Honoring Those With Whom You Disagree

On the heels of my recent post, Shocking Beliefs of John Wesley, I came across a fascinating remark from George Whitefield regarding John Wesley.

Whitefield and Wesley were contemporaries who both had massive followings during their time. But they disagreed on a number of key theological points.

Whitefield was much more a Calvinist while Wesley was much more an Arminian.

In light of their doctrinal disagreements, someone once asked Whitefield if he thought he’d see Wesley in heaven. Here is Whitefield’s reply:[Continue Reading…]

Your Time Has Not Yet Come

Jesus made the statement “my time is not yet come” several times in the Gospels.

The point of this statement is that there is a certain time for significant events and seasons which occur in a servant of God’s life.

This is especially true for ministry.

If God has called you to a specific work, there is a time in which that work will find its greatest fulfillment and its widest impact.

If you launch out and try to make things happen before your time has come, you will see little fruit and a lot of frustration.

If you are passive and miss your time, you will see little fruit.

The good news is that God will let you know when your time has come. If you’re in tune with the Spirit, it will become obvious.

Note that you can be in ministry now, and yet “your time” still hasn’t yet come.

In the meantime, it’s your responsibility to prepare for that time.[Continue Reading…]

The Crisis of Faith

As I explained in Jesus Now, the beginning of the Christian faith is fairly easy. And so is the last part of the journey.

It’s the middle that’s incredibly difficult.

There are usually two points in a believer’s life where they encounter a crisis of faith. This is especially true if God is using the person in powerful ways.

One is when they are around 30 years old. The other is when they are in their 40s.

I’ve watched many people fall away from the Lord during those two periods, some even becoming atheists.

It’s no accident that the writer of Hebrews says,

“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.” Hebrews 10:32.[Continue Reading…]

Get a Free Copy of THE ART OF WORK by Jeff Goins

My friend Jeff Goins’ new book, The Art of Work, is filled with inspirational stories of people who have found their calling. Stories of people who are living beyond the status quo and doing the very thing they were meant to do.

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Like the story of Ginny Phang. Ginny was a young single mother in a country where single mothers are shunned. Ginny was faced with the pressure to have an abortion. She faced hardship and endured much loneliness.[Continue Reading…]

This Will Prevent Bodily Injury, Mental Anguish & Criminal Activity!

It has been reported to me from Chloe’s household that millions of people from all over the world have been arrested for looting, breaking & entering as well as experiencing panic attacks, physical injury, and lengthy hospital stays trying to get their hands on my upcoming book The Day I Met Jesus before it releases on March 3rd, and I partly believe it. (Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 1:11; 11:18. Thanks Paul.)

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To prevent permanent bodily harm, mental anguish, and further criminal activity, my publisher has released A Taste Test of the book.

The Taste Test should hold everyone over until the release date in 15 days . . . March 3rd . . . where you can order the book and hold the baby in your hands direct from Parable.com.

If you missed my big announcement about this recently, Parable will beat every other bookstore’s price — including Amazon’s — and you’ll get 7 exclusive bonuses from Mary and me if you purchase the book from Parable during release week.[Continue Reading…]

Read This Before You Drop the H-Bomb (“Heretic”) on a Fellow Christian  

I wrote the following article about how Christians misuse the word “heretic” and “heresy” with my friend, Greg Boyd.

“Heretic.” It’s a favorite word that many Christians have no problem dropping on the heads of their fellow sisters and brothers.

In common parlance, the term is used to describe any person who disagrees with “orthodox Christian teaching.” The problem, of course, is that there are different perspectives on what exactly constitutes “orthodox Christian teaching.”

Some claim this for Calvinism, while others claim this for Arminianism, or for Roman Catholicism, or for Eastern Orthodoxy.

And we must not forget the many Fundamentalist groups who reserve the term “orthodox” only for people who agree with every one of their distinctive beliefs and/or practices.

2,000 years down the church history pike and the body of Christ is sliced and diced into over 33,000 fragments, some of which pull the heresy lever at everyone else without blinking.[Continue Reading…]

Two Kinds of Leaders

The 112th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called “Two Kinds of Leaders.”

Be sure to subscribe in iTunes or Beyond Pod below.

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I Have BIG News! Time-Sensitive Post – Read Now

Hi Friends,

I’m jazzed!

I’ve got two important things to share with you.

FIRST: the best book I’ve ever written to date – God’s Favorite Place on Earth – is available at no charge in Kindle, Nook, and PDF until Tuesday, February 3rd.

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I managed to persuade my publisher to make it available to all my readers. :-)

As you may or may not know, this was my first book in a new genre of Christian literature that I call “biblical narrative.”

In the book, Lazarus tells the story of when Jesus came to His own home town, Bethany. The book includes both autobiographical narrative that’s tightly based on the Gospels and faithful to first-century history as well as non-fiction prose that makes practical application to your life.

SECOND: my second book in the “biblical narrative” genre releases March 3rd!

It’s called The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels.[Continue Reading…]

In Quest for the Church After God’s Own Heart

From the ages of sixteen to twenty-three, I traversed the landscape of evangelical Christianity. I became part of the following denominations: Southern Baptist, Independent Baptist (a completely different species from the Southern Baptists), Mennonite, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Church of Christ (non-instrumental), Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Assemblies of God, Church of God, and countless stripes of charismatic Christianity, including Word-Faith, Third-Wave, Open Bible, and Vineyard.

Granted, it’s a queer mix. But it gave me a broad view of the existing theological terrain. And it furnished me with some rich ground for future spiritual exploration.

In addition to the litany of denominations I sampled, I was part of five parachurch organizations at the University that I attended. In addition, I (along with some other students) created our own parachurch organization.[Continue Reading…]