Help Me Select a Talk Radio Show Co-Host

Last week, I notified you about our upcoming plans for the podcast. Thanks to everyone who subscribed in iTunes, the podcast hit #1 in Canada and #13 in the USA.

These rankings are unbelievable to me as I’m essentially a nobody. Unlike the others who have podcasts in the top 20, I’m not a mega church pastor, and I don’t have a television program. (And I have no plans for either.)

The interest in the podcast is simply a testament to the hunger that exists for Christ-centered messages with depth and a good dose of humor sprinkled in.

Now on to something related to the podcast.

At the encouragement of two of my friends, I’m toying with the idea of starting an Internet Radio Show.

If we end up launching it, the show will include interviews with interesting guests and lots of shtick. [Continue Reading...]

So You Think You Disagree? 4 Reasons Why You May Not

Over the last three weeks, two interesting things have happened that provoked this post:

1) A new author asked me to address the issue of disagreements, especially with regard to those who write books and blogs and those who read them.

2) I had a phone conversation with a well-known webmaster who read a negative review of one of my books. Before the conversation, the webmaster was almost certain that we bitterly disagreed about many things. After we talked, however, he realized that we didn’t disagree about anything we discussed. He also realized that the review had grossly misrepresented my book.

If you have ever had someone disagree with something you’ve said or written . . . or you’ve disagreed with what someone has ever said or written, then this post is for you.

Three things by way of introduction. When people disagree with you . . .

  1. Some will be charitable in their disagreement.
  2. Others will be defamatory.
  3. Sometimes many of the people who think they disagree with you really don’t. But because “Christians” (especially) so often fail to do the thing that Jesus taught–go straight to the person with whom you THINK you disagree and ASK them questions, misrepresentations abound (Matthew 7:12).[Continue Reading...]

How to Avoid Spiritual Bankruptcy

I’ve been following the Lord for a little over 30 years now. And as I’ve watched the passing parade, some of the most zealous, devout, committed Christians that I knew in their 20s and 30s are now atheists in their 40s.

They filed Chapter 7 on their Christian life.

Each of them shared one of three things in common:

  1. They chose to become offended by God when He didn’t meet their expectations.
  2. They chose to become bitter at those who hurt them.
  3. They made provision for their flesh and were completely overtaken by it.

Holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith (1 Timothy 1:19).[Continue Reading...]

God Behaving Badly: Part II

Yesterday, I posted Part I of my interview with David Lamb on his excellent book, God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?

Today, we resume with Part II. Be sure to read my closing word at the end of this post.

Frank: Some have suggested that the city of Jericho was already destroyed before the Hebrew people finally settled in Canaan. This is reportedly evidenced by several independent methods of dating the final destruction layers of Jericho.

If true, this is an argument against an accurate historical portrayal in Joshua. The idea being that the Israelites idealized their early historical conquests after the fact. According to Kenneth A. Kitchen’s book, On the Reliability of the Old Testament, by the time of the Exodus, the walls of Jericho would have been little more than the backs of houses that ringed the small settlement. Allegedly, Jericho was largely abandoned at the supposed time of the exodus. What is your response to this?[Continue Reading...]

God Behaving Badly: Part I

Like their predecessors, the “New Athiests” have had a field day with the Old Testament, using it to malign God and cast aspersions on His goodness.

This isn’t terribly hard to do. Just open up Exodus, Numbers, or Deuteronomy and start reading them with a modern-Western-rational mindset.

Enter David Lamb’s compelling book, God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?

Lamb is an Old Testament scholar. And his God Behaving Badly is a fog-clearing piece of work that does a beautiful job defending the God of Creation by shedding light on the perplexities that are generated when modern (and postmodern) minds try to make sense of the Old Testament. David Lamb

God Behaving Badly is written at a popular level, and it’s extremely accessible. Lamb also throws in some comic relief to mix it up. But the wisdom he employs throughout the book is both subtle and helpful.

This is part 1 of a 2-part interview I did with Lamb. Note that I purposely asked him the tough questions that plagued me as a young believer . . . the questions that atheists, agnostics, and Deists love to gleefully throw in the face of Christians. Check out his answers and get the book. [Continue Reading...]

We Put the Puppy to Sleep

In 2009, the Present Testimony Ministry website was renovated and unveiled. The address of the site — PTMIN.org.

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Last week, however, we put the puppy to sleep. That being translated means: we took the website down.

PTMIN.org automatically redirects to this blog now.[Continue Reading...]

The Wish Dream

The following article comes from the book Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It applies to any church, community, or relationship. It is one of the most profound and helpful things that Bonhoeffer ever wrote.

Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because it had sprung from a wish dream. The serious Christian, set down for the first time in a Christian community, is likely to bring with him a very definite idea of what Christian life together should be and to try to realize it. But God’s grace speedily shatters such dreams. Just as surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and, if we are fortunate, with ourselves.

By sheer grace, God will not permit us to live even for a brief period in a dream world. He does not abandon us to those rapturous experiences and lofty moods that come over us like a dream. God is not a God of emotions but the God of truth. Only that fellowship which faces such disillusionment, with all its unhappy and ugly aspects, begins to be what it should be in God’s sight, begins to grasp in faith the promise that is given to it. The sooner this shock of disillusionment comes to an individual and to a community the better for both.[Continue Reading...]