Bono on Jesus: My Personal Reflections

The 78th episode of my podcast just released. In it, I share my reflections on Bono’s statements about Jesus that I posted on the blog recently.

Frank Viola

If you’re new to the podcast, be prepared to hear a few “commercials” sprinkled into the episode (we have to keep our sponsors happy, you know . . . Cough).

The podcast ends with a (comical) blast from the past. You can listen to the podcast in one of three ways (below):

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God’s Favorite Place – 2012 Conference Message Part III

The 77th episode of my podcast has just been published.

Frank Viola

Episode Overview

  • The third talk from the 2012 God’s Favorite Place Conference.

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Rethinking Sickness

In Chapter 10 of Jesus: A Theography (co-authored with Leonard Sweet), I give my fullest thoughts on the issue of sickness and healing. The chapter is called Jesus: Healer and Miracle Worker.

I’m unable to republish that chapter here, but I want to discuss one small aspect that’s not treated in the book.

It has to do with one cause of sickness that’s often overlooked by Christians.

Note that I said one cause. Sickness has many causes.[Continue Reading…]

MailChimp

As most of you know, I send out a personal update four to six times a year that contains inspiring and encouraging back-stories from my own life and ministry as well as special resources.

Since my email list is quite large, I need an email service to send out the emails.

I’ve been using Mail Chimp, and since I did, I’ve liked the changes they made since I last used them in 2011.

Sooo . . . if you have an email service, check out MailChimp. They are less expensive than Constant Contact and they are much better in my opinion.[Continue Reading…]

How To Respond to Rejection and Unjust Criticism

There are two ways to respond to rejection. One is to react in the flesh and become bitter and angry and to retaliate against those who have hurt us. The other is to react in the Spirit, which is the way Jesus responded to those who rejected Him.

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. ~ Peter

Jesus Christ refused to allow bitterness to take root in His heart. After standing under a hail of criticism from the Jews, the Lord stood before Pilate and was silent. When the Romans pierced His hands with six-inch nails, He prayed that God would forgive them. And when He rose again from the dead, He wasn’t spewing venom over those who crucified Him. Jesus didn’t seek vengeance against those who misunderstood Him, nor did He justify Himself, setting the record straight in light of the lies that were told about Him.[Continue Reading…]

5 Reasons to Unfriend Someone on Facebook

A few people have asked my opinion about unfriending people on Facebook and what my own personal guidelines are for this.

So I thought I’d answer in this post.

Thanks to God, I have many friends who know me personally. And I value their friendships very much. Interestingly, many of those friends never use Facebook.

Some of them do. And I have “online” friends that I’ve never met in person (yet). And then there are acquaintances, usually people who have read my work.

But here are 5 specific kinds of people that I have unfriended from Facebook over the years. All of these apply to unfollowing people on Twitter also.[Continue Reading…]

On Orphans & Widows

“The spiritual service which is pure and stainless in the sight of our God and Father is to visit fatherless children and widowed women in their time of trouble, and to keep one’s own self unspotted from the world.”

~ James 1:27

In line with my previous posts on helping the poor and oppressed, I want to introduce you to Mike Krick of World Orphans. Here’s my interview with Mike.

What is a unique aspect of World Orphans that sets you apart from other worthy orphan care organizations?

Mike Krick: When a typical American hears the word “orphan,” most automatically assume we run “orphanages.” I personally used to combine the two words.  But this couldn’t be further from the truth.  We don’t run orphanages, and quite frankly we don’t think that an “orphanage” is what God intended for His children.  The biblical model of orphan care, we believe, is family.  God designed children to thrive in families, which we believe is the best way to holistically care for them.

World Orphans cares primarily for orphans by partnering with international churches around the globe.  These churches vary in size, have national pastors and leaders who have great knowledge of their culture, know the language, and have healthy relationships established in their communities.

Everything we do is through the church. By partnering with these international churches, children are cared for, communities are positively impacted, and the church grows in making disciples of Jesus.[Continue Reading…]