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Hope for America’s Opioid Epidemic Is Grace in a Syringe

Why addiction ministry can include fellowship, the gospel and Narcan. The man in front of me is almost dead. His lips are blue. He isn’t breathing. His eyes are half open and still. His arms fall limply off the stretcher, and he doesn’t flinch as needles are threaded into his veins and his clothes are stripped away. Show More Summary

Two-Thirds of Americans Admit They Are Sinners

Most agree with Romans 3:23, but disagree on what to do about it. America is full of sinners—and most of them want to mend their ways. Two-thirds of Americans (67%) say they are sinners, according to a new study from LifeWay Research. Show More Summary

Love2020: Q&A with Paul Cedar & Kathy Branzell

Love the Lord your God... Love your neighbor... During Amplify 2017, I had the honor of giving Paul Cedar, Chairman and CEO of the Mission America Coalition, the lifetime recognition award for his commitment to evangelism. I am a big fan of Paul and thankful for his passion to see people reached with the gospel. Show More Summary

Pastoral Communications – Part Three

Well, I thought it was good idea. Two ideas really. The first was something that’s commonplace in Mainline Protestant churches in the summer but not so big among Evangelicals. I thought it would be a good fit. The second was something that actually happened in the church parking lot rather serendipitously which I thought should […]

On Christians Unable to Critique President Trump: Loyalty and the Rorschach Test

If you are unable to critique a president, you've lost your prophetic witness. This weekend was an important moment in our nation, and, I think, for evangelical Christianity in America. Reflecting and responding to the events following...Show More Summary

Dispatches from Charlottesville: What Happens When Neo-Nazis Are Outside Your Church Doors

The protesters came with torches. We sang, “This Little Light of Mine.” I have lived in Charlottesville, Virginia, for five years. I used to work along the city’s Downtown Mall, the shop-lined pedestrian street where Heather Heyer was...Show More Summary

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 26)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus. Episode Twenty-Six | Being Ready, In Season and Out Karen Swanson, Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center, shares a powerful story of why we always need to be prepared to share the gospel, at any point, in any place. Show More Summary

God didn’t call us to go camping 

God didn't call us to go camping- This is a church about camping and fishing. This is a great sign for everyone even if you aren't a camper or fisher. #Camping #Fishing The post God didn’t call us to go camping  appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.

Breaking Church-Growth Barriers: Build A Bigger Leadership Table

making disciples and exerting cultural influence This article originally appeared in Outreach Magazine. How many of us would admit that we have experienced more failures than we’d have liked in leading our churches? It’s never easy to...Show More Summary

Thou Shalt Not Bail

The bailing trend is an understandable byproduct of a busy culture. But is it Christian? My friend lives in Toronto’s hipster west end, I on the eastern edge of buttoned-up midtown. To see each other, especially when both of us are swamped with work and family commitments, we flex the muscle of careful planning and muster herculean effort. Show More Summary

What Brilliant Psychologists Like Me Are Learning About Humility

Measuring meekness can help the church as long as we remember the only One who had something to brag about. We all know we shouldn’t text as we drive. Or more precisely, we all know other people shouldn’t text as they drive. As for me, I’m exceptionally cautious, just sending off a few words to keep life moving. Show More Summary

Of Bees, and Larks, and Doors

For authors and readers alike, the use of satire in Christian writing can be a touchy subject. As someone who grew up with Christian humor books consisting of about 100 pages of single panel comics, I found them to be helpful on a number of levels. First, I learned there were other people who thought […]

What if Led Zeppelin Led Your Music Service – Tim Hawkins on Worship Music

Tim Hawkins does a funny parody skit on Worship Music, What if Led Zeppelin Led Your Music Worship. The post What if Led Zeppelin Led Your Music Service – Tim Hawkins on Worship Music appeared first on Courageous Christian Father. ©2004-2017 by Steve Patterson of Courageous Christian Father.

For the Grandmas

Her daughter didn’t take the boy to church, so when she heard that he was willing to spend a week with him, she knew that this would be an opportunity to share the Jesus story with him. As an experienced children’s worker, she had no shortage of resources at her disposal to do this. The […]

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