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.

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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...]

5 Reasons to Unfriend Someone on Facebook

A few people have asked my opinion about unfriending people on Facebook and what my own personal guidelines are for this.

So I thought I’d answer in this post.

Thanks to God, I have many friends who know me personally. And I value their friendships very much. Interestingly, many of those friends never use Facebook.

Some of them do. And I have “online” friends that I’ve never met in person (yet). And then there are acquaintances, usually people who have read my work.

But here are 5 specific kinds of people that I have unfriended from Facebook over the years. All of these apply to unfollowing people on Twitter also.[Continue Reading...]

On Orphans & Widows

“The spiritual service which is pure and stainless in the sight of our God and Father is to visit fatherless children and widowed women in their time of trouble, and to keep one’s own self unspotted from the world.”

~ James 1:27

In line with my previous posts on helping the poor and oppressed, I want to introduce you to Mike Krick of World Orphans. Here’s my interview with Mike.

What is a unique aspect of World Orphans that sets you apart from other worthy orphan care organizations?

Mike Krick: When a typical American hears the word “orphan,” most automatically assume we run “orphanages.” I personally used to combine the two words.  But this couldn’t be further from the truth.  We don’t run orphanages, and quite frankly we don’t think that an “orphanage” is what God intended for His children.  The biblical model of orphan care, we believe, is family.  God designed children to thrive in families, which we believe is the best way to holistically care for them.

World Orphans cares primarily for orphans by partnering with international churches around the globe.  These churches vary in size, have national pastors and leaders who have great knowledge of their culture, know the language, and have healthy relationships established in their communities.

Everything we do is through the church. By partnering with these international churches, children are cared for, communities are positively impacted, and the church grows in making disciples of Jesus.[Continue Reading...]

A Look Inside My Toolbox & The Best Electronics for Your Money

Some of you have asked me what tools I use for writing, blogging, speaking, and podcasting. In answer to that question, I just put together a Toolbox page that lists all the major tools I use.

Click here to check out my tools.

A few months ago I told you that I was involved in two new projects that serve others.

I’m excited to announce that GadgetInspector.org just went live yesterday.

This is a website that features the very best electronics at the best prices.

Based on Consumer Reports and Amazon’s highest rated products, Gadget Inspector features all things electronic ranging from electric toothbrushes, iPhone speakers, HDTVs, sound systems, leaf blowers, dust busters, vacuums, and other gadgets.

Get the best electronics for the best value.

Also, if you have expertise in an electronic product, you can write a short article for the site and your blog will be featured on it.

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Cold-Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace has just released a new book on apologetics called Cold-Case Christianity.

You may remember J. (Jim) Wallace from the interview he did with me on Pagan Christianity. I caught up with Jim to interview him on his new book. Check it out.

What inspired you to write Cold-Case Christianity?

J. Warner Wallace: I’ve been training young Christians for many years, both as a youth and lead pastor. We often take trips to the University of California at Berkeley in order to engage atheist groups and interact with non-believers. A few years back, I partnered with Sean McDowell on one of these week-long trips to Berkeley. After one of my training sessions (addressing the reliability of the gospels), Sean asked me if I’d ever considered writing a book. I was buried at the time in three cold-case homicide investigations and couldn’t imagine finding the time to write anything, but with the encouragement of my wife, I sketched out a proposal.

Much of the book flowed naturally from my own experiences as a cold-case detective. The principles I use in my criminal cases are applicable to the investigation of any event in the past, so the book nearly wrote itself as I retraced my own investigation of the gospel accounts and I provided many examples from my criminal case work.[Continue Reading...]

THE LAZARUS PROJECT

As most of you know, my new book God’s Favorite Place on Earth came out of the gate with a bang.

The book hit #13 on Amazon.com and stayed in the top 50 on Amazon for eight days straight. A hearty thanks to all who got a copy during release week!

However, Amazon quickly ran out of stock and this killed momentum.

To add to the problem, most readers are just now getting the book, a month after it released. Thus people couldn’t tell their friends about it because they hadn’t read it yet.

But that’s all changing since Amazon finally has the book in stock.[Continue Reading...]

God’s Favorite Place – 2012 Conference Message Part II

The 76th episode of my podcast has just been published.

Frank Viola

Episode Overview

  • The second talk from the 2012 God’s Favorite Place Conference.

Listen to the Episode