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. 

If you’re reading this in your email inbox, just scroll down.

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.

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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.”

~ John 20:29[Continue Reading…]

A Phrase Speakers Should Stop Using

If you ever listen to a pastor, teacher, or conference speaker rehearse a story, you’ll often hear them say something like this:

“After I finished my talk last month, someone came up to me and asked . . .”

The phrase “someone came up to me” is a well-worn statement that’s unthinkingly repeated by speakers, both Christian and non-Christian alike.

These speakers hear others use it, then they unwittingly use it without a thought.[Continue Reading…]

Shocking Beliefs of John Calvin and Others . . .

My new book The Day I Met Jesus is now in Audiobook as well as a Large Print edition. There’s also The Day I Met Jesus Master Course with 20 audio messages by Mary DeMuth and me, eight bonus eBooks, and a printed workbook.

If you’ve not seen been keeping up with my Shocking Beliefs series over on Patheos, here are the posts:

Shocking Beliefs of John Calvin

Shocking Beliefs of C.S. Lewis

Shocking Beliefs of Jonathan Edwards

Shocking Beliefs of John Wesley

Shocking Beliefs of D.L. Moody (coming in May)

Shocking Beliefs of Augustine (coming in June)

Shocking Beliefs of Martin Luther (coming in July)

Shocking Beliefs of Charles Spurgeon (coming in August)

Bonus 1: Honoring Those With Whom You Disagree (Whitefield on Wesley)

Bonus 2: Three Shocking Quotes by Billy Graham

If you missed it: Forgotten Words of Jesus[Continue Reading…]

A Lesson We Can All Learn from Charles Manson

Young and up-and-coming authors often ask me for advice on the craft of writing. Especially the art of writing books.

An oft-repeated question I get has to do with critics and how to deal with them.

One must first understand that not all critics are created equal. There are three main types. And each one deserves a different kind of response.

I address the topic in Three Kinds of Critics & How to Deal With Them.

Another question has to do with being misrepresented by others, including self-professing “fans.”

Example: A fan of Francis Chan is teaching that we need to destroy all church buildings because they are evil and start having church in coffee shops and houses.

Chan, of course, was blamed for promoting this concept because at least one of his “followers” was promoting it.

I have no idea what Mr. Chan believes or has written about this (I’ve only read one of his books because Patheos asked me to review it), but I seriously doubt that he teaches what this fan of his claims.[Continue Reading…]

Telling the Story Differently

“Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.”

~ Luke 24:35, NLT

In Luke 24 the author tells an incredible story about the risen Christ. It goes something like this.

It’s a Sunday evening in AD 30. Earlier that morning the greatest historical event known to humankind occurred: Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead.

As the sun begins to set, two disciples of Jesus walk from Jerusalem to the town of Emmaus. They are husband and wife. Cleopas and his wife Mary.

This couple has been following Jesus for a number of years. Perplexed and saddened, they had expected Jesus to save Israel from pagan domination. But instead, the Romans put the young prophet to death in the most violent way. Hanging from a cross with the blood of God and man dripping to the earth. A crown of thorns replaced what should have been a crown of imperial glory.[Continue Reading…]

Two Kinds of Leaders

The 112th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called “Two Kinds of Leaders.”

Be sure to subscribe in iTunes or Beyond Pod below.

Listen to the episode in the following venues:

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Click here for detailed instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast using your smart phone or tablet, how to rate the podcast in iTunes, and how to find time to listen to podcasts if you’re busy.

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