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Find out why discipleship isn’t working today. That’s what I explore in my eBook, Discipleship in Crisis. You can’t buy the book. There’s only one way to get it–by subscribing to my FREE exclusive update list. [Read more…]

Getting Real: An Interview with Gretchen Carlson

If you watch cable news, you’re no doubt familiar with Gretchen Carlson. Gretchen has just released a new book called Getting Real which contains her life story. I caught up with Gretchen recently to discuss her new book. Enjoy and grab a copy! In your book, you give people an inside peek behind the TV personality. [Read More…]

ReGrace: The Shocking Beliefs of the Great Theologians

In November 2014, at the request of a well-known Christian leader whom I respect, I began a series called “Shocking Beliefs of [the Great Theologians] here on the Patheos blog network. The series has but one objective. To call for grace, civility, and tolerance among Christians when they disagree with one another over doctrinal issues. This point [Read More…]

Shocking Beliefs of C.S. Lewis

“The Christian life is a life characterized by true and spontaneous creativity. Consequently, a disciple is subject to the same charge that was leveled against Jesus Christ, namely, the charge of inconsistency. But Jesus Christ was always consistent in His relationship to God, and a Christian must be consistent in his relationship to the life [Read More…]

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear or Read

Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote, “According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … We are scheduled to close the transaction on June 12th, so, supposedly, this [Read More…]

3 Shocking Quotes by Billy Graham

With respect to fellow servants of God who have ministered previous to me, I try to find the best in them rather than criticizing those areas in which I might disagree. With respect to Billy Graham, countless positive things can be said about him. But there are three little-known quotes of his (that for me [Read More…]

Bono on Jesus

This interview with Bono regarding Jesus Christ is simply fascinating. Read it and be inspired! Frank Viola Bono: My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ. Christ teaches that God is love. What does that mean? What it means for me: a study of the life of Christ. Love [Read More…]

Haters Gonna Hate

If you are making an impact on people’s lives, you will . . . (not might) . . . attract haters. So if you don’t want any haters in your life, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t blog, don’t podcast . . . oh, and don’t breathe. Haters are either fueled by jealousy, low self-esteem (which is trying [Read More…]

John Lennon on Jesus: The Untold Story

John Lennon, founding member of The Beatles, was one of the most controversial people in America during the 60s and 70s. And he still is today. Not too long ago, a fascinating interview with Lennon from 1969 has resurfaced.  The interview was lost for around 30 years and only recently emerged. No doubt, many of [Read More…]

Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians”

Now is a good time to go back and re-read Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another. Why do so many people not want to have anything to do with Jesus? It’s because of the cruel, harsh, self-righteous, and judgmental attitude that some professing “Christians” level against their fellow believers. “Why would [Read More…]

The Top Christian Blogs

What follows is a listing of the Best Christian Blogs according to various blog ranking systems and high-profile bloggers. The Top 10 Christian Blogs (BlogRank) – the industry standard The Top 10 Christian Blogs (Top 10 of Social Media) 10 of the Best Christian Blogs You Should Be Reading (Of Dust and Kings) The Top [Read More…]

David Platt: A Review of FOLLOW ME

Before you read this review, I want to give you my book DISCIPLESHIP IN CRISIS: 9 Reasons Why Discipleship Isn’t Working Today * Problems & Solutions. Just click the banner to get your free copy. Patheos asked me to review David Platt’s new book Follow Me. And I agreed. David Platt and I have never [Read More…]

The Most Ignored Sin

The following article was written by Jon Zens in 2008. Three things to keep in mind: 1. Most Christians never realize or understand the despicable, sub-human act that gossip and slander are in the eyes of God until it happens to them. 2. Zens is using the biblical definitions for “gossip” and “slander,” not the [Read More…]

Francis Chan: A Review of MULTIPLY

Before you read this review, I want to give you my book DISCIPLESHIP IN CRISIS: 9 Reasons Why Discipleship Isn’t Working Today * Problems & Solutions. Just click the banner to get your free copy. The good folks at the Patheos Book Club asked me to review Francis Chan’s newest book, Multiply, co-authored with Mark [Read More…]

No Hope for Today’s Christians in Their 20s & 30s?

I keep hearing people in ministry say, “I have no hope for today’s Christians who are in their 20s and 30s. They aren’t interested in the deeper things of God. They are only interested in celebrity Christianity and what’s supposedly popular but shallow.” My response: This may be true for the majority, but the deepest [Read More…]

Attention Christians in Your 20s and 30s …

If you’re a serious Jesus-follower in your 20s or 30s, I’d like to invite you and your friends to check out The Deeper Christian Life Network. While the Network has people of all ages, there’s a large number of 20- and 30- somethings who are looking to build that demographic on the Network. For this [Read More…]

Closer Than Close

Dave Hickman has just released a new book called Closer Than Close: Awakening to the Freedom of Your Union with Christ. I caught up with Dave to discuss his new book. Enjoy! Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, [Read More…]

My New Book – JESUS SPEAKS – is on Discount This Week

JESUS SPEAKS: Learning to Respond & Recognize to the Lord’s Voice is on discount this week. Amazon Editorial Review: “The Christian analog to the Lennon-McCartney brand, Sweet and Viola offer the third book in their JESUS trilogy. Jesus Speaks is a masterful study on hearing God’s voice. Mixing the personal with the scriptural, Viola and [Read More…]


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