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 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.
3. Today is the last day when you can get my Discipleship Course – Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ – on discount.
The course closes after today and won’t reopen again for several months.
4. My Box Set (containing all 10 of my titles) is on big discount today.
Have a great weekend!
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.)
November 28th is the last day for these specials. After that, the course will close for several months.
Today, I published the second installment of my “Shocking Beliefs” series on Patheos.
Check it out. It’s called The Shocking Beliefs of Jonathan Edwards.
There’s a link on that post to the first installment on the shocking beliefs of C.S. Lewis.[Continue Reading…]
Whether you are a leader or anyone who loves to be educated through books, but you don’t have time to read all the books you desire to learn from, Leaders Book Summaries may be the ticket you’ve been looking for.
And best of all, it’s FREE for my readers for an entire month with no catches.
Dave Frederick, the creator of Leaders Book Summaries, tells you all about it . . .
Tell us what Leaders Book Summaries is exactly.
Dave Frederick: Leaders Book Summaries is a service designed to help pastors and other Christians who want to grow their leadership skills and understanding. We take the top books out there that are focused on leadership, management, personal growth, church growth, etc. (books that are good for leaders to read), and we condense them. We take all the key content and ideas and put it into a 12-15 page summary, so people can easily read and digest the material.
That allows people who are really busy the opportunity to invest in their own growth and development. And when they become better leaders, their church or organization will benefit.[Continue Reading…]
The following is from Shane Claiborne in answer to the question, “Is it Okay for Christians to be Rich?”
Give it a thoughtful and prayerful read, then tell me if you agree or disagree in the comments and why.
In a future post, I will offer my own thoughts on the subject on what Shane says here.
You go first.
by Shane Claiborne
Asking if it is okay for Christians to be rich is a strange question. It is like asking if it is okay for Christians to overeat, or watch too much TV. It may be permissible, but that doesn’t mean it is a good idea. I believe Jesus came to set us free — and one of the things he wants to set us free from is our obsession with money and possessions. Which is why he says such harsh things like “Woe to you who are rich…” (Luke 6:24). [Continue Reading…]
Ever since I was in my 20s, I’ve invested in courses. Spiritual-content courses, ministry-content courses, and blogging/writing courses.
Some of them are on cassette tape. Others are on video or audio.
To this day, I still invest in premium courses because of their transforming power.
A course gives you a “deep dive” into a particular subject. One that you can’t get from a book.
It’s the next best thing to being at a live event where intense training happens in person.
Because I’ve experienced the life-transforming power of courses in my own life, I decided to begin creating my own courses.
You see, I have a ton of valuable material in the form of spoken messages, training sessions, conference talks, etc. on audio tape and CD that are simply dying in my archives.
They haven’t been edited nor enhanced, and no one has heard them since they were first delivered years ago.
I’ve facilitated unique “immersion” sessions on Ephesians, Romans, and Colossians along with extended series on different topics related to the deeper journey.
As you know, I’ve given a lot of this material away on my podcast and I plan to continue to do so as long as the podcast keeps getting new subscribers. (There’s a hint embedded there. If you want me to keep uploading new episodes, then spread the word about the podcast. It takes an enormous amount of time to produce each show and I’ve seriously thought about stopping because of that.)[Continue Reading…]
Okay, so there’s no post today. Not here anyway.
But there are two new posts that you can read elsewhere.
First is my article on Patheos called Shocking Beliefs of C.S. Lewis.
It’s the first installment of a new series I’m writing on the Patheos blog network.
Second is an article I wrote for New Wineskins Magazine in 2008 called The Current Move of God: 8 Characteristics.
It was recently published on another website.
Check out both articles by clicking on the above links. And if you like them, feel free to share the links.
Have a great weekend![Continue Reading…]
The 107th podcast episode just released. It’s called “How to End Spiritual Stagnation.”
I’m being interviewed on my new best-selling book, Jesus Now, and during the course of the conversation, I address several hindrances to spiritual progress and how to end them.
Listen in the following venues:
iTunes Subscribe (for Apple devices)
Beyond Pod (for non-Apple devices)
If you don’t use a smart phone, then click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page, including this episode
Click here for detailed instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast using your smart phone or tablet, how to rate the podcast in iTunes, and how to find time to listen to podcasts.
Regret . . . it’s a horrible thing.
In a moment of stupidity or practical insanity, you do something for which you want to kick yourself, slap yourself, or give yourself an atomic knee drop.
You wish it were a bad dream, a nightmare, but it really happened . . . and you can’t do anything about it.
When I was in my 20s, the Lord would often speak to me through dreams.
Today, only on rare occasion will I receive a dream that I believe is from the Lord.
This morning, I received such a dream. In it, I was supposed to write a blog post on a topic that I’ve never written on or given much thought to.
So I’m doing that now.[Continue Reading…]