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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.

Another example that’s much more national.[Continue Reading…]

Join Me for Two Live Events

One of the things I absolutely love is meeting my readers in person.

That’s you . . .

In that connection, the remainder of this year (2015), I will be speaking in two live events.

One of them will be with my co-author Mary DeMuth (we wrote The Day I Met Jesus together).

Mary and I will be speaking together in a 2-day live conference dedicated to the theme of Encountering Jesus Christ.

The other event is specifically for pastors, Bible teachers, and those who minister God’s Word.

Now, many of you filled out my Events Form years ago. But the problem is that a sizable portion of that old list got corrupted when we switched servers.

So here’s what I need you to do.[Continue Reading…]

Your Sacred Yes


Susie Larson has just come out with a new book. It’s entitled Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion, and Joy.

Recently, I caught up with Susie to talk about her new book.


Share one or two experiences that shaped the insights in the book.

Susie: About fifteen years ago, a distinguished woman invited me to breakfast though I barely knew her. And what she had to say to me about knocked me silly. I’d been running myself ragged doing all kinds of good things, church things even; but I was about to receive the wake-up call of my life. She leaned in, looked me square in the eye, and proceeded to tell me how once upon a time both she and her husband were respected leaders (like us), and busy at church (like us), and their lives bore lots of fruit (like us, it seemed). But in an unrealized moment of vulnerability, her husband fell morally in a very public way, and their lives came crashing down around them. At the time of our breakfast date, she was still sorting through the wreckage of his choices. She leaned in and said:[Continue Reading…]

Changing the Calculus of the Culture War

The 123rd episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called Changing the Calculus of the Culture War. 

You can listen to the episode in the following venues:

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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 if you’re busy.

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WOW! The Results of the Survey for 20s & 30s Are In!

We’ve spent several weeks compiling the results of our two surveys in June.

Today, I’m featuring the one-question survey results for Christians in their 20s and 30s.

The 17-question 2015 Blog Reader Survey will be posted next week.

Here are the results of the survey for Christians in their 20s & 30s (the age group which makes up a large portion of this blog audience.)

The question was — “What is the greatest struggle that Christians in their 20s and 30s face today?”

Here were the top 10 answers that were repeated the most:[Continue Reading…]

The Paranormal Conspiracy


Have you ever wondered about UFOs, haunted houses, alien abductions, ghosts, mediums, etc.? Have you ever desired to know what was behind all the fuss?

If you have, Timothy Dailey has written a new book called The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings where he explores the paranormal world from A to izzard.

I caught up with Timothy to pelt him with questions (cough), I mean, to interview him on his 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?”

Timothy Dailey: Something very alarming is afoot. Western culture is experiencing an unprecedented explosion of fascination with all things paranormal, as indicated by the quadrupling of the number of television shows featuring paranormal themes. With few exceptions, these programs implicitly accept a view of reality representing a radical sea change from that of our forefathers. Half a century ago, ESP, mediums, ghostly hauntings and other paranormal phenomena were relegated to the fringes of society. Most people looked askance at such practices as “wacky” or viewed them as dark (“occult”) arts to be avoided. UFO sightings were a rarity, and “alien abductions” were unknown.[Continue Reading…]

How to Respond to the World’s Narrative

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!”

~ 1 Peter 4:12-16

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you.” 

~ John 15:18-20

“Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”

~ 2 Tim. 3:12

The world system with all of its growing megaphones pumped out by the glut of social media – not to mention Hollywood and cable networks – has presented two falsehoods effectively and eloquently. They are:

If you love someone, you must accept everything they practice and believe.

If you believe that a certain lifestyle is immoral, this means you hate the individuals who practice those lifestyles.

These are clear falsehoods, and Jesus of Nazareth – this world’s true Lord – would have been indicted, condemned, and sentenced for violating both if He were still here in the flesh.[Continue Reading…]

Gate Crashers: The Offensive Church


Joe Kohler has released a new book. It’s called Gate Crashers: The Offensive Church.

I caught up with Joe to discuss his new book. Enjoy!

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?”

Joe Kohler: My hope is that readers will be edified and encouraged to examine some of our modern church practices that currently reside in a theological blind-spot, particularly the function of evangelists in the body of Christ. We are not the first generation to inherit practices and traditions that we accept without thinking about it. Whether readers agree or disagree with my conclusions, at the very least they can expect to be challenged to think about God’s purpose in and through His church.[Continue Reading…]

Can You Pray for Me About This?

Hi Friends,

I don’t ever remember asking for prayer on this blog before. If I have, it’s been exotically rare.

Not because I don’t believe in prayer. Quite the opposite.

I believe corporate prayer is like launching a nuclear bomb . . . it’s power is enormous.

So I don’t take it lightly. Nor do I use such requests on that which is cheap or insignificant. (I won’t be asking you to pray for Aunt Mildred’s hang nail!) :-)

Anyways, there are three things I would love you to touch the throne on my behalf, if you feel so inclined:

1. I’m working on writing a new blog post that I consider to be profound in its significance.

One of the results of the two surveys I did in June was a repeated struggle that was articulated by scores of you.

The struggle goes something like this:

How do we Christians respond to the world’s narrative which pressures us constantly?  How do we respond without compromising our loyalty to Jesus and His teachings on the one hand without folding under the pressure to confirm to the world on the other? How do we handle being ridiculed as bigots, intolerant, idiots, hypocrites, etc.? How do we stand firm and not give up our allegiance to Jesus just so we don’t lose friends or appear like odd balls?[Continue Reading…]

A Ministry Dream Team

A quick reminder that my Rethinking Series and Entire eBook Library are discounted until Tuesday, July 14th. You can get the Sampler here to check it out.

Again, this set contains never-before-published material. The content isn’t repeated in any of my other books. And these only come in eBook versions (Kindle, PDF, Nook), but you can print them out if you like to read off line. If you don’t have time to read them right now, no worries. You can take advantage of the discount and read them at a future time.

Now for today’s post.


Photo: Music newspaper article from 1968 when Jimmy Page was looking for fellow musicians to form a new band. The band would become Led Zeppelin, what many experts have called the world’s greatest rock band.

The 122st episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called A Ministry Dream Team and it’s my response my May 11th blog post where I asked you to select 3 people to be on my ministry team.[Continue Reading…]