A New Testament Scholar Shreds the Recent NEWSWEEK Article – “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin”

If you read Newsweek, online or in print, you know about the recent article about the Bible.

The article opens with a declaration of two points that I’ve shouted from the hilltops myself for years.

(1) Countless Christians have no idea what’s in the Bible because they rarely read it.

(2) Countless Christians in the evangelical world condemn others for certain kinds of sins while turning a blind eye to other kinds of sins — the “excused” sins being those which angered Jesus the most when He was here in His flesh.

From that high note, the wheels come off. The article rips the Bible using 19th-century arguments (all of which have been refuted long ago) alleging that the Bible is full of contradictions, serious manuscript variations, and false additives, thus making it an untrustworthy document.

Then, in a stroke of hand-waving sophistry, the article asserts that it’s not attacking the Bible, only how Christians read it.

Cough.

Those who are well-versed in biblical scholarship will see right through the article and the yellow journalism that floods it.[Continue Reading…]

Top Posts of 2014

Here are the top posts of 2014 (some were written before 2014, but they received major traffic last year so they made the list). The list is prioritized by most views.

20 Things the Blood of Jesus Does

50 Things the Holy Spirit Does

The 100 Best Christian Books Ever Written

What Makes a True Friend?

The Top 10 Christian Female Bloggers

Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh

God’s View of a Woman

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear or Read

Why I’m a Christian

10 Reasons Why I Left the Institutional Church & Sought the Ekklesia[Continue Reading…]

A Man Whose Name Was Joseph

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Shawn Stanley is the author of a new book called A Man Whose Name Was Joseph.

Recently, I caught up with Shawn to discuss his new book.

Enjoy!

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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?”

Shawn Stanley: That is a very good question.

My book benefits the reader by immersing them into the nativity story. Transporting them into Nazareth, to bring them on a journey with Joseph and Mary to Hebron, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and eventually, their escape to Egypt. However, This is not just another nativity story. I wanted the reader to view and experience this story through a different lens, a lens through Joseph’s point of view.[Continue Reading…]

Thank You & See You in January

Hi Friends,

I’m going on a blog break until the smoke clears from the new year. So stayed tuned for my next post in early January.

That said, I want to thank all of you for making 2014 a wonderful year. Your dedication to read and share my blog posts and podcast episodes is deeply appreciated and the main reason why I continue to produce content on these two free mediums.

Right now, we are finalizing my new 5-eBooks series called Rethinking.

We plan to launch the whole series in early January.

Here is a photo of each volume.

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I also have a bonus book coming out at the same time on practical helps for living in Christian community.[Continue Reading…]

The Top 10 Shows of All Time!

We’ve recently uploaded two brand new shows on the “Christ is All” podcast.

If you are subscribed to the podcast in iTunes, you should have them downloaded on your phone.

If not, subscribe here.

For those of you without a smart device, you can listen to them directly on computer, tablet, or non-Apple device.

My Interview with Your Favorite Character Caller (the caller from the 100th episode, that is)

Warning: Do not attempt to listen to the above episode unless you have a tremendously subtle sense of humor!

Here’s the other new show we’ve published recently:

How Not to Receive Correction

Finally, here are the top 10 episodes (shows) of all time:[Continue Reading…]

Heaven’s Muscle

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Bren Hughes has written a new book entitled Heaven’s Muscle: Unleashing the Power of the Holy Spirit Within You. I’ll be reviewing the book soon, but today, I’m posting an interview where Bren and I mix it up about his new book.

Enjoy!

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Heaven’s Muscle looks to be an engaging book. 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?”

Bren Hughes: Three points. First, in reading this book you will encounter me, and I hope it will be like meeting a new friend. My soul bleeds on every page of this book, and by the time you finish it you will know me rather intimately.

Second, part of this relationship involves me making sure that the reader knows all the crucial information from scripture about the indwelling of God’s Spirit and the sort of weapons the enemy uses against those of us who are called by God. In other words, I feel a great responsibility to convey accurate data that’s sufficient for what people need within the purposes of this book.[Continue Reading…]

Pursuing Fellowship

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Recently, I caught up with J.W. Phillips, the author of Pursuing Fellowship: By Activating the One Another Principles.

Here’s the interview.

Pursuing Fellowship, volume one, looks to be a meaty book. 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?”

J. W. Phillips: I am concerned, Frank, that whenever God’s people are given a pabulum portion of what was supposed to meaty truth, the church eventually weakens. So, yes, this book is meaty, but it’s not academic. The language is simple; the truths presented are practical.[Continue Reading…]

3 Strategies for a Life-Changing 2015

2015 is warming up in the bullpen and it will soon be throwing heat from the mound.

In that regard, here are 3 strategies to make your 2015 the best it can be.

1. Make a quality decision that you are going to invest in improving your life, your business, and your ministry.

A quality decision is a decision that you will stick to come hell or Hiawatha.

Investing in improving your life, business, and ministry would include attending training events, taking courses, and investing in other educational opportunities.

A life-principle I’ve learned – admittedly later than I wish – is that if you’re unwilling to invest in transformative learning opportunities, everything in your life will remain the same. That goes for your ministry, your financial situation, your business, your relationships, etc.

For years, I embraced the philosophy of “I can’t afford that.” But I discovered, eventually thankfully, that I couldn’t afford NOT to invest in learning how to improve my life, my financial situation, and my ministry.

So today, I regard training, seminars, and courses as necessary investments that I can’t afford to let pass.[Continue Reading…]