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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…]

How to Simplify Your Life

UPDATE: Yesterday, Feedburner (the service that emails my blog posts) sent my subscribers an interview that was published a long time ago on this blog. We aren’t sure why this happened, but we didn’t ask them to send it. I don’t know of a way to contact Feedburner to inquire. If this ever happens again (you get a post that was previously published on this blog), it’s a Feedburner glitch. This has only happened twice since 2008, so I trust it’s not going to be common. Now for today’s post.

Today’s world is incredibly complicated. So much so that most of us are seeking ways to simplify our lives amid the blizzard of busyness.

The trick to simplifying your life is to look at what you do in a given month. Then analyze what needs to be done from what can be removed or trimmed back.

As an example, here are five ways that I’ve simplified my life in 2015.

Perhaps some of them will inspire you and ignite your own ideas.

After you going through them, feel free to share how you’ve simplified your life in the comments.[Continue Reading…]

Snakes in the Temple


Today, I interview David Orton on his book, Snakes in the Temple: Unmasking Idolatry in Today’s Church.


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?”

David Orton: The reader will benefit from a “root and branch” exposé of the contemporary church’s hidden idolatry.[Continue Reading…]

Blog Subscribers Read This PLUS Some Comedy

I want to meet you in person.

Over the years, I’ve traveled to many states and countries.* So there’s a good chance I’ve already been where you live.

I have one more trip planned this year. And then I’ll be looking at invitations for 2016.

I love meeting my readers in person, whether it’s at a conference, a church where I’m speaking, or just over coffee.

Since we don’t announce my travels publicly, we notify people by email through our Events list.

But there’s a problem. Our Events list is outdated. It’s over 10 years old, and over half the email addresses no longer work.

Therefore, if you’ve not filled out my Events form within the last 6 months, please do so today. We can’t invite you to live events or let you know when I’m in your area unless you do.[Continue Reading…]

OUTLIERS: How the Political Culture Reflects the Spiritual Culture

Right now, August 24, 2015, the leading presidential candidates in the USA on both the Republican side and the Democratic side are outliers* — people who stand outside the world of professional, establishment politics and politicians.

The same current is rippling through the spiritual world.

There’s a growing stream of evangelical Christians who are moving away from shallow, superficial, party-line, celebrity-driven, establishment evangelicalism and turning toward the deeper, higher things of God.

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Getting Real: An Interview with Gretchen Carlson

If you watch cable news, you’re no doubt familiar with Gretchen Carlson.

Gretchen has just released a new book called Getting Real which contains her life story.

I caught up with Gretchen recently to discuss her new book.

Enjoy and grab a copy!

In your book, you give people an inside peek behind the TV personality. What motivated you to give people this inside look at your life?

Gretchen Carlson: When people watch me on TV they see part of my life. I wanted to let them know the real me behind the scenes. The child who was a concert violinist from the age of six. The young woman who took on the challenge to compete in the Miss America pageant. The television journalist for twenty-five years.[Continue Reading…]

Why You Should Read More Books & How You Can Do So Quickly

Most of you are influencers of some sort. Many are pastors, teachers, authors, bloggers, professors, and people who are involved in some kind of ministry. (So says this year’s blog survey,)

Recently, I caught up with Dave Frederick – a Vineyard pastor and President of Leaders Book Summaries – to ask him about why it’s critical for those who have influence to read many books. Here’s the interview along with a free perk at the end for my subscribers.

Why is it important for those who influence others to read many books?

Dave Frederick: If you want to influence or lead other people, you have to keep learning and growing. You can’t really lead people beyond where you are yourself. Reading allows you to benefit from other’s experiences and grow in wisdom without having to recreate the wheel every time. And it’s a great way to gain information that you need to help yourself, and others, move forward. None of us knows all we need to; the most effective leaders keep investing in their own growth so they have more to pass on.[Continue Reading…]

A Tale of Two Young Men

Enter Jake (27) and Tom (28).

It’s come to my attention that this blog and my podcast are helping to identify a growing army of devoted Christians in their mid-20s to mid-40s who want to know the Lord and are dissatisfied with establishment-pop-celebrity-driven Christianity.

While the masses of this age group appear to be content with status quo Christianity, there’s an increasing tribe — to use Seth Godin’s term — that I’ve had the privilege to interact with regularly who are interested in the deeper journey.

This blesses me greatly because when I was in my 20s and early 30s, there was virtually no one who was older who could relate to my quest for more of the Lord.

This brings me to the story of Jake and Tom, both in their late-20s.[Continue Reading…]

Do This Now So You Don’t Miss Out

Yesterday, I sent out my personal periodic update, which contains exclusive content every quarter.

All blog subscribers automatically receive the update, unless you unsubscribed from it for some reason.

Unfortunately, those updates sometimes go into your spam folder, your junk folder, or (the very worst!) the Promotions tab if you use Gmail.

The Promotions tab is on the far right of your Gmail inbox (see image below). If you find it there, click the email and drag it into the your Primary folder (to the left), then click “Yes” when it asks you to do this for all future emails from me.


If you unsubscribed from my personal updates by accident (which only goes out 4 to 6 times a year), you can resubscribe here.

If you are subscribed and don’t see it, check your spam/junk folder and your Promotions tab (if you use Gmail). 

There’s a chance that the update is lying dormant in one of those folders.
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My Last Podcast Episode & HT to Jon Stewart

Well, boys and girls, the time has come . . . I’m ending my podcast.

I explain why and what will replace the podcast on the 125th episode of the show, which is the final episode.

(Moment of silence.)

Interestingly, I just heard that Jon Stewart did his last show a few days ago.

I won’t write the “great minds” line here, but the word on the street is that Stewart heard a rumor that I was ending my show, and well, [fill in the blank].


If you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes or Beyond Pod, you can click here to listen to the final episode.

If you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, you’ll especially want to hear it.

Enjoy![Continue Reading…]