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Recent Articles July 23, 2016

What 3.42 Billion Women Are Missing Out On (spoof, kinda)

Dear Women and Men of Planet Earth, It’s March 2016 and Mary DeMuth’s book – The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels – has been out for a year. According to my painstaking research (okay, I asked Siri on my iPhone), approximately 3.42 billion women still haven’t gotten a copy of Mary’s book. This is most perplexing to me. More so than trying to understand Stephen Hawking’s take on quantum mechanics …

Two kinds of leaders

In our leadership-frenzied Christian culture, I’ve opted for a different label for leadership. That label is influence. Despite the unhealthy love-affair that countless Christians have with “leadership” and being “a leader,” the truth is, if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, you’re an influencer. Your influence may be large or small, it may be good or bad, but it exists …

8 signs of a modern-day Pharisee

So I’ve been watching the Star Wars saga, from the 1977 debut to the upcoming release just around the corner. This tidbit accounts for the opening paragraph below. Even though it’s been “a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” since Pharisees were running around in Century One causing trouble for God’s messengers, Pharisees and Pharisaism are still here. They’re like the poor. They’ll always be with you …

5 things I wish older Christians told me

I could write a book on the topic because there are far more than 5. But this is an email update, not a book. I wish an older Christian told me the following when I was in my 20s. It would have saved me a lot of aggravation, frustration, discouragement, [fill in the blank]. Hold on to your chair. These are blunt, even unsettling, observations …

Why “pray and read your Bible” is inadequate

Before you have an apoplectic fit, let me clear the table by saying emphatically: I consider the Bible to be God’s revelation, fully authoritative, fully inspired, and fully reliable. For that reason, I read the Scriptures regularly. I mediate on them, seek the Lord through them, and study them. And to the both of you who have read my newer books [cough], I expound the Bible, quote it, cite it, teach it, and seek to unveil it in those books

Judge vs. Judge Not — Which Is It?

Here in the USA we are in the midst of another run for the presidency where a small number of people have lost their minds. Scratch that. I mean, where a small number of people have decided to run for the highest office in the land. Not a few of us are experiencing regular bouts of deja moo whenever we turn on the news and hear the politicians pontificate. (Deja moo = the acute feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.) …

3 ingredients for having an amazing 2016

New years are wonderful. They hand you a reset button so you can reengineer your life. I’ve lived through beautiful years, mediocre years, hellish years, and years that were beyond mention and worthy to be repressed. Granted, much of what happens to us is beyond our control. But we are in control of our reaction to what happens. A few years ago, I discovered a certain recipe for posturing myself for having a great year …

A Gift for You (conference messages)

In 2012, I had the privilege of speaking in an unforgettable conference in Kentucky. The title of the conference was “God’s Favorite Place on Earth.” This was a year before the book by the same name was released. What follows are the messages from that conference …

3 Killer Lessons from THE WALKING DEAD

AMC’s TV drama The Walking Dead is the highest rated series in cable television history. I’m not a zombie guy (though some mornings, I might resemble one). Unlike many of my peers who possess a Y chromosome, slashy-burny-butcher-gore films don’t appeal to me. It’s for this reason that I’ve stayed clear of watching The Walking Dead. That is, until a friend told me that the show is largely about surviving in community over against blowing zombie carcasses to the moon …

4 Sobering (and Uncommon) Observations about ISIS

The recent spate of terrorism employed by ISIS has scared the liver out of people around the world, it’s barbarism even chilling the blood. Numerous Christians have weighed-in on the problem. And emotions run hot on all sides, sometimes to over-boiling. Social media sites are ablaze with opinions, laments, and outrage. Some are clamoring, “Off with their heads! Spare none of them!” …

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