Earlier today, Frank Viola wrote up a review of Multiply at Patheos.com. The review was positive overall, but he brought up five great questions he’d like to hear Francis respond to. I think Frank’s questions are important, so I’d like to take a minute to respond as the co-author...
Yesterday I wrote about Paul’s command to be filled by the Spirit and examined the musical emphasis of this Spirit-filling. Today I want to look at the verses directly preceding this: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time,...
Everyone loves a good story of reconciliation... especially when the situation is so out of control that any hope of forgiveness and restored relationship between the two parties is out of the question. The 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda starring Don Cheadle chronicled the horrific events of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide...
I’m guessing this has never happened to you. But it happened to a friend of mine. The church he pastors rents its sanctuary and offices from another church. When that church put the property up for sale, a wealthy Hindu couple purchased it. They assured my friend that nothing...
Unlike previous posts, this will be more reflective in nature and written from my current experience (I am currently in Uganda). So, I just had an amazing lunch discussing the dangers of syncretism (the blending of two opposing belief systems) with a few pastors and teachers in Uganda. I was...
It's all around us at every moment, yet we never see it. It runs through us, in every thought, every gesture, every strand of DNA. It is present in every great world event, in every circumstantial triviality, in ever beat of every heart. It is the presence of God. The...
I hope you’ve enjoyed the updates and personal reflections in my last few blogs about my trip to Nepal. If you’re just now jumping in, it would be best to go back and read through my previous posts to get some context for what I’m going to say here. Naturally,...
Why is evangelism so difficult? Most Christians feel guilty for not evangelizing more, but few do anything about it. Why is that? Maybe you’re paralyzed by fear. Maybe you don’t know enough non-Christians, so there’s no one to share with. Perhaps you feel inadequate because you’re not up to...
U2 has been extremely influential for a very long time. Not many bands have been major players in the music world for 30 years. And they have earned every bit of their notoriety—not through pop gimmicks, but through dedication to creating inventive and genuine music. Bring up U2 in Christian...
When Paul preached the gospel in Thessalonica, it aroused quite an uproar. “These men who have turned the world upside down,” shouted the mob, “have come here also” (Acts 17:6). This scene drips with irony. Paul and his companions go into a large city and teach in one of...
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