7 Gospel Concerts I Won’t Forget- Part I

7 Gospel Concerts I Won’t Forget- Part I Atlanta has been the Disneyland of the gospel music world this week. The Gospel Music Workshop of America is holding its annual convention in Atlanta and the city is buzzing. GMWA, founded by the late James Cleveland, is the largest music convention

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It’s the KIDS…Dummy!

“It’s the Kids…Dummy! Intro: Don’t take it personally, I’m talking to myself too. Church Growth and Discipleship is my thing. From Oakwood College to Andrews University to Fuller Seminary-ground zero for the church growth movement-it has been my passion. So I still shake my head when I think of how

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How To Save Your Relatives

How To Save Your Family! Evange-Living Series Question. How can I save my family? Answer. You can’t. But since it’s probably not a good thing to end a blog after just 10 words, let’s talk about it. Nothing is more heart-wrenching and helpless than looking at a loved one who

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The Man Who Saved The Adventist Church From Obscurity

The Man Who Saved the Adventist Church from Obscurity That’s how Elder Charles Bradford described Dr. Earl Moore at his funeral last week, “the man who saved the Adventist Church from obscurity. He was right. The Sixties were tumultuous years in America. Presidents and pop stars alike were being murdered

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Meet the Farmer Who Scheduled Your Sabbath School

Meet the Farmer Who Scheduled Your Sabbath School Well, that isn’t the actual farmer, but I probably didn’t miss it by much. Let me explain. Last week I posted a casual question on Facebook and the number of responses surprised me. So, I’m pausing my Evange-Living series to explore the

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Don’t KNOW Nobody?? Can’t REACH Nobody!

Don’t KNOW Nobody?? Can’t REACH Nobody! Excuse the bad English in the title, but I’m making a point. Distance is dead in evangelism. If you are going to make an impact on people you must have contact with people. It is arguably the weakest feature of Adventist evangelism. We have

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What’s Missing From Adventist Evangelism?

What’s Missing From Adventist Evangelism? ADVENTISTS!! That’s what’s missing from Adventist evangelism. Adventists. Everyday Adventists. Not celebrities. Not pastors. Not evangelists. Not paid bible workers. But normal, natural, balanced Adventists. Everyone I mentioned above is valuable to evangelism, but the most effective evangelists are not really “evangelists” at all. Let

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The Adventist Branding Problem

What do people see when they hear Adventist? What words or images come to mind? For many years I have asked this very question to Adventists and non-Adventists alike in a word association exercise I use in evangelism. The responses have been fairly consistent: Ellen White, Loma Linda, Sabbath, vegetarian,

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Kim, Kanye, and Adventist Gossip

Kim, Kanye, and Adventist Gossip Oakwood has a Publix!! Well not exactly, but the food store did recently open within walking distance of the school. (The fact that I am so excited about the opening of a grocery store is either a reflection on Huntsville or a childhood issue I

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3 Reasons to Say Thank You!

3 Reasons to Say Thank You! It’s Mother’s Day season and I’m in a “Thank You” frame of mind. We all should be. My mother is a 5’ 3” fireball from Belize. You don’t EVER have to wonder what’s on her mind, because she’ll let you know. (Perhaps this will

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7 Things Praise Teams Should NOT Do

“7 Things Praise Teams Should NOT Do!” You probably know by now that I love hymns. That’s right.  If I hear the number 499, my eyes glaze over and I just start singing “Sound the Battle Cry” at the top of my lungs!! (That might not be totally accurate.) I

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