When Grown Men Cry

A free audio of Chapter 4 of God’s Favorite Place on Earth is now available.

Click here to listen to the chapter for free – along with the Introduction.

I’ve never written a book that provoked so many emails from grown men, saying that the book made them weep.

Chapter 4 – “Anointed in Bethany” – has brought many men to tears.

Interesting.

I’m curious to know if any of my sisters in Christ cried from reading the book. So far, it’s only been men who have told me it made them cry.

You can read Chapter 4 here if you don’t wish to listen to it.

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The Gospel Project

The following is a recent interview I did with my friend Ed Stetzer. Ed talks about a new project called “The Gospel Project” which is very much in line with what Leonard Sweet and I did in our book Jesus: A Theography, showing Christ through all the Scriptures. Enjoy the interview.

Among the many other things you do, you also serve as the general editor of The Gospel Project at LifeWay Christian Resources. What is The Gospel Project and how did it come about?

Ed Stetzer: A few years ago, several of us at LifeWay began dreaming of developing a theologically robust curriculum line. We wanted a resource intended to help believers encounter the truth of Scripture through a theological lens, while providing a mission-driven theme to nudge believers to action. With those goals in mind, we developed The Gospel Project.

The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum looking at the grand narrative of Scripture and how the Gospel transforms lives. This was the first new curriculum line that LifeWay released in many years. It has been exciting to hear how God is using it.[Continue Reading...]

The Race Card of the Early Christians – What They Can Teach Us Today

The following article was co-written with my friend and brother in Christ Derwin Gray

The Race Card of the Early Christians – What They Can Teach Us Today 

by Derwin Gray and Frank Viola

The Zimmerman trial and the tragedy that surrounds it has captured the world’s attention. Including that of the body of Christ.

Media coverage has heightened passions on both ends. Conversations about race, law, injustice, prejudice, guns, etc. are all being argued and inflamed.

In this article, we don’t want to weigh in on the public debate. Instead, our passion is to encourage God’s people everywhere to transcend the debate that the world is holding on its own terms by seeing ethnicity through the eyes of our Lord. There is only one race, the human race, which is comprised of different ethnic groups (Acts 17:26).

We want you, dear Christian, to take your cue from the New Testament believers, for they can teach us a great deal about this subject.

A Walk Into the First-Century Church

The world of the first-century was littered with racism and oppression. In the mind of a first-century Jew, Gentiles (Africans, Romans, Greeks, Syrians, Asians, etc.) were created to fuel the fires of hell.[Continue Reading...]

Advice to New Christians

I wish someone told me the following things when I was walking on the clouds of the newfound joy of my salvation at age 16.

This list goes beyond the typical recommendations given to young believers (read the Bible, pray regularly, get involved in a fellowship, etc.). I’m not mentioning those as they are “givens.”

If you click on each point, it will take you to a resource or a Scripture that expands the subject.

There are many other points I could have added, but I wanted to keep this post to 12 statements. The list doesn’t represent any kind of order or priority.[Continue Reading...]

A Tale of Two Mentors – Which Will You Become?

Early on in my Christian walk, I sought out those who were ahead of me in the Lord and made myself an apprentice, learning all I could from them.

In total, I’ve had about five spiritual mentors in my life.

In this post, I want to talk about two of them.

To keep their identities anonymous, we’ll call the first one David and the second one John.[Continue Reading...]

Mandates, Start Dates, and Updates: Christian Answers to the Affordable Care Act

With Obamacare looming and many Americans concerned about healthcare, I’ve interviewed my long-time friend and brother in Christ Dr. Tony Dale, founder of The Health Co-Op.

If you find the interview of value, please share it with your friends. 

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Tony, last year I interviewed you about The Health Co-Op, a Christian alternative to health insurance. Bring me up-to-date on what has been happening with it.

Tony Dale: Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to bring your readers up to date in this vital area.  The Affordable Care Act, or what many refer to as Obamacare, is now beginning to seriously impact how people view health care and insurance issues.  There is a perception that now health care is available to everyone, regardless of their income, but unfortunately perception and reality can be a long way apart.[Continue Reading...]

I Need Your Feedback

Friends, with the help of professional copywriter Ray Edwards, my Book Page has been given a complete overhaul.

Some of the ways the page has changed are as follows:

1. Each book is described in terms of how it benefits you, the reader. So the question, “How is this book going to help me?” is answered right out of the gate.

2. Samples (print and audio) of each book are given so readers can get a “taste” of what the book is like.

3. Each book is made available in every format (audio, Kindle, Nook, print, etc.) on the page.

4. The best discounts – including bulk discounts – are featured as well.

Here’s where you come in.

Please take a look at the new page and let me know if you think it benefits readers or if (and how) it can be improved.

Click here to view the page.

I really value your feedback. Thanks so much! 

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John Lennon on Jesus: The Untold Story

John Lennon, founding member of The Beatles, was one of the most controversial people in America during the 60s and 70s.

And he still is today.

The Gospel According to the Beatles   - By: Steve Turner

Not too long ago, a fascinating interview with Lennon from 1969 has resurfaced. The interview was lost for around 30 years and only recently emerged.

No doubt, many of you are aware of this, but in 1966, Lennon put his foot in the gluepot by making a statement published in a magazine wherein he said that The Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.”

Immediately, a frenzy erupted. Bonfires across the south torching Beatle records ensued.

(If you are reading this and you were part of any of those bonfires, would you please comment. I’d love to ask you about it.)

However, if one looks at the context of the statement, an important question emerges.

Was Lennon saying, “The Beatles are better than Jesus”?

Or was he saying . . .[Continue Reading...]

How to Set Goals That Come to Pass

Awhile back, I started a new practice of goal setting. Because my life is completely intermixed with my walk with the Lord, my goals are also prayer requests.

They also contain my dreams.

So for me, goals = prayer requests = dreams.

They are all the same.

The practice of goal setting has been so valuable to me that I want to share it with all of you.

What follows is how I do it. Your mileage may vary of course, but I hope this post inspires you to set your own goals in life.[Continue Reading...]