An Interview with Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson is the author of the blockbuster novels, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel. All of which are motion pictures as well.

However, Wilson’s most important and best works are lesser known.

Eric Wilson

This is common among artists . . . their best and most important works are less known than some of their other works.

I know this all too well myself.

I had the chance to interview Eric Wilson recently.

Wilson is my favorite fiction writer. He’s an exquisite and masterful story-teller. For that reason, I wish his work would get the kind of visibility that Francine Rivers and Ted Dekker do.

Read one of his recent novels, and I’m confident you’ll agree.

That’s one reason why I’m featuring this interview. I want all fiction readers to be aware of his work. Especially Christian readers.

So if you enjoy good fiction, let me encourage you to begin your “Eric Wilson Library” today. Just click the title links in the interview or at the bottom of the post to learn more about each title and order at a discount. [Continue Reading…]

Bible Software Programs

Since the early 90s, I’ve been using a DOS Bible program called “The Online Bible.”

I like the DOS version because it’s lightning fast. And it suits my needs perfectly:

The only thing I use Bible software for is to:

1. look up all the texts that use a specific word or phrase (e.g., “Kingdom of God.”)

2. copy and paste texts I need for my writings in a Word document.

3. look up all the texts that use a specific Greek or Hebrew word (this program allows one to do searches by Greek or Hebrew using a Strongs Concordance number).

4. look up the Greek or Hebrew word used in a specific passage (e.g., the Greek word for “love” in John 21:15).

Those are the only things for which I use electronic Bibles. I use the good ole’ hand-held, print versions for everything else.[Continue Reading…]

Obamacare: What They Don’t Want You to Know & A Viable Solution to the Healthcare Problem

I’ve always wanted to use a Kevin Trudeau-ish headline. And today’s post fit the bill.

Obamacare – the word evokes high-octane emotions on both sides. Since the recent Supreme Court ruling, some Americans are spitting fire because they are so angry.

Others are celebrating.

What should we as Jesus followers make of it? More importantly, is there another way to manage healthcare separate from the traditional models . . . one that few of us may know about?

Regardless of your feelings on Obamacare, you ought to be educated on a new healthcare alternative. My good friend Tony Dale will tell you all about it in a new interview I conducted with him recently.

Tony was a medical doctor in the UK. I know him well and trust him implicitly. Here’s the interview.[Continue Reading…]

In Christ – New Song & Amazing Recordings!

I’m super jazzed about today’s post.

Back in 2009, I wrote a song based on a series of messages I delivered on Ephesians.

To my mind, Ephesians 1 and 2 are among the most sublime passages in all the New Testament. And so I wanted to put the key thoughts to music.

The song is called “In Christ.” I wrote the first stanza, the chorus, and the bridge. The church to whom I delivered the messages wrote the next two stanzas in response to an assignment I gave them during the talks.

The song is sung to the tune of “2 A.M.” by Anna Nalick.

Four of my blog readers learned the song and recorded it.

And, well, their recordings blew me away!

Click the links below to hear each recording. You won’t regret it.

The lyrics follow . . . but reading the lyrics alone isn’t the same as hearing them sung. The recordings bring the words to life. [Continue Reading…]

On Mysticism

Mysticism is an interesting word. You can honor a person with it or you can damn them with it. It really depends on what you mean by it.

Like T. Austin-Sparks and A.W. Tozer, I don’t like the term at all. One of the reasons is because it’s associated with the new age movement, Buddhism, and Hinduism, all of which run contrary to orthodox Christianity as embodied in the Scriptures, the creeds, and the historical Christian faith.

The word is also associated with what is known as “mystery cults” of the first century which were antithetical to the early Jesus followers.

Whenever I’ve shared on the book of Colossians, I’ve been quick to point out that Paul was dealing with a mysticism that was contrary to Jesus Christ.

Another reason I don’t like the word is because it’s associated with people and movements who deny the authority and reliability of the Scriptures . . . something which I fiercely believe in and defend.

Much of my critical mail comes from postmodern Christians who object to my belief that the Bible is completely true, trustworthy, authoritative, and divinely inspired. My critics find this belief to be naïve and foolish. Yet none of them have persuaded me to view the Scriptures as anything less.

All of my work is based on the fact that the Scriptures are wholly true and reveal God-in-Christ, His mind and His will. This is why I give abundant references to the Sacred Text in all of my written work. I won’t apologize for that, even if it makes some people upset.[Continue Reading…]

A Quick Survey for Christian 30-Somethings

For those of you who are new to the blog, back in April I did a one-question survey for 20-somethings. We had over 250 people respond. You can check it out here.

The stories and testimonies were awesome. If you’re a 20-something who didn’t do the survey yet, go to the post (above) and answer the question.

That said, I received this email from a 30-something last week.

Frank, I’m one of the thirty somethings who is subscribed to your blog. It’s a life line for me and I can say it’s changed my life. Your books From Eternity to Here and Revise Us Again have really impacted me too and I have been set free from so much. I saw your survey for twenty somethings and wanted to know if you could do something like it for my age group. The problem is that I’ve been to many churches where I live and can’t seem to find people my age who are interested in talking about the Lord. They just want to talk about other stuff. I’m looking for people my age who are serious enough about the Lord to actually want to talk about him. I might be moving so it would great to hear from the other people who read your blog and your books who are in their thirties and where they live. It’s okay if you don’t want to do this but I thought I’d try.

I’ve decided to follow this person’s suggestion. Presently, this blog has over 570,000 viewings each month. And a large number of them are from Christians in their 30s.[Continue Reading…]

What Do You Do For Fun?

I’m interested to hear about the various and sundry hobbies and pastimes that you all have.

Things that you do for fun that aren’t work-related. Even if you derive enjoyment from your work or your ministry, I’m interested in hearing about those things that aren’t directly related to either.

For example, I have a friend who is into fishing. That’s what he does for fun. Another is into golf. Another is into tennis. Another loves to hunt. Another is into playing softball in a league. Another enjoys studying and making fine tea. Another friend is into cooking.

What things do you do for fun?

See also The Secret to Recharging Your Creativity

Knowing the Plan or Meeting the Person?

The following is from Watchman Nee:

“Men rejected Christ, not on the ground of what he did but on who he was, and they are invited to believe in what he is and who he is, and not, first of all, in what he has done. ‘He who hath the Son hath life.’

The appreciation of his work must come, but the main question is whether or not you have the Son, and not, first of all, whether or not you understand the whole plan of salvation. The first condition of salvation is not knowledge, but meeting Christ.

There are people who you may feel were saved by the wrong Scriptures! They were spoken to through verses that do not seem to point the way of salvation, and you almost feel that they could not be saved by that basis!

I used to wish that those whom I led to the Lord would be saved on the basis of John 3:16, but I have come to see that all that is needed for the initial step is that there should be a personal touch with God. It does not matter, therefore, which scripture God elects to use for that first vital step.”

~ Watchman Nee[Continue Reading…]