Frankly Speaking – “I Don’t Like Christians”

Hi Fun Seekers,

I have 4 important announcements to share with you:

1. We just uploaded the 82nd podcast episode. It’s called Frankly Speaking – “I Don’t Like Christians” – click here to listen or download. Oh, listen at your own risk!

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2. We made another adjustment to the Books Page . . . all the sample and discount icons now match one another. Click here to view it and be sure to refresh the screen.

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3. My online discipleship course has exploded. Based on early feedback, it’s meeting a BIG need . . .  so I’m thankful to all of you who registered early. Remember, the price goes up October 1st, so order soon. Click here.

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4. If you haven’t marked your turf on the Web yet, you should do so soon. Click here to learn how to start a blog in 5 minutes. Even if you’re not a writer, you should have a space on the Web with your name on it.

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My Beef With Ghost Writing & Ghost Preaching

Those of you who read Christian books probably aren’t aware that a fair percentage of famous Christian authors don’t actually write their own books.

They have ghost writers who do it for them.

Most of the time, the ghost writer’s name doesn’t appear anywhere on the book. In fact, they are often paid not to have their names appear.

Sometimes the ghost writer’s name will appear on the cover in small letters under the “author’s” name, prefaced by the word with.

Example:

Frederick Champion

with David Yengling

Well, David Yengling actually wrote the book . . . so you can thank him. :-)[Continue Reading…]

Jesus Dramatized

The 81st episode of my podcast has been published.

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Episode Overview

  • My discussion with best-selling Christian fiction author Tricia Goyer.
  • A new genre of Christian literature, turning “the Jesus story” into drama and bringing it to life.
  • The importance of seeing the historical context behind the Gospel stories and how it throws light on the text.[Continue Reading…]

How One Spoken Talk Delivered to a Small Audience Can Impact Thousands

Many of you who read this blog are preachers and teachers.

I want to encourage you with a discovery I made awhile ago. It’s simple, but impressively effective.

In 2011, I delivered a message that I entitled Epic Jesus: The Christ You Never Knew at a small conference that had approximately 250 people in the room. Those 250 souls heard the message live.

However, I recorded it — as I do all my conference talks. It was then uploaded to my podcast.

To date, that message has been listened to over 22,000 times by people all over the world.[Continue Reading…]

Just Lead!

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As many of you know, I’ve written a good bit on women in ministry. Specifically . . .

Rethinking Women in Ministry

God’s View of a Woman

Does Christianity Have a Feminine Feel?

A Farewell to Self-Righteousness: In Honor of Our Sisters in Christ

One of today’s most remarkable female Christian leaders is Jenni Catron. Today, I caught up with Jenni to interview her on her new book, Just Lead: A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church, written with Sherry Surratt.

Enjoy![Continue Reading…]

You Critiqued, I Listened

Hi Fun Seekers. A very good Friday to you.

A few weeks ago I unveiled my new book page and asked for your feedback.

Many of you generously gave me specific suggestions as to how to improve it.

So my team and I made many adjustments based on your feedback.

Surprisingly, upon seeing the new design, a professional copywriter I know made this remark:

“You should follow what works, not what people say they like. If you see an increase in people getting these books, stick with the new changes. If not, I’d put it back to the way it was.”

That comment made me pause.[Continue Reading…]

10 Mistakes Christians Should Avoid at All Cost

No one is perfect. We all make mistakes.

However, here are 10 mistakes that Christians, especially those who are active in ministry, should avoid at all costs.

These aren’t the obvious ones that are typically talked about in Christian circles.

They are more subtle and less frequently discussed:

  1. Refuse to Receive Correction from Genuine Christians Who Have Credibility.
  2. Believe Accusations Against Your Brethren Without Going to Them Directly.
  3. Make a Cause More Important Than Christ and Do Not Understand the Difference.
  4. Believe the Myth That You Should Only Read the Bible and No Other Christian Books.
  5. Assume that Everyone Who Professes to Have a Ministry is a True Follower of Jesus.
  6. Break a Friendship Over an Interpretation of the Bible.
  7. Refuse to Have Peers Who Know You Well and Can Speak Into Your Life.
  8. Befriend “Christians” Who Falsely Accuse Others on Social Media and Blogs.
  9. Be Quick to Defend Yourself Against Attack and Return Evil for Evil.
  10. Buy the Lie That Reading Scripture is Unnecessary for Your Spiritual Development and Well-Being.

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