• All Nations” and Church Planting Article by Ed Stetzer

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014

    The Great Commission. Neither the words “great” nor “commission” are in the text, but the descriptor fits. This “authoritative order, charge, or direction” is “unusually large, extreme, and notable” (borrowing phrases from textbook definitions of both words). But why? The sheer scope of the assignment is embodied in the two little words: all nations. This phrase is translated from the Greek panta ta ethnÄ“. It is often the subject of significant discussion. When many people hear ethnÄ“, or “nations,” they think of countries. But when Jesus spoke those words, there were no countries as we understand them today. The nation-state … View Resource

  • God’s Mission Has a Church: An Interview with Ed Stetzer Article by Ed Stetzer

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2014

    Tabletalk: Please describe how you became a Christian and your current ministry. Ed Stetzer: I grew up on Long Island, outside of New York City, in a nominal Irish Catholic home. My sister was the first in my family to hear the gospel and trust Christ. She rode a church bus from our home in Levittown to a small congregation nearby. She heard about grace and mercy and began to share the gospel with the rest of us. My mother soon became a Christian, shortly before we moved from New York to Florida. I saw something in my mom that … View Resource

  • Preach the Gospel, and Since It’s Necessary, Use Words Article by Ed Stetzer

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2012

    There’s a popular saying often repeated by Christians. It has found new life on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe you have even uttered these words, commonly at tributed to Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel. Use words if necessary.” I think we can appreciate what many are getting at when they say something like this. As Christians, we should live in such a way that our lives point to the person and work of Jesus. However, good intentions cannot overcome two basic problems with this quote and its supposed origin. One, Francis never said it, and two, the quote is … View Resource

  • A Religious Explosion? Article by Ed Stetzer

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2011

    Yesterday, I had another conversation about New York City—this one with a reporter from the New York Times. “Do you see a surge in evangelical work?” was the gist of the interview. Many are asking — what is the impact of Christian work in NYC, particularly since 9/11? The terror attacks of September 11, 2001, created waves across numerous aspects of American life. Patriotism rose, interest about radical Islam rose, and lots of attention was focused on New York City. Americans not only watched in devastation the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, but they also listened … View Resource

  • The Blessings of the New Media Article by Ed Stetzer

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2010

    Popular and emerging forms of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogging are all around us. Yet many pastors and church leaders have been reluctant to embrace them. These new forms of media have become a very present part of our culture, and while abuses and misuses are often pointed out, I would like to suggest that when used in the best ways, the new media are a blessing and aid to our churches, pastors, and church planters. As I see it, social media assist churches and Christian leaders in at least four ways. View Resource