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 … 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. Here’s another example that’s much more national.[Continue Reading…]
Yesterday, February 21, 2018, will be forever burned into my circuitry. Two game-changers took place. Billy Graham, one of the great Christians of the 20th-century, changed his residence. Yesterday he fell asleep and is now more alive than ever before.
On the same day, I met another great Christian — a prolific author and speaker — some 20 years my senior. We’ve been talking for several months, and yesterday we met in person for the first time. Six hours felt like two. I’ll share more about him and our meeting in the coming days.
Today’s article is part of my on-going Gospel of the Kingdom series, which you can catch up on here.
Sometimes a spoken message can produce this kind of reaction:
“It completely destroyed the foundations of everything I was doing and set me in a brand new direction.”
A live talk I gave years ago elicited that very response among a number of people who are in ministry. If you’ve been listening to my new podcast, you will recognize that the theme of the live talk is part of the kingdom message.
I get bored easily. That’s why I find the Lord so fascinating. He never wears out, and He’s full of surprises.
I used to like walking into Christian bookstores and investigating the books on their shelves. But I quit. Why? Because I could no longer abide the festival of pop Christianity.
The vast majority of local Christian bookstores carry stocks of pop Christian books, and rarely (if ever) carry books containing spiritual depth. That used to NOT be the case. But pop Christianity is winning the day — among the masses at least. That’s why I didn’t bemoan the loss of Family Christian Bookstores when they folded.
So to my mind, brick and mortar Christian bookstores always carry a plethora of pop Christian books, which always overshadow the deeper stuff (when they even carry those).
More examples of always …[Continue Reading…]
When it comes to ministry, sometimes the Lord will bring you into a season of waiting. There are many reasons for it. Here are three of the most common:
- To develop and prepare you further for the task He’s given you.
- To prepare your audience for what you have to give them.
- To protect His plan.
A great example of the third reason (to protect His plan) is found in the early life of Christ.
When Jesus was a child, an angel appeared to His father Joseph in a dream and told him to move Jesus and his wife Mary from Israel to Egypt. The reason — to protect Jesus from Herod, a man who was threatened by Jesus and obsessed with killing Him.[Continue Reading…]
Warning: If you don’t read this entire post, you’ll likely miss the point. It’s under 800 words, so take a quick break from YouTube or from binging your favorite TV show, and we’ll all be good.
For those who may not know the history, the concept of “The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man” is a fairly recent idea that was spawned by liberal theologians in the early 1900s. According to this doctrine, God is the universal Father to every mortal, and He indwells in each human, including those who have outright rejected Jesus of Nazareth and His kingdom message.
The concept has made another wave today. Social media abounds with memes saying, “God is in you” and “God is your Father” – not addressed to Jesus-followers, but to every person who breathes oxygen.[Continue Reading…]
Several months ago, I was sitting in the lobby of a business waiting for an appointment. I could hear a conversation going on in another room between two women. They had no idea I could hear them, but the door was open, and they weren’t whispering.
From the sound of their voices and their vocabulary, I presume both women were in their mid-twenties. During the conversation, one of the women were talking about a friend of hers. She was clearly distraught. The conversation went like this, “Yeah, she stabbed me in the back. I couldn’t believe the things she was saying about me. And she’s one of those Christians. They are so two-faced.”
The other woman responded, “I know what you mean! I’ve had the same experience. And they are the ones who think they are so righteous, judging everyone else for what they’re doing wrong.” The other woman replied, “I know, right?”[Continue Reading…]
The book that some have described as “a bombshell dropped on the institutional church playground” released in January 2008. Pagan Christianity, co-authored with George Barna, took the pop Christian world by storm, igniting fury on the one hand and freedom on the other.
The book was unveiled at a time when interest in intentional, Christ-centered community and body life was high among 20s, 30s, and 40s. (That season ended in 2012, but I believe it will begin again in my lifetime.)
As was expected, Pagan Christianity set off a firestorm of misrepresentations, personal attacks, and misguided critiques, all in an effort to discredit the book and persuade people to never crack it open.
It also launched a series of conferences called Threshold which spawned Christian communities seeking to meet under the headship of Christ in different parts of the world.[Continue Reading…]
Heads Up: Next Thursday’s post is entitled, “10 Years After Pagan Christianity – Looking Back” – you don’t want to miss it.
Now for today’s article.
As I explained in PROLIFIC, every year I take an “activity audit” and cut activities that aren’t moving the needle on my life mission. And adding those which will.
In that regard, here are four changes I’m making in 2018 (there are actually more, but I’m sharing four here). Perhaps they’ll give you some ideas of your own.[Continue Reading…]