An Unexpected, Overlooked Benefit of Friendships

You may have noticed that books tend to arrive in bunches. Once publishers identify that readers are interested in a particular theme, several will often commission authors to write on the subject. Over the past couple of years we’ve seen quite a number of books on friendship. Most of them address friendship in a digital world and say, rightly, that it has fallen on hard times as so many people focus less on real-world relationships and more on online relationships. …

Lessons Learned Through Grief

I have, in many ways, lived a very easy life. Sure, I’ve had my share of difficulties—I’ve lived, after all, in this broken world and not some perfect paradise. And while I know there isn’t a lot of value in comparing my little suffering to other people’s greater suffering, still I understand I have had it easy relative to so many people I’ve known and loved. Yet, this world being what it is, I knew it was only a matter …

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A Pastoral Prayer

One key element of our worship at Grace Fellowship Church is a pastoral prayer, in which one of the elders prays for the church and on behalf of the church. Every now and again I like to share one of those prayers. This was my prayer last Sunday. Father, at various times each one of us is faced with the reality of our weakness. There may be times when we feel strong and capable and self-reliant. But then we get …

What Do Hitmen and Porn Watchers Have in Common?

You don’t have to be the one who pulls the trigger to be charged with the murder. Rather, anyone involved in the commissioning, planning, or execution of a crime can suffer its penalties. The person who hires a hitman will face a murder charge as surely the hitman himself. The driver of the getaway car, even though he never enters the bank and never demands the money, is still held accountable as if he did. Aiding and abetting the commission …

How To Get Started With Blogging in 2020

I am often asked if there is a future for blogs, bloggers, and blogging. It has been 20 years since they showed up on the scene and so much has changed by then. Can they really have a place even in 2020 and beyond? I am convinced they can, and I say that based on a number of good reasons which I’ve laid out elsewhere. But a question remains: If you want to get started with blogging in 2020, how …

Why Authors Want You To Pre-Order Their New Books

If you’ve followed Christian writers for any time, you’ve probably seen quite a few write a new book and then request not only that you order their book, but that you pre-order it. If you follow this Christian writer, you’ve recently seen me make that very request. But maybe you’ve wondered why there is all this emphasis on pre-orders. Allow me to explain. There are actually a few reasons why pre-orders are especially important for a successful book launch. Pre-orders …

Biblical Building-Blocks for Sexual Purity

There was a time in my life when I would often be called upon to speak on the subject of sexual purity, especially to groups of men—a predictable consequence of writing a book titled Sexual Detox. But over time I grew a little weary of the topic and happily moved on. Recently, though, I was asked to address it before the men of my own church. I decided I wanted to commit the majority of the time to small group …

A Prayer for Battling a Destructive Desire

At times each of us is faced with destructive desires—the kind of desires that, were we to act on them, would necessarily harm ourselves or others, and necessarily distance ourselves from the God we love. In Douglas Kaine McKelvey’s quirky book Every Moment Holy, I found a prayer that expresses the sorrow of such desire and pleads with God to elevate our minds to far better ones. Jesus, here I am again, desiring a thing that were I to indulge …

Epic Is Now Available for Pre-Order!

After 180,000 miles of travel, 24 countries, at least 80 museums, and many rounds of writing, revising and designing, my new book and documentary series are pretty much ready to go! Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History explores the history of what God is accomplishing in this world–whether through princes or peasants, triumph or trial—and does it through historical objects from all around the globe. Each object offers a tangible link between the present and the past, between the …

How Do You Feel About Your 170 Hours of TV So Far this Year?

I don’t mean to be a nag. I really don’t. On the other hand, I really do love the idea of you achieving your reading goals in 2020. Or, if you don’t have a formalized reading goal, I at least love the idea of helping you to read something, and maybe even to read a little bit more of something than you otherwise would. I rather expect you wouldn’t mind reading a few good books this year, and maybe reading …