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.

Today, I published the fourth installment of my “Shocking Beliefs” series on Patheos.

Check it out. It’s called Shocking Beliefs of John Calvin.

When you click the link, you’ll also see the links for the shocking beliefs of C.S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, D.L. Moody, Augustine, etc. at the bottom of the post.

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A Lesson We Can All Learn from Charles Manson

If you’re an author, your writings and views will be misrepresented by others from time to time. Even by “fans.”

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’ve addressed this topic elsewhere. (The link is at the bottom of this post.)

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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Rethinking the Sabbath

My new RETHINKING SERIES is now available.

Those who have read my books Revise Us Again, Jesus: A Theography, and From Eternity to Here, are aware that those who follow Jesus Christ are not under the Law. Instead, we’ve been given the Spirit of the living God who fulfills the Law in and through us.

Consequently, the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament era have been done away with in Christ. The New Testament is clear that those laws were merely “shadows” pointing to Jesus.

That said, those who have not read the aforementioned books sometimes write us and ask, “Are Christians obligated to keep the Sabbath like the Old Testament Jews were?”

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You Are Not Alone

“The desperate need today is not for a great number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

~ Richard Foster

In this post, I want to provide a platform for the sentiments of those who have moved “beyond evangelical” and who are part of “the deeper journey.”

Those who have moved “beyond evangelical” are, in fact, evangelicals. They hold to the core tenets of classic evangelicalism (the Bible, the cross, conversion, and activism), but they’ve gone on to the deeper things of God (the Eternal Purpose, the Indwelling Life of Christ, the Centrality and Supremacy of Christ, and the Practical Expression of the Ekklesia). And they are neither Right nor Left.

To give you a better idea, countless Christians I’ve met have uttered the following statements in face-to-face conversations, over emails, over coffee at conferences, and on this blog. I’ve compiled them all, editing them slightly for consistency to give you an idea.

Together, they form a collective confession of sorts reflecting the thoughts and feelings of those of us who are on “the deeper journey” and have moved “beyond evangelicalism.”[Continue Reading…]

Gutless Wonders

My new set of books,THE RETHINKING SERIES, is now available.

The 111th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s a sober talk about a sober subject.

I call it “gutless wonders.” It was recorded in December 2014.

Listen to the episode in the following venues:

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Beyond Pod (for non-Apple devices)

 

If you don’t use a smart phone, then click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page, including this episode

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