly impact our lives. We don't actually want to carry a cross; we want all the bits of Christianity that we like, but none of the stuff that makes it hard.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists' International Mission Board says it sold $18 million in overseas properties to cover missionary expenses in 2014, but that number doesn't match the agency's own 2014 audit.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
The head of Southern Baptists' International Mission Board said the elimination of up to 800 missionary positions was necessary because of a $210 million spending deficit. But those numbers don't add up.

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Making Faith Relevant by Supporting a Living Wage
Making Faith Relevant by Supporting a Living Wage

By: Jon Kuhrt
How can Christians share their faith in relevant ways that do not make people squirm with embarrassment? One way is through a commitment to social justice, such as support for living wages.

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IMB President Addresses Budget Shortfalls, Downsizing via Live Webcast
IMB President Addresses Budget Shortfalls, Downsizing via Live Webcast

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The layoff of up to 800 Southern Baptist Convention mission personnel was addressed in a live webcast on Tuesday by the president of the convention's International Mission Board.

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How Will Your Church Share Good News this Halloween?
How Will Your Church Share Good News this Halloween?

By: Chris Duffett
Here's how volunteers from one church shared their faith by carving pumpkins for people who likely don't consider going to church. What you say and do are equally vital when it comes to sharing your faith.

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4 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Church
4 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Church

By: Joe LaGuardia
Every person in the church must think critically about how social media may harness the power of evangelism and testimony in a world that has entered the digital age.

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3 Reasons People Over 60 Leave Your Church
3 Reasons People Over 60 Leave Your Church

By: Joe LaGuardia
Many churches are throwing out all the stops to reach young adults. In a church market flooded with young adult-friendly options, the older generation is being left behind.

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UN Poverty Goals Worthy of Christians' Support
UN Poverty Goals Worthy of Christians' Support

By: Gershon Nimbalker
The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals have been an ambitious undertaking to address many facets of extreme poverty. Christians should be passionate champions of these goals.

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Why God Wants Your Church to Grow
Why God Wants Your Church to Grow

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
While it's true that church isn't all about the numbers, there's nothing wrong in reflecting on how we can be more effective in growing churches. God wants churches to grow.

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How Christian Apologetics Works Against Missions
How Christian Apologetics Works Against Missions

By: David Fitch
Christian apologetics trains us to think we have the answers before hearing the questions. In that respect, it harms mission work. We can't presume to know answers when we haven't taken time to listen.

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No Matter Where You Serve in Church, We're All Together
No Matter Where You Serve in Church, We're All Together

By: David Fitch
Some folks serve their church in traditional organized functions; others serve outside the church walls. Both groups must come together in a way that's seamless and represents a whole of way of life.

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Hide-and-Seekers: How Transparent is Your Church?
Hide-and-Seekers: How Transparent is Your Church?

By: Roger Olson
How can churches attract young members back who have drifted away? Some suggest save talk about sin and repentance for later, but a church that isn't transparent about their beliefs is disingenuous.

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Is Your Church Doing Mission or Marketing?
Is Your Church Doing Mission or Marketing?

By: Phil Jump
No task is more important for a local church than to help people discover and become faithful followers of Jesus. What some churches describe as mission, however, is more aptly termed as marketing.

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Billy Graham: Locating the Legacy of America's Pastor
Billy Graham: Locating the Legacy of America's Pastor

By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings)
Billy Graham, now far into his 90s, has a rich legacy that has earned him the title of America's Pastor. No other Christian figure has been heard by as many people and potential converts.

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Seeking Out the Light in Others
Seeking Out the Light in Others

By: Chris Duffett
When you share the gospel with others, do you do most of the talking and assume they know nothing? Or do you seek out the light that's already within them and listen to their stories?

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Welby: Church Exists to Worship God, Make Disciples
Welby: Church Exists to Worship God, Make Disciples

By: Jon Kuhrt
The church exists for two reasons, says Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The first reason is to worship God in Jesus Christ. The second is to make disciples. Everything else is decoration.

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St. Patrick Built Bridges to Other Faiths
St. Patrick Built Bridges to Other Faiths

By: Joe LaGuardia
Only peacemaking and understanding of other faiths will provide a sustainable battlefront against religious, radical fundamentalism - one of the greatest enemies of our time.

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Lesson from Super Bowl Ads: How to Market Love
Lesson from Super Bowl Ads: How to Market Love
By: David Hull
Our churches may be a close-knit family of love, but if we aren't willing to take this love to people on the outside, we will soon be a small family loving each other to death.
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Churches Must Move Beyond Sunday-Morning Huddle
Churches Must Move Beyond Sunday-Morning Huddle
By: Dennis Atwood
The game-ending final play in this year's Super Bowl has a lesson for churches: Huddling is important, but execution is even more critical. Churches must move beyond their walls and get out into the world.
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George Whitefield: From Humble Origin to Famed Preacher
George Whitefield: From Humble Origin to Famed Preacher
By: Thomas Kidd
In 1740, George Washington was 8 years old, John Adams was 4, and Thomas Jefferson wasn't even born. And the most famous man in the American colonies was an evangelist named George Whitefield.
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How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism
How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism

By: Neville Callam
When Baptists from around the world gather is South Africa in July for the Baptist World Congress, they'll find a continent of Baptists already spreading the Good News among fellow Africans and beyond their shores.

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How Christians Should Engage Their Culture
How Christians Should Engage Their Culture
By: Ircel Harrison
When Christians respond to culture, they can curse the darkness or light a candle. Too often, they're trained to attack. Instead, we should engage the culture. The Apostle Paul shows us how.
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As Evangelism Implodes, Churches' Days Numbered
As Evangelism Implodes, Churches' Days Numbered
By: Bill Wilson
Nearly all churches' new converts are their own members' children. Because few congregations reach their unchurched communities, their days are numbered. It's simple math.
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Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
By: Zach Dawes
Faced with declining attendance and budgets, churches must seek a new way to live out evangelism that doesn't rely on the "if you build it, they will come" mindset. The early church can guide us.
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3 Reasons Church
3 Reasons Church "Cannibalism" Erodes God's Kingdom
By: David Fitch
When large churches launch new satellite sites, they often draw members from the area's smaller churches, which are now struggling to survive. Are they building God's Kingdom or their own empires?
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When In-Your-Face Evangelists Drive You Crazy
When In-Your-Face Evangelists Drive You Crazy
By: Colin Sedgwick
The young woman boarded the bus and began loudly preaching the gospel. Everyone was uncomfortable, including me. Should I have supported a fellow Christian? Was she misguided?
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3 Lessons Shakespeare Has for the Church
3 Lessons Shakespeare Has for the Church
By: Matt Sapp
Some say Shakespeare is inaccessible because the language is unfamiliar to modern ears, but the Bard had a knack for portraying characters who face the same joys and temptations that we do.
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 Photography Was Fundraising Boon for Early Missionaries
Photography Was Fundraising Boon for Early Missionaries

By: David Swartz
For evangelical missionaries in the late 19th century, the use of photography became a strategic fundraising tool. Evangelicals were pioneers in their strategy of "picturing pain."

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Reverse Mission: A Sign of Arrogance or Gratitude?
Reverse Mission: A Sign of Arrogance or Gratitude?
By: Israel Olofinjana
Reverse mission, the practice of sending missionaries to Europe and North America by churches from the non-Western world, is seen by some as arrogant, but it's actually a compliment.
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Baptist Educator Urges Churches to Transform Society
Baptist Educator Urges Churches to Transform Society
By: Brian Kaylor
Churches must view their calling as more than evangelism. They need to play a prophetic role in challenging political and economic injustices, said Jerry Cain, Judson University's retired president.
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How Our Personal 'Lenses' Can Distort a Culture's Context
How Our Personal 'Lenses' Can Distort a Culture's Context
By: Shane McNary
Using the mental and religious lenses they bring with them, Western missionaries can misinterpret what is happening in their places of service. That's why it's important to learn the context of the culture.
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3 Ways Your Church Should 'Cater' to Millennials
3 Ways Your Church Should 'Cater' to Millennials
By: Thomas Kidd
Reaching and retaining the rising generations has been a perennial challenge to churches. Many churches have died because they failed to meet the test. Here are three ways yours can pass.
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The Most Important Sermons Aren't Spoken in Church
The Most Important Sermons Aren't Spoken in Church

By: Michael Helms
Many people will never darken the door of a church, but they're open to knowing about God's love. That's why the most important sermons are given by ordinary folks in the highways and byways of life.

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Why Evangelicals Don't Build Bridges with Other Faiths
Why Evangelicals Don't Build Bridges with Other Faiths
By: Rick Love
Many evangelicals have never learned to build bridges of love and truth to people of other faiths. "Preaching the gospel" sadly takes precedent over "loving your neighbor."
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Sharing Your Faith is Challenging Even in Christian Nations
Sharing Your Faith is Challenging Even in Christian Nations
By: Chris Hall
Evangelism in countries where Christians are a minority has its challenges, but navigating the varying images of Jesus can be equally difficult where Christians are a majority.
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How Do People of Other Faiths Perceive Jesus?
How Do People of Other Faiths Perceive Jesus?
By: Chris Hall
The perception you hold of Jesus may be quite different to someone with whom you share your faith. That's why you should know how people of other faiths perceive Jesus.
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Ask Jesus into Your Heart: A History of the Sinner's Prayer
Ask Jesus into Your Heart: A History of the Sinner's Prayer
By: Thomas Kidd
Some evangelicals have criticized the "sinner's prayer" as unbiblical and superstitious. Is there more to salvation than uttering a formulaic prayer? Does it make the gospel too trite?
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For Struggling Millennials, 14 Christmas Truths
For Struggling Millennials, 14 Christmas Truths
Many millennials have trouble connecting to church. They want – but don't often find – honesty and transparency. Here are 14 truths about Christmas for millennials and others seeking truth.
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Evangelism by Millennials Is On the Rise, Study Says
Evangelism by Millennials Is On the Rise, Study Says
Often perceived as focusing on social justice to the neglect of evangelism, millennials are more likely to share their faith with others than any other social group, a survey found.
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5 Ethical Standards for Christian Outreach
5 Ethical Standards for Christian Outreach
From ousting a Muslim who tried to attend a women's conference to giving away cars to attend church on Easter, should there be ethical standards for Christian outreach? Consider these five.
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On the Road with Jesus: the Rich Man and Lazarus
Seeing, feeling, doing—these are the three stages of compassion. If you could look at someone in need and not feel anything for them then you wouldn’t have to do anything for them, but since most of us can’t do that we simply avoid step one: we don’t see people in need and we do it by not looking.
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3 Reasons Why Churches Should Reach Millennials
3 Reasons Why Churches Should Reach Millennials
Some people object to the notion that churches should change in order to attract young adults. Here are three reasons why it's healthy for churches to find ways to adapt.
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Some Churches Exploit Peoples' Emotions
Some Churches Exploit Peoples' Emotions
All kinds of Internet scams offer people great rewards for minimal effort, and many folks are duped by these offers. But are some churches guilty of a similar type of scam?
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4 Suggestions to Avoid Paternalistic Missions
4 Suggestions to Avoid Paternalistic Missions
The work of missions is about making disciples. Some, however, see it as an opportunity to control and make converts. Here are four ways to nurture a mission effort that empowers.
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Toyohiko Kagawa – Christian Evangelist and Labor Activist
Toyohiko Kagawa – Christian Evangelist and Labor Activist
Born 125 years ago, Toyohiko Kagawa was a Christian evangelist, social reformer, labor activist, author and peace activist. His concern for the poor led him to found Japan's first labor unions.
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3 Ways Your Church Can Reach Fathers on Father's Day
3 Ways Your Church Can Reach Fathers on Father's Day
The Bible is filled with examples of the important role that fathers play in family life. Unfortunately, fatherhood may be one of the most neglected topics in church today.
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Jesus Truth Minus Jesus Way Won't Equal Jesus Life
Jesus Truth Minus Jesus Way Won't Equal Jesus Life
A myopic focus on the Jesus truth reduces the gospel to a proposition to be believed. We need to expend just as much energy considering what exactly the Jesus way is.
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Sharing the Good News – A Joy Instead of a Chore
Sharing the Good News – A Joy Instead of a Chore
Many evangelical churches stress going from door to door to share the good news. But there are other creative ways to communicate the gospel that will fill people with joy.
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God's Unconditional Love Doesn't Come with an 'If'
God's Unconditional Love Doesn't Come with an 'If'
God loves you. You can't do anything about it. You can't make God love you more. You can't make God love you less. All you can do is receive the gift.
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How Evangelism Can Help Us Survive Election
How Evangelism Can Help Us Survive Election
With the passions that drove a contentious election season still fueling fears and anger that impede cooperation, what can help our divided nation? How about evangelism?
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Skype Interview: New British Baptist President
Skype Interview: New British Baptist President "Big Hearted"
Drawing on his academic training and artistic bent, the new president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain wants people to be "big hearted" as they share the life and messages of Jesus.
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Evangelism – Forcing Doctrine or Reflecting Love
Evangelism – Forcing Doctrine or Reflecting Love
Evangelism must cease to be making the "unbeliever" believe the same doctrines. Instead, we should reveal the Gospel by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick.
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What a Preacher Learned When He Stopped Preaching
What a Preacher Learned When He Stopped Preaching
Any honest preacher will admit that his or her identity is inextricably tied to the voice. But what happens to preachers if they are no longer able to speak?
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Confidence in Christ
Like Peter, we must tell the story with all that we have – all openness, honesty, and courage. We must say, as he said, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
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Southern Baptists Mull Whether ‘Southern’ Still Fits
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (RNS) For the Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fairhope, being Southern Baptist is a defining aspect of life.
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No Pews, No Suits, No Problem
(RNS) Ron Williams is the pastor of Church at the GYM in Sanford, Fla. As the Baptist church's name implies, Williams' congregation meets, well, in a gym.
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Report Shows Christianity Shifting to Africa
(RNS) With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global religion over the past century according to a new report.
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Getting Serious: Loving Missions We're the Witnesses
Are evangelism and witness good words or bad words? Are these things we want to be associated with or not?
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Was Christopher Columbus on a Religious Crusade?
(RNS) Two recent books argue that explorers Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama were more like Christian crusaders than greedy mercenaries.
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Exercising the Virtues Requires Much More than Courage
Exercising the Virtues Requires Much More than Courage
While we can admire the courage of evangelists who shout the gospel on college campuses, yet the confrontational style of many of them unravel the faithful witness of Christian college students.
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A Church by Any Other Name
(RNS) For Living Faith Lutheran Church, the name change was as much about the future as the past.
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Evangelicals, WCC, Vatican Reach Accord on Proselytizing
WASHINGTON (RNS) Christian missionaries should renounce all “deception and coercive means” of winning converts.
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Making Christ Known
Today, I want to say to you that we must be transformed, individually and corporately, in our attitude and approach to evangelism. If we love Jesus, we cannot and will not skirt around our mandate to show our love for others by introducing them in a winsome way to Jesus Christ, and then shepherding them in their the journey of spirit transformation.
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Billy Graham Returns Home from Hospital
(RNS) Evangelist Billy Graham returned home after a five-day hospital stay for pneumonia.
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Graham’s Doctor Says Condition Has Stabilizedad
(RNS) Billy Graham’s doctor confirmed that the 92-year-old evangelist has pneumonia, but said he is doing well.
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Adventists Grow as Other Churches Decline
(RNS) Rest on the Sabbath. Heed Old Testament dietary codes. And be ready for Jesus to return at any moment.
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What is the Greatest Priority of the Church?
What is the Greatest Priority of the Church?
A typical view in conservative evangelical circles is that evangelism is the foremost priority of the Church. How on earth did this Great Commission get reduced to preaching?
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Air Force Academy Cites Progress in Tackling Religious Intolerance
WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent survey showed that 41 percent of non-Christian cadets face unwanted proselytizing.
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Lausanne Congress Calls for Church Repentance
Lausanne Congress Calls for Church Repentance
Leaders of an evangelical Christian movement that promotes active worldwide evangelism challenged participants in this year's congress to repentance, renewal and integrity.
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Mormon President Says Church Needs More Missionaries
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs even more missionaries, LDS President said.
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BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
With Baptists celebrating 400 years of history and with global Baptists meeting for the BWA Congress, several seasoned Baptists share their views on the direction Baptists should take in their future.
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South African Christians Involved in World Cup
South African Christians Involved in World Cup
Christians, including Baptists, in South Africa are involved in several evangelical and social-awareness issues as hundreds of thousands of people flock to watch soccer teams compete in the World Cup.
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For Men Only? Language Matters in Evangelism
For Men Only? Language Matters in Evangelism
Throughout history, women have been forced to adjust to "one-size-fits-all" patriarchal language that helps keep women linguistically invisible. Even today, gender-exclusive verbiage is common in churches.
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Two Approaches to Christian Evangelism
Two Approaches to Christian Evangelism
Christian evangelism is practiced in two vastly different ways today. One is inclusive and invitational; the other is dualistic and confrontational. The latter approach does Christianity no good.
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Evangelism and Ethics Are Inseparable
Evangelism and Ethics Are Inseparable
Many goodwill Christians favor freedom of religion and oppose witnessing that is manipulative and coercive. Regrettably, other Baptists think their work is so important that they can be secretive and covert.
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Just Walk Across the Room- Living the Vision
What I do have is confidence that God is God and I am not. And what I do have is the belief that you and I are supposed to be about living the vision God has assigned us on this earth. That’s not going to mean all of us will need to quit our jobs and go into full-time Christian ministry. It is going to mean that at the end of the day our ultimate priority should be people - reaching people far from God with a clear and winsome explanation and demonstration of God’s love.
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Spirit Ability
Be free, my sisters and brothers, in the Spirit of God. Live free by the Spirit. Trust the Spirit to equip you to be free witnesses for Jesus Christ. Trust the Spirit to call you and equip you and send you and sustain you come what may. Live in the Spirit. Trust the Spirit. Follow the Spirit. Be free in the Spirit.
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Tag- You're It
We’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill.  I’m pretty certain we don’t want to follow Joe Paterno at Penn State.  That would be a formidable task to undertake, to be sure.  But we can’t skirt a larger task, for you and I work in the shadow of the Master.  We are to share His words, and we are to do His work.  We are to be His hands and His feet.
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Lessons From a Church Meeting
Because we have witnessed the power of resurrection in our lives, let us encourage others by our witness.  As we love one another and demonstrate God's love, let us also encourage one another in resurrection faith, hope, and joy.  Let the resurrection witness loose, my sisters and brothers.  Let it loose and do not be dismayed or discouraged by small numbers.  Let it loose, and do not tie it racism, sexism, or any other cultural and traditional limitations.  Let it loose, and so that people will know that God will raise them, redeem them, deliver them, and renew them.  Let the resurrection witness loose! 
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Just Walk Across the Room- Expanding the Circle
 I notice that most of us, myself included, are quick to condemn the heartless Pharisees who would rather keep the law than see Jesus heal a man. But how much more sense does it make, my friends, to conduct our worship services and our committee meetings and our programs as though as people outside these walls don’t even exist?
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Just Walk Across the Room- Takng the Plunge
Friends, here’s what we need to know. Evangelism done right is not about following formulas or memorizing scripts or getting people saved through our effort. It’s not about banging people over the head with the bible or scaring them with hell or wearing them down with 28 stanzas of “Just As I Am” until they finally crawl to the altar. It’s about being so in love with God and in love with God’s people and so in tune with the Holy Spirit that you are willing to take the plunge and play the role God wants you to play to point people to him. And evangelism done right is one of the most exciting enterprises in the world. 
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Lost Valued Objects Warrant Intense Searches
Lost Valued Objects Warrant Intense Searches
It was a daunting task. How do you find a wedding ring in a large lake bustling with people? And how much effort will we place on the search for those without the Savior?
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Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
Ethical Guidelines for Witnessing to Muslims, Christians
The Christian Muslim Forum has tackled a thorny theological problem: How can you be faithful to share your faith while respecting the other's traditions? Here are their 10 points.
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Your Church Not Growing? Blame the Birth Rate
Your Church Not Growing? Blame the Birth Rate
Some church leaders blame low birth rates for denominational dips. If you take evangelism seriously, making more disciples should have nothing to do with procreation.
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Jesus' Call: Be Authentic Witnesses
Jesus' Call: Be Authentic Witnesses
We may shrink away from the zealous and arrogant evangelistic methods that some use, but we can't ignore Jesus' clear command to be his witnesses.
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Four Common Misconceptions about Being a Christian Witness
Four Common Misconceptions about Being a Christian Witness
Former teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron is better known today for his zealous proselytizing of others to the Christian religion. While he and others may be passionate about what they're doing, they may do more harm than good.
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SBC Leaders Launch Effort to Turn Around Flagging Numbers
SBC Leaders Launch Effort to Turn Around Flagging Numbers
Hundreds of Southern Baptist leaders are calling for a 'Great Commission Resurgence' to address declining numbers. It's hard not to laugh when you recall that years ago they claimed that evangelism would reign supreme once they were in control.
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Interfaith Friendships Spark Deeper Reflection on Jesus
Interfaith Friendships Spark Deeper Reflection on Jesus
My involvement in an interfaith group and the friendships that developed led me to reflect more sharply on the implications of believing in Jesus Christ as God's unique embodiment and revelation in the midst of a pluralistic world.
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North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
Too many Christians buy into the idea that a vocal witness is not important and “words don’t mean anything,” Fred Craddock says.
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SBC Delays Action to Remove Broadway Baptist Church from Membership
A motion made at last year’s Southern Baptist Convention to remove Ft. Worth’s Broadway Baptist Church from membership in the SBC over the issue of homosexuality was discussed today by the denomination’s executive committee, which delayed action until the completion of further study.
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Why Don't Progressive Churches Do Evangelism?
One of the oddest ironies of contemporary Christianity in America is the inability—or unwillingness—of progressive churches to evangelize.
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Former SBC Leader Declares Denomination in 'Free Fall'
A former Southern Baptist Convention president warned of denominational decline in a national gathering of pastors. "We have reached a place that our spiritual forefathers feared," Jimmy Draper, former head of LifeWay Christian Resources, said Monday at the SBC Pastors Conference in Indianapolis.
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SBC Enters Age of Decline, Not Promised Golden Age
Southern Baptist leaders promised years ago with their takeover of the convention's agencies and seminaries a golden age. They have delivered an age of denominational decline, division and dishonesty.
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Leader Says 'Conservative Resurgence' Failed to Produce More Evangelism in SBC
A movement launched in 1979 to purge the Southern Baptist Convention of so-called "liberalism" failed in its promise to deliver a more evangelistic denomination, according to an SBC statistician.
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Southern Baptist Mission Board Sponsors Exhibit for Messianic Jews
The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, a ministry formed in 1990 to preach the gospel to Jews, will for the first time have a booth this year in the exhibit hall at the Southern Baptist Convention.
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SBC Reports Membership Decline
Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention dropped nearly 40,000 last year, prompting one official to declare America's second-largest faith group officially a "denomination in decline."
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Richard Land Misrepresents Baptist Groups
A Southern Baptist official who has been a frequent critic of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant inaccurately attacked the Celebration and those present for not focusing on evangelism. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, claimed that the Baptist bodies at the Celebration were not growing because they were not evangelistic.
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