Don’t Believe Everything You Read or Hear

Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,

“According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … We are scheduled to close the transaction on June 12th, so, supposedly, this will happen the week following. I want to assure you that this is indeed a baseless rumor. There is absolutely no truth to it … If you hear this rumor, I would be grateful if you would help me short-circuit it. You can tell ’em it’s not true, and you heard it directly from me.”

I recall when this rumor was circulating and was saddened (and surprised) at how many Christians believed it without going straight to Michael to see if it was true or false.

Another example that’s much more national.[Continue Reading…]

Rethinking the Second Coming of Christ

1248, 1306, 1689, 1792, 1836, 1844, 1914, 1936, 1960, 1974, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 2011.

Do you have any idea what these dates have in common?

They all represent the times in which people predicted that the second coming of Christ would occur.

According to a 2006 survey by Pew Research Forum, 79% of Christians in the USA say they believe the return of Christ will happen someday. 20% say it will happen in their lifetime. 34% say the world situation will grow worse before He returns.

Rapture Fever

Many Christians, especially those who live in America, are obsessed with the second coming of Christ. Various interpretations surrounding the when, where, and how of this incredible event have spawned endless divisions among Jesus’ followers. In fact, some Christians are so fixated on the second coming of Christ that they haven’t given sufficient time to understand His first coming.

In our book, Jesus: A Theography, Leonard Sweet and I explore the return of Christ in a way that transcends classic interpretations. Rather than enter into the eschatological wars that have raged over the last two hundred years, we focus our attention on how the First (Old) and Second (New) Testaments harmonize in telling us what God has in store for the future as it concerns His Son.[Continue Reading…]

Bono on Jesus: My Personal Reflections

The 78th episode of my podcast just released. In it, I share my reflections on Bono’s statements about Jesus that I posted on the blog recently.

Frank Viola

If you’re new to the podcast, be prepared to hear a few “commercials” sprinkled into the episode (we have to keep our sponsors happy, you know . . . Cough).

The podcast ends with a (comical) blast from the past. You can listen to the podcast in one of three ways (below):

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God’s Favorite Place – 2012 Conference Message Part III

The 77th episode of my podcast has just been published.

Frank Viola

Episode Overview

  • The third talk from the 2012 God’s Favorite Place Conference.

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Rethinking Sickness

In Chapter 10 of Jesus: A Theography (co-authored with Leonard Sweet), I give my fullest thoughts on the issue of sickness and healing. The chapter is called Jesus: Healer and Miracle Worker.

I’m unable to republish that chapter here, but I want to discuss one small aspect that’s not treated in the book.

It has to do with one cause of sickness that’s often overlooked by Christians.

Note that I said one cause. Sickness has many causes.[Continue Reading…]

MailChimp

As most of you know, I send out a personal update four to six times a year that contains inspiring and encouraging back-stories from my own life and ministry as well as special resources.

Since my email list is quite large, I need an email service to send out the emails.

I’ve been using Mail Chimp, and since I did, I’ve liked the changes they made since I last used them in 2011.

Sooo . . . if you have an email service, check out MailChimp. They are less expensive than Constant Contact and they are much better in my opinion.[Continue Reading…]