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Acts 1-2

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Evangelism in Leadership: Is It Really as Simple as 5 Simple Steps?   1 month, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail We cannot lead what we do not live. Pastors today are facing several challenges that make it tough to lead their churches into evangelism. With a trend towards tolerance, evangelism and ‘trying to convert’ others is often a major turn off in broader American and Western culture. Within the Church, compassion and justice ministries have become more […]

  • Thumbnail More people are open to Gospel conversations that you might think. It’s Easter season, and perhaps you’ve already begun inviting your neighbors to attend church with you on April 16. I’ve asked Moody Church to join me in being “faithful for four,” to find four people to pray for an invite to Easter services. Actually, I’ve called all […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Towards Missional Effectiveness: The Mark of Multiplication (Part 6)   6 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Go where people are, make disciples, plant churches. I’m in a series covering the topic of missional effectiveness . In the previous two posts, I have explained the marks of God’s mission. What I have sought to do is stress the major foci of each mark in an effort to build a visual of the enactment of the message […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Most Read Posts of 2016 (11-20)   7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail 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, Matthew 24:14, Matthew 28:18-20, […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: The Jewish story behind the Broadway hit ‘Falsettos’   7 months, 2 weeks ago · View

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    Clockwise from left: Anthony Rosenthal, Betsy Wolfe, Tracie Thoms, Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Brandon Uranowitz and Stephanie J. Block performing in the musical “Falsettos.” (Joan Marcus)

    NEW YORK ( JTA) — The opening number in the Broadway musical “Falsettos” — currently being revived on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre — is called “Four Jews in a Room […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: What is Biblical Preaching? A New Series, starting with Kyle Idleman   7 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Southeast Christian Church Teaching Pastor is the first in a new series As early as Acts 2, Luke wrote that Christians were devoted to, “the apostles’ teaching,” which has at least something to do with what we would call “biblical preaching” today. Many scholars believe that much of the New Testament came from sermons that first were preached […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Perched on the Shoulders of Giants (Part 2)   7 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    Thumbnail Building on Legacy for the Sake of Mission Vision & Strategy Our history and relationships are vitally important, but the missional impulse of a church will plateau if the overall vision and strategy for mission is not clear. Based on the history and relationships that God has woven into the life of a church, we should ask the […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: How ‘Stranger Things’ Re-Enchants the World   12 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Netflix show, along with ‘Midnight Special,’ Frank Peretti’s novels, and even Pokemon Go are trying to fill a void.

    HORATIO O day and night, but this is wondrous strange! HAMLET And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. — William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Some Thoughts on Mass Evangelism   1 year, 2 months ago · View

    Thumbnail How do we spread the gospel today? To many, there was a time when evangelism was primarily defined by traveling evangelists speaking at mass gatherings. Yet, that is changing now and it is no secret that mass evangelism is in decline in the West. More on that in a moment… Regardless of culture, the Evangelist is a biblical role […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Modes of Mission: A Missional Practice   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Thumbnail What can we learn from Paul when it comes to living on mission? Thus far, I have attempted to outline the missional modes, or impulses, of “community” and “sentness” when the missio Dei is enacted. But there is one more missional mode that is enacted when the Church embraces the totality of God’s mission—and that mode is […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Five Qualities of a Witness (Martyr)   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    In a message recorded at a recent VOM conference ( http://www.VOMEvents.com), VOM Radio host Todd Nettleton shares stories of some of the witnesses (Acts 1:8) for Christ that he’s met during 17 years of service with The Voice of the Martyrs. Todd offers Biblical truths from the lives of these Christians—Biblical truths that Christians who are not persecuted […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Five Truths to Keep In Mind After Paris Attacks   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Editor’s note: this post was originally written and posted after the fall of Mosul to the Islamic State in the summer of 2014. But after recent attacks in Paris it is worthy of being reminded of these truths: My heart has been heavy as I read and hear news reports of IS (the Islamic State) giving Christians […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Reader Question: Is Allah Only an Islamic Word?   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    ThumbnailVOM Executive Vice President Cole Richards answers a question received recently from a VOM reader.

    Then said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here , and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”  And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”   John […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Finding the Right Church Plant Model: The Traditional Model (Part 2)   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    ThumbnailWhich church planting model is right for you? Is it the Traditional Model? In the introduction to this series, I listed the five primary models of church planting and outlined some considerations for church planters deciding between them. The challenge is that too many church planters fall in love with a model of church planting before […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Standing on His precious promises   2 years, 1 month ago · View

    In Act 2, Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet , the kindly Friar says to Romeo, who is being vague and evasive about the jam he is in: “Riddling confession finds but riddling shrift.” In other words, vague confessions can only be given vague and unsatisfactory counsel or absolution. I fear we often have […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Most-Read Posts of 2014: #2   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailMERRY CHRISTMAS! This week, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, we will be looking back on the most-read posts on the Persecution Blog this year. Today we look back on the #2 most-read post. We will continue this countdown until we unveil number 1 tomorrow. Look back to see which posts drew the most attention, […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Extreme Power: Bangladesh   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    ThumbnailBANGLADESH: ABDULLAH But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Acts 1:8 Since Abdullah accepted Jesus, his family had tried very hard to change his mind. After all, his father was a respected man in their village and in all of Bangladesh, having built a mosque right next to their property. When talking didn’t convince […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Five Truths to Keep in Mind as IS Advances in Iraq   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    ThumbnailMy heart has been heavy as I read and hear news reports of IS (the Islamic State) giving Christians in Mosul an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a high tax ( jizya), flee or die. More recently, IS released a video, in which they announced a threat, "Our message to the entire world is that we […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: "All Nations" and Church Planting   3 years, 4 months ago · View

    ThumbnailHow does church planting relate to the Great Commission and Jesus’ call to reach the nations? The Great Commission. Neither the words "great" nor "commission" are in the text, but the descriptor fits. This "authoritative order, charge, or direction" is "unusually large, extreme, and notable" (borrowing phrases from textbook definitions of both words). But why? The […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: The Glory of the Cross   3 years, 9 months ago · View

    ThumbnailHow God’s power is made perfect in weakness. The first time my daughter opened her eyes was inside an ambulance racing through downtown Chicago. As I held her tight, her blue eyes looked straight into mine, and I knew she was going to be fine. We already had a special bond because I had just delivered her […]

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