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…]

This Hilarious Video Reminds Me of the State of Christianity Today

Trying to bring the gospel to 21st-century postmodern culture using traditional mindsets and archaic methods works about as well as this coach’s efforts did with this team.

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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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A New Kind of Christian Television

Today I interview my good friend and fellow pizon, Robert Ricciardelli. Robert is involved in some kewl new projects, including a new television program.

Robert, tell us about your new television program.

Robert Ricciardelli: I have always loved people’s stories. When I started the talk show, my wife Joyce said that I just moved what I have done for years on our living room couch, to a couch in a studio. We started in San Diego with the Internet Broadcast Company studios www.ibctv.com. Since then, I am using several studios and also creating different ways of sharing the content including Youtube. Keep in touch on my website www.convergingzone.com.[Continue Reading…]

A Question of Faith

Today I interview Tor Constantino of The Daily Retort on his excellent book A Question of Faith.

Why did you decide to write this book?

Tor Constantino: I was raised in a strict, conservative, Christian household. Even though I had loving parents, I was not allowed to satisfy my curiosity about other religious beliefs and faith traditions. When I got to college, I was unprepared and ill-equipped to adequately defend my own faith, let alone address the truth claims or tenets of other belief systems. Needless to say my faith was shaken; however, through years of study, I was able to honestly re-affirm my own beliefs. One of the reasons I wrote this book was because I didn’t have this type of resource back then when I needed it. At the time, my parents, youth group and church leaders all told me to just “pray about it” which was well intended but not especially helful. I knew I wasn’t alone in that experience, which was validated when I saw a Barna Group study in 2009 that found two-thirds of Christian teens/20-somethings left the faith when they left their parents’ home. This book was written for them and their parents to help spur a lifelong discussion surrounding this important issue of belief.[Continue Reading…]

I’ve Updated My 100 Best Christian Books Lists

Hi Fun Seekers,

A very good Wednesday to you. A very good Wednesday, indeed.

Back in 2011, I put together my 100 Best Christian Books Ever Written list as well as my 100 Best Theological Books and Commentaries list.

Since I’ve been made aware of a number of new books that I didn’t have in my possession at the time, I’ve updated both lists.

You can view the updated versions here:

The 100 Best Christian Books Ever Written

The 100 Best Christian Academic Works and Commentaries

Make sure you “refresh” the pages.

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