Category Archives: Interviews

Why You Should Trust Jesus’ Unbreakable and Infallible Bible

A conversation about Andrew Wilson about Jesus’ view of the Bible and why we should trust Him.

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Embracing the Holy Tension Between God’s Sovereignty and Human Choice

Randy Alcorn hopes readers will gain a bigger view of God by embracing paradoxical beliefs that seem to contradict each other, but in God’s infinite mind do not.

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Randy Alcorn on Calvinists, Arminians, and Everything In Between

If you’re looking for a concise, charitable exploration of the Calvinism and Arminianism discussions, you can’t go wrong with “hand in Hand.”

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This Guy Preached the World’s Longest Sermon: The Whole Bible in 53 Hours

A conversation with Zach Zehnder, a pastor who preached through the whole Bible in 53 consecutive hours.

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Time to Move Beyond “Defending” Marriage to “Rebuilding” Marriage

The church has been in similar circumstances before. How have we responded in the past? And how does this prepare us for the future?

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Back to Broadus: Why Pastors Still Consult This Preaching Classic

Preaching books come and go, but John Broadus’ work is considered a classic, and it is still in print after more than a century. What has given it such staying power?

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Overcoming Evangelistic Paralysis with an Unbelievably Good Gospel

You have every resource, every truth, and every power available to you in Christ.

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Mission in a Secular Age: A Conversation with James K. A. Smith

We are the heirs of societal shifts that are 500 years old. It might look like you’re witnessing a revolution, but it turns out it’s been percolating for centuries.

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Is The Era of Mass Evangelism Over? Why We Shouldn’t Rule Out Another Billy Graham

Greg Laurie and Luis Palau are exceptions to the rule, but evangelistic meetings and revival services are in the past. Right? Jake Hanson says, “Not so fast.”

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The Ripple Effect of Our Leadership Influence

My reading pile always has a leadership book or two. If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed that after you read a dozen or so of the most popular and respected books on leadership development, you start to see similar patterns and arguments. Many of the books sound alike. So whenever I pick up a book on leadership that says something unique, I stop skimming and start reading.

My copy of Jenni Catron’s book Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence (Thomas Nelson, 2014) is all marked up with sentences I’ve underlined and notes I’ve made in the margins. Jenni spent years in the Christian music business, she served alongside Pete Wilson at an influential Nashville church – Cross Point, and she is now on the leadership team at Menlo Park, where John Ortberg is pastor. Today, she joins me on the blog for a conversation about stewarding our gifts and influence for the good of God’s people.

Trevin Wax: You define “clout” as “the influence that God has given to you and to no one else.” Leadership impact is determined by how you manage this clout. Why is it important to know the particular ways God has gifted and called you?

Jenni Catron: I believe that God has designed each of us to impact the world in a way that no one else can. You have a specific purpose – a calling – that only you are qualified to fulfill. The unique combination of your gifts, talents, experiences and opportunities equips you to lead and influence those around you unlike anyone else.

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