(Im)Possible: One-on-One with Lon Allison about His New Book on Evangelism

(Im)Possible: One-on-One with Lon Allison about His New Book on Evangelism

Chicagoland pastor encourages believers to Prayer-Care-Share.


Ed: Lon, why did you write (Im)Possible?

Theology for Life (Ep. 14): Why Theology & Discipleship Are Interwoven

Theology for Life (Ep. 14): Why Theology & Discipleship Are Interwoven

Dr. Keith Johnson is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College.


Many in the Church believe that theology takes our eyes off being faithful to God in our discipleship and our call to be witnesses in the world. Dr. Johnson explains that the opposite is actually the case.

What exactly are some misconceptions people have surrounding the study of theology?

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 4)

The BGCE Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 4)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.


Church-Planting Shifts, Part One: The Launch

Church-Planting Shifts, Part One: The Launch

Consider your people group and the time of year.


Church planting is somewhat of an entrepreneurial enterprise that tends to be on the front end of change, both catalyzing change and being catalyzed by change.

What is Biblical Preaching?

What is Biblical Preaching?

President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary advocates for expository preaching


Evangelical ministers generally agree that preaching is God’s appointed means to proclaim the gospel and instruct the church. Yet, within evangelicalism, precisely how one is to preach the Bible remains a contested topic—and one with huge ramifications.

Missions Sunday: Church-Planting Catalysts for Gospel Movements (Part 2)

Missions Sunday: Church-Planting Catalysts for Gospel Movements (Part 2)

Best Practices of Gospel Movement Catalysts


Read Part 1, Catalytic Inputs that Contribute to Movement Development.

The Importance of a Welcoming Church Environment for Newcomers

The Importance of a Welcoming Church Environment for Newcomers

Church members make newcomers feel like a part of the family.


In Spring 2016, I had the opportunity to work on a research study that looked at effectively evangelistic churches. Using data from my own interviews as well as those from fellow research team members, I wanted to understand what activities help a previously unchurched person become part of a church. The research revealed a number of different answers.

Christianity's Most Vivid Celebration Is a Meal

Christianity's Most Vivid Celebration Is a Meal

This inner-city pastor is inviting himself into his neighbor's homes.


Not every community is the same.

For the last 20 years, I have lived in a very connected neighborhood. This is the kind of place where people walk the streets, kids attend the same local school in walking distance, and people see each other at the laundromat, at the doctor, at the local supermarket, or at church. Neighbors greet each other with great ease.

When Evangelism Really Isn’t That Hard

When Evangelism Really Isn’t That Hard

Director of the BGCE Evangelism Initiative offers a guide on where we begin.


We do not take Jesus to anyone. He is already present, at some level, in everyone’s life.

How could it not be so given the omnipresence of God? Furthermore, because He is a God of love, He is near every person you meet, loving and wooing him or her.

Exposing the Truth about Honor and Shame

Exposing the Truth about Honor and Shame

The Four Dimensions Christians Must Understand


Shame is getting exposed, finally.

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