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.


My Next Book: Catholic and Searching

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

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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I’m Not Being Fed?

Here’s the last message in our series on 1 Peter.

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

weird bible verses
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 of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

My friend, understandably finding it hard to disagree with the weirdness of angels having sex with humans, asked for my thoughts about this passage. Here goes… [Read more...]

You Want Me To Bless People Who Freak Out On Me?

Here’s week three of our series “Simon Says.” The last time you were insulted, what was your comeback?

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The Best Of The Blogosphere For The Week Of May 26th

Think ChristianHere are the top 5 posts I read this week, plus one funny video.

1. John J. Thompson’s “The Devotional Intimacy Of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories” at Think Christian was some of the best theological reflection on contemporary culture I’ve read in a while.

2. Stephen Altrogge’s “An Interview With Sam Allberry About Dealing With Same-Sex Attraction In The Church” at The Blazing Center should be required reading for church leaders (and any parent raising a child that struggles with this issue).

3. Ann Voskamp’s “When You Feel Like You Just Keep Blowing It” at (In)Courage was an example of transparency at its best.

4. Ray Ortlund’s “‘One Anothers’ I Can’t Find In The New Testament” was a much needed corrective to the negativity we all fall into from time to time.

5. Donald Miller’s “Why 80% Of The Work You Do Is A Waste Of Time” was a good reminder that The Pareto Principle applies to lots of things other than business.

And finally, here’s the funniest video I watched this week:

Michael Behe To Speak At CCV July 6

Michael Behe
Regardless of where you stand on the creation – evolution debate, you won’t want to miss Dr. Michael Behe, one of the most well-known proponents of Intelligent Design in the United States, speak at CCV on July 6.

Michael J. Behe is Professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.

Behe’s current research involves delineation of design and natural selection in protein structures.

In addition to publishing over 35 articles in refereed biochemical journals, he has also written editorial features in Boston Review, American Spectator, and The New York Times.

Darwins Black BoxHis book, Darwin’s Black Box, discusses the implications for neo-Darwinism of what he calls “irreducibly complex” biochemical systems. The book was internationally reviewed in over one hundred publications and recently named by National Review and World magazine as one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century.

Dr. Behe will speak at each of CCV’s three services at 9, 10:15, and 11:30am. This event is free and open to the public.

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

born wicked
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 on in the play that I’ve been reflecting on a lot lately.

And Goodness knows
The Wicked’s lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked die alone
It just shows when you’re Wicked
You’re left only
On your own

Glinda WickedALL
Yes, Goodness knows
The Wicked’s lives are lonely
Goodness knows
The Wicked cry alone
Nothing grows for the Wicked
They reap only
What they’ve sown

Are people born Wicked? Or do they have
Wickedness thrust upon them?

The rest of the play was a commentary on that single question.

What do you think?