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.
Another example that’s much more national.[Continue Reading…]
There are reportedly 90 million evangelicals in the USA today.
However, that number is decreasing as more and more Christians are becoming fed up with the savage behavior that many evangelicals have toward one another.
Many evangelicals, however, are moving beyond evangelicalism to a deeper walk with Jesus.
This “tribe” (to use Seth Godin’s term) is increasing in number every day.
They still hold to the four core tenants of classic evangelicalism, but they’ve gone beyond them to embrace some of the central, but neglected aspects of Scripture.
This group aren’t interested in reigniting the doctrinal wars of the early 20th century, and they stay clear of the mud-slinging that goes on in many evangelical circles today.
Instead, their desire is to know, follow, and love Jesus Christ and express His glory in the world.
For details on this titanic shift, listen to the audio, Beyond Evangelical.
I’ll be speaking in a number of conferences and seminars in 2016.
I hope to meet many of you this year as I love meeting my readers in person.
Consequently, if you’re interested in meeting me in person and/or hearing me live, fill out my Events form and you’ll be notified by email.
If you’re a conference host and you’d like to book me to speak at your conference, consult my Speaking page.
I look forward to meeting you this year!
“We are more willing to attack one another than to band together and fight the enemy.”
~ Lance Wallnau
In my December blog post, I outlined 4 sobering (and uncommon) observations about ISIS.
If you didn’t get a chance to read the entire article on my blog, there’s a link to it at the bottom of this one.
Now on to another current issue.
AMC’s TV drama The Walking Dead is the highest rated series in cable television history.
I’m not a zombie guy (though some mornings, I might resemble one).
Unlike many of my peers who possess a Y chromosome, slashy-burny-butcher-gore films don’t appeal to me.
It’s for this reason that I’ve stayed clear of watching The Walking Dead.
That is, until a friend told me that the show is largely about surviving in community over against blowing zombie carcasses to the moon.[Continue Reading…]
Today, I talk to Vince Antonucci about his new book Devo for the Rest of Us.
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?”
Vince Antonucci: The goal of life is intimacy with God. And intimacy with God leads to influence in the world. Jesus said if we abide in him, we will produce much fruit. To abide in God we must be confident of His love for us, that He’s not only perfect, but also compassionate. That’s why the devotional readings especially focus on God’s love for us. And to abide in God we must spend large quantities of quality time with Him. This book will help the reader to have quality time with God forty days in a row, establishing a habit that will hopefully last a lifetime. The devotional readings especially focus on God’s love for us.[Continue Reading…]
Michael Frost has written a practical little book to ignite your imagination on how you can share the Lord with those who don’t know Him. It’s called Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People.
Here’s my interview with Michael about the book.
Why did you write Surprise the World?
Michael Frost: My own faith community has been practicing the BELLS rhythm for years now and I have been referring to it in talks and presentations around the world, as has my buddy Alan Hirsch. In fact, I think he talks about it even more than I do. I’ve heard of churches literally all over the world who practice BELLS because they heard Alan or I teach on it. Anyway, the guys at the Exponential conference asked me to write it up and we posted it online as a free e-book. It was hugely successful, so NavPress stepped up and suggested I expand it into a paper-and-ink version with them.[Continue Reading…]
The recent spate of terrorism employed by ISIS has scared the liver out of people around the world, it’s barbarism even chilling the blood.
Numerous Christians have weighed-in on the problem. And emotions run hot on all sides, sometimes to over-boiling. Social media sites are ablaze with opinions, laments, and outrage.
Some are clamoring, “Off with their heads! Spare none of them!”
In the eyes of these believers, the atrocities spawned by ISIS relegates them to sub-human status, and thus, there’s no concern for their individual redemption. This segment of the Christian populace has no problem unsheathing their swords when it comes to those who exist to murder, maim, and menace other mortals.
Other Christians are focusing their sights on the evils of war, alleging that any defense of human life which involves force is akin to taking the mark of the beast. “Killing is always wrong,” so they argue.
I’m monumentally disinterested in getting caught up in a “if I were in charge, this is what I’d do” fruitless debate.
Instead, here are 4 observations regarding ISIS that aren’t getting much airplay today. They are …[Continue Reading…]
Many of you have said that you’re overwhelmed with email. For that reason, I’ve decided to cut back to blogging once a month.
But those once-a-month blog posts will be quality material. And in them, I plan to address a current situation or trend.
My UNFILTERED update also goes out once a month. So here’s the new rhythm.
The first Thursday of each month you’ll receive my new UNFILTERED update by email. (If you’re not sure if you’re subscribed to that update list, join here. It’s FREE and I regard my UNFILTERED updates to contain my best writing.
The third Thursday of each month you’ll receive my new blog post.
So you’ll be hearing from me twice a month, i.e., every two weeks. (The exception is if you’re part of The Deeper Christian Life Network. I post fresh content every week to the network.)
My next UNFILTERED update will be sent on Thursday, December 3rd. You don’t want to miss it.
My next blog post will be sent on Thursday, December 17th.
I hope you like this new rhythm.
Now on to some venting about a current trend.[Continue Reading…]
Both are very short videos. Less than 2 minutes each. Each was created by a different person (not me).
Let me know which one you think is the most effective and why.
The beginning of the Christian life is easy. The end is joyous. But the middle is where the fiercest battles take place, and many fall away.
The real test of faith comes in the middle of our journey. Jesus is the trailblazer, pathfinder, and pilgrim of God’s way. This is the meaning of Christ being the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Not only did Jesus blaze the trail, but He also finished the pilgrimage. And He gives His people the strength to tread where He trod and arrive where He awaits.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Heb. 12:1–3)
UPDATE: I revised an article I wrote last year entitled What Christians Can Learn from the Music World of the 1960s. I encourage you to read it.[Continue Reading…]
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…]