The Way Home: Episode 67 featuring Keith Getty

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. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: gettymusic.com Twitter: @gettymusic New album coming in 2016: Facing a Task Unfinished Learn more about the 2016 ERLC National Conference here....

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Get Caught Up on Church History

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...

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The Way Home: Episode 66 featuring Mark DeMoss

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. [powerpress] Show Notes Website: demoss.com Twitter: @markdemoss Book: The Little Red Book of Wisdom Learn more about the 2016 ERLC National Conference here....

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The Church of the Future

Most of the time, expert musings about what the worldwide church will look like involve demographic surveys, technological advancements, and philosophical reflections. Bestselling authors and popular conferences focus on future trends. It’s important for churches to be part of this discussion so they can freshly apply the gospel to the moment and help their people think through inevitable ethical challenges. Yet, when future-casting, leaders can often be ironically shortsighted. Our strategizing thinks in terms of 15, 20, and 30 years down the road. We worry about the church we will leave our children and grandchildren. We talk about investing in the next generation. But is our vision sufficiently large? What if we dreamt about the next 10,000 years? What if we prepared our people for living as citizens of God’s future kingdom? Sometimes, in our quest to create cutting-edge churches, we sacrifice our long-term futures for short-term benefits. I’ve often felt this way as...

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