When Christian Leaders Deny the Faith – Christian Article

Welcome to another Thursday UNFILTERED email update, the only weekly update that delivers a free meal to your door while you’re on house arrest. Okay, that won’t happen, but it’s one of the few updates that doesn’t echo the tired talking points of the Progressive Left or the Conservative Right. Last week, I published the article Riots, Race, and the Gospel of the Kingdom. It drew venom from some Christians who identify themselves with the Conservative Right and some others…

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15 Years of Projects (and Failing Gloriously) – Christian Article

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill I enjoy teaching others how to leverage their time and energy to be insanely productive. Especially when it comes to creating content that solves a problem. I’ve dedicated my adult life to showing up, creating solutions to some of the problems we Christians face (largely from the lessons I’ve learned from my own struggles), and then sharing those solutions with the…

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10 Things I Wish Older Christians Told Me – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

“The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” ~ Muhammad Ali I wish an older Christian told me the following when I was in my 20s. It would have saved me a lot of aggravation, frustration, discouragement, [fill in the blank]. Hold on to your chair. These are blunt, even unsettling, observations. 1) You’ll turn your head and you’ll be 40 years old. So live in…

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Look Down, Not Up – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

One of my main distant mentors – T. Austin-Sparks – once went to see F. B. Meyer, an amazing author on the deeper life. Meyer wasn’t available when Sparks visited, so he was asked to wait in Meyer’s study. As Sparks looked at Meyer’s library, he spotted a wooden plaque that contained two words inscribed in gold. Those words were “Look Down.” Meyer walked in at that moment and greeted Sparks. Sparks mentioned the plaque and asked, “Shouldn’t it be…

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Mentors and Coworkers – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

Recently, I had two interesting encounters. One: A young man asked me to mentor him. When I had a conversation with him (online), I found out that he only read one book of mine written way back in 2008. Nor had he listened to any of my 3 podcasts. So he was blissfully ignorant as to what he was asking. I applaud his awareness and desire to be mentored. This is rare today, unfortunately. (I’ve written about this problem in Passing the Torch.) Tip: Before asking…

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Results of My Radical Food Experiment – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

Regarding the radical food experiment that I shared with you at the beginning of this month, today is the last day of eating only one meal a day. By God’s grace, I’ve stuck to the plan. What I didn’t tell you is that the experiment included more than just eating one meal a day. It was a complete reboot of body, soul, and spirit. And the results were amazing – which I recorded daily. Aside from losing over a lot…

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Christianity is Far More Radical Than Leftist Ideologies – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

I was blessed by this quote this week, especially after I found out who wrote it. “Christianity was also, to my surprise, radical – far more radical than the leftist ideologies with which I had previously been enamoured. The love of God was unlike anything which I expected, or of which I could make sense. In becoming fully human in Jesus, God behaved decidedly unlike a god. Why deign to walk through death’s dark valley, or hold the weeping limbs…

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A Radical Food Experiment – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

As John and I explained in Episode 3 of the INSURGENCE podcast, food is “the Christian’s drug.” In general, Christians in the West are addicted to food. We largely turn to food for comfort or out of boredom. We often eat the wrong things and this affects our minds and behaviors, not to mention our bodies. In the above episode, we discuss different ways to break the unhealthy addiction (and misuse) of food. This month (May 2019), I’m eating only…

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Rethinking Old Testament Violence & Racism – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

Thanks to so many of you, the new INSURGENCE podcast surpassed 16,000 downloads already. Episode 7 is published and among other questions, my conversation partner and I discuss how to make sense of God’s commands to Israel to kill the Canaanites. In Episode 6, we take on racism from a different perspective. You’ll want to check these out along with the previous episodes, as they all build on each other. Go to the new INSURGENCE podcast to listen to all…

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The Book Rick Warren Asked Me to Write is Here – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

I’m writing this email on a Tuesday, two days earlier than usual, because my newest book — ReGrace: What the Shocking Beliefs of the Great Christians Can Teach Us Today – just released. Let me say a few words about the book before I tell you how to download the first 5 chapters and get the book on discount. It’s the funniest book I’ve ever written. The entire volume is peppered with humor. It’s short. Less than 200 pages if…

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The Swearing Christian – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

Certain words are offensive in the hearing of much of our culture. Before someone pipes in and says, “but swear words aren’t offensive to the culture,” think again. I was a high school teacher for many years and there were words that were “offensive” and couldn’t be used by the students nor the teachers without rebuke. That hasn’t changed in most public school systems today. Further, many parents don’t wish their children to use certain words (you know what those…

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Those Cussing Christians – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

One of the best indicators of where a person hails from is how they talk. I’m not only referring to their accent, but to the way they pronounce certain words. And even certain phrases they use. In the same way, the way a person speaks reveals which kingdom he or she belongs to. Either the kingdom of God or the kingdom of darkness (the world system). This insight leads into the thorny matter of using profanity, vulgarity, cussing, swearing, and cursing.…

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Jesus Comes to Us in Surround Sound – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

Quick Update: Episode 11 of the Insurgence podcast is live. In it, I discuss the mark of a false teacher, the mark of a true disciple, the humor of Jesus, and the carnage that comes from the hands of “Christians” every day. (You’ll need a sense of humor to get through the episode.) Surround sound trumps (no pun intended) stereo. Stereo systems contain two speakers. Surround sound systems contain five to seven speakers that surround the listener. So the audio…

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The Funniest Interview I’ve Ever Done – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

Over the last 10 years, I’ve been interviewed scores of times about the subject matter of my books. But this recent interview below that I did for my book ReGrace was by far the most fun — and the funniest — interview I’ve ever done. Everyone involved is a comedian in their own right. If you have a copy of ReGrace, still listen because what we discuss goes way beyond what’s inside the book. I’m quite sure you’ll learn a…

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The Myth of Generosity – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

In the business world, entrepreneurs constantly teach people to be generous BECAUSE that’s the way to increase sales. Mantras like “give, give, give, give, give, and once you’ve given 15 times, then ask and people will feel so blessed by your generosity that they will be generous toward you and buy your product or write a positive review about it.” Not a few Christian teachers have passed this same idea on. There is a problem, however. Beyond the selfish motive…

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Christians Are Behind the Ball Again – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

Sadly, the world often blazes past the Christian community, leaving it to cough up dust. Eventually, the Christian community plays catch up. It’s been this way with creativity. With music. With movies. And with other forms of art. But the big dinosaur in the room right now is the economy. “Well Frank, it’s about time you shared your opinion about Donald Trump’s plans for the US economy.” Hold your fire: I don’t mean the financial economy. I mean the connection…

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Why “Read Your Bible and Pray” is Inadequate – Beyond Evangelical – Christian Article

Before you have an apoplectic fit, let me clear the table by saying emphatically: 1. I consider the Bible to be God’s revelation, fully authoritative, fully inspired, and fully reliable. For that reason, I read the Scriptures regularly. I mediate on them, seek the Lord through them, and study them. And to the both of you who have read my newer books [cough], I expound the Bible, quote it, cite it, teach it, and seek to unveil it in those…

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