What is “Missional?”

Breakthroughs often require new ways of thinking. Sometimes they require brand new words. Over the centuries, something had been lost in our understanding of the Great Commission. How to put it into words? That was the problem facing theologian and researcher Darrell Guder. It took some imagination to give new birth to an old concept. Thankfully, imagination is one of Darrell's gifts! He joins Norm today on the road for a closer look.

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Peace - Building in Syria

Norm welcomes guest  Lauren Homer, recorded on site at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention, Nashville, TN.

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Christians Under Fire

Every day news reaches our inboxes from around the globe detailing the suffering of Christians, punished for no other reason than simple hatred of their faith. Frankly, it breaks our hearts. But it also reminds us of something else - the incredible spiritual and numerical growth that results when true believers are put to the test. We remember those today who stand unspeakable tests of faith endurance, and honor their Lord in the process. And, we rejoice that it means a latter day miracle in places once impenetrable to the Gospel.

A dear friend, Steve Snyder knew all this intimately. His untimely death left an incredible void in our knowledge of the suffering church. But what he had to say before God called him home we need to pay close attention to.

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Syrian Refugees in Antioch

Turkey is on the frontlines of the war in Syria. And that means millions of refugees. If the Christian world is going to have any positive impact - especially on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Christians caught in the crossfire - it's time to get an insider's look at the situation. Dr. Mark Gopin is just the guy, and he joins Norm, today.

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What Wins Muslims to Christ

When was the last time your were frightened or intimidated into doing something? How'd that work out for you? You probably regretted or resented it.

Fear is only helpful when you're running away. It has never been a virtue of Christian faith. But there's another kind of fear - that of letting someone down whom you dearly love. And that kind of fear has real virtue. And it's the kind of fear at the heart of the Great Commission.
Today's guest, John Azuma, is exactly the kind of person we say we want to reach - a devoted follower of Mohammed. How he came to faith in Jesus, and what it means for evangelism today, is a fascinating story. You'll hear it today. 
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Three Attitudes Enhancing Muslim Ministry

Where's the sweet aroma of the Gospel in a 'Vinegar World?' It's a good question... It seems like the Church in America has bought into a vision of fear, hate and resistance to people, when the Word of God calls us to resist the devil and his schemes. How did we get it so backwards? One word - FEAR.  and fear is shifting sand - you'll never build anything secure on it.

Today Norm and Jim discuss how Christ is actually reaching Muslims around the world, and it's not through fear, hate or opposition.
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A Wind In the House of Islam, Pt. 2

David Garrison gives us a stunning peek behind the curtain of Islam, today, in part two of this powerful series.

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A Wind In the House of Islam, Pt. 1

If you think God has forsaken the people of the Muslim world, David Garrison is out to change your mind. This two-part series will bring you up-close and personal to the amazing spiritual renaissance and startling revelations that HE is using to win every people, each person, to Himself.

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Syrian Refugees, Need and Difficulty

Usually, you begin to define a nation by its boundaries.That's not so easy with Syria these days. The civil war has spread a large percentage of its population into three neighboring countries. Thousands and thousand more have fled even farther. Just because they've left the violence doesn't mean they're no longer a concern. Our good friend, Samya Johnson joins Norm for a searing look at the situation, and all from a Christ-bound perspective.

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What Are We Going To Do?? (About Islam’s Amazing Growth)

ISIS on the march, and Islam on the rise - can it be stopped? Not if we don't start doing something different! Anyone who thinks reaching the world for Christ is impossible in the light of the current surge of Islam hasn't been reading their bibles - at least not very thoroughly. It was a whole lot more "impossible" when it was only 12 men and a few hundred helpers. It took them a while, for sure. But no faith in history has gained so many adherents, in so many places, other than Christianity.

So, what do we do about all those Muslims? Glad you asked... Jim and Norm discuss it, today.
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A Pastor’s Heart for Her Native Syria

"Home is where the heart is," they say. Well, in Nancy Samara's case, that means a heart torn in multiple directions. As  Kingdom citizen, her heart beats for her King. As a child of Syria, the King's compassion draws her to the center of that nation's ongoing suffering. When others flee and say "good riddance," she can't let go so easily. And her King would expect her to...

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Have This Mind in You, Pt. 2

Norm concludes his discussion with Mark Labberton, recently-installed president of Fuller Seminary.

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Have This Mind In You, Pt. 1

Mark Labberton is making a big impact in his new job as President of Fuller Seminary. Norm finds out how and why, today.

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Spy for Hope!

Dan Wooding and Norm Nelson each have a few secrets. Get them together, and they're likely to spill the beans. Today, we'll get behind the scenes in the world of international missions with two of the greatest characters in the business!

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The Jesus Manifesto

Sometimes the things you see as obvious and true are radical ideas to others.  Norm's guest today, Leonard Sweet, knows that full-well. And sometimes the things that have always been true have to be proclaimed anew to a generation who hasn't discovered it.
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The Next Child

How do you change the world? One child at a time. Sounds like a great bumper sticker, doesn't it? A more important question might be why change the world, or bother with the children at all? Norm's personal quest for the answers led to some startling, and life-changing consequences.

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Remember & Forget - Themes for a New Year

Looking forward to amazing things in 2016? So are we. Sometimes discovering the 'new' means first forgetting the 'old.'

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Teaching China’s Best at Peking University, Pt. 2

Norm picks up on yesterday's theme with a new friend and colleague, Bill MacFarland. How do Christians make a impact on a generation of Chinese students? By teaching them well, of course. But how do Christians make an eternal impact on a generation of Chinese students? By getting to the heart of the matter...

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Teaching China’s Best at Peking University, Pt. 1

In the Summer of 2014, Norm and Cher hit the road for the academic equivalent of the Olympics - teaching the top-flite students of the world's largest nation. It was also the launching point for new avenues of ministry, as you'll hear today and tomorrow. Cher joins Norm in studio.

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A Legacy of Heroism – Story of Robert Morrison

When it seemed impossible, one praying, faithful man opened up China for the Gospel. It's an extraordinary story you've probably never heard. Today is no textbook lesson. Instead, Norm brings history to life! You'll see how the fruit of this extraordinary man's life is still nourishing the Church 200 hundred years later.

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China’s Persecuted Christians

He stood up to Chinese totalitarianism in Tiananmen Square. He organized the ongoing student truth movement. He pursued political freedom and openness with a fervor few had. And then something truly exciting happened in his life. Bob Fu met Jesus Christ. He's never been the same, and neither have the thousands and thousands who met Jesus because of him. Persecuted for his commitment, he reached the West by the skin of his teeth and continues his calling to help the Christians of his homeland. He tells Norm all about it today.

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The Case for Christmas

How do we know that the story of Christmas is true? And what do we mean by that? Today all across the world, billions of people are taking time out to acknowledge that something very important happened over two millennia ago. We say it didn't stop way back then - it's still happening. Jim Governale joins Norm in studio for this special, thoughtful, musical look at the meaning of Christmas, and the real person at the center of it all...

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