Last month, my Facebook friends compared modern-day Christian authors to well-known musicians in style and influence. Here’s what they came up with:
John MacArthur = Glenn Miller
Tony Evans = LL Cool J
Rob Bell = Bono
Frank Viola = Jimi Hendrix (and Jim Morrison)
Eugene Peterson = Woody Guthrie
N.T. Wright = Pavarotti
Alan Hirsch = Slash
Dan Kimball = Elvis Costello (and Brian Wilson)
Creflo Dollar = Snoop Dog
John Piper = John Mayer
Bill Hybels = Wayne Netwon (and Eric Clapton)
Stanley Hauerwas = 50 Cent
Leonard Sweet = Frank Zappa (my choice)
Now for a postscript: What’s the deal with white book covers?
At the urging of some good friends, I began this blog on June 24, 2008. I must admit that I have enjoyed it more than I anticipated, as it’s enabled me to meet so many great people and to learn from their ideas and experiences.
What follows are the most popular blog posts of the year (represented by the most views).
If you are the author of books, blogs, or articles that are “edgy” or that challenge mainstream/traditional thinking . . . or you’re aspiring to be such . . . you must get used to a few things. In fact, you must learn to live with them.
Here are eight that come to mind. They are in no particular order:
1. Expect some reviewers of your work to completely misrepresent what you believe, what you have said, and engage in masterful straw-man argumentation. Some of them will falsely accuse you of writing the very opposite of what you have written and stand for. Do not expect these reviewers to have the spiritual sensitivity and integrity to show their reviews to you first to ensure that they are accurate before they’re published in some public venue.
2. Expect some people who read these reviews to believe the misrepresentations and begin the bashing machine without ever reading the work themselves to find out if the review was accurate or not. People still believe what they read despite that they know in their hearts that “not everything you read is true.”[Continue Reading…]
While at a conference last year, someone asked me over lunch, “So what do you do to relax?” I quickly answered, “I watch movies.”
I’ve never been much of a television fan. I’ve never seen even a single episode of most of the popular shows that are on television. The only television programs I’ve watched faithfully (in my adult years) have been 24, Seinfeld, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, and Nightline (with Ted Koppel – the greatest interviewer in history, bar none).
Other than that, the only time I watch television is if the Yankees or Mets are in the World Series (I was euphoric in 2000 when they played against each other in the Series – ‘twas a dream come true). I also watch news programs on a fairly regular basis.