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…]
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…]
Over the years, I’ve received tons of questions from my readers about the Holy Spirit.
Ten of the key ones have been . . .
1. what is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, exactly?
2. what’s the role of speaking in tongues?
3. is speaking in tongues the evidence of being baptized in the Spirit?
4. are spiritual gifts for today?
5. what’s the difference between a word of knowledge and a word of wisdom?
6. how does prophecy work today and can all Christians prophesy?[Continue Reading…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
There are two kinds of Christianity.
1. The Christian “religion.”
2. The Christianity we find in the New Testament.
The Christian religion is built on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Christian religion can be studied using the same categories of thought used to study any other world religion.
It can be analyzed just as Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism are analyzed. The difficulty with the Christian religion (like all religions) is that it makes its adherents think that they have now found the real knowledge of good and evil.
Regrettably, there is a great deal of pharisaism in the Christian family today. The Bible teaches the highest possible moral values. But the Bible is fundamentally not about morality. Following the Lord Jesus Christ involves living out the highest moral values. But following Jesus is fundamentally not about morality.
Conversion to Christ involves a moral transformation of life. But conversion is not fundamentally about morality either. The most moral unsaved person on the planet needs Christ just as much as the most immoral one. It is Christ, not religion, that saves us.
Christianity, therefore, is not fundamentally about morality. And it has nothing to do with the tree of knowledge of good and evil.[Continue Reading…]
First things first. Allow me to vent a bit.
Over the last month, thousands of you recently subscribed to one of my specific mailing lists to get information on something new and important.
We have emailed many of you about that “something” over the last week . . . but I’ve been alerted that many of you haven’t seen those emails because they have gone into your Spam folder . . . your Junk folder . . . or (the worst of all!) your “Promotions” folder (if you use Gmail).
So before you read on, can you pause and quickly look at your Spam folder, your Junk folder, or your “Promotions” tab – photo below. The “Promotions” tab is at the top right of your inbox.
Remove our emails from them, marking them “not spam,” “not junk,” and dragging the email from your “Promotions” folder to your “Primary” inbox.
And then clicking “yes” to do the same for all future emails from me or my assistant.It’s hugely disheartening to learn that so many of you who specifically signed up for something to miss out because of those horrid folders!
Okay, now on to today’s blog post.[Continue Reading…]