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Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Hear

Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,

“According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … We are scheduled to close the transaction on June 12th, so, supposedly, this will happen the week following. I want to assure you that this is indeed a baseless rumor. There is absolutely no truth to it … If you hear this rumor, I would be grateful if you would help me short-circuit it. You can tell ’em it’s not true, and you heard it directly from me.”

I recall when this rumor was circulating and was saddened (and surprised) at how many Christians believed it without going straight to Michael to see if it was true or false.

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Stop Wasting Your Time Doing This!

While I’m not a fan of Facebook groups, I do enjoy connecting with people on my Facebook page.

However, from time to time, I’ll look at some of the news feeds of my friends. And I’ll see some of them getting roped into full-blown doctrinal beatdowns on their walls.

In like manner, I’ve been pulled into countless Facebook groups – meaning, people  “joined” me.

I don’t follow these groups and rarely make a comment.

However, once in a while I’ll get tagged, so I end up looking at the thread.

For the last seven years in observing these groups (I’ve been added to over 100 of them), and I’ve lost count of the knock-down, drag-out, WWE-styled smackdowns over biblical topics and social issues I’ve seen.[Continue Reading…]

Please Take My 2015 Blog Reader Survey

If you are subscribed to this blog, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey.

The survey important as it will help me improve this blog, my books, and my other projects . . . including my upcoming mentoring project I told you about last week.

There are only 17 quick questions. (I have friends who have blog surveys containing over 50 questions!)

This survey is completely different from the 1-question survey I asked Christians in 20s and 30s to answer a few weeks ago. So if you answered that one — which I hope you did if you’re a 20- or 30-something — please answer this new one also because it’s totally different.

This new survey is for all my blog subscribers, regardless of age.

It shouldn’t take you more than 3 minutes. I ran through it myself and it took less than 2 minutes to complete.

Update: The Survey Has Been Deactivated. We have enough results. Thanks for participating.

Results will be posted on the blog here the 3rd week of July.
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Bryan Bishop has written an interesting book entitled Boundless. It’s a book that explores global missions and church expressions.

I caught up with Bryan to discuss his book.

Enjoy the interview.


Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Bryan Bishop: In my 20 years as a mission researcher, I’ve had the opportunity to witness believers in Jesus around the world following the Bible in their own cultural ways, sometimes in ways so different from ours that they might make us uncomfortable. Eventually, I realized I was seeing four biblical principles that could help believers even in America, Europe and the Christianized parts of the world go deeper in their relationship with God. These principles can also help youth in the West who have drifted away from faith find a doorway back to Jesus. I think readers will also find new hope that the changes they long to see in the world can really happen.[Continue Reading…]

Hacking the Victorious Christian Life

The 121st episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called Hacks to the Victorious Christian Life. And I’ve got a discussion partner for this one.

As always, if you enjoy it, pass this post on (using the share buttons below) and be sure to subscribe in iTunes or Beyond Pod below.

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If you don’t use a smart phone, then click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page, including this episode

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at My Online Work

People regularly ask me for advice on blogging. In fact, one of the things I do to earn my living is consult authors, writers, bloggers, musicians, and business people. I do this work primarily through the Buzz Seminar Master Course along with 9 other presenters.

But there’s an entire technical side to blogging. This is where Jeremy Myers comes in.

Jeremy is my go-2-guy for all things technical. This would include website design, blog set up, and the 1,001 problems that come up along the way.

He’s also gotten me out of many last-hour jams when something went wrong on the back end of the technology.[Continue Reading…]

A New Mentoring Project

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As I enter this season of my life and ministry, the example of Jesus weighs heavy on my mind and heart.

Namely, the fact that He spent most of His time with a group of people who “got” what He was teaching, realizing how unique it was during their time.

And they wanted more.

At bottom, I’m a problem-solver who seeks to add value to the lives of God’s people, especially in those areas which are rarely talked about or addressed.[Continue Reading…]

Some Neglected Aspects of Discipleship

To my readers in their 20s and 30s, if you haven’t taken my super quick survey yet, PLEASE do so here. It will only take you a second.

Now here’s today’s post.

On the day she first met Jesus, Mary of Bethany helped her sister Martha prepare a meal for Jesus and His disciples.

Martha’s initial complaint reveals this. Martha accused Mary of leaving her. That suggests that she did help Martha before she slipped into the public room to hear Jesus teach.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

In the first century, they divided houses into the male space and the female space. The kitchen (the courtyard) became the sphere of the women. The public room (the living area) constituted the sphere of the men. And neither sex was supposed to cross over either barrier.[Continue Reading…]

If You Are in Your 20s or 30s Read This (Problem with Yesterday’s Survey)

Strangely, most of you who are in your 20s and 30s didn’t answer the question from yesterday’s post.

I just learned that for those of you who subscribe to the blog by Email, the “comments” button at the bottom of the post wasn’t showing.

So if you didn’t answer yesterday’s survey, go here to answer it. It will take you less than 2 minutes.

It’s important to me that as many Christians as possible in their 20s and 30s answers the question, especially those of you who are subscribed to the blog. The information is invaluable.

So once you answer, share the link to yesterday’s post with all your friends in that age range.

I’ll explain what it’s for at a later date. But I believe you’ll be blessed to find out. :-)

The answers will become visible to everyone in a week or so. So far, they have been extremely illuminating. So thanks to all of you who answered so far.

Again, go here to answer it.

An Important Question for Christians in Their 20s & 30s

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As many of you know, I started using Instagram recently, and I’ve enjoyed connecting with many of you there. (If you’re new to the blog, you can join me on Instagram at frankaviola.)

In that connection, I’m conducting some new research on Christian Millennials (which many of you are).

So in this post, I want to specifically ask a question to only those of you who are in your 20s or 30s.

Please do not answer if you’re younger or older as this will skew the data. But it would be great if you shared the link to this post with your Christian friends and family members who are in their 20s and 30s.

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