Transform: Following Your Passion Is A BAD Idea

(The following was originally published at I'm very concerned about the deception of all the "Follow Your Passion" stuff I hear out there today. I get it... we all want to do something with our lives that is fulfilling and meaningful. CHECK. But for a follower of Christ, we have to think a bit more critically about those kinds of statements to ensure that they align with the purpose and will of our Savior. I twinge when I hear believers urging others to follow their passion. If … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast 74: Does Your Church Make You Selfish?

[display_podcast]Stinkin’ selfish!That’s what you are if you take your kids to a small church. No wait, you’re not… it’s been retracted, but too late for some.I’m Joel Fieri, and this is part three of my reaction to Andy Stanley’s year so far, here on The Big Picture podcast. Pastor Andy Stanley did it again recently in yet another sermon that went viral online. In parts one and two of this series, I discussed why - even though his concerns were valid - I didn’t particularly care for … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting: How Do You Know When It’s Love?

[display_podcast]ImWaiting recently spent two days at a local high school.  On our exit survey we have a place for questions.  Students can ask anonymous questions and we either answer it right there or later on social media.We received the question we get at practically every place we speak.  “When and how do you know it’s love?”Teens, we hope you’re reading this.  Parents, we hope you show this to your teens.The word love gets thrown around a lot.  We love a lot of things, TV sh … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 106: Entering 2016 with Faith and Assurance

As we welcome 2016 in I want to speak to you about the many seasons of our lives...When we start to realize that God is involved with every aspect of our lives, and is acutely aware of every step we take because He has a plan for each of us, then we can rest in the spot we are in until that plan is revealed to us. We talk about “waiting on the Lord,” but sometimes I think we really don’t know how to do that. Waiting is waiting—being patient while God reveals His plan for your life.There are m … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 63: Passion vs. Obedience

[display_podcast] Sitting in for my dad this week, is my boss:  e2 media network executive producer and host of The Big Picture Podcast, Joel Fieri with some “Real Stuff My BOSS Says”. One of the discussions that Joel and I have had numerous times around the water cooler is in regards to a trend that he sees many churches wandering through without even knowing it.  It’s what he sees as a dilemma between passion and obedience.  He sees too many churches allowing the overarching theme of “passion … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast: Faulty Programming?

[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast.  This podcast seeks to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends, ideas and issues in the Church and greater society. Today we hear again from the Back Row Baptist, you know, the guy in the back pew who’s just takin’ in the view. He’s done checking the ESPN app on his iPhone that he hides in his Bible, and we now have his attention. He’s been getting some push-back lately about some things he’s said on this podcast, an … [Read more...]