OUTLIERS: How the Political Culture Reflects the Spiritual Culture

Right now, August 2015, the leading presidential candidates in the USA on both the Republican side and the Democratic side are outliers* — people who stand outside the world of professional, establishment politics and politicians.

The same current is rippling through the spiritual world.

There’s a growing stream of evangelical Christians who are moving away from shallow, superficial, party-line, celebrity-driven, establishment evangelicalism and turning toward the deeper, higher things of God.

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Your Questions About the Holy Spirit & A Give-Away Book

I just returned from Urbana, IL. Honored to be the keynote speaker at the Christian festival there.

Someone took these shots while I was delivering my “Stairway to Heaven” message.

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One of the people helping with the conference encouraged me to wear the hat while speaking since all the musicians at the festival were wearing hats while they performed. Hendrix wore a red headband at Woodstock, so I figured that wearing a black fedora was in order for 2015. (This is the first time I’ve worn a hat while speaking in a conference.)

I’ll be releasing both messages in the days to come, so stay tuned.

One of them was about how to live in our present world as a Jesus-follower when the world system mocks and ridicules those who stand for the values of Christ.

Now that I’ve recovered from the trip, I want to do two things in this post, and one of them is time-sensitive.

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Stop Wasting Your Time Doing This!

While I’m not a fan of Facebook groups, I do enjoy connecting with people on my Facebook page.

However, from time to time, I’ll look at some of the news feeds of my friends. And I’ll see some of them getting roped into full-blown doctrinal beatdowns on their walls.

In like manner, I’ve been pulled into countless Facebook groups – meaning, people  “joined” me.

I don’t follow these groups and rarely make a comment.

However, once in a while I’ll get tagged, so I end up looking at the thread.

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Bad Christian: On Being Challenged

Franz Kafka once said the following:

I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book we are reading doesn’t shake us awake like a blow on the skull, why bother reading it in the first place? . . . A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.

Kafka is right.

I’d add that if you aren’t being challenged, then you aren’t growing.

This is one of the reasons why I write, speak, and have a podcast.

I seek to challenge others with those things which have challenged me in my own walk.

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Sigh. I Feel Stupid . . .

Like most of you, I own a smart phone. But I don’t use it to read blogs.

So it didn’t dawn on me that many of you would be reading yesterday’s blog post about my current dilemma on a smart phone.

Consequently, if you tried going to the Podbean site with your smart phone, the button I mentioned didn’t appear!

(I felt my IQ drop several points when I discovered this. Sigh.)

So . . . we just added both a link and a button directly to yesterday’s “dilemma” post.

Therefore, if you’ve not yet read the post — or you read it, but couldn’t find the button on the Podbean site — the button now appears directly on the blog post.

Some people asked that I wait to make my decision since some people take awhile to getting around to reading the posts. So I’m submitting to that suggestion. 😉

Go here to read it

Yesterday, I promised I’d publish a content-rich post. I did, and it follows this one. 

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Should Christians Be Wealthy?

Last November, I featured Shane Claiborne’s article which asked if it’s okay for Christians to be rich.

In that post, I promised I would offer my own thoughts on the subject.

And I have.

In today’s podcast.

Listen to the entire show and make a comment or ask a question below.

I’d be particularly interested to know if the Lord revealed something to you afresh in this area after hearing the episode.

Listen to the episode in the following venues:

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Humanity’s Greatest Disappointment

“God remains humanity’s greatest disappointment.”

~ Dallas Willard

If you have your ear to the ground or your eyes on the screen, you will see a daily avalanche of mere mortals cursing, damning, and blaming the eternal God for everything that’s wrong in the world.

If people treat Him this way, while He is invisible, what would happen if He made Himself visible, like so many say they want?

They’d no doubt kill Him!

Wait . . .

He did.

And they did.

Then Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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