Answers to Hot-Boiling Questions

Not long ago I took questions from some of you and promised to answer them on my next podcast episode.

The new episode was uploaded yesterday. It’s episode #85.

I did my best at answering the questions in all seriousness and candor. However, as is my custom, the episode is sprinkled with a good dose of comic relief.

So . . . if you don’t have a sense of humor, then put your coffee cup down right now, walk away from your computer or smart phone, and forget that you ever read this blog post!

Here’s a sampling of some of the questions. There were many more that I answered.

Note that I have never before discussed my views on the last question . . . until now.[Continue Reading…]

Be Transformed

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Rob Bruce has written a neat new book called Be Transformed by His Spirit. It’s actually more like a manual than a typical book.

I caught up with Rob recently to discuss his book. Read it and grab a copy.

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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?”

This manual is a complete guide for believers to understand their identity in Christ.  It provides a Biblical perspective about “who we really are by beholding who God really is.” Foundational principles equip believers to navigate through life’s difficult seasons. Our culture assaults us with deceptive and distorted images of who we are or who we should be. Gods highest purpose for us, however, is to “be conformed into the image of his Son” (Romans 8: 26). Although, every believer will benefit from its content, those who are struggling with low self-worth and self-concept, addictions and relationships will benefit as they see themselves in Gods mirror.  Finally, those who need to break free from legalism will learn how to experience God’s grace through the Fathers love and the power of the Holy Spirit.

A complete outline for the theme of each chapter is laid out on my blog site.[Continue Reading…]

Sin Metrics: The Sins that Christians Condemn & Excuse

“Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.” 

~ Philip Yancey

I grew up in a denomination that made homosexuality the gravest of all sins, trumping every other transgression (except murder, maybe).

Many of the people in that church were dutifully self-righteous when it came to certain sins. Those who didn’t commit the sins they deemed the worse (externally, that is) saw themselves as more “pure” than their fellow brethren who may have stumbled in those areas.

I regret to say that in my early years as a Christian, I adopted this same attitude. Ironically, these same people winked at the sins of gossip, slander, outbursts of rage, judging the motives of others, and lying. Excuses were routinely made in an attempt to justify these “lesser” sins (so the thinking went). In addition, most of us were monumentally disinterested and unmoved by things like poverty, racism, sexism, genocide, and homelessness.[Continue Reading…]

Can You Be a World Changer?

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Sarah Cunningham’s new book, The Well Balanced World Changer: A Field Guide For Staying Sane While Doing Good, seems to be popping up everywhere—articles, Facebook quotes, Pinterest images.

But is it for you? Does what we do in the day to day—via work or volunteering or ministry—qualify us in any sense as “world changers”?

To help you get a feel for what the book is like and whether it is for them, I interviewed Sarah about her new title.[Continue Reading…]

The Power of Weakness

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Keith Giles is a friend of mine who blogs and writes books. Keith recently released The Power of Weakness. I caught up with Keith recently to ask him to share about his book. Enjoy!

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What is the book “The Power of Weakness” about? Can you summarize it for us?

Keith Giles: The best way to summarize the book is: “God loves to do extraordinary things through ordinary people.” In fact, if we take a broad overview of Scripture, we’ll see that this is pretty much the only group of people that God seems to work through – ordinary people.[Continue Reading…]

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.

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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…]