Because You Asked . . . Three New Projects Coming Soon

The reason why I blog, write books, and have a podcast is to provide value to God’s people.

That said, what I decide to write or speak on is directly related to the specific needs that my readers have.

Consequently, I’m presently working on three new projects — all based on your requests. They are . . .

1. The Physical Edition of My Online Course

Many of you have asked that my first online discipleship course, Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ, be put into a physical course, not just an online course.

At the moment, over 1,000 people have taken the online course.

But many resisted getting it because they prefer a physical product.[Continue Reading...]

Heroes

Young men and women are looking for heroes.

The same is true for Christian young men and women.

We need heroes to admire and look up to. We need heroes who can inspired us . . . people who have gone ahead of us.

We need men and women of God upon whose shoulders we can stand. And in God’s mercy, perhaps see further than they did.

If you were to ask the average 20- or 30-something Christian today who their heroes are, many would rattle off a few celebrity-pop-mega-church pastors. None of whom they know personally.

Some will mention Calvin, Luther, Wesley, Jonathan Edwards or Spurgeon.[Continue Reading...]

When Did Christians Start Tithing?

In our book, Pagan Christianity, George Barna and I wrote an entire chapter on the history of tithing from the Old Testament era, through the New Testament, and onward into church history.

What we establish will shock most Christians.

Namely, Christians didn’t begin the practice of tithing until hundreds of years after the death of the apostles.

They certainly gave money to various needs. But they didn’t tithe as they do today.

On another subject, have you ever asked yourself where the modern “worship service” comes from that’s observed in virtually every Protestant and evangelical church with minor adjustment to date?[Continue Reading...]

Don’t Make This Mistake

I believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the greatest Man who ever lived.

Paul of Tarsus, Mary of Bethany, John (the apostle), Lazarus, and Peter were also “great” individuals in my book.

However, if you interviewed the folks who met Jesus, Paul, Mary, John, and Lazarus at the time, you’d discover that relatively few of those folks recognized that they were in the presence of greatness.

This has always been the case, and it’s true today.

For the most part, people don’t recognize greatness when they are in arms reach of it.

And we take for granted those things that we do not recognize.

Unfortunately, Americans (even American Christians) measure greatness by external things like wealth. If wealth was the measure of greatness, then virtually everyone in Hollywood and the sports industry would be “great.” Not to mention drug lords, adult-film stars, and mafia bosses.[Continue Reading...]

Did Jesus Fail? 

On May 5th . . . my new book JESUS NOW releases. The book is a quick read (200 pages) unfolding the present-day ministry of Christ.

Every New Testament reference to Christ’s present-day ministry is covered in the book.

WAIT until May 5th and get it from a special bookstore (not Amazon) at a 50% and you’ll also receive the companion Study Guide free.

May 5th is the same day that 24 returns to television. So save the date!

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Here’s a short excerpt . . .

To natural minds, Jesus’ ministry ended in failure on two counts: (1) a failure in Galilee when most of His followers turned away from Him, and (2) a failure in Jerusalem when His disciples deserted Him, and He was put to death on a cross.[Continue Reading...]

3 Personal Observations About NOAH, the Movie

Reminder, my book – Reimagining Church – is free today only (April 4th). Click here to get your copy along with other freebies and great deals.

In this post, I’m not going to review the film because I haven’t seen it.

But I feel compelled to say three things about it.

1. Whether this movie is inaccurate, accurate, good, bad, epic, or stinks to high heaven, the attention it’s getting right now is an opportunity for you, dear Christian, to turn the event into a conversation piece with your friends who don’t know the Lord. Especially if you unveil the “real meaning” of the biblical story.

2. What do I mean by “real meaning?” Peter helps us here by pointing out (in both his letters, mind you) that the story of Noah and the flood points to Jesus Christ and God’s act of salvation in Him. Here’s a riff from my book with Len Sweet Jesus: A Theography on this score (the endnotes aren’t included, just the numbers for them):[Continue Reading...]

I’m Finally Responding: Part V

This is Part 5 of my response to your questions from the 2013 Blog Survey.

Click here to read Part 1.

Click here to read Part 2.

Click here to read Part 3.

Click here to read Part 4.

When will Frank stop being so ecumenical?

You have to be new to my ministry to ask such a question.

If by “ecumenical” you mean why do I fellowship with other Christians with whom I differ on peripheral doctrines and practices, then the answer is: When Jesus Christ returns, I’ll consider stopping.

Jesus and the apostles were quite clear: It’s carnal to be sectarian and sinful to be exclusive when it comes to those who have trusted in Christ.

Please read Getting Rid of a Sectarian Spirit Once and For All and Rethinking Christian Unity. And remember these words of Jesus from Mark 9:[Continue Reading...]

I’m Finally Responding: Part IV

This is Part 4 of my response to your questions from the 2013 Blog Survey.

Click here to read Part 1.

Click here to read Part 2.

Click here to read Part 3.

Can you discuss ways that Christians can be more Christlike? Too many times Christians are so unkind and mean-spirited that it turns people away. Your thoughts? 

I’ve covered this topic extensively on this blog as it’s part of my contribution to the Body of Christ. Here are some examples:[Continue Reading...]

How to Stop Agonizing Over Finding God’s Will For Your Life

Today, I’m pausing my responses to your questions and will resume that series on Friday.

You can read Part I, Part II, and Part III if you’ve missed them.

The 93rd episode of my podcast is now live. This episode is for every believer, but especially for Christians in their 20s and 30s.

So if you’re in your 20s and 30s, be sure to listen to this episode and share it with all your peers.

If you’re older, then share it with every person you know — friends, children, nieces, nephews — who is in their 20s and 30s.

If I had this wisdom when I was in my 20s, it would have saved me YEARS of agony and stupid decisions.

You can listen to it in the following ways:[Continue Reading...]

I’m Finally Responding: Part III

This is Part 3 of my response to your questions from the 2013 Blog Survey.

Click here to read Part 1.

Click here to read Part 2.

I’m confused about elders, pastors, shepherds, and overseers. Have you written about this?

Yes, extensively in Reimagining Church. They are all the same person, but each title describes a different aspect of that person’s function. The New Testament makes this quite plain. Elders are overseers and shepherds (pastors). 

What’s your view of water baptism? 

Answered here Rethinking Water Baptism and The Gospel of the Kingdom. [Continue Reading...]