Posts in Evangelism

Women of the Resurrection

By Nell Sunukjian Apr. 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

Don’t you love it when you have good news to tell? “He loves me,” “I got the promotion,” “a baby is coming,”  “my grades are better”—news we want to tell someone. Someone who will be glad for us. Someone who will recognize the importance of what we are telling them.

When two angels announced the good news of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, they gave that good news to women. Women—who were considered to be unreliable messengers and couldn’t even testify in court—women were given the honor of passing on the best news ever transmitted—Jesus is alive!

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A “Give-Away” Church

By Joe Hellerman Feb. 12, 2014 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament

I am working on a sermon about the church at Antioch (Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3). As I prepare, I am struck by the open-handed generosity of this church, with respect both to financial resources and personnel.

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The Story of Charles Lee Feinberg: Talbot’s First Dean

By Clint Arnold Jan. 20, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

It was the fall of 1930.  Just a year had passed since the stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression. Adolf Hitler was on his meteoric rise to power in Germany. But God was powerfully at work in the Pennsylvania steel town of Pittsburgh. A 21-year-old Jewish man named Bezalel Feinberg had heard the Gospel and prayed to receive Christ. It sounds so simple, yet it was anything but. 

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El día de la Reforma / Reformation Day

By Octavio Esqueda Nov. 2, 2013 1:39 p.m. Theology, Historical Theology, Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership

El 31 de octubre de 1517 Martín Lutero clavó en las puertas de la catedral de Wittenberg en Alemania 95 tesis en las que criticaba abiertamente las ventas de indulgencias de la iglesia católica romana. Lutero inicialmente no tenía la intención de romper con la iglesia romana sino enfatizar la supremacía del evangelio basada en su simplicidad y a la vez en su gran profundidad. El evangelio o las buenas noticias de la salvación en Cristo es el fundamento esencial de la fe cristiana y desgraciadamente se había pervertido convirtiéndose en una práctica totalmente ajena a su esencia. De manera que, las indulgencias eran una distorsión absoluta del evangelio y, por lo tanto, dignas de ser repudiadas con severidad. Como resultado de esta acción, Lutero inició el movimiento conocido como la Reforma Protestante y cada 31 de octubre se conmemora como el Día de la Reforma. 

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A few things Christian families should know before they apply to adopt children out of the foster care system

By Kenneth Berding Oct. 1, 2013 10:38 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family

Three years ago, Trudi and I adopted two precious girls out of the Los Angeles County foster system.  They are now 14 and 12 years old.  We are deeply grateful for these precious young ladies God has brought into our family.

But we encountered a few things that we wish someone had told us about foster-adoptions before we started the process.  Here is a short list of issues that might be helpful for you to know if you’re considering embarking on such an adventure.

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Jesus is Worthy: And He Has the Right to Send our Children Overseas

By Kenneth Berding Aug. 10, 2013 8:31 a.m. Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Missions, Spiritual Formation

This week was a week of tears in the Berding household.  We cried as we sent our oldest daughter, Lydia, overseas into a needy and difficult region of the world as an ambassador for Jesus Christ.  She will be gone for at least one year, and is open to and actively praying about making a long-term commitment after that year.  We cried before we sent her.  And we cried afterwards.  But we will not hinder her from going out.  Quite to the contrary, Trudi and I are entirely supportive of the mission Lydia is on; she is going out with our full blessing.  But many young people don’t enjoy the support of their parents as they depart for overseas service, and many never actually make it—in large part because their parents have opposed them.  Their Christian parents…!  Family opposition may be the number one reason young people with a call to overseas missions don’t ever arrive there.  And this is a grave sin on the part of the parents.

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How Does Mission Relate to Spiritual Formation?

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 8, 2013 3:50 p.m. Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Evangelism, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

The most recent issue of the Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care carried an article I wrote on the relationship between spiritual formation and mission.  Here's an outline...

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