Pastors, Don’t Be Passive on Planned Parenthood

This is my latest piece for Leadership Journal: how pastors can lead their churches to fight for life in this cultural moment:  Pro-life activism has been a part of Christian witness throughout church history, but has received particularly focused attention by evangelicals and Catholics since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Now, though, we find ourselves in a unique cultural moment. The third in a series of undercover sting videos was just released this week, bringing to light the hideous reality of Planned Parenthood’s macabre abortion enterprise. To hear medical professionals casually discuss the deliberate termination, dismembering, and sale of babies has stirred the American conscience. Congress is opening investigations and voting on legislation to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding. Corporations are distancing themselves from the abortion provider and even progressives not known for anti-abortion advocacy have spoken out against Planned Parenthood. Millions of people are seeing the brutal reality of what...

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The Way Home Episode 28 featuring Owen Strachan

Chuck Colson was a towering figure among evangelicals in the last half of the twentieth century and on into the twenty-first. His story of redemption motivated generations of young people to commit to Christ and his winsome cultural witness is still being felt today. This is why I'm delighted to be joined on the podcast by Owen Strachan, newly minted associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Seminary and author of a great new book, The Colson Way. Owen and I discuss the model of cultural engagement championed by Colson and how it instructs today's generation of evangelicals. Listen to this week's episode [powerpress] Show Notes: On the podcast I mentioned our new resource, The Weekly. This is a weekly email newsletter, written by our staff, that curates the most important news stories and offers some brief explanation. Most of us are incredibly busy with our families and our jobs and don’t time to digest the news from a...

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Why Encouragement is Not Optional

From my recent article at In Touch: “I love working with you, Dan.” It was only a simple text from a colleague, but it buoyed my spirits during an intense week of work on a project together. As I thought over his kind comment, it reinforced to me a simple truth I’ve learned during my years in leadership: Affirmation may be the most valuable currency in building relational capital. I’ve served on large ministry teams, I’ve led a small church staff, and now I serve in an executive role. I’m also a husband and a father of four. In all of these contexts, regardless of the environment, I have found that nothing is more important than consistent encouragement. People closest to us need to hear words of affirmation from us. They need to hear them regularly, consistently, and sincerely. Not empty words of flattery, like something we’d type on Facebook on someone’s birthday (“best...

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The Way Home Episode 27 featuring Jon Acuff

Today's workforce is increasingly more mobile. People are facing career transitions at younger ages and are being forced to adapted to changing environments. So how do pastors and church leaders help their people facing new careers? Today's podcast features Jon Acuff, blogger, best-selling author, and speaker. He was recently profiled in Christianity Today. Jon first burst on the scene as the very funny proprietor of the Stuff Christians Like blog. He's since written several books on career and calling and is a great voice on applying the gospel to work life. His latest book is Do Over. Jon and I discuss career transitions, calling, and his own recent career do over. Listen to this week's episode [powerpress] Show Notes: On the podcast I mentioned our new resource, The Weekly. This is a weekly email newsletter, written by our staff, that curates the most important news stories and offers some brief explanation. Most of us are incredibly busy...

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