Strange Fire

Click here to order my new eBook – Pouring Water on Strange Fire – A Response to John MacArthur

Here is an excerpt:

Back in 1994, I wrote a lengthy critique of John MacArthur’s book, Charismatic Chaos.

I wrote it for one person.

Update: When I wrote this post this morning, I couldn’t find the critique. But a friend of mine had it and just sent it to me. So in the coming days, I’ll be publishing excerpts from it. And at the end, I’ll make the entire critique available. 

In 1988, I found myself involved in a spontaneous burst of organic church life. That experience lasted 8 years. And the lessons I learned from it were invaluable and left a lasting imprint on my life and ministry.

During that body life experience, a man in the church read MacArthur’s book and left the group. Since we practiced spiritual gifts and believed that God still heals today, the man felt he couldn’t continue with us given what he had read in Chaos.

I then bought the book, read it, and wrote a lengthy response.[Continue Reading...]

A Most Pernicious Temptation by T.E. Hanna

I’m taking speaking invitations for 2014. If you wish to book me for your event or you are interested in attending an event, click this link.

The following is a guest post by T.E. Hanna. I felt it was so good, I wanted to publish it for my readers.

It is a rampant problem in many Christian circles that believers learn to use the right words rather than embody the right life. Specifically, they are enticed to communicate about people rather than talk to those people.

Perhaps the most pernicious of these temptations comes to us in the form of gossip and slander. If we can simply pinpoint the sins of others — real or imagined — we can elevate ourselves to the righteous role of sage and judge in one fell swoop.

If challenged on it, we can simply default to claims of “accountability” or hide behind the “need to pray” for that individual’s struggles. In the process, we retain the mask but ultimately usurp the very meaning of righteousness, accountability, love, and prayer. More so, we violate love and we thus sin.

Ironically, we do it all in the name of Jesus. 

Left unchallenged, the plagues of gossip and slander will take root within the individual and then quickly spread to those around them, poisoning the minds of others.[Continue Reading...]

Speaking Schedule for 2014 & Availability for Conferences and Churches

Recently, I’ve been taking speaking invitations for 2014.

Unlike past years where I traveled extensively, I’m limiting my 2014 itinerary to only six events.

There is availability in my schedule still, so if you’re a conference coordinator (or pastor), go to my Speaking Page. You’ll find information on how to send your invitation as well as samples of conference messages I’ve given in the past.

If you want to know where I will be speaking in 2014, the notification form is also on the speaking page above.

Thank you!

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Examine Your Faith!

Recently, I caught up with Pamela Christian on her new book Examine Your Faith, endorsed by famous apologist Josh McDowell. Check out the interview and the book.

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?”

Examine Your Faith! Finding Truth in a World of Lies, takes readers through an inductive process to honestly reconsider what they believe and why they believe it. My goal is for them to intentionally arrive at a confident faith conviction. Since what we believe to be true dictates every decision we make in life and, as most believe, has direct bearing on our eternal life, it is extremely important to have a confident faith conviction.[Continue Reading...]

What Doesn’t Impress Me – A Message to 20s and 30s

I’m writing this post for the benefit of my fellow brethren and sistren in their 20s and 30s who have a call of God on their lives for the Lord’s work.

Last week, I was walking around my house waiting for my Internet service to kick back on and a thought struck me.

In my mind’s eye, I saw a very popular Christian leader. This is someone who several years ago the Lord laid on my heart to pray for.

In fact, I wrote down my prayer in a black Moleskin notebook.

The date was October 7, 2010.[Continue Reading...]

Start a Book Discussion Group & I’ll Be at Your First Meeting to Kick It Off

One of the most enriching experiences a group of Christians or a church can have is to begin a Book Discussion Group.

Fellowship, a sense of community, mutual encouragement, giving, and learning are all experienced in this context.

It is for this reason that I’ve made sure that all of my books can be purchased at a very low bulk discount.

That said, I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before.

If you begin a new Book Discussion Group around one of my titles, I will meet with your group by phone to kick off the first meeting.

In that call, I’ll discuss some of the behind-the-scenes of the book, share why I wrote it and some “back story” behind some of the chapters, and then suggest a reading and discussion plan to go through the book.[Continue Reading...]

BlueHost – Why I Recommend It as the Best Blog & Website Hosting Service

Ever since I became a professional blogger, readers have asked me what blog platform I recommend as well as what blog hosting service I endorse.

The answer for both is BlueHost . . . hands down.

As I argued in this podcast episode, I believe every Christian should have a blog. Even if you’re not a writer, having a space online is important in our day.

Here are the reasons why I recommend BlueHost over other hosting services:

1. BlueHost uses WordPress, which is my preferred platform. I won’t use anything else. It’s much better than Typepad and Blogger.

2. The price is incredible. You can get a 3-year hosting service for as little as $4.95 a month.

3. It’s reliable. I’ve used other hosting services and was frustrated to find that my sites were down often. Since I’ve used BlueHost, I’ve not had one problem.

4. The customer service is as good as it comes. The folks at BlueHost are very helpful should you have any questions.

5. They have an amazing affiliate program. They give you $65 for every new account that is referred by you.

6. They have an easy to use step-by-step process to start a blog in 5 minutes. In this post, I give you all the steps.

7. I also highly recommend Studio Themes to get your blog looking stellar.

You can also view this step-by-step video. Open up the video in one window on your browser and click Full Screen on the right in the Youtube video. Then open up another browser and click this discount link: BlueHost and follow the instructions on the video.

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Ask a Question For My Upcoming Podcast Episode & Promote Your Blog at the Same Time

For those of you who aren’t yet subscribed to my free podcast, we’ve published two new episodes. One is a conference message from 2006 on The Church As Seen Through God’s Eyes. Another is my recent smack-down with renowned radio talk-show host Drew Marshall (who I believe is certifiably insane).

Click here to listen to the recent episodes and subscribe so you don’t miss a new episode

In my next podcast episode, I’ll be answering questions from you — my blog readers.

In the comments section, ask one (1) question about any of my books, blog posts, spoken messages, my new discipleship course, or any specific question on one of these 5 topics that I write about on the blog:[Continue Reading...]

DISCIPLESHIP IN CRISIS

“Discipleship” is getting a second round of buzz today. I say second round because the first “buzz” occurred in the West in the early 1970s.

Dozens of books are now promoting the idea of “discipleship. ” They assert that God’s highest purpose is “to make disciples.”

But is this what the New Testament really teaches? And if it does, what is “discipleship” in the New Testament?

In my new eBook, Discipleship in Crisis, I sketch out 9 reasons why “discipleship” isn’t working today and why.

It includes a historical look at discipleship, from the discipleship movement in the 1970s, and today.

If you’re interested in the subject at all and you’re not afraid to be challenged with Scripture and sober experience, you’ll be interested in this book.

What is more, it’s free.

Click here to get a copy of the eBook for free

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