The Top 5 Books on Ministry

These are my top five picks on the subject of ministry. All are classics in their own right. I suspect that most contemporary Christians who are immersed in “pop-Christianity” today have never heard of them. I’m hoping that this post will change that for many. 1. What Shall This Man Do? 2. The School of Christ 3. The Master Plan of Evangelism 4. No Other Foundation 5. The Release of the Spirit Also: here’s my top 100 Christian books of all time list. Read more

Rethinking Homosexuality

For the first time, I shared my views on the ever-controversial issue of homosexuality in the 85th episode of my podcast. What I said was my response to two people’s questions about the subject. If you haven’t heard the episode yet, click Answers to Hot-Boiling Questions. Don’t assume what I believe. Listen to it in its entirety if you haven’t already.  In that podcast episode, I talk about three views on homosexuality among Christians and I end with “the third… Read more

Bono, Bieber, Lennon, and Cooper

What do all of these people have in common? Find out by clicking the links below. Bono on Jesus John Lennon on Jesus: The Untold Story Alice Cooper on Jesus Justin Bieber on Jesus Read more

Ephesians 1 & 2 Set to an Awesome Tune

I’m super jazzed about today’s post. Back in 2009, I wrote a song based on a series of messages I delivered on Ephesians. To my mind, Ephesians 1 and 2 are among the most sublime passages in all the New Testament. And so I wanted to put the key thoughts to music. The song is called “In Christ.” I wrote the first stanza, the chorus, and the bridge. The church to whom I delivered the messages wrote the next two… Read more

Mixing It Up With Roger Olson

Recently, I interviewed theologian Roger Olson. You may know Olson from my book Beyond Evangelical, which he highly (and kindly) recommended. Here’s the interview. For those who aren’t familiar with you, tell us about your ministry and the topics that you are most passionate about. Roger Olson: I teach historical theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. I’m in my thirtieth year of teaching theology and previously taught it at Bethel College (now Bethel University) and (for… Read more

7 New Jesus-Infused Songs!

Many of you requested that we make all the new songs I’ve featured on this blog into an “album” so you can play them all in your automobile or iPod. Well, I’ve done just that. The 86th episode of the podcast features 7 new songs one after the other. iTunes Subscribe Podbean (Stream) RSS Feed Read more

The Ruler of the World System

About how the New Testament uses the term “the world,” Watchman Nee continues to write, Concerning this system [“the world”] there are two things to be emphasized. First, since the day when Adam opened the door for evil to enter God’s creation, the world order has shown itself to be hostile to God. The world “knew not God” (1 Cor. 1:21), “hated” Christ (John 15:18) and “cannot receive” the Spirit of truth (14:17). “Its works are evil” (John 7:7) and… Read more

A Mastermind Event for Authors – Aspiring & Actual

We open registration to our annual SCRIBE event soon. I hope you’ll consider joining us. Be sure to read the testimonials. Go here for details and join the wait list. Read more

God So Love the World vs. Love Not the World

On the heels of my last post, here’s a message I delivered at a Pastor’s Conference a few years ago. Click here to listen to the message.   Read more

Living in Christ’s Presence

I wish I had known Dallas Willard when he was alive. I believe we would have become good friends, as we have so much in common. Willard’s book Living Christ’s Presence is adapted from the talks given at the February 2013 Dallas Willard Center “Knowing Christ Today” conference in Santa Barbara, California. John Ortberg, who has kindly endorsed a number of my books, is also featured in the book, contributing a number of chapters. Each chapter is followed with an… Read more