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Interview with Dr. Dennis Hollinger

The following article was written for Evangelicals Now and published in their news publication for March 2014. In it I interview Dr. Dennis Hollinger, president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary: JM: What do you love about Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary? DH: I love the fact that Gordon-Conwell reflects a thoughtful evangelicalism as it educates over 2,100 men and women from more than 90 different denominations and 60 different countries. Its vision: ‘We seek to advance Christ’s Kingdom in every sphere of life by equipping Church leaders to think theo-logically, engage globally and live biblically’. JM: What are your key opportunities? DH: Three opportunities stand out. First, to help build the church around the globe as we train leaders of leaders from many countries, including China. Second, we are serving the most theologically under-served group in North America with our Hispanic Ministries Program. We take courses to key Hispanic population centers and then have them come to our main campus for short-term intensive classes. Hispanics are...

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The Gospel of God #22: The Unexpected Gospel

This weekend - Saturday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. at our South Wheaton Campus (located at Edison Middle School, 1125 S. Wheaton Ave. in Wheaton) and Sunday, April 6 at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. at our Wheaton Campus - I'll be preaching from Romans 2:12-16 in our series "The Gospel of God" with a message entitled "The Unexpected Gospel." Watch a video preview: ...

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Vision Sermon 2014 Video: How Church Can Change Your Life

The video of Sunday's sermon, "How Church Can Change Your Life," our Vision Sermon 2014, from Hebrews 12:18 – 13:21, is now online. You can watch it here. Discussion questions about the sermon are available here. If you didn’t pick up a copy of the special booklet, “How Church Can Change Your Life,” that accompanied the Vision Weekend, copies will be available again on Sunday and at the church information tables during the week....

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The Pattern and the Pulpit: A Workshop on Biblical Exposition, May 7-9, 2014

The annual Workshop on Biblical Exposition at College Church in Wheaton is coming May 7-9, 2014. The Workshop is sponsored by The Charles Simeon Trust, and our focus this year will be "The Pattern and the Pulpit: Exposition, Systematics, and Practice." For most of us, a classroom is the place for doctrine. And the pulpit is the place for preaching the Word. If we are going to preach expositionally instead of doctrinally, does this mean that systematic theology is somehow useless or merely a distraction in sermon preparation? On the contrary, systematics has an important role to play. Join Dr. Michael Lawrence (senior pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon), Dr. Philip Ryken (president of Wheaton College), and Dr. Josh Moody (senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton) as they explore the importance of systematic theology for preparing expositional sermons. What is a Workshop on Biblical Exposition? The Workshops on Biblical Exposition aim to recover the centrality of God's Word, preached expositionally, to...

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Vision Weekend 2014

This Saturday, March 22, at 5:00 p.m., College Church launches its South Wheaton Campus at Edison Middle School, 1125 S. Wheaton Ave. During the Saturday service and the Sunday morning services (March 23) at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m., I'll be preaching our Vision Sermon 2014, "How Church Can Change Your Life," from Hebrews 12:18-13:21. This is an exciting time in the life of College Church, and a good time to bring friends to one of the weekend services. We would enjoy welcoming you and having you join us. ...

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The Gospel of God #20, Romans 2:6-8, “Paul’s Screwtape Letter”

When I was looking at this passage earlier this week, the thought came to my mind that this was probably the most countercultural passage in the Bible! How could we look at this passage and understand it today? Why would we invite a friend to come to church to hear this passage explained? And then it dawned on me: here in this passage is the antidote to probably the greatest test we face now. I’ve formulated it as "Paul’s Screwtape Letter"—playing off the famous book by C.S. Lewis. Paul here is providing ammunition to counter one of the standard temptations that we face at the moment. I would love to have your input and observations as we look at Romans 2:6-8 on Sunday at College Church. Here is a video introducing the theme of the sermon. And here is one recent analysis* of the prevalent narcissism of our culture which this passage answers. What Paul is showing is why...

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