4 Ways in Which I Help the Poor –Answering a Common Question

Before I plunge into today’s topic, I want to give a report that’s both sad and encouraging.

I’ve been blogging since 2008 and my recent post, Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & the Sickening Response of Some Christians was the most viewed article that I’ve ever written, by far and away.

At the present time, that post has had over 4k Facebook shares.

The reason why this is sad is because of what I felt forced to write in that post. I was once again addressing the sickening behavior of “Christians” who eat their own. That would include the act of judging, misrepresenting, and even lying about their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

The encouraging part is that more and more evangelical Christians are fed up with the ugly behavior of their “professing” Christian friends who don’t wince at attacking other followers of Jesus. And they are no longer standing for it. See my post Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another, another article on the topic that has had massive views.[Continue Reading…]

New Concept in Christian Music – This is So Awesome

In May of last year, I spoke at a conference in Kentucky. I delivered 3 messages on God’s Favorite Place on Earth. Those messages gave the people who attended the conference an early peek at the book by the same name, which releases on May 1st.

It was the first time I shared the content of the book.

After one of the sessions of the conference, one of the young men in the audience announced that he had just written a song in his motel room during the afternoon break. The song was based on the messages I had delivered.

As we heard the song, we were all blown away. It was powerful and clearly anointed.

The young man’s name is Michael Sweet.

If you wait to order God’s Favorite Place on Earth between May 1st and May 7th, you will receive 25 bonus gifts from 15 different authors. Among them are all the messages I delivered at the “God’s Favorite Place” conference last year. In addition, you will also get to hear Michael’s song live when he first played it for all of us.

Michael has since perfected the song, added a new stanza, and professionally recorded it. You will also get the professionally recorded version as part of the 25 bonus gifts.

I’m confident you will be blessed by it.

Today, I interview Michael Sweet about how he wrote the song as well as his music ministry. The story is fascinating. Enjoy![Continue Reading…]

An Interview with the Man Behind the Curtain

Have you ever seen something amazing and then asked, who created it? I call this “the man behind the curtain.” So today, I want to interview the man behind the curtain. I want you to know who is, what he does, and what he created. And I hope you’ll share this post with your friends, because “the man behind the curtain” deserves to get noticed.

Brian Mead is the man who created the gripping new video trailer for my upcoming book, God’s Favorite Place on Earth. Brian used to work with the uber-talented Christian film creator, Phil Cooke, who I’ve interviewed twice on this blog.

Instead of embedding the video that Brain created to this post, which I’ve done in previous posts, you can click the image below to view the High Def. version which is much clearer.

God's Favorite Place on Earth Video

If you like the video, please spread it![Continue Reading…]

I Want To Invite You to Participate With Me in Something Life-Changing

If you are new to the blog, here are some FREE resources you may be interested in:

The small number of books that are with a publisher cost something, simply because it’s very expensive for a publisher to print and distribute a book. But as my blog subscribers know, I don’t profit personally from my book sales.

Now, I want to invite you to participate in something exciting, so read on.[Continue Reading…]

The Agony Over God’s Will

Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.

~ 1 Corinthians 14:20

The following is the Introduction to my eBook Rethinking God’s Will (Revised). I’m giving this book away as a FREE gift to all who subscribe to this blog by Email. You will receive the book beginning on May 8th and following.

Click here to subscribe by Email. It’s free.

If you are a Christian in your late teens, 20s, or 30s, this book will be of particular help to you. It could very well spare you and your friends years of agony over searching for God’s will and making needless mistakes. So I encourage you to ask your friends to sign up to the blog so they can get their free copy. The blog is very popular among 20s and 30s who are serious about following Jesus. 

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Brennan Manning Passes – What He Said to Me That I’ll Never Forget

I just heard the sad news that Brennan Manning transitioned from this earth yesterday. You’ll find two of his books on my Best 100 Christian Books Ever Written List. If you don’t have them, you should.

I had the privilege of spending time with Manning in 2007. We both spoke at a conference along with N.T. Wright.

In one of the sessions, we all spent time in a living room together. I had time to talk with Manning one-on-one and I asked him a few questions about writing . . . seeing that he’s a remarkable author whom I wanted to glean from.[Continue Reading…]

Who Else Wants a Shot of Spiritual Adrenaline For Their Soul?

The 72nd episode of my podcast has just been published.

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Episode Overview

  • My work station and plans for videotaping it in the future (at the request of some of you) and showing you the tools I use for writing, blogging, and podcasting.
  • Unveiling my new book Rethinking the Will of God (Revised) which I’m giving away for FREE to all Email subscribers of this blog beginning on May 8th. Click here to subscribe and claim your free copy.[Continue Reading…]

Unique

Today I interview my friend Phil Cooke once again. This time, we talk about his new book, Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media. If you’re an author, speaker, musician, blogger, or artist of any kind, you should have this book on your bookshelf. Here’s the interview.

Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media  -              By: Phil Cooke

As you know, I loved your book, One Big Thing. How does Unique differ from that book?

Phil Cooke: Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media is really my life message.  I believe the greatest challenge facing leaders and creative artists today is getting their message heard through the clutter of competing voices.  We live in the most disrupted and distracted culture in the history of the world, and it’s more difficult than ever to break through and get noticed. [Continue Reading…]

3 Christian Responses to Mental Illness & Which One Comports Best with the Bible

This post is a P.S. to my article on Monday entitled Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians” which has become my most viewed blog post since I started the blog in 2008.

Throughout my years of being involved in various and sundry Christian movements and denominations, it seems that Christians understand mental disorders in one of three chief ways:

  1. Mental illness is demonic in origin. So the antidote is to cast out the demons that are causing it.
  2. Mental illness is psychobabble. There’s no such thing as a “mental disorder.” All so-called mental illnesses are just sinful behaviors. So the antidote is for the person to repent and get right with God.
  3. Mental illness is a physiological disorder. The brain is a physical organ just like the heart, the thyroid, the joints, etc. Thus if someone has panic attacks or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia or chronic depression or ADHD, they have a chemical imbalance in the brain, not dissimilar to a hyperthyroidism or high blood pressure or arthritis.

I cut my teeth on a movement that promoted #1. I’ve met many people who believed #2. But I believe #3 is often the case.

Yet it’s not so simple.[Continue Reading…]

Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians”

Now is a good time to go back and re-read Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another.

Why do so many people not want to have anything to do with Jesus? It’s because of the cruel, harsh, self-righteous, and judgmental attitude that some professing “Christians” level against their fellow believers.

“Why would I want to be part of that bunch!?” . . . is the common response by so many non-Christians today.

Yesterday, I got the sad news that Rick Warren’s youngest son committed suicide. Here’s a short explanation with quotes from Rick himself.[Continue Reading…]