Want To Wreck Your Life? Have An Affair.

Here’s week three of our series “Six Easy Ways To Wreck Your Life.”

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Brian Dawkins Interview

Here’s this past Sunday’s interview with former Philadelphia Eagle Brian Dawkins.

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The Great Racism Hoax

Here’s my message entitled, “The Great Racism Hoax.” I named it this way NOT because I believe racism doesn’t happen, but rather because I believe it happens to everyone. And, no matter how much we protest otherwise, every single one of us wrestles with this to some degree or another. Let me know what you think.

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The Four Challenges Every Man Must Accept

Here’s the last message in “The Man Series” here at CCV…

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Will Resume Blogging August 18th

Dear friends,

I am heading into an unusally busy season for my work as a pastor and I’m finding it hard to write quality material while focusing on my ministry at CCV.

I’ve decided to take a blogging hiatus until Monday, August 18th, to focus on CCV-related activities. When things let up I’ll begin posting again.

I’ll see you then.

Brian

Do You Believe Adam And Eve Were Actual Historical People?

HominidOne 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. The biblical account was taken at face value by most in the West. But now, with an increasing number of Christians viewing evolution as an established fact of Science, many are grappling over how to make sense of Genesis 1 and 2, which clearly depict Adam and Eve as literal historical people.

MUST THEY BE?

The question I would like to address is must they be historical?

Popular blogger Albert Mohler argues that the entire story of the Bible does not make sense if Adam and Eve were not historical figures. He writes, [Read more...]

What Your Husband Really Wants For Father’s Day

oprah-favorite-thingsI’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 gift, but aren’t wives supposed to give these to their husbands?” she replied.

Awkward pause.

“Maybe I felt that you needed to know all the things that I needed to know about you as a wife. Did you ever think about that?” I said.

That gift sort of set the pace for the next twenty years. [Read more...]

Does This Please God?

Pleasing GodThis 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 that matters.

That’s why Ephesians 5:10 says, “Find out what pleases the Lord.”

Because everything else is secondary.

Everything.

My Next Book: Catholic and Searching

CatholicFriends I’m super excited to announce my next book. The tentative working title is,

CATHOLIC AND SEARCHING
A Guide To Understanding That Protestant Church You Love

This is a book for the lapsed Catholic who visits a Protestant Church for the first time and loves it, but feels guilty for liking it so much. They don’t understand why the church they’re exploring does things the way they do, and the fear of what their family will think (on top of their fear of going to hell for leaving the Catholic Church) makes them feel utterly conflicted.

I want to help.

Book Ideas

In this book I’m going to come alongside the reader as a tour-guide of sorts, walking them through the process of understanding what they’re experiencing and how that compares to their Catholic Church experience.

Helping 1700+ people become Christians at CCV in the last 14 years (80% of them from Catholic backgrounds) has given me a deep sense of appreciation for the challenges former Catholics face when they darken the doors of a Protestant Church.

This book will…

  • Take Catholics through the process of understanding what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus, and how that compares and contrasts with what they’ve grown up with.
  • Provide insight on such key issues as understanding grace, biblical authority, baptism, etc.
  • Help Catholics understand from a historical perspective how the Catholic Church arrived at certain teachings and how they differ at times with what the Bible teaches.
  • Deal with the practical issues like family pressure, parents, kids currently attending CCD but coming to the church, “double-dipping” etc.
  • Be positive and affirming. There will be no Catholic bashing. In fact, I’m thinking about adding a chapter entitled, “What I Love About The Catholic Church.”

The Book Itself

This book is going to be a fun, quick read, with quizzes, pictures and info-graphics. It will also have questions at the end of each chapter for group study.

It will be the kind of book many former Catholics wished they had in their hands when they were exploring the Protestant church they now love.

It will be the kind of book Protestant churches will give to Catholics at their Welcome Centers and in their newcomer classes and around which their pastors will do short sermon series.

It will be the kind of book you’ll give to a friend.

It will be the kind of book searching Catholics will give to their family members to help them understand why they’re exploring a Protestant Church (and hopefully give them their blessing in their search).

Will You Help?

I want to involve you – my readers, friends, fellow Christians and pastors, and especially those of you who came from Catholic backgrounds and now are a part of a Protestant Church you love. This will be a labor of love.

Posts Every Week

First, over the next four months I’m going to write a post every week specifically for Catholics exploring Protestant Churches. Please give me your feedback in the comment section.

Your Stories And Ideas

Second, I’m going to do a number of surveys over the next few months asking you to share your stories and to help me select the final name of the book, the cover, the chapter titles, etc. I need your participation to make this the most effective resource possible.

Spreading The Word

Over the next few months I will be assembling a team of people who can help me promote the book. Please prayerfully consider being a part of that.

Please be in prayer for me over the next few months as I write in my spare time on behalf of Catholics who are searching. Also be in prayer for my agent that we find the right publisher for this important project. I expect the book to be in bookstores Fall 2015.

Thank you!

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