Cold-Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace has just released a new book on apologetics called Cold-Case Christianity.

You may remember J. (Jim) Wallace from the interview he did with me on Pagan Christianity. I caught up with Jim to interview him on his new book. Check it out.

What inspired you to write Cold-Case Christianity?

J. Warner Wallace: I’ve been training young Christians for many years, both as a youth and lead pastor. We often take trips to the University of California at Berkeley in order to engage atheist groups and interact with non-believers. A few years back, I partnered with Sean McDowell on one of these week-long trips to Berkeley. After one of my training sessions (addressing the reliability of the gospels), Sean asked me if I’d ever considered writing a book. I was buried at the time in three cold-case homicide investigations and couldn’t imagine finding the time to write anything, but with the encouragement of my wife, I sketched out a proposal.

Much of the book flowed naturally from my own experiences as a cold-case detective. The principles I use in my criminal cases are applicable to the investigation of any event in the past, so the book nearly wrote itself as I retraced my own investigation of the gospel accounts and I provided many examples from my criminal case work.[Continue Reading…]

God’s Favorite Place – 2012 Conference Message Part II

The 76th episode of my podcast has just been published.

Frank Viola

Episode Overview

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

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Blogging for Income – An Interview with Michelle Shaeffer

As you know, part of what I write about here is blogging, since I’m a professional blogger.

I don’t profit personally from my book sales, so this blog is where much of my personal income comes from (via advertisements and affiliates).

Michelle Shaeffer is an accomplished blogger who helps others in their blogging and business ventures.

I interviewed Michelle recently to introduce her to my readers. If you’re someone considering starting a blog, I outline how to start one in 10 minutes.

Once you do that, Michelle can take you further.

Tell us a bit about yourself, including how and why you started blogging?

Michelle Shaeffer. Hey, I’m Michelle Shaeffer, and I appreciate the opportunity to “meet” your readers, Frank.

I live in beautiful, snowy Alaska with my family and our two cats. On a typical day my time is divided between homeschooling, other wife/mom duties, and running my business (including my blog). I’ve been working from home since 2000 in various ventures.

My blog launched in March of 2008 to have a place to put answers to the questions I constantly got from clients and friends about doing business online (from websites to social media to marketing). I figured if more than a few of my clients were asking, I could save time by putting my answers in one place, and others were bound to have the same question, so I could help them, too.

Looking back on 5 years of blogging, I love what my blog has evolved into as I’ve continued with it. It’s definitely gone a different direction than I expected and taken on a life of it’s own.[Continue Reading…]

Getting Naked Later: An Interview with Kate Hurley

Kate Hurley is a musician, blogger, author, and a friend. She’s written a pretty amazing new book called Getting Naked Later: A Guide for the Fully Clothed. In it, Kate describes what it’s like to be a single Christian in today’s world.

I have to tell you. This book surprised me. It surprised me because it’s so incredibly well written. It contains gems . . . gems of humor and insight.

This is a book that every single and married believer will find of great interest. Married Christians will better understand the struggles that single Christians face today. Single Christians will be encouraged and helped.

Kate writes with both humor and candor. I believe this is a book that will help many people, so I want to see it do well! Enjoy the interview. 

Getting Naked Later: A Guide for the Fully Clothed

Frank Viola: Why did you write this book?

Kate Hurley: Besides being an author, I am a touring musician. In all of my travels, I came across many singles with similar trials. I realized that there are only a few good resources for the people that are trying hard to be content in their singleness but who still struggle with fear and loneliness. Singles often feel overlooked in church culture, and I wrote the book with them in mind.[Continue Reading…]

The Release of the Spirit

When I was in my early 20s, I read Watchman Nee’s book The Release of the Spirit. The content of the book came out of a long period of silence from Nee, after he was grossly mistreated by fellow Christians.

Nee was someone who never defended himself or justified his actions.

He was teachable, humble, and broken. He recognized the cross when it came into his life, and wanted God to waste nothing.

In the same way, he never defended when under false accusation and personal attack. He, like Jesus, was silent at such times, entrusting himself to God as 1 Peter 2 commands.

Nee was a broken vessel who knew the cross and thus he was qualified to preach it in all its ugly depths.

Release of the Spirit: The Breaking of the Outward Man for

Nee suspended his ministry for a number of years. When Nee resumed his ministry, however, he delivered a series of powerful messages on brokenness.

Those messages are contained in the book, The Release of the Spirit.

I’m re-reading this book, some 20 years after I first read it as a young man. And it awakened in me an instinct for the cross. Something that only God can teach another mortal.[Continue Reading…]

The Difference Between Persuasion and Manipulation & Is Business Incompatible with Being a Christian?

Today I interview Ray Edwards. Ray is a Christian businessman – a copywriter by trade. There’s a lot of confusion today among the Christian community on the matters of having a business and the ethics of marketing.

I caught up with Ray to ask him some questions about these topics, as he’s a seasoned expert in the field.  For those of you who are like me and give much of your income to the poor, you’ll want to learn how you can help others more by having a business of your own.

I hope you’ll read the interview and check out Ray’s resources.

Ray, you are a professional copywriter. Many of my blog readers are bloggers, authors, pastors and/or teachers in some capacity. What exactly is a copywriter and how can your services be of help to my readers?

Ray Edwards: Copywriting is persuasion in print. These days, “print” can mean ink on paper or more likely words on a screen.

The copywriter’s job is to tell a story that persuades the reader to take action. This skill is really about more than mere advertising and marketing. It’s about impacting human behavior.[Continue Reading…]

Religious Jealousy

The religious elite ignored Him as long as they could. Since Jesus sported no theological degrees and wasn’t part of the pastors guild, they didn’t take Him seriously. He was not credible in their eyes. But they could only follow this course for so long. His influence grew so large that they couldn’t ignore Him any longer. So they must extend to Him the credibility of engagement.

They came out with all guns blazing, seeking to refute Him. First, their pushback was targeted at the content of His teaching. But after realizing that they couldn’t successfully discount what He said, they downshifted to an ad hominem assault. Personal attacks became their new weapon for dismissal: “He has no authority to say what He’s saying.” “He’s not seminary trained.” “He has no ordination papers.” “He’s not a scholar.”

Then it escalated: “He was born as the result of fornication.” “He’s a blasphemer.” “He’s deceptive.” “He’s a glutton and a drunkard.” “He’s a false prophet.” And the ultimate attack: “Satan is working through Him!”[Continue Reading…]

Introducing Two Amazing Graphic Designers

Today, I want to introduce you to two incredible graphic designers.

One is Ralph Polendo. I recently found out about Ralph’s work. Ralph created the cover for my eBook Rethinking the Will of God (Revised).

(This is a free eBook to everyone who subscribes to the blog via Email. New subscribers will receive it at the beginning of each new month.)


Ralph has created other book covers as well, such as To Preach or Not to Preach.[Continue Reading…]

God’s Favorite Place – 2012 Conference Message Part I

The 75th episode of my podcast has just been published.

Frank Viola

Episode Overview

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

Listen to the Episode