Never Make This Email Mistake

A Minneapolis couple decided to travel to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room. He decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address. And without realizing his error, he sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from family and friends.

After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room and found his mother on the floor passed out. He looked at the computer which read:[Continue Reading…]

Anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Be good anyway.[Continue Reading…]

On Being Italian

Here’s an old Italian joke that I like. My fellow Pizons will appreciate it. :-)

An old Italian man lived alone in upstate New York. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vinnie,

I’m pretty upset. It looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. The ground is just too hard. I know if you were here you would dig it for me. Oh well. Maybe in the future.

Love,

Papa

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JESUS: A THEOGRAPHY

I’m happy to announce the release of my 5th book in my recent Jesus-studies-deeper-Christian-life focus. It’s the most formidable project I’ve ever tackled and it’s now available on this page.

Co-written with my friend Leonard Sweet, Jesus: A Theography is the reason why I went on an 8-month blog sabbatical last year.

Jesus: A Theography is a 424-page truck stopper with over 1,800 endnotes. Yet it’s written in a style that any adult can comprehend.

Frank Viola

What follows is the book cover description, a starred review by Publishers Weekly, the Table of Contents, sample chapters and discount ordering linksDerwin Gray, lead pastor of Transformation Church, had this to say (tweet) about the book.

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Renowned Old Testament scholar Dr. Michael L. Brown also weighed-in recently, saying . . .

“What an extraordinary, Jesus-exalting book! At times I felt like I was listening to a symphony as I read it. Your own heart will be stirred as your consider afresh, and from many new angles, the glorious Son of God as revealed in the Word. And for the biblical scholar and theologian, the rich endnotes are an added treat.” 

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Four Christians

This is the story of four Christians whose names were everybody, somebody, anybody, and nobody.

The house was in ruins and in need of renovation and repair. Everybody was asked to count the cost, deny themselves, put their hands to the plow and rebuild.

Everybody was asked to participate and do their part.

Everybody was sure that somebody would do it. Now anybody could have done it . . . but the person that ended up doing it was nobody.

Everybody then blamed somebody when nobody did what anybody could have done.

Then there was the need for someone to check on the progress of the rebuilding project. And somebody was asked.[Continue Reading…]

Standing on a New Frontier

Today we stand on the edge of a new frontier—one of exploration, not fortification. One of discovery, not contentment. In this new frontier, we will navigate the unchartered waters of Jesus Christ, our all-sufficient Lord.

There is so much more of Christ to sail than we could ever imagine. But if the truth be told, we have been handed a shrink-wrapped Jesus.

Christ has become our once-a-week Mascot. We rally around Him on Sunday mornings, selfishly reaching for all we can get from Him—goodies and gifts, all for us. Then we push Him off to the sidelines the rest of the week.

But the game has never been about us; it’s always been about Him.

The gospel that’s so often preached today lacks a revelation of Jesus Christ. The contemporary gospel boils down to a fire insurance policy, a Santa Claus God, or a performance-based religion. As long as we stay on that plane, we’ll never see or comprehend the staggering enormity of our Lord.

Paul of Tarsus was a man who caught a glimpse of the excellencies of Jesus Christ. He preached such a high gospel that it turned illiterate, immoral pagans into full-pledged followers of Jesus who learned to live in authentic community—all in just a few months. [Continue Reading…]

10 Twitter Mistakes That Make You Look Clueless

In 2009, I joined the Twitterverse. And when I did, I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t know beans from peas about how to use the tool.

I learned by imitation. I watched three or four people who used Twitter — all of whom were fellow authors — and I followed their example.

What I didn’t realize is that they didn’t have much of a clue either.

I later discovered that there is such a thing as “Twitter etiquette.”

One person in particular emailed me privately. In a gracious but straight-forward way, he pointed out my Twitter transgressions. (He had a lot of class to approach me the way he did, and I was grateful.)

So in the spirit of “do unto others,” I’m writing this post to pass on what I’ve learned. Some of these things are mistakes I’ve made myself. Others are things I intuitively knew were bad practices when I first started out, but I keep seeing people practice them.

I’m no expert on Twitter (I don’t know if such people exist), but I can pass on what I’ve learned and have observed.

As I’ve previously pointed out, Twitter is a great ministry tool. (See Twitter vs. Facebook: Reflections, Comparisons, and Ministry Perspective.)

But the fact is, many Christian authors and bloggers are guilty of some of these same mistakes. So if you — or others you know — practice these things, feel free to share this post with them. Hopefully, they will be as grateful as I was.[Continue Reading…]