Here are the posts in order of most views in 2010 (some were written before 2010, but they received major traffic last year so they made the list).
I want to thank you for all your prayers for me and my family during this difficult time. My cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer and there have been some other heavy things weighing on us. So it’s been a difficult holiday, but the Lord has been faithful. And He has been very near.
Your support, love, and encouragement has meant so much to me. I appreciate it more than you know.
A Word About My Friends[Continue Reading…]
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been discussing some pretty heavy things on the blog. So to lighten the air up a bit, what follows is one of the better surveys I’ve seen online.
My childhood ambition: MLB pitcher, preferably for the Mets or Yankees.
My fondest memory: Too many to list. One is when I reconnected with my old high-school buddy Joe Calautti after many years. He’s one of the most amazing guitarists on the planet. It was awesome hearing him play live and spending time in his home studio watching him play his blistering riffs and some of the songs we used to play in high school together. And of course, reminiscing about our high school antics.
My soundtrack: a mix of songs from 1965 to 1995 of most genres and many different artists.
My retreat: sitting on an ocean-side balcony overlooking Panama City Beach, Florida.[Continue Reading…]
I’ve learned quite a bit about how to be a better writer since I first began. And with each new book, I’m still learning.
What follows are five pointers I’ve learned through mistakes. Incidentally, a mistake remains a mistake unless you learn from it. If you learn from it, it becomes a lesson. Thus learning from your mistakes transforms them from being blunders into builders.
If you are a writer of any sort (from blogs to books), you may find these of help.
1. Use exclamation points rarely if ever. I’m 100% Italian. So I’m a passionate person by nature. When I preach about the Lord Jesus Christ, I can get very passionate. In my earlier writing, I used exclamation points to communicate passion and emphasis. Last year I was talking to Francis Frangipane. I mentioned in passing that I used to use exclamation points profusely, and he said, “That’s funny; I recently noticed how often I used them in my earlier work.” He also happens to be full-blooded Italian.[Continue Reading…]
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;[Continue Reading…]
Scholars and historians have speculated that one of the reasons why God chose to send His Son to planet earth in Century One is because of the Roman Road. It was through that road that news traveled all across the world rather quickly.
Today’s Roman Road, it seems to me, is the Internet. In particular, Blogs, Twitter, Google+, etc.
Information, knowledge, resources, and ideas spread quickly and widely via these modes. And sometimes they can have a viral effect, reaching thousands, even millions of people.
Yet . . . scores of Christians do not use these tools.[Continue Reading…]