Going All In

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Today I interview Mark Batterson on his new book, All ln. Batterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and Lead Pastor of National Community Church. You may be familiar with him because he was one of the 47 endorsers of God’s Favorite Place on Earth.

I caught up with Batterson to talk about his new book.

All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life  -<br /><br />
        By: Mark Batterson</p><br />
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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?”

Mark Batterson: I felt like it was time for me to throw down the gauntlet: either Jesus is Lord of all or He isn’t Lord at all. There is no middle ground. It’s all or nothing. All of my books are written in a motivational tone, but this book adds some tough love. My deep concern as a pastor is that people think they are following Jesus, but in reality, they have invited Jesus to follow them. I call it the inverted gospel. And I think it’s why so many Christians don’t feel the holy rush of adrenaline that comes when you live by faith and follow Jesus wherever, whenever, whatever. I think All In will help readers figure out where they might be holding out on God without even knowing it. And my prayer is that it will give them the courage to go all in.  I really don’t feel like this is a book to be read. I see it as a decision to be made.[Continue Reading…]

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…]

A Most Pernicious Temptation by T.E. Hanna

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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…]