But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 20 January 2018 03:19

Profile 11: John Gray

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Author, pastor at Joel Osteen’sLakewood Church (soon-to-be lead pastor at Redemption Church in South Carolina), the main guy in his show The Book of John Gray on the Oprah Winfrey Network (aka OWN) and speaker at the 2016 Code Orange “Revival” (an evening featuring a...

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***DISCLAIMER***The following is not an exhaustive post. Instead, it makes a best effort to answer the question.

Recently I was asked if it was ok to invest in a mutual fund that may have a few non-Christian stocks such as casinos, alcohol, cigarettes and pornography. Apparently, it is so hard, if...

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***DISCLAIMER*** This part is the conclusion of this “Question 2” article (please read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here and part 4 here if you have not done so already). These questions/statements did come as they are shown in a big paragraph. Instead of organizing for the...

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***DISCLAIMER*** This article contains followup answers to questions/statements from part 3 of this “Question 2” article (please read part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here if you have not done so already). These questions/statements did come as they are shown in a big paragraph....

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 19:47

Book Review 14: “Restore” by Vince Antonucci

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***DISCLAIMER***I received a complimentary copy of this book for free from Tyndale House for review purposes.

Vince Antonucci pastors an “innovative church” called Verve in Las Vegas, Nevada (p. 291). His book Restore is about the “journey to a restored life” (p. 9). He...

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***DISCLAIMER*** This article contains followup answers to statements from part 2 of this “Question 2” article (please read part 1 here and part 2 here if you have not done so already). These statements did come as they are shown in a big paragraph. For the sake of clarity, I have...

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***DISCLAIMER***I am not a parent; I simply read the book because its author, Todd Friel, previously wrote an awesome book called Judge Not (see my review of it here). I anticipated this book would also be a good one (SPOILER ALERT: it is).

A book with a title that states its purpose, Todd...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 00:43

Recap: 2017

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2017 was quite a year, even if it was not a full year of writing (start date was July 9, 2017). Doing a blog during my mission trip to Spain earlier this year combined with a different approach to writing (weekly instead of daily since daily burned me out years ago) sparked this “Faith...

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***DISCLAIMER*** This article contains followup questions/answers to part 1 of this “Question 2” article (please read part 1 here if you have not done so). These questions did not come as they are shown. Instead, I both parsed them out from an overall response and edited them for...

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***DISCLAIMER*** This is not an exhaustive, universal post that addresses all similar tragedies. I was asked a question regarding the tragic story of 5-year old Tommy Jones’ death in 1900. The questioner asked me why God would let a “lovely, innocent little boy” die in such...

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***DISCLAIMER*** This is not an exhaustive post (see here for an explanation of the objective this post hopes to accomplish).

Before answering the question itself, it is important to define some terms within the question. It is necessary to define both “Christian” and...

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***DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE FROM MOODY PUBLISHERS TO REVIEW***

Ryan Lokkesmoe’s book Paul And His Team: What The Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership And Influence represents the second book I have reviewed for Moody Publishers. Heather Zempel wrote the book’s...

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Saturday, 16 December 2017 22:06

Profile 10: Levi Lusko

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Author of no less than two books (Swipe Right and Through The Eyes Of A Lion)pastor ofFresh Life Church (located in Kalispell, Montana) and set to speak at the upcoming 2018 Thrive Conference alongside false teacher Louie GiglioLevi Lusko is perhaps a “rising...

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Crosswalk.com recently posted a particular article twice within a 33-hour period this past weekend (December 8-9). The article was a “top 20” list (in slideshow format) of “Christians” one should follow on social media. The article’s specific date is unknown. However,...

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Matthew Richard writes an informational and well-organized book called Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: 12 False Christs. The title is somewhat self-explanatory; it explains twelve different types of false Christs that are in the world.

After some pages of endorsements and one page of...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 07:18

Semi-Devo 3: Psalm 115:3

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This verse is found in Psalm 115. For context, I list verses 1-8, bolding verse 3. I use the New King James Version here:

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,But to Your name give glory,Because of Your mercy,Because of Your truth.Why should the Gentiles say,“So where is their God?”

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I recently came back from a short-term mission trip for a “house-build” in Tijuana, Mexico. It was a journey spanning several days. My wife and I paired with several other families from the church I attend and some workers at the local YWAM (Youth With A Mission) base in Tijuana to help...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:06

Profile 9: Louie Giglio

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Pastor, author, communicator, founder of thepassionmovement and scheduled to speak at the upcoming 2018Thrive Conference, Louie Giglio is the engine behind Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He has authored several books. Furthermore, his most recent Passion Conference in 2017 had ov...

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A book that addresses questions that Christians supposedly do not want to be asked (I say ask away), Mark Mittelberg writes a very informational book called The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with answers). I purchased this book at an event in 2017 in a local church. Mittelberg hosted...

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***DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE FROM MOODY PUBLISHERS TO REVIEW***

In a collection of essays that outlines the nine essential roles of a church leader, Jason K. Allen, general editor of Portraits of a Pastor, organizes an excellent book that explains the many roles a pastor has. He...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 00:08

Reader Feedback 3: The Thrive Profile

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Not too long ago, I wrote about Thrive Conference (see here for that post). Since then, I have received no less than two types of feedback. One person said that my review was thorough and well-written, going on to say that any conference whose verbatim purpose says nothing about teaching and...

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Saturday, 04 November 2017 14:55

Reader Feedback 2: The Caution of Examining Teachings

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A few weeks ago, a gentleman had written to me. He both liked my thoroughness in my blogs and appreciated my desire for truth. He also gave me a word of caution on “calling out” preachers, explaining that what starts as earnest critiquing and prayerful thought can often turn into devout...

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