You Are Amazing! (Just the Way You Are)

Last month, I had the privilege of speaking at a conference with my close friends and coworkers Jon Zens and Milt Rodriguez.

In addition to seeing them, the highlight for me was meeting so many of my dear friends from different parts of the country that I haven’t seen in years along with meeting people that I’ve only met on this blog.

It was a precious time.

Here’s a song that was written by one of the groups that attended the conference. It’s a re-write of You’re Amazing (Just the Way You Are). The lyrics follow the video.

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Reading the Bible in 3D

The 80th episode of my podcast has just been published.

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Episode Overview

  • This is my second session at the NCY Ministers Conference in January 2013 (other speakers were Jon Acuff, Scot McKnight, Larry Osborne).
  • How to read the Scriptures where Christ is revealed on every page.
  • How Jesus and the disciples interpreted the Old Testament compared to how countless Christians interpret it today.
  • How to preach in such a way that hearers begin to love the Lord without using guilt.
  • The message is a introduction to Jesus: A Theography.

Listen to the Episode

Another Take on Christian Giving

Five years ago, George Barna and I wrote an entire chapter in our book Pagan Christianity on the biblical foundation of the tithe. In it, we argued that Christians didn’t tithe until hundreds of years after the church was born. However, the early Christians did give financially and they gave to several specific things.

Recently, Jeff Anderson wrote a new book on Christian giving called Plastic Donuts: Giving That Delights the Heart of the Father.


Giving in the body of Christ, especially financial giving, is a sore spot for many Christians because of all the undue emphasis on money and the flagrant abuse surrounding it.

In his new book, Jeff Anderson seeks to redeem the true biblical vision of giving. I caught up with Jeff to interview him on his book.

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Earlier this year, I spoke at the 220 Conference in Texas. One of the brothers who was in the audience took an excerpt from one of the talks I delivered and created a video with background music.

If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, this is your heritage and your true identity. Each statement comes from the New Testament.

Here are the three messages in their entirety – all free downloads:

The Deeper Journey: Part I

The Deeper Journey: Part II

The Deeper Journey: Part III

You can also access them on iTunes

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A Friend Who Cares

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Jerusalem is NOT God’s Favorite Place on Earth


In every generation, Christians face the same challenges—namely doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, division, rejection, and the struggle against consumerism and complacency.

The Gospels narrate the incredible story of Jesus’ earthly life. Yet there is a story within this narrative that’s often missed. And to my mind, it’s the greatest story never told—a narrative within the narrative.

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When Grown Men Cry

A free audio of Chapter 4 of God’s Favorite Place on Earth is now available.

Click here to listen to the chapter for free – along with the Introduction.

I’ve never written a book that provoked so many emails from grown men, saying that the book made them weep.

Chapter 4 – “Anointed in Bethany” – has brought many men to tears.


I’m curious to know if any of my sisters in Christ cried from reading the book. So far, it’s only been men who have told me it made them cry.

You can read Chapter 4 here if you don’t wish to listen to it.