Posts in Evangelism

Why is a Seminary Education Valuable for Equipping Pastors to Face Today's Ministry Challenges?

Jan. 22, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss why a seminary education is so valuable for ministry today.

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What Are Some of the Unique Challenges of Doing Ministry in Southern California?

Jan. 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss the unique challenges of ministry in this region.

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Jarheads for Jesus?: 10 Reasons ‘Culture War’ is a Really Bad Metaphor (Part One)

By Thaddeus Williams Dec. 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Theology

I was raised in a church world in which “culture war” was a favorite metaphor of how the church relates to the nonchurch. We were God’s courageous moral infantry doing battle against those cunning cultists, those hateful homosexuals, those lying liberals, and those devilish Darwinists. If we listen with tuned ears to Christian radio, Christian literature, Christian blogs, and Christian conversations, it becomes clear: We Christians love the language of war. Over the last 30 years it has become our dominant metaphor for relating to culture; it saturates our vocabulary, shapes our politics, and soaks our worldview. But is culture war helpful? Is it biblical? Should we be jarheads for Jesus?

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What Person Led You to Faith in Christ?

By Gary McIntosh Oct. 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

It was twenty-five years before church growth researcher Win Arn, building on the initial discoveries of Donald McGavran, conducted one of the largest studies of how people come to faith in Christ and to the church in the United States and Canada. Arn’s Institute for American Church Growth surveyed over 17,000 persons in 1980 asking, “What or who was responsible for your coming to Christ and to your church?” Arn published his findings in The Master’s Plan for Making Disciples, and church leaders were astounded ...

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A Global Partnership ... Sometimes with Our Very Own Talbot Grads

By Dave Talley Oct. 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

One of the joys of teaching at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology is the privilege of investing in present and future church leaders who, in turn, go out and invest in the lives of others. It is the process of discipleship at its finest. As a faculty, we disciple students so that they disciple others so that they disciple others ... When this happens, the impact of our teaching reaches around the world. In many ways we will not know the full impact of our ministry until we all get to heaven.

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Sharing the Material Resources of Home to Embody the Gospel

By Aaron Devine Oct. 21, 2014 9:15 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

I often think about home in a specific way. For a long time, home has been a safe place to come back to at the end of the day. It has been a place to establish a comfortable niche in the world as a respite, a literal financial investment in emotional well being. Home has been about rest and nurture, as it can be a place of ministry to family and friends. It also has been a place to launch out into kingdom ministry more broadly.

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Religious Language and Everyday Discourse

By John McKinley Sep. 2, 2014 9:15 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

Occasionally I find myself in a conversation with a non-Christian friend. Sometimes, I have to pay close attention to the language I use if the talk turns to things related to God and ultimate reality. I do the same when I talk to my children about Bible things. I want to be understood, but the normal Christian terms are a foreign language to many people, Christians included. The terms are difficult to use when they don’t communicate.

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