The Gospel to the Mormons

John Wallace has written a fascinating new book called Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons.

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Starting at the Finish Line seeks to declare the Good News of the gospel in a way that sounds like “good news” to the Latter-day Saint. It does this by 1) establishing the authority and “correctness” of the Bible, 2) explaining how we are saved by the grace of God when we put our full faith and trust in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, and in His blood alone, and 3) exposing the dangers of trying to contribute to our own salvation by adding obedience and good works to the finished work of Christ on the cross.

This message, to the devout Latter-day Saint, is overly simplistic and offensive. But to the struggling Mormon or to those who have already left the Mormon faith and find themselves lost in a sea of confusion, it’s music to their ears.

I caught up with John to discuss his new book.[Continue Reading...]

Modern Day Moses

Sometimes music can touch us where printed words cannot.

This is one of my favorite songs of all time . . . it speaks to something deep within my own heart and thus inspires me every time I hear it.

Note: my podcast episode from August 2011 — God’s Dream: What Does It Look Like? — goes along with this song. Give it a listen.

If you like the song, share this post using the “share” buttons below. Most Christians have never heard it, so send them a blessing. :-)[Continue Reading...]

A Practical Word About Your Dreams

Last weekend, I had the privilege of speaking at The Buzz Seminar in Orlando, FL.

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The Buzz is a premium training for authors and bloggers.

The people who attended the event were the salt of the earth . . . some of the most impressive people I’ve ever met. And most all of them were believers.

So there was a lot of spiritual fellowship going on between sessions, and I was greatly edified by it all.

The other speakers — all believers as well — were phenomenal.

In one of my recent blog surveys, some of you said that your dream is to work from home.[Continue Reading...]

The Best Resource on the Gospels

I’m often asked what Biblical tools I use when delving in depth on a particular portion of Scripture.

I’ve listed many of the New Testament commentaries I recommend here.

Another invaluable resource is the IVP Bible Dictionary Series, which I can’t recommend enough for serious students of the Scriptures.

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However, one of the volumes in that series has been updated.

The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels by Joel B. Green, Jeannine K. Brown & Nicholas Perrin is an incredible new update![Continue Reading...]

Romans 8 Remixed

And you know that I cause everything to work together for your good because you love me and are called according to my purpose.

I knew you in advance, and I chose you to become like my Son, so that my Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen you, I called you to come to my Son.

And having called you, I gave you right standing with me. And having given you right standing with me, I glorified you (even though you haven’t experienced it yet).

What shall you say about such wonderful things? If I am for you, who can ever be against you? Since I did not spare even my own Son but gave him up for you, won’t I also give you everything else?[Continue Reading...]

7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship

For those of you who are reading Jesus Now and want to let your friends know about it, there is now a list of quotes from the book that you can publish on Twitter and Facebook.

Just go to the book landing page – JesusNow.tv – and scroll to the bottom.

Also, we redid the 7 Aspects of Christ’s Present-Day Ministry episode since the original recording was poor. Now the podcast includes a short excerpt from an interview I did for Jesus Now that’s much clearer. The phone call from the distraught man who was kicked out of a lunch buffet still appears at the end.

That said, we’ve just released the 99th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast. The topic — 7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship.

Listen to the episode in the following ways:[Continue Reading...]

Your Dreams and Aspirations

If you’re new to the blog, I’ve been working on a series of digital journals (for the Kindle, Nook, and PDF) called The Rethinking Series.

The content of those journals is largely based on the survey you did earlier this year where I asked you what your greatest struggle was as a Christian.

Hundreds of you responded and these journals will address most of your struggles.

That said, I’m considering putting on a few events for 2015, and I want to ask you to answer one simple question that will help me in preparing for these events.

What are you dreams and aspirations that you’d like to see come to pass over the next 10 years?

Your responses will not show up to the public. Only you, me, and the Blog Manager will see them.

In your response, put your sex in the Name field and your age followed by cs.com in the email field.[Continue Reading...]

A Tale of Two Missiles

Ballistic missiles know their target and they never change course. Once a ballistic missile leaves the ground, it’s going to hit the spot in which it is aimed, no matter what.

The problem, however, is that the targets got smart.

The targets learned to move while the missile didn’t.

For this reason, cybernetic missiles were invented. A cybernetic missile, once programmed, changes course with the target.

The cybernetic missile constantly calculates and re-calculates, changing course to stay with the target, no matter what.[Continue Reading...]

Losing a Friend

One of my closest friends, a man about 20 years my senior and who I’ve known and admired since I was in my 20s, has been stricken with Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s been escalating for over a year. And now it’s gotten to the place where he doesn’t remember our last phone conversation.

This is a man who I owe a great debt to in my Christian life and ministry. He’s the first one who exposed me to God’s heart for the poor and the oppressed, something I’ve been totally focused on for the last three years.

My friend isn’t on the Internet, for he has no computer. (I bought him two computers over the years, but one died and the other he sold.)

He’s never written a book, he has no blog or email address, and he is largely unknown. Yet he’s the smartest and wisest man I’ve ever met. A hidden gem in Christ.

One sad memory is burned in my brain. Last year, I treated my friend to dinner at an upscale steak restaurant called Charley’s steakhouse.

We finished our meal and he went off to the restroom. I waited, and when he didn’t return, I started searching for him.[Continue Reading...]