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…]
I’m going on a blog break until the smoke clears from the new year. So stayed tuned for my next post in early January.
That said, I want to thank all of you for making 2014 a wonderful year. Your dedication to read and share my blog posts and podcast episodes is deeply appreciated and the main reason why I continue to produce content on these two free mediums.
Right now, we are finalizing my new 5-eBooks series called Rethinking.
We plan to launch the whole series in early January.
Here is a photo of each volume.
I also have a bonus book coming out at the same time on practical helps for living in Christian community.[Continue Reading…]
Bren Hughes has written an accessible book called Heaven’s Muscle.
It’s about unleashing the power of the Spirit in your life (so says the title).
I read the book in one sitting. It’s a fast, engaging, easy to digest read.[Continue Reading…]
We’ve recently uploaded two brand new shows on the “Christ is All” podcast.
If you are subscribed to the podcast in iTunes, you should have them downloaded on your phone.
If not, subscribe here.
For those of you without a smart device, you can listen to them directly on computer, tablet, or non-Apple device.
My Interview with Your Favorite Character Caller (the caller from the 100th episode, that is)
Warning: Do not attempt to listen to the above episode unless you have a tremendously subtle sense of humor!
Here’s the other new show we’ve published recently:
Finally, here are the top 10 episodes (shows) of all time:[Continue Reading…]
Bren Hughes has written a new book entitled Heaven’s Muscle: Unleashing the Power of the Holy Spirit Within You. I’ll be reviewing the book soon, but today, I’m posting an interview where Bren and I mix it up about his new book.
Heaven’s Muscle looks to be an engaging book. 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?”
Bren Hughes: Three points. First, in reading this book you will encounter me, and I hope it will be like meeting a new friend. My soul bleeds on every page of this book, and by the time you finish it you will know me rather intimately.
Second, part of this relationship involves me making sure that the reader knows all the crucial information from scripture about the indwelling of God’s Spirit and the sort of weapons the enemy uses against those of us who are called by God. In other words, I feel a great responsibility to convey accurate data that’s sufficient for what people need within the purposes of this book.[Continue Reading…]
BeliefNet recently published an article of mine entitled A Forgotten Christmas Lesson.
WARNING: Just like the 100th episode, dare to listen only if you appreciate a tremendously subtle sense of humor.[Continue Reading…]
Recently, I caught up with J.W. Phillips, the author of Pursuing Fellowship: By Activating the One Another Principles.
Here’s the interview.
Pursuing Fellowship, volume one, looks to be a meaty book. 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?”
J. W. Phillips: I am concerned, Frank, that whenever God’s people are given a pabulum portion of what was supposed to meaty truth, the church eventually weakens. So, yes, this book is meaty, but it’s not academic. The language is simple; the truths presented are practical.[Continue Reading…]
2015 is warming up in the bullpen and it will soon be throwing heat from the mound.
In that regard, here are 3 strategies to make your 2015 the best it can be.
1. Make a quality decision that you are going to invest in improving your life, your business, and your ministry.
A quality decision is a decision that you will stick to come hell or Hiawatha.
Investing in improving your life, business, and ministry would include attending training events, taking courses, and investing in other educational opportunities.
A life-principle I’ve learned – admittedly later than I wish – is that if you’re unwilling to invest in transformative learning opportunities, everything in your life will remain the same. That goes for your ministry, your financial situation, your business, your relationships, etc.
For years, I embraced the philosophy of “I can’t afford that.” But I discovered, eventually thankfully, that I couldn’t afford NOT to invest in learning how to improve my life, my financial situation, and my ministry.
So today, I regard training, seminars, and courses as necessary investments that I can’t afford to let pass.[Continue Reading…]
We just published the 108th episode of the Christ is All podcast. I won’t tell you what the topic is. You can find out yourself when you listen to it (I assume all of you have subscribed by now, except for the newbies to the blog).
Here’s a recent email I received by someone who is in his early 30s that sparked the idea for this blog post:
“Frank, just want you to know that your podcast is changing my life. I’ve binged on all 100+ episodes and they are amazing! I love the variety, the humor, and the different types of music in the beginning. My only regret is that I wish I would have known about it several years ago when I was going through some stuff that you address.”
Two things struck me about this note.[Continue Reading…]
I hope those of you in the States had a great Thanksgiving yesterday.
Here are 4 cool things you’ll want to know about today. The last two expire in 24 hours.
1. My publisher has just slashed the prices of two of my best-selling books for the next few days.
From Eternity to Here is $2.99 today until December 1st.
Jesus Now is is $4.99 today until December 1st.
2. If you sign up for BlueHost (for domain names and as your blog/website server), it’s on discount for only $3.99 a month.
For the both of you who got hot under the collar because I interviewed the founder of Leaders Book Summaries last month (you both had an allergic reaction to the word “leaders”), I wish to remind you of three things:
1. I have NEVER been anti-leader or anti-leadership.
2. I have said repeatedly (and ad nausea) that leadership exists. It can be good or bad, helpful or hurtful, but leaders are and leadership is. It’s organic to the DNA of the ekklesia.
3. I’ve also pointed out that EVERY believer is a leader in some sphere. I couldn’t have made that point clearer than in my article The Myth of Christian Leadership. (Don’t judge the article by the title; read it completely first, then judge.)