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  1. The Trafficker Next Door

    The Trafficker Next Door

    Posted on January 30th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    On January 12, the  Hidden Glory  blog published a guest post by  Heidi Carlson . The topic is human trafficking… an increasingly popular cause to take up, but no less heavy to discuss. Adding to the weight of this particular blog post, however, is the prospect of a trafficker or trafficking abetter living right next door. Or even worse, perhaps it is you. Are you complicit in the very activity you so fiercely denounce? In the words of the blog’s owner, Heather Nelson, “Warning: this post will be convicting, and uncomfortable, and shocking.” Read the post  HERE . In our upcoming Secret Church, “Christ, Culture, (Continue reading…)

  2. The Secret Church Prayer Focus

    The Secret Church Prayer Focus

    Posted on January 27th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    If, in the business of the holiday season, you missed  our announcement last month , the Secret Church 15 prayer focus is the Peoples of Vietnam. If you’re new to Secret Church, that may leave you with more questions than answers. So to learn what exactly the prayer focus is, watch the two minute video below. You can also explore the prayer focus websites from  last year  or the  year before that . As the video explained, it’s more than a few minutes on the night of Secret Church. After Secret Church, we’ll be devoting the entire month of May to focused prayer for Vietnam, so now is the (Continue reading…)

  3. Distinguishing Between "Lost" and "Unreached"

    Distinguishing Between “Lost” and “Unreached”

    Posted on January 20th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    It may seem like we’re splitting hairs to differentiate between “lost” and “unreached,” but we aren’t. In a previous post , we discussed unreached peoples, who they are, and what it practically means to be unreached. The definition we gave for unreached was: “people groups among whom there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage the people group with church planting.” In describing what it would mean to be in an unreached people group (UPG), David Platt illuminates the one factor that makes a UPG different than merely being lost: You don’t have access (Continue reading…)

  4. What is the Prayer Focus All About, Anyway?

    Posted on January 15th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    If, in the busyness of the holiday season, you missed  our announcement last month , the  Secret Church 15  prayer focus is the Peoples of Vietnam. If you’re new to Secret Church, that may leave you with more questions than answers. So to learn what exactly the prayer focus is, watch the two minute video below. For an even better idea, feel free to peruse the prayer focus websites from  last year  or the  year before that . As the video explained, it’s more than a few minutes on the night of Secret Church. After Secret Church, we’ll be devoting the entire month of May to focused prayer for Vietnam, (Continue reading…)

  5. Who Are The Unreached?

    Who Are The Unreached?

    Posted on January 13th, 2015 by Secret Church

    There are 48 unreached people groups in Vietnam (the Secret Church 15 prayer focus) comprised of 89,160,250 individuals. Of those 48 people groups, 24 are unengaged. Below, David Platt helps us understand just what it means to be unreached . . . — Who are the unreached in our day? Who are the people who have never heard? The unreached are people groups among whom there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage the people group with church planting. Now you’ll notice in that definition the term “people group.” And just to remind you what that means (Continue reading…)

  6. THIS MONDAY: Secret Church 15 Live Gathering Tickets

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    THIS MONDAY: Secret Church 15 Live Gathering Tickets

    Posted on January 9th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    If you want to be at the Secret Church 15 live gathering in Birmingham, make sure you’re ready to go at 9am CT Monday morning, January 12. That’s when they’ll go on sale at Radical.net/SCtickets . Here are some reminders… The tickets go on sale at 9am CENTRAL time (that’s 10am Eastern, 8am Mountain, and 7am Pacific). Make sure you refresh your browser. When the tickets go live at 9am, the button to purchase them will not automatically update without you refreshing the page. Be advised: Due to the content that will be discussed during the teaching (Continue reading…)

  7. A Coffee Shop Conversation: Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action

    Posted on January 9th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    The Secret Church 15 topic, “Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action,” will touch on everything from abortion to homosexuality to religious liberty. Make sure you don’t miss out on this important conversation about what the Bible says and how we are to respond in this world. Go  here  for information about the simulcast, and go  here  for information about tickets to the live gathering in Birmingham (which will be available this Monday morning, 1/12).

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    Tickets to Secret Church 15 Live Gathering Almost Here

    Posted on January 7th, 2015 by Secret Church

    Good news for those who want to be a part of the live gathering for Secret Church 15: tickets will be available right here on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 9:00am CT! Tickets go very quickly, so make sure you’re online and ready to sign up when the time rolls around. This year’s live gathering will be held at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday, April 24, 2015. David Platt will be teaching on Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action. For more information on Secret Church 15, or for frequently asked (Continue reading…)

  9. The Peoples of Vietnam By the Numbers

    The Peoples of Vietnam By the Numbers

    Posted on January 6th, 2015 by David B.

    Since our prayer focus for Secret Church 15 is the peoples of Vietnam, it may be helpful to get to know some basic information about them. As you look at the numbers below, remember that Vietnam is slightly larger than the state of New Mexico: Total Population:             93,026,000   (Population of US: 308,745,538) Unreached Population:    8,532,000    (Population of Virginia: 8,185,867) Vietnam is roughly a third of the population of the United States with more unreached people (8.5 million+) than the entire state of Virginia. Or, to put it another way, almost 11% of Vietnam’s population is (Continue reading…)

  10. Responding to Persecution

    Responding to Persecution

    Posted on January 2nd, 2015 by Jonathan L.

      “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:11-12 For over two years, Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned in Iran for Christian activity. For over five years, Christians in Nigeria have suffered fatal attack after fatal attack at the hands of the terrorist group Boko Haram. For five and a half years, Asia Bibi has been awaiting (Continue reading…)