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Pandemic, Migration, and Mission: Hope Moving Forward

The following is the fourth and final installment in a four-piece series containing excerpts from contributing chapter called “Impact of the Pandemic on Missions in North America.” In this final piece, I provide some concluding insights and a call for how to move forward from the pandemic.

The Prince of Preachers… and Church Planting

My friend, Rod Earls, has a new book: "Spurgeon’s Theology for Multiplying Disciples and Churches." I wrote the foreword and am sharing it here with you. 

Generational Shifts in Evangelism: Addressing Our Evangelistic Lull

The times have changed…yet evangelism still matters. 

9 Challenges To Church Planting

Like any movement, challenges exist that threaten the vitality and longevity of church planting. We must consider how to address them.

Pandemic, Migration, and Mission: Church Response

In this piece, I discuss how the church in North America responded, for better or for worse, to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

20 Truths From ‘Preaching to a Divided Nation’

Pastors need advice and counsel on how to preach during these divided times. Here are 20 truths that will help you to do it well.

Pandemic, Migration, and Mission: Events Arising During the Pandemic, Part 2

In addition to the direct results of the coronavirus and our precautions, several landmark events took place or were highlighted during COVID-19.

Pandemic, Migration, and Mission: Impact of the Pandemic on Missions in North America

This is the first of a four-piece series about the impact of the pandemic on missions in North America. We begin with the immediate effects COVID-19.

20 Truths From ‘God Shines Forth’

I had the privilege or reading a pre-release version of "God Shines Forth: How the Nature of God Shapes and Drives the Mission of the Church." Here are 20 quotes from the book, which you should pick up.

Do Denominations Matter?

Do denominations matter? "Associating" and "cooperating" for a common goal is easier said than done. Cooperation requires common conviction, unity, and grace.

Disarming a Weaponized Church: Moving Forward Amid Turmoil in the UMC

The United Methodist Church currently feels like a war zone. But the way forward is to “beat our swords into plowshares” (Isaiah 2:4) on the anvil of compassion. Here are three principles that can guide us.

5 Reasons Leaders Finish Poorly

I am often in meetings where questions about the future of the evangelical movement are raised.

20 Truths About the Strength of Small Churches

Here are 20 truths from Ron Klassen's new book, "Maximize: Leveraging the Strengths of Your Small Church."

Online Church is a Tool, Not the Goal— Embodied Community is the Goal

There’s a difference between a church having a presence online and “Church Online.” By that, I mean that every internet broadcast of a Sunday worship service is not necessarily meant to be an online church.

The ‘Dangerous’ Calling of Evangelical Ecumenism

Evangelical ecumenism is ultimately about learning to find agreement where suspicion or hostility once existed.

Three Scenes: The Open Secret in Christian Adoption Circles and Why It Matters to the Church

In the last two decades, I’ve met countless people who, even though they don’t feel personally called to be adoptive parents, are nevertheless excited about adoption.

God’s Mission Has a Church: My Interview With Tabletalk Magazine

God's mission has a church. My friends at Tabletalk asked me to do an interview a few years back. Here is our conversation.

Abounding Love: My Life with Chronic Illness

I can recall hearing the words “chronic illness” being spoken from a stage twice in my lifetime. Once was during a worship service during my orientation to Wheaton College in 2016. The other was also at Wheaton College, this time from my own lips as I shared about my illness in chapel the following year.

Doors and Broken Handles: Discerning Where God Wants Us to Go

We have all experienced open and closed doors in our Christian life. But how do we know when a door is really shut? How hard should we pull?

Ed Stetzer: Why Westboro Called Me A ‘Lying Whore False Prophet’

When discussing how churches can best handle disruptive situations, I find it helpful to reflect on a leadership experience I had a few years back with Westboro "Baptist Church."

WATCH: Russell Brand Calls His First Month as a Christian a...

In his latest update on his spiritual journey, actor Russell Brand celebrated his first month of being a Christian and spoke of an "inner illumination" that's now a present guide and guardrail in his everyday life.

Dennis Edwards: The Misconceptions Pastors Have About Humility

Dr. Dennis Edwards joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to share what he has learned about the true nature of humility and how church leaders can avoid some common misconceptions about what a life of humility means.

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