The Way Home: Episode 80 featuring BJ Thompson

How can churches invest in healthy marriages and raise up strong families? BJ Thompson, founder of Build a Better Us, author and speaker, joins the podcast to talk marriage, the culture, and race. He also shares his story of conversion and the culture of discipleship he experienced at the University of North Texas, that helped shaped him as a man. BJ is one of the founding members of Unashamed Movement, has worked with Lecrae, and has travelled around the world teaching leadership development. BJ lives in Atlanta, Ga., with his family and works with the Navigators organization. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @bj116 and @buildabetterus Website: buildabetterus.com Learn more about the 2016 ERLC National Conference here.  ...

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Teach Us to Pray: Hallowed Be Your Name

(This is the fourth post in a ten post series on The Lord’s Prayer) In this post we’ll take a look at the first of six requests in this prayer. And it’s an unusual one, perhaps one we don’t quite understand. Jesus says we should pray, to the Father, “Hallowed be your name.” What exactly does this mean? Why Begin Our Prayers this Way? To hallow means to “declare holy” to “make holy” to “consider holy.” In a sense, it says something both about the way we pray and the way we should pray. You will notice that the first three requests are Godward. They involve God’s desires and not our desires. Maybe that’s why we have a hard time understanding what it means to “hallow” God’s name as the first step in our prayers. It actually gives us the why of prayer. We don’t pray to get stuff. We pray, first of...

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The Way Home: Episode 79 featuring Jen Wilkin

What advice does Jen Wilken have for Christian women? She joins us to talk about her new book, None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing). Jen is an author and Bible teacher. She is on staff at Village Church in the Dallas/Forth Worth area and is a featured contributor for The Gospel Coalition. Her books and Bible studies are enjoyed by Christian women across the country. Jen talks with us about understanding the Scripture, women in leadership, and the challenges facing today's families. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @jenniferwilkin Website: jenwilkin.blogspot.com Book: None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) Learn more about the 2016 ERLC National Conference here....

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Teach Us to Pray: Our Father Who Art in Heaven

(This is the third post in a ten post series on The Lord’s Prayer) The Lord’s Prayer—given by Jesus as a model for how the disciples should pray begins with what seems like a typical phrase: “Our Father Who Art In Heaven.” Today we might not be as formal, but we’d use a similar line in our prayers. We might say, “Dear Heavenly Father” or something. It sounds pretty normal as prayers go. However, Jesus’ instruction to the disciples, to use the phrase, “Our Father in Heaven” were radical, life-changing words, and if we properly understand them, they are life-changing words for us today as followers of Jesus. There are three important things we need to know about prayer from this line. First, we learn about the intimacy with God as our Father, then community with God as our Father, and finally the authority with God as our Father in Heaven. Our “Father”...

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