Children, Cross-Cultural & Incarnational Ministry

written by Nathan Lenstra, M.Div., pastor at Connexion Church in Danville, Urbana Theological Seminary Alumnus My name is Nathan Lenstra and I’m a 2009 M.Div. graduate from Urbana Seminary. My education at Urbana Seminary helped me develop a solid biblical framework and foundation for thinking about ministry, especially God’s mission in the world and how I…

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Why Plant New Churches?

written by Andrew Kamm & John Elliott Foundation Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he left his followers with a very clear mission: make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19). And his means for accomplishing that mission is equally clear: the church, which the gates of hell will not prevail against (Matt. 16:18).  We are now…

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Lessons from Kenya

written by Dr. Jeffrey Hallett A few weeks ago, after returning from my second short term mission trip to Kenya, I asked my Sunday class of 8th grade boys what was hard about evangelism. The answers came. “Well, I’ve got to know my stuff…I’ve got to talk the talk and walk the walk …I’ve got…

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What is Celebrate Recovery?

written by Gary Wackerlin, Celebrate Recovery local chapter head The back of our favorite Celebrate Recovery tee shirt simply says “God Never Wastes A Hurt.”  Celebrate Recovery is a ministry that brings hurting people together to guide us through a scripturally based road to recovery process, so that we can live the lives that God…

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Why I Preach

written by Pastor Randy Boltinghouse I love to preach.  For over twenty-two years I have had the privilege of standing before the saints who gather at the Windsor Road Christian Church and proclaiming the Gospel on Sunday mornings.  Preaching takes a considerable portion of the weekly worship experience and this is no accident.  It is…

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I Tim 2

by Kelly Oyer, Visiting Student When you encounter a difficult question in life, how do you handle it? Do you quickly attack it, holding it down until you’re sure you’ve figured it out? Do you close your eyes and avoid it? Maybe you’re like me and you ask everyone you know what he or she…

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The Bachelor Jesus

by Jenny Klouse, Visiting Student Spiderman has been wary about entering into a romantic relationship.  If Peter Parker declares his love for Mary Jane, will she be in danger from Spiderman’s enemies?  Would being in a relationship distract him from protecting New York City from bad guys?  Some scholars propose similarly for why Jesus didn’t…

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