The Way Home: Episode 68 featuring Lauren McAfee

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Lauren McAfee grew up in the Green family of Hobby Lobby. What was it like to grew up this way and what was it about her parents’ faith that was compelling for her own walk with Christ? Lauren and her husband Michael join me to talk about the Green family heritage, life in the spotlight, and their new project: Museum of the Bible.
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Learn more about the 2016 ERLC National Conference here.

The Way Home: Episode 67 featuring Keith Getty

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Keith and his wife Kristyn Getty have sparked a hymn-writing and hymn-singing revolution in the evangelical church. Today, songs like “In Christ Alone”, “The Power of the Cross,” “Oh, Church Arise” and others are a regular part of worship at churches and Christian conferences across the world. Keith has appeared on CBS, PBS and the BBC and performed at venues ranging from Ryman Auditorium and Carnegie Hall to the Pentagon. Today Keith joins me to talk about his exciting new project, “Facing a Task Unfinished,” modern hymn writing and the state of contemporary worship music.
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Learn more about the 2016 ERLC National Conference here.

Get Caught Up on Church History

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Followers of Christ should know their church history, not so you can win trivia games at the church potluck, but to get a sense of the sweep of God’s work in building His church in the last 2,000 years. Furthermore, a sense of church history keeps us grounded in good ways, from seeing our moment in time as ultimate. Lastly, church history helps keep us anchored to the “old paths” of truth, the orthodoxy that has been passed and preserved from generation to generation. Dr. Matt Hall, vice-president at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has a good short video here explaining why church history is relevant to our present-day Christian lives.

Thankfully, there are some great, accessible, understandable resources out there to study church history. Here are a few that I’ve benefited from:

Church History Made Easy by Timothy Paul Jones. 

This is a terrific resource. Dr. Jones, is a professor and associate vice-president at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This book, which also is available as a video-based small group study, is one of the most easy-to understand resources on church history I’ve ever seen. The book is colorful, full of charts, timelines, and illustrations. What’s more, Jones writes in such a compelling and clear way that makes studying history not like studying history.

Church History Lectures on Itunes U

If you don’t know about iTunes U, you should. It’s a free app on your iPhone and has thousands of free lectures on a variety of subjects. Here are a few, relating to church history:

Church History Lectures on Youtube

I just stumbled on an excellent series of lectures on Youtube by Dr. Ryan Reeves, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. On his Youtube channel, Dr. Reeves has a variety of church history lectures. If you want to study a period in sequential order, I’d recommend clicking on the “Playlists.” Right now I’m listening to some of the lectures from “Reformation and the modern era.” I’m particularly interested in his extended treatment of early colonial American church history up until the present time.

The Way Home: Episode 66 featuring Mark DeMoss

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Mark DeMoss is Founder and President of DeMoss, the nation’s largest public relations agency serving Christian organizations and causes. One hundred of the largest non-profit organizations in America count on DeMoss for counsel and support in the areas of communications, media relations, marketing, and crisis management. Mark is also an author whose 2007 book The Little Red Book of Wisdom. Mark has been a champion for civility in the public square, even engaging in a much-publicized bit to get public officials to commit to disagreeing agreeably. Mark was recently in Nashville for the National Religious Broadcasters Convention and took some time to sit down and discuss the shape of the evangelical engagement, civility and the lessons he learned from his late father, Arthur DeMoss.

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Learn more about the 2016 ERLC National Conference here.

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