Two weeks ago, someone I knew back in the late 90s came to my mind. We’ll just call him “Scott.” I started searching for Scott on Facebook. He was an ex-pastor who turned Christian counselor. He lived in Largo, Florida. I had him in my home, and I visited him in his. We weren’t terribly close, but we were more than acquaintances. [Continue Reading…]
After I sent last week’s email update about the 100 best books ever written, and five reasons why reading is necessary for effective ministry, someone wrote and asked which biographies have shaped my life and ministry the most.
I told him I’d answer in a new article. So here they are in order of priority:
Against the Tide (the biography of Watchman Nee) – I’ve read it twice so far.
Shaped by Vision (the biography of T. Austin-Sparks) – I’ve read it twice so far.
In Pursuit of God (the biography of A.W. Tozer) – I’ve read it twice so far.
Here are others that I own and recommend:[Continue Reading…]
Recently, someone asked me, “Frank, the other day I heard someone say that you’ve changed your views on the church since writing Pagan Christianity. I’ve read your blog since you started it, and I’ve never read or heard you say that. I even remember you saying that you have NOT changed your views on the church. Can you clarify this?”
My answer: You are correct on both counts. My views on the church have not changed since I wrote Pagan Christianity with George Barna. And yes, I’ve repeated that more than once on the blog. So I’m not sure where this idea came from. My only guess is that the person who made that remark hasn’t really read my work, but rather skimmed it, and came away with a misunderstanding.
The only things that have changed are:[Continue Reading…]
Throughout most of my 20’s, one of the biggest struggles I faced was over whether or not I was impacting people. While my public ministry didn’t begin until I was in my early 30’s, I was active in my local fellowship all throughout my 20’s. I did some speaking and trying my hand at writing (mainly in the form of pamphlets, since we didn’t have blogs back then). My 20’s were my training ground for what would happen later.
However, during that period of my life, I remember being consumed with knowing whether or not my words were having an impact, or falling to the ground. Eventually, I learned to drop this entire way of thinking. While it was difficult, I began leaving the results completely to the Lord, not measuring anything by the response of others, whether they were positive or nonexistent.[Continue Reading…]
DeVern Fromke is the author of Ultimate Intention – a book that revolutionized my understanding of God’s mission when I was in my 20s. Fromke ministered with T. Austin-Sparks, the man who has had the greatest impact on my work. Fromke also ministered with Stephen Kaung, another mentor of mine (and a co-worker to Watchman Nee).
I met Fromke when I was 28. Since then, I’ve made it a priority to keep in regular contact with him via phone, email, and through in-person meetings. I sought him out and made hearing him speak a priority.
One of the saddest things in life is to have the opportunity to be in the presence of greatness, and let it pass by. DeVern Fromke was a great man. And I thank God for seizing every opportunity to sit at his feet and learn from him, even when it was inconvenient. Fromke went to be with the Lord last Friday (October 28th, 2016). And heaven is now richer. But there is a lesson to be learned.[Continue Reading…]
I’ll be speaking in a number of conferences and seminars in 2016.
I hope to meet many of you this year as I love meeting my readers in person.
Consequently, if you’re interested in meeting me in person and/or hearing me live, fill out my Events form and you’ll be notified by email.
If you’re a conference host and you’d like to book me to speak at your conference, consult my Speaking page.
I look forward to meeting you this year!
Today’s world is incredibly complicated. So much so that most of us are seeking ways to simplify our lives amid the blizzard of busyness.
The trick to simplifying your life is to look at what you do in a given month. Then analyze what needs to be done from what can be removed or trimmed back.
As an example, here are five ways that I’ve simplified my life in 2015.
Perhaps some of them will inspire you and ignite your own ideas.
After you going through them, feel free to share how you’ve simplified your life in the comments.[Continue Reading…]