Senior Pastors

New Website For Senior Pastors!

If you are a Senior Pastor in a church, I wanted to let you know that I have launched a website designed specifically with you in mind. It’s called Senior Pastor Central, and it’s designed to be a coaching site for servant leaders trying to lead their churches to break through the 100, 200, 400, […]

adam and eve

Do You Believe Adam And Eve Were Actual Historical People?

One of the important questions being discussed by theologians today is what we should do with Genesis 1 and 2. Were Adam and Eve actual people, or were they meant to be archetypes of sort? Before 1859, the year Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was published, this was a discussion in which few people engaged. […]

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What Your Husband Really Wants For Father’s Day

I’m horrible at buying gifts for my wife. For instance, for Lisa’s first birthday after we were married, one of the gifts I bought her was James Dobson’s book What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Women. As soon as she opened it, a funny grin immediately crossed her face. “What?” I asked. “I really appreciate the […]

Please God

Does This Please God?

This is the only question that matters. If you’ve managed to make everyone in your life happy, but you’ve failed to please God in the process, you’ve failed, period. If you’ve disappointed everyone in your life, including yourself, but pleased God in the process, you’re a success, period. In the end pleasing God is all […]

weird bible verses

Weird Bible Verses: Did Angels Have Sex With Humans? (Genesis 6:1-4)

Recently a friend shared that he was having a conversation with a skeptic who was questioning the Bible’s reliability. His friend said he couldn’t trust the Bible because of ridiculous passages like Genesis 6:1-4, 1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons […]

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Are People Born Wicked? (or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?)

I’ve been thinking lately about my all-time favorite Broadway show – Wicked. Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel of the same name, Wicked tells what happened between Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, before Dorothy showed up in Oz. It was funny, entertaining, and thought-provoking. There’s a question Glinda asked early […]

all that divides us

One Second Is All That Divides Us

A thought for my skeptical friends: One of the reasons you reject Christianity is because you have been taught to be skeptical of things you cannot test with your five senses: things you cannot see, taste, touch, smell, or hear. Everything beyond that is mere speculation, you tell people of faith. But what if there’s […]

believing in hell

How I Started Believing In Hell Again

In my book Hell Is Real (But I Hate To Admit It) I share how I rejected the Bible’s teaching on hell in graduate school, only to dramatically come back to believing in hell again four years later. I received an email a while ago that posed a question you might have wondered yourself. I thought I’d […]

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Why Yes, I Am Smarter Than God

Who would have ever dreamed that in the 21st century the most counter-cultural thing to do in the Christian community would be to take God’s word at face value? I was having a conversation the other day with a friend who asked, “How do you know that’s what the Bible really means?” It was as if […]

save your marriage

Five Minutes That Will Save Your Marriage

There are always two kinds of divorces – ones that people see coming a mile away, and those that completely blindside people. Divorces that people see coming a mile away are usually preceded by: Getting married too quickly without getting all the issues out on the table (ex. character flaws, addictions, hurtful relational patterns, previous family […]

Forgive To Be Forgiven

Why You Don’t Have To Forgive To Be Forgiven (Part 2)

In yesterday’s post I made a pretty bold statement: believing that God’s forgiveness is dependent upon our forgiving others is a lie spread by Christians. Here’s what the Bible teaches that shows this is the case: Judgment Is an Old Covenant Consequence For Not Forgiving When Jesus taught that to be forgiven one must forgive, […]