The Long View

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Thomas Jefferson Bowen was the first Southern Baptist missionary to both Nigeria and Brazil. His largely forgotten, but captivating story, is told in the new book Unthinkable: The Triumph and Tragedy of Forgotten American Hero T. J. Bowen by my friend Jim Hardwicke. The Nigerian and Brazilian...

Calling Future Leaders

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Christian leaders face a significant challenge of staying focused on our core mission of making disciples. Doing this requires evangelizing the lost, stabilizing new converts, developing stronger believers, and ultimately producing new leaders for our movement. There are so many other...

A Crisis Gospel

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Events last week in Washington, D.C. were historic in all the wrong ways. For those of us who train leaders, it was a case study in leadership failures culminating in disgustingly seditious acts. For Christians, it was embarrassing as Capitol-invaders carried symbols of our faith, appropriated...

Catch Your Breath

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A pastor recently summed up his experience in 2020 with the lament, “Man, I just need a win.” He lives in a place the pandemic has ravaged and where governmental restrictions have been severe. Online church has taxed the limits of his, and his church’s, relational reserves. They have not met in...

Courage

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Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, has released a new book, For the Body. The subtitle and purpose of the book is recovering a theology of gender, sexuality, and the human body. It is a proactive statement of the biblical and theological underpinnings which support...

Embracing Change

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A worn out adage says, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”  That saying must have been coined by a frustrated leader trying to get a fossilized organization to adopt new methods.  But today, many previously set-in-their-ways churches are learning all kinds of new methods—motivated by their...

Diagnostic Questions

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Churches and ministry organizations have been significantly impacted by the global pandemic. For some, their primary response is longing for things to “get back to normal.” News flash! That’s not happening. You are never going back to former operational practices, to the old normal. You are...

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