Truth is the Word: Restoring a Lost Focus

Today I interview Dr. Christopher Peppler on his new book, Truth is the Word: Restoring a Lost Focus. Enjoy the interview.

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?”

Firstly, most readers will learn quite a bit about how we all gain knowledge and establish truth. But this is simply an initial step in appreciating that the Lord Jesus Christ is Himself the source of truth. Secondly, the reader will benefit greatly from realizing that the real value of the Bible is not just its truth statements, but its revelation of the source of truth, Jesus. From this basis, the reader will discover how to interpret the scriptures from a Jesus-centered perspective and to interact with Him personally through the pages of the Bible.[Continue Reading...]

Strange Fire: A Refutation – Part II

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

Here is an excerpt:

Having read both Charismatic Chaos and Strange Fire, I want to cut to the chase in this Introduction and tell you where I think MacArthur is dead-on and where I think his conclusions are flawed and even outrageous.

The rest of this critique will provide evidence and examples supporting each point:[Continue Reading...]

Strange Fire: A Refutation – Part I

In October 1994, I wrote a lengthy critique of John MacArthur’s controversial book Charismatic Chaos.

I was in my 20s at the time.

MacArthur’s Chaos contains his core arguments against the theology and practice of the charismatic community. That would include a polemic on why he believes the supernatural gifts of the Spirit have ceased from operating today.

(Note that I criticize much that passes off as “spiritual” within charismatic circles today in my book, Revise Us Again. So if you’re interested in those critiques, you can look at that volume.)

Over the next week, I’m going to post excerpts from my critique of Charismatic Chaos because MacArthur’s arguments in that volume are simply rehashed in his new book, Strange Fire, which is causing no small frenzy among Christians right now.

I will then make my entire critique available.

In this post, I’ve published the Preface to my critique of MacArthur’s book as it explains why I wrote the critique and why I think MacArthur’s main arguments are flawed.

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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.

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