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Praying and Fasting…and Singing

NASHVILLE—This week, churches from all over the Every Nation world will begin 2018 with a week of prayer, fasting, and consecration. If you are fasting and praying with us this week, I would encourage you to download our 2018 Every Nation devotional guide on the book...

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Top Ten Books I Read in 2017

NASHVILLE—It's often said that "reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." Because of too many international flights, I did not exercise my body nearly enough in 2017. But those same flights that prevented physical exercise afforded plenty of time to read....

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Remembering R.C. Sproul (1939-2017)

NASHVILLE—Last Thursday (December 14), theologian and author R.C. Sproul passed away at the age of 78. As a young believer in my teens and early twenties, I read Sproul’s books and listened to his radio show. Sproul’s influence on my theology and ministry is difficult...

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A Three-Year Old’s Theology on the Incarnation

ORLANDO—A few days ago, I embarked on the annual tradition of setting up our family Christmas tree. As I wrote last year, the agony of pine needles and tangled lights is outweighed by the joy of seeing my grandchildren, Jo and Liam, caught up in the wonder and...

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Ministry is Partnership with God

KUALA LUMPUR—Every October, Deborah and I board a plane for Asia right when Nashville is transitioning from hot, humid summer to cool, beautiful fall weather. Though we are sad to miss the leaves turning and the weather changing, we know we cannot miss Every Nation's...

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A Three-Year-Old’s Theology on Tragedy

NASHVILLE—As her vocabulary has grown over the last few months, my three-year-old granddaughter, Josephine, has said some very funny things (as most three-year-olds do). And she has also said some very profound things with great theological significance. A few weeks...

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Leading Without a Title

  NASHVILLE—I get to work with promising young leaders all over the world. Here are some of their most common leadership questions: How do I lead without a title (or perhaps with a lesser title)? How do I lead when I have some leadership responsibilities, but I am not...

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New Video Series: The Multiplication Challenge

Recently, I had the privilege of discussing my latest book, The Multiplication Challenge, with my son and coauthor William Murrell and young leaders in various positions across Every Nation. It was a great opportunity to hear from them and discuss some of the...

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How We Should Respond to Natural Disasters

HONOLULU—This past weekend, tropical storm Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, dumping record levels of rain on Louisiana and Texas, including the city of Houston. As a result of the widespread flooding, at least thirty people have died and tens of...

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How To Talk About Charlottesville

  WILMORE, KENTUCKY—I have mostly been unplugged from the news and social media for over a week now during my summer residency at Asbury Theological Seminary. However, I thought that this weekend’s events needed comment. Because of the global nature of my job and the...

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When Jesus Takes Your Lunch

NASHVILLE—Last week, I returned from our annual Every Nation Build Conference in Orlando, where pastors, church planters, and campus missionaries from all over North America gathered for a time of fellowship, worship, and vision-building. For those who couldn’t...

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Before You Attempt to Do Ministry…

NASHVILLE—Last week, I had the honor of speaking to a group of Every Nation North America Life Year missionaries who are being sent to Ukraine, Scotland, Spain, and New Zealand. Here’s what I told them to do in order to be successful and faithful missionaries. 1....

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