Do You Make These 8 Mistakes When Reading the Bible? (Transcript)

In January 2013, I released a podcast episode called Do You Make These 8 Mistakes When Reading the Bible?

Several people requested that the episode be transcribed so they could read it. Thanks to Judi Hauck, here’s the transcript of the episode. Enjoy.

Welcome, fun seekers, to a new addition of the Christ is All podcast. If you’re new to the podcast, you may want to go back and listen to the precious episodes. There are many, many conference messages, interviews, humorous sketches, and straight talk podcasts like this one.

The last one I did of that nature was called The Untold Story Behind Jesus: A Theography, and if you haven’t listened to that, I would encourage you to do so – not only because I think you’ll find the story to be fascinating, but there are three commercials that are “spoof commercials,” and I find them absolutely hilarious. And if you have a sense of humor, I think you will also.

Well, today’s episode is about how we read the Bible, and the title of it is Do You Make These 8 Mistakes When Reading the Bible? There are many, many mistakes that we as Christians make. I know I’ve made all of them throughout the years, myself. But I’ve juiced it down to eight that I want to talk about today. So here they are.[Continue Reading...]

Bono on Jesus: Is the Lead Singer of U2 the New C.S. Lewis?

Bono is a fascinating book, especially for U2 fans. What follows are some excerpts where Bono talks about Jesus.

Some have been so impacted by his answers that they are calling him the new C.S. Lewis.

Click here for my reflections on what Bono says below.

From Bono:

“My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ. Christ teaches that God is love. What does that mean? What it means for me: a study of the life of Christ. Love here describes itself as a child born in straw poverty, the most vulnerable situation of all, without honor. I don’t let my religious world get too complicated. I just kind of go: Well, I think I know what God is. God is love, and as much as I respond [sighs] in allowing myself to be transformed by that love and acting in that love, that’s my religion. Where things get complicated for me, is when I try to live this love. Now that’s not so easy.[Continue Reading...]

A Solution to a Problem You Have

This weekend I went over my blog posts that are in the queue and noticed that many of them try to solve a specific problem that many Christians struggle with. These problems are not only related to Christians, but to everyone.

Some of those posts deal with productivity, some deal with spiritual issues, some deal with interpersonal relationships, etc.

I’m writing this post to ask a question of all of you:

What problem that you have in your own life would you like me to address in a blog post?

If I have a solution, I’ll share it. If not, I’ll share someone else’s opinion who has a solution. (You can see my list of expert interviews in the Archives under “Reviews”.)

The problem can be as simple as “How Do I Get Up Early in the Morning?” or “How Do I Set Goals and Reach Them?” or “How Can I Be More Productive?” to problems in your spiritual journey and relationship with God.[Continue Reading...]

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.

Listen to the Episode

Do You Have a Question for Me? Plus 3 Announcements

Three Announcements and My Questions to Answers Page

1. If you ordered God’s Favorite Place on Earth from Amazon.com and you still haven’t received it, I suggest you contact them. Go to Amazon and look at the upper right hand corner where it says “My Account” under your screen name, and click that. You’ll see a drop down menu that says “My Orders.” Click that. You can also call them at 866-216-1072.

2. My podcast on iTunes is now fixed! So you can subscribe and download all the episodes.

3. If you’ve read God’s Favorite Place on Earth, leave a comment and let know what you thought about it. As part of The Lazarus Project, we’re going to make bulk copies of 3, 10, and 24 available at a big discount. Stay tuned for that here on the blog.

FINALLY, we’ve updated my Questions and Answers page. This page is updated regularly as new questions come in.

Click here to read the Questions and Answers page.

If you have a question that’s not answered on that page, email it here.

If you find this post helpful, you are free to ADD A LINK to it on your blog or website. But don’t copy and paste the post as this violates Google’s guidelines.

Join over 30,000 other readers and receive free blog updates. If you subscribe by Email, you will receive my eBook Rethinking the Will of God (Revised) and my Next Reformation Seminar as a free gift. By subscribing, you also won’t miss a post. If you want to start your own blog from scratch in less than 10 minutes, click here. And if you’re looking for a hosting or domain-name service, I highly recommend BlueHost.

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...]

Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions: This Friday, I’m going to talk about sickness in a way that may surprise some of you. Stay tuned.

Last week, I told you about a new project I was involved in. Gadget Inspector features the best electronics for the best prices.

Check it out.

If you find this post helpful, you are free to ADD A LINK to it on your blog or website. But don’t copy and paste the post as this violates Google’s guidelines.

Join over 30,000 other readers and receive free blog updates. If you subscribe by Email, you will receive my eBook Rethinking the Will of God (Revised) and my Next Reformation Seminar as a free gift. By subscribing, you also won’t miss a post. If you want to start your own blog from scratch in less than 10 minutes, click here. And if you’re looking for a hosting or domain-name service, I highly recommend BlueHost.

Why I Switched to MailChimp from Constant Contact

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.

Last  year, I promoted Constant Contact and I was happy with their service. But that changed last month.

Constant Contact has made monumental changes and price increases. I could handle the price increases, but the changes were disastrous in my view.

I called their support team to tell them I wasn’t happy with the changes and asked them to make adjustments ASAP, but there was no indication that they would.

So I’ve returned to 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 now.

AWeber has a good reputation, but you have to import and verify all of your previous email subscribers to it.

And each person must verify if they want to stay on your list or not. I don’t like this policy mainly because people get enough emails as it is, and this is just another thing they have to do.

Click here to get a free trial on MailChimp

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How To Respond to Rejection and Unjust Criticism

God’s Favorite Place on Earth is back in stock again. You can get your copy at Family Christian, LifeWay, most Christian bookstores, and Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com online. Click here to read 20% of the book for free. You are welcome to post this Book Sampler on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or website.

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...]

Prodigal Christianity

God’s Favorite Place on Earth is back in stock again. You can get your copy at Family Christian, LifeWay, most Christian bookstores, and Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com online. Click here to read 20% of the book for free. You are welcome to post this Book Sampler on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or website.

David Fitch has written a new book. It’s called Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier.

I appreciate Fitch’s work. He’s a fog-clearing thinker — a thoughtful missional theologian.

I caught up with Fitch recently to discuss his new book. Enjoy the interview.[Continue Reading...]