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…]
There’s an investigation happening in the USA that involves its government. One man described the investigation thusly: “We are investigating whether or not there was collusion with foreign hostile powers.”
My immediate response was, “Every human government on the planet, since the beginning of Babel, has been in collusion with foreign hostile powers.” (Babel is the first “kingdom” recorded in Scripture.)
As a follower of Jesus, you should be aware of this. Right now, I’m finishing up my book on the kingdom of God. In it, I have a section on what the New Testament calls the “principalities and powers.”[Continue Reading…]
If you breathe oxygen, you have a pre-existing condition. We all have a sin nature that we inherited from the first humans. And the spectrum of sinful tendencies that arise from that nature is endless. Yet no temptation that you have hasn’t been experienced by others, so you’re not alone. And there is always “the way of escape” (as Paul put it). Just look for it, then take it.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
Jesus was the only human being who did not have the pre-existing condition of sin. He was tempted in every way that we are, yet He never succumbed. And He has given us His Spirit. The same Spirit He lived by when He was on earth.[Continue Reading…]
Quick update first: I’m thrilled to announce that my 800-page Titan is now with the typesetter. This hardcover monstrosity (over 8.5 x 11 inches in size) is over 385,000 words. All of you (my email subscribers) will get a discount when we take pre-orders in July. So stay on the list so you don’t miss out. There will only be a limited number of copies made, and I expect them to go fast.
Now for today’s subject.
After I sent last week’s email update about the 100 best books ever written, and five reasons why reading is necessary for effective ministry, someone wrote and asked which biographies have shaped my life and ministry the most.
I told him I’d answer in a new article. So here they are in order of priority:[Continue Reading…]
In the secular world, it is universally understood that in order to succeed in life, one must read. Entrepreneurs constantly talk about how those at the top of the financial ladder read at least one book a week. The more wisdom gleaned from others, the better one leads and succeeds.
I believe the same is true when it comes to having spiritual influence and impact as a follower of Jesus Christ. Granted, most of the early Christians couldn’t read. However, the ancients had enormous capacities to retain information. That’s how the words of Jesus and the apostles were accurately recorded decades after they were originally uttered. Paul of Tarsus, one of the most influential Christians who ever lived, not only could read, but he was well versed in the writings of others, even quoting them.
Fact: I’ve never met a person who was successful in the Lord’s work who wasn’t an avid reader.[Continue Reading…]
Recently, someone asked me, “Frank, the other day I heard someone say that you’ve changed your views on the church since writing Pagan Christianity. I’ve read your blog since you started it, and I’ve never read or heard you say that. I even remember you saying that you have NOT changed your views on the church. Can you clarify this?”
My answer: You are correct on both counts. My views on the church have not changed since I wrote Pagan Christianity with George Barna. And yes, I’ve repeated that more than once on the blog. So I’m not sure where this idea came from. My only guess is that the person who made that remark hasn’t really read my work, but rather skimmed it, and came away with a misunderstanding.
The only things that have changed are:[Continue Reading…]
There’s a popular saying that goes something like this, “I love Jesus, but I can’t stand the church.”
To my utter amazement, a handful of people who tout this phrase have benightedly assumed that I support this sentiment. Since I’m globally known as one of the strongest champions of the ekklesia – even making it central to God’s Eternal Purpose – I can only assume that those who’ve mistakenly connected me with this sentiment have never read my work.
Either that, or they read bits and pieces of my 9-year old book with George Barna, Pagan Christianity, and missed the entire point nor ever read the constructive sequels.
So I hope this short piece clears the fog around this matter.
Let me state it bluntly: It’s simply impossible to love Jesus Christ and hate His bride—the ekklesia.
But that statement needs to be nuanced. Consider the following points:[Continue Reading…]
The Christian life is depicted by a race. Paul rejoiced that he finished the race well (2 Tim. 4:7). Someone cut in on the Galatians and shoved them off the track (Gal. 5:7). The writer of Hebrews exhorts his audience to run the race with endurance (Heb. 12:1). We also discover that a person can disqualify themselves from the race (1 Cor. 9:24-27).
Over the last three decades, I’ve watched Christians, including servants of God whom the Lord used mightily, start the race out powerfully, even burning up the track, only to disappear from it years later. I was in Alabama recently speaking to a group of young Christians, and I talked about the three main reasons why countless Christians end up walking off the track. One of the reasons (as I shared with the group) is the inability to survive failure.
The track is littered with the carcasses of those who couldn’t survive failure, so they threw in the towel and disappeared.[Continue Reading…]