Short-Term Missions Trips: Good or Bad?

There has been a lot of discussion and debate among missiologists about the validity of short-term mission trips. Some view them as an impediment to long-term, rooted gospel work in cross-cultural contexts and others still see mission trips, used well, as a great tool to engage God’s people in His work in different cultures. I posed…

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The Way Home Episode 20 – Chaplain (LTC) Derrick Riggs

Today my colleague Lindsay Swartz and I join, live from Afghanistan, Chaplain (LTC) Derrick Riggs. Chaplain Riggs is the Command Chaplain for Special Operations Joint Task Force and NATO Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan. He is also a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Chaplain Riggs shared the unique challenges of ministry on…

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Finding the Story Behind the Story

Every story, whether in movie or music, has a story behind the story. I’ve learned a lot about this from the work of my friend Mike Cosper, who I’ve interviewed several times. Another voice is Kevin Harvey, who has written a new book, All You Want to Know about The Bible in Pop Culture: helping Christians see…

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The Way Home – Episode 19 featuring Charles Stone

When you are thinking of Christian leadership, rarely does brain science come to mind, but my friend Charles Stone says it should. Charles, besides being a popular author and pastor, has done extensive research on neuroscience. His findings are interesting and affect the way we think about spiritual leadership. He joins me today on the…

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What The Stories We Consume Say About Us

Have you ever watched a good movie, read a good book, or heard a popular song and wondered, “What is this saying?” This is the questions we should ask when we consume media. What questions are being asked by this particular piece of pop culture and what answers does the gospel offer? One of the…

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The Way Home – Episode 18 featuring Jeff Goins

Excited to feature my friend Jeff Goins on the podcast. Jeff is a prolific author and blogger. Jeff has helped many people improve their writing and think through their calling from a Christian perspective. My discussion with Jeff focused on the craft of writing, finding your calling, and why art and work are not mutually…

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When I was hungry

One of the more interesting books I came across lately is written by Daniel Ryan Day: 10 Days Without. In this book, Day chronicles his experiment in experiencing the suffering of those who are less fortunate. Each day he gave up a personal item, such as a coat, a meal, technology. The items were carefully chosen, items that are luxuries for people in the developing world, items first-world people easily take for granted. I had the chance to interview Day for my weekly Leadership Journal blog. Here was one of the questions:

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Some Of My Recent Articles: 5/8/2015

Here are a few of my recent articles: I wrote for The Gospel Coalition on “Why You Can’t Escape from the Culture Wars.” The title is intentionally provocative, as I’m arguing against a “culture war timeout” that, in my view, would a) be impossible and b) show a lack of compassion: The shape of our…

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The Way Home – Episode 17 featuring Erin Davis

Is it possible for us to be both connected and lonely? This is the epidemic Erin Davis describes in her new book, Connected: Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling Alone Together. Erin joins me on the podcast, along with my colleague Lindsay Swartz, to discuss how life in Christ and life together in the body of Christ…

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Josh McDowell and The Reliability of Scripture

One of the most popular apologetics resources in the 20th Century was the classic Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell. In many ways, Josh set the standard for apologetics work that would follow. Perhaps the most compelling evidence for the validity of the claims of Christianity is the increasing volume of manuscripts continually discovered by archeologists.
Well Josh McDowell is back with some new manuscript research. I interview him about this new discovery, about inherency, and his perspective on the future of the evangelical movement. Here is one of my questions:

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