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The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 20)
Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus. Episode Twenty | Are You Seeking to be a Fisherman or a Shepherd? Colleen Cooper, Development Coordinator at the Billy Graham Center, shares a personal example of working through conflict in order to bring deeper...
Ghost Towns and Small Towns: Church Planting in a Boom and Bust World
representing God in places that have been burned by short booms and long busts About 20 minutes from where I live, one can find the unfortunately named town of Pithole. At least one could have found the town had one been looking between January 1865 and August 1868. During these years, Pithole...
What Young Black Women Need from Their Black Brothers—and the Church
African American women still face significant challenges in their relationships with men. In a recent episode of ABC’s dating show, The Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, the first black female to participate, broke down in tears. “The pressures that I feel about being a black woman and...
What Does It Really Mean to Bear "Much Fruit"?
Jesus always seems to say things that hit straight at the heart and make you squirm. For as long as I can remember, I had been extremely bothered by one of His affirmations: “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit…” “Much fruit,” He says. But...
Introducing the Director of the New Send Institute
New institute is a partnership between the Billy Graham Center and the North American Mission Board. I'm grateful to be chosen as the Send Institute’s inaugural Director and am honored to work alongside Dr. Ed Stetzer at Wheaton College and Jeff Christopherson at the North American...
‘Mommy, Is Gru a Good Guy or a Bad Guy?’
‘Despicable Me 3’ recalls the Apostle Paul's struggle to ‘do the right thing.’ Shortly before my husband and I got married, someone gifted us a copy of Despicable Me—a movie we had enjoyed so much that we added it to our wedding registry. I don’t particularly enjoy...
A Theology of Play
We don't have to always be doing something useful. I’m standing in the fourth fairway, addressing the ball. It’s over 100 degrees in central California and the course has been freshly watered, making the air unbearably humid. But here I am, standing over the ball and completely...
Gender Inclusivity Isn’t Liberal. It’s Biblical.
Why conservative theologians are defending changing certain Bible verses to include women. Nothing gets a bunch of evangelicals going like debates over Bible translation. The latest chatter centers around one of the newest: the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). This translation came out in March...
Greg Laurie, Calvary Chapel’s Big Crusader, Joins Southern Baptist Convention
Amid shared hopes for revival, Harvest Christian Fellowship goes denominational. Following another year of declining membership and baptism, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) just gained one of the biggest evangelists and megachurch pastors in the country: Greg Laurie. The day after...
Sorry, Old Testament: Most Theologians Don't Use You
Should systematic theologies equally rely on Bible verses from the Old and New Testament? Experts weigh in. Do you ever feel that pastors are always preaching on the same Bible verses? Or that theologians always seem to reference the Gospels and Paul, but rarely the Old Testament? You’re...