CNLP 563: David Platt on the Idolatry of Personal and Political Convictions, How Politics and Division Are Fueling Deconversion, and How the American Gospel Hijacks Hearts

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New York Times Bestselling author David Platt outlines why the tightly held personal and political convictions of so many Christians have become idolatry, how politics and division are fueling deconversion, and how the American Gospel hijacked so many hearts.

Welcome to Episode 563 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

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If you’re like most pastors, your outreach strategy looks nothing as it did a year ago, let alone 10 or 20 years. Things change at the speed of light.

And since they didn’t teach marketing in seminary, you’re going to want to pay attention to this revolutionary program from Gloo called REACH.

In the last year, REACH has connected over 127,000 people with churches across the country. That’s an average of 12 new contacts every month for churches that sign up.

Here’s how it works. 

  1. Gloo partners with recognizable national campaigns for Jesus. You’ve probably seen some:
    • He Gets Us
    • K-Love
    • Churches Care
    • And many others
  1. When people respond to those campaigns and ask to connect with a church, Gloo matches them with a church in their city.
  2. Then, your church receives connections in a dedicated inbox using Gloo’s suite of FREE texting tools to communicate and build relationships.

It’s easy to use, doesn’t require additional staff, and costs are covered by Kingdom-Minded donors who want you to have access to this one-of-a-kind solution.

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  1. With others focused on running expensive and complex campaigns,
  2. You’re free to focus on what you do best: Building more life-changing relationships.

So, what are you waiting for? Go to to sign up and connect with more people from your community who need you. 

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Next Episode: Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She’s a highly acclaimed writer, known for her ability to distill and convey complex ideas—from science to literature to stories from her own life—with levity and clarity.

With millions of copies of her New York Times bestselling books sold, more than 220 million downloads of her Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, an enthusiastic following on her newsletters and social media, helpful and beautifully designed products, and the award-winning Happier app, she engages her audience wherever they want to be.

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Lead With Confidence and Clarity. Grow Your Church.

As leaders, we tend to see the challenges and roadblocks before other people do.

We've all been there before...

  • You need to refresh your vision for the future but know that change will be an issue for that person.
  • You're overstaffed (or missing a key role) and can't find the right person to fill the role.
  • You aren't reaching enough new people even though you've tried everything that's working for other churches.
  • You can see the issue but aren't confident in what to do about it.

And with another Sunday morning coming up, it'll just have to wait until next week when you have a few minutes to figure it out.

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What would it feel like to have those answers at your fingertips 24/7?

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Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.