Dream With Me: One of My Heroes, John Perkins, Writes about Race, Justice, and Love

I was honored to be asked to write the foreword for John Perkin’s new book Dream With Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win, released a few months ago. Dream With Me is wonderful. I read, loved, and highly recommend it. The book speaks for itself, but far more if you know the man behind it. So it’s John Perkins and how he’s influenced me that I want to talk about. Mine is only one story. Thousands, if given the chance,... Read more

Giving Might Be the Most Neglected and Least Modeled Spiritual Gift in the Western Church

Below is an excerpt from the new edition of my book The Treasure Principle, one I’ve tweaked a little for the purposes of this blog. I hope you enjoy it. In Romans 12, Paul lists seven spiritual gifts, including prophecy, serving, teaching, mercy, and giving. I’m convinced that of all these gifts, giving is the one least thought about and talked about in the Western church, and perhaps in the entire world. Of course, all of us are called to serve,... Read more

Will We Maintain Our Own Identities in Heaven?

You will be you in Heaven. Who else would you be? If Bob, a man on Earth, is no longer Bob when he gets to Heaven, then, in fact, Bob did not go to Heaven. If when I arrive in Heaven I’m not the same person with the same identity, history, and memory, then I didn’t go to Heaven. The resurrected Jesus did not become someone else; He remained who He was before His resurrection: “It is I myself!” (Luke 24:39). In John’s Gospel,... Read more

Our Time Aboard Operation Mobilization’s Ship, Logos Hope

Earlier this month, Nanci and I returned from a trip to Jamaica, where I spoke at a conference with OM Ships International, centering on the wonderful ministry of the current ship Logos Hope. Here’s a video of our welcome onboard when we arrived with others from the conference to visit the ship. Following the conference we were privileged to spend five nights on Logos Hope. I’ve written before about the ship, but wanted to share more after we experienced this ministry firsthand. We went to nearly... Read more

3 Things to Remember When You’re Browsing Through Social Media

Besides being a full-time wife and mom, and a part-time ER nurse, our daughter Angela is also the women’s ministry director at her church. She has a heart for women and most importantly, for the Lord, as I think you’ll see in what she writes. Nanci and I couldn’t be prouder of her and her sister Karina. If you haven’t yet seen it, I encourage you to start by reading her first post on 3 Things to Remember Before You Post... Read more

3 Things to Remember Before You Post on Social Media

Both of our daughters, Karina and Angela, are Christ-centered women and wonderful wives and moms who serve their families and churches well. They are very wise, and I have learned a lot from both of them. Angela Stump is a part-time ER nurse, and the women’s ministry director at Gresham Bible Church, where she and her husband Dan are both very involved. Three years ago, on my EPM blog we shared the original version of Angela’s article on social media, and... Read more

Creativity, Theology, the New Earth, and This Year’s Canvas Conference (It’s Not Too Late to Register!)

I highly recommend you attend or send someone to the Canvas Conference coming up August 11-12, in Portland, Oregon. I spoke at last year’s conference, and it was incredibly refreshing to see young creatives assemble in a place where God was exalted, sound doctrine elevated, and the local church uplifted. This is a great and unique conference on both creativity and theology: We want those attending the Canvas Conference to walk away better artist-theologians and better theologian-artists.  Through our time together, we... Read more

Does Talking About Treasures in Heaven Encourage Legalistic Living?

This week the revised and updated version of my book The Treasure Principle was released. It includes much new material, plus an added chapter and a bonus section addressing frequently asked questions about how to live generously in everyday life. Every paragraph has been carefully edited and updated to make the book more relevant and useful to readers in their journey of generosity. As I’ve shared before, The Treasure Principle is a book that has shocked me (surprised isn’t strong enough) in the response it has generated. It has sold... Read more

Was Jesus Capable of Sinning?

This is a question with far-reaching implications. The interpretative problem is how to reconcile two biblical passages: “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone”  (James 1:13). Jesus is the Son of God, part of the eternal triune godhead. Therefore, being God, it would appear Jesus “cannot be tempted by evil.” “For we do not have a high priest who... Read more

Thanking God for 10 Million Books Sold, and for His Amazing Grace in Changing Lives

Over the years, I’ve often thought about the power of brief encouraging words spoken to us and by us. When I was a student at Multnomah Bible College, one of my favorite theology professors, Dr. Joseph Wong, scratched on my term paper: “You should consider being a writer.” I took it to heart, and over 40 years later I’m still grateful. In the ‘70s, I began writing magazine articles, including for Moody Monthly and Eternity, two then-popular Christian magazines. As a pastor in the ’80s,... Read more