Question Your Lens

Advertisements for Google Pixel 2 state, “Question your lens.” Their three current commercials are a combination of fun, heartwarming, and thought-provoking. In one, a group of African Americans from a lower income neighborhood turn out to be caretakers of horses that bring the whole neighborhood together. In another, a seemingly traditional 86 year old Japanese […]

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The Disciple-Making Shift

In a now famous study of popcorn by Brian Warnsick at Cornell, movie goers were given two sizes of popcorn buckets. Each of the buckets was massive, too large for one person to consume all the popcorn. The question: when given an overwhelming amount of popcorn to eat, would the size of the bucket matter? […]

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How Our Calendar Helps with Evangelism

“What is Easter? I have never heard of it before.” This question shocked me. Who hasn’t heard of Easter? I was sitting in a class in Germany. My wife and I had been studying German for several months with people from all over the world. The teacher announced that the class would not meet Friday […]

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Why put Missions on Hold to Go to Seminary? Continuing the Conversation

The International Mission Board released a blog last week that answered the question, “Why put missions on hold to go to seminary?” (https://www.imb.org/2018/03/13/why-put-missions-on-hold-to-go-to-seminary/) I agree with the IMB’s answer. I’ve lived this question. I remember sitting on the floor of my apartment in seminary begging the Lord to answer it. While desiring to be overseas, […]

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5 Ways to Think About Evangelistic Conversations

In my book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out I emphasize evangelistic conversations over one-sided presentations. Here are five ways you can grow in this: 1. Stories Everyone has a story. Ask the other person about her story. Then, share your story. As a believer it’s not possible to tell your story without talking about Jesus, […]

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Reflections from the GO Conference

This semester, Dr. Mathias is teaching a college and seminary class in which students attend the GO Conference in addition to the regular class requirements. The 2018 GO Conference took place on February 16-17 at Southeastern, and these students, along other attendees coming from across the southeast region, sat under the teaching of D.A. Horton, […]

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A Faithful Legacy: Billy Graham

“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” “I trust Jesus with all my tomorrows, knowing that He will solve the mystery of life beyond the grave.” North Carolina native and evangelist, the Reverend Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99. Known by many as “America’s Pastor,” the leading evangelist […]

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Mayhem and the Mission

This is an adaptation of an earlier blog post that can be found here. Links to other articles for further reading included below. Our country has been once again rocked by an act of savagery beyond the scope of our imagination. Questions swirl. Politicians seek policy answers. Parents struggle to answer questions from their children. […]

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This is Love

Hey Everyone, here is a Hint: Valentine’s Day is this week — Wednesday to be more specific! Well, now that that PSA is out of the way, let’s get down to business. What does Valentine’s Day have to do with missions? Here are a couple thoughts. 1. Love is the driving force for missions. Why […]

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Making 2018 a Missionary Year

I am not a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions. They always seem to be good ideas that fail within a few months. On the other hand, I am a huge fan of taking advantage of the changing calendar for reassessment and re-alignment. When I was in high school, I did a little surfing on […]

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