Merry Christmas, FaithWalkers! I pray the holiday ahead is a joyous one, no matter what mountains you may be facing right now. If you are like me, you’ve put off the whole gift-giving thing until the last-minute. If you’re not like me, congratulations. You can relax a bit. If it’s a help, here are 5 books I would recommend as great last-minute gifts (and yes, I am biased). 5 Books that Make Great Last Minute Gifts  A Story Worth Telling:… Read more

When I wrote about Syrian refugees a few weeks ago, I said it is not bigoted or unloving — and definitely not un-Christian — to protect the safety of our families and our homeland. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the families fleeing for their lives.  And whether they are Christian or Muslim should not matter one bit. Christ has called us to be wise and gentle, both protecting the innocent and generously giving to those in need. The… Read more

Jesus’ message was the Kingdom of God (Mt. 4:17, 23; Lk. 8:1). The Kingdom of God is the rule of God in the earth. [1] Near the heart of that kingdom-rule lies justice (=righteousness, [Mt. 6:33;  Heb. 1:8]). That justice includes (as I intend briefly to show) the defense, including lethal defense, if necessary, of judicially innocent life. [2] Therefore, Jesus, by implication, would have supported — and does support — carrying firearms to defend that life. The fact that this line… Read more

Senator and Republican Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio turned some heads on the Left recently by saying we should obey God rather than men. The fact that such a simple statement would provoke controversy at all signals just how far our freedoms have already slipped. What Rubio said is nothing new. It is what nearly every Christian — and people of every major religion — have believed for two millenia: In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority… Read more

“It’s just a game!” We’ve all heard that expression countless times, usually to justify the game in a situation where someone seems to have overreacted to losing, or maybe when someone feels the game is unfair. But what if that game brought the gospel to the video game industry? When is a game NOT just a game?  At what point does it truly become a negative influence on the player? When I came across this video from Lightside Games, I… Read more

When I proposed a few day ago that ISIS needed the Gospel and a good bombing, several critics pushed back by playing the Jesus card. They declared us as sinners to be analogous to ISIS jihadists, and compared Jesus to the innocent victims of their attacks. A few Facebook comments, for example: Comment 1: This is so away from Jesus I don’t even know where to start. Good thing Jesus didn’t take this approach when we put him on the cross. Comment 2:… Read more

We are all bigots now, apparently. Why? Because we don’t welcome refugees from Syria into America with open arms when we know ISIS is using them as cover to infiltrate Western nations and kill us. ISIS is creating a crisis — made worse by our own fecklessness — and then leveraging it to their advantage. And we are being pressured to let them get away with it by our “compassionate” leaders who lack the courage to act in the face of… Read more

The safe thing for Christians to say in response to the ISIS attacks in Paris (not to mention the Beirut massacre and the downing of the Russian airliner) is that we need to love everyone — the victims, their families, and the misguided souls who comprise ISIS. And who can argue with that?   Saying we should love everyone is the equivalent of wearing pink to support breast cancer research — it’s the fundraiser no one can take issue with (which… Read more

I’ve read a lot of leadership books. And by a lot, I mean, a LOT. I have shelves full of John C. Maxwell books which I’ve read and re-read, but Brad Lomenick’s new book H3Leadership still managed to surprise me with its poignant authenticity and hands-on expertise. A common complaint many people have about leaders who write books is that there feels like a disconnect between the words on the page and real life. What you read in the book sounds… Read more

I am privileged to host a 3-part Q & A series with my friend Brad Lomenick on his new book H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. Brad is a leadership consultant, speaker, founder of BLINC, and author of The Catalyst Leader — and a really terrific guy who practices what he preaches. As the former president and key visionary of Catalyst, he learned a lot about leadership and reveals a lot in this book about how God prepared him for this next phase of… Read more

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