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…]
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…]
As a subscriber of this blog, you’re clearly interested in growing in Jesus Christ.
But how do you measure if you’re really growing and making spiritual progress?
Let me tell you emphatically that it’s not by how much knowledge you’ve gained.
Indeed, an increasing knowledge of the Lord is certainly a basis for spiritual growth. But knowledge that’s not applied is little more than arm-chair philosophy and bloodless theory.
That said, there are a number of indicators by which to measure whether or not you’re growing in the Spirit, becoming more like Christ, or whether you’re remaining stagnant or even regressing in the flesh.
I’m speaking of transformation, here.
Here are three clear indicators that reveal whether or not Christ is gaining more ground in your life or whether you’re fooling yourself.
There are more than these three, of course, but these are the ones on my heart to share today.
You’re making spiritual progress if . . .[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…]
Last week, Feedburner – the email subscription service I’ve been using for the blog since 2008- started randomly sending out old blog posts to my subscribers without my knowledge or authorization.
It kept happening so we transferred the email service to MailChimp. And this is the first blog post you’re receiving through the new service. So there will be no more old posts sent to you without my permission.
If you unsubscribed from the blog over the last 5 days, your unsubscription didn’t go through because of this transfer.
But you can still unsubscribe by going to the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this post. I just ask that you give the reason so we can improve our posts for the future. I’ve got some high-octane posts in the queue for the weeks and months to come.
A Big Change
Besides the new email service we’re using to get my fresh content promptly into your email inbox, I’m going to be posting my main articles from now on every Thursday at 9:00 AM EST.[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…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
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…]