5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Mentor

Before I get into the subject of today’s post, let me update you on my “Shocking Beliefs” series that I started on the Patheos blog network.

The title “shocking” is subjective. Some of the points in the series have been shocking, even stunning, to some Christians, while other points haven’t been.

At the beginning of each post in the series, I lay out the intended purpose, which is to encourage Christ-like graciousness, civility, and patience among Christians over doctrinal and theological differences.

(Those who’ve skimmed the posts without reading the introductions have regrettably missed the point, but most people have found the articles to be helpful and thus have shared them with others).

You’ll also want to read the comment threads also as there are additional insights given there.

To date, here are the number of social media shares on the first four installments of the series.[Continue Reading…]

3 Reasons Why You Need to Make That Apology

My new book The Day I Met Jesus: The Reavling Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels 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.

Recently, I was reading a book that contained a story about those who have been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The story demonstrated that when such people get past the denial phase, they shift their priorities and focus on what really matters most in life.

One of them is relationships.

In 7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship, I talked about the main factors which hinder friendship.

One of the things things which repairs broken relationships is apologies.

I’ve been a Christian for many years, and I can count on one hand the times when a fellow believer made an apology to me.[Continue Reading…]

Easter Continues . . .

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.

One of the inspirations of my books on biblical narrative — God’s Favorite Place on Earth (written from the perspective of Lazarus) and The Day I Met Jesus with Mary DeMuth (written from the perspective of five women from the Gospels) — is my friend Don Francisco’s classic song “He’s Alive” told from the perspective of Peter.

Here is a video where Don shares why he chose to tell the story through the lips of Peter followed by the lyrics.

Those of you who are your 20s and 30s (which is the majority of my blog subscribers), please share this post with all your friends in your age group.

Don’s song will be unknown to most of them, yet they will be immensely blessed by it!

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The Chiseling of God

In resurrection, God starts all over with a new creation. But resurrection always follows suffering and death.

Herein lies an important lesson. If you make a home for the Lord Jesus Christ, hard times will come. Crisis will come. Suffering will come. Even death – in some form – will come.

Suffering is worldwide and neck deep. But for the Christian, suffering has a purpose. It’s the chiseling of God designed to transform you into the image of His Son.

A word of encouragement: if your foundations are in Jesus Christ, then you can weather the storm. You can endure the crisis. You can put on your asbestos suit and walk through the fire because you are standing on Him who is the Immovable Rock.

Sometimes God will deliver you from trouble. Oftentimes He will deliver you through it.[Continue Reading…]

A Nicodemus Moment

A number of years ago I was invited to share with a group of pastors, teachers, and leaders for a two-day retreat.

On the last day of the retreat, I was asked to share some snapshots of Christ-centered community from my own experience.

I told the story of one such community. This body of believers didn’t have a clergy or a pastor, but they discovered Jesus Christ in the depths and learned to love one another through thick or thin.

They also learned to have New Testament-styled church meetings where every member functioned, sharing the riches of Christ through their various gifts . . . all without a pastor, a facilitator, or an administrator present.

Their gatherings and their community life was under the headship of Jesus Christ.[Continue Reading…]

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Two new episodes have been added to the “Christ is All” podcast.

Diary of a Prostitute Who Loved Much

Christ Before Time

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5 Shades of Jesus

Sneak Preview: I’m researching my next installment of the “Shocking Beliefs” series . . . and it’s going to be on the shocking beliefs of John Calvin. So stay tuned for it.

In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul calls Jesus Christ the Wisdom of God.

Jesus is the incarnation of wisdom.

In Ephesians 3, Paul uses the phrase, the manifold (which can be translated “many colored”) wisdom of God.

Jesus Christ, the embodiment of wisdom, is multi-colored.

That means that Christ reveals Himself in infinite variety, because His riches are “unsearchable” and His fullness cannot be exhausted.[Continue Reading…]

Honoring Those With Whom You Disagree

On the heels of my recent post, Shocking Beliefs of John Wesley, I came across a fascinating remark from George Whitefield regarding John Wesley.

Whitefield and Wesley were contemporaries who both had massive followings during their time. But they disagreed on a number of key theological points.

Whitefield was much more a Calvinist while Wesley was much more an Arminian.

In light of their doctrinal disagreements, someone once asked Whitefield if he thought he’d see Wesley in heaven. Here is Whitefield’s reply:[Continue Reading…]

The Crisis of Faith

As I explained in Jesus Now, the beginning of the Christian faith is fairly easy. And so is the last part of the journey.

It’s the middle that’s incredibly difficult.

There are usually two points in a believer’s life where they encounter a crisis of faith. This is especially true if God is using the person in powerful ways.

One is when they are around 30 years old. The other is when they are in their 40s.

I’ve watched many people fall away from the Lord during those two periods, some even becoming atheists.

It’s no accident that the writer of Hebrews says,

“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.” Hebrews 10:32.[Continue Reading…]