What’s Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?

I was recently in Quito, Ecuador, to do some historical research, to preach at a local church, and to participate in an Ask Me Anything session. I thought you may be interested in this question and answer about the prosperity gospel. And I thought you might find it interesting to see what it’s like to work with a translator. (A note on working with a translator: The main challenge I find is that I need to speak in phrases to …

EPIC Ecuador: Not Just Any Dam

Last week I headed south—far south—for the next leg of my EPIC journey. I went to Ecuador where, in very high altitudes and among beautiful landscapes, we tracked down a special object. Here is some of what I saw. This video is made possible with thanks to Zondervan. They’d like you to know about a book I co-wrote titled Visual Theology. You can learn more here. Transcript Tim: Behind me is a dam, but not just any dam. This video …

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Who Gives What: Should the Pastor Know?

This is a question every pastor and his church needs to think about: Should pastors know if their congregants are faithful in tithing? Here is my answer. Transcript Today’s question comes from Trent. And he’s asking this: should pastors know if their congregants are faithful in tithing? Now that’s a good question, it’s one I’ve thought about quite a bit, one we’ve had to ask ourselves at Grace Fellowship Church. I’ve got an answer for you. I’ll give it to …

Eight Ways Satan Tempts You To Question Your Salvation

As Christians we believe that Satan exists. While he is not equal in authority and power to God, and is a finite created being, he is still very powerful. Join me as I talk about some of the ways Satan tempts us to doubt our salvation. Transcript As Christians, we believe there is a devil, we believe that Satan exists. Now, it’s important to know, he’s not the opposite of God, he’s not equal in power or authority to God. …

Why We Chose a Christian College

Two of our children are still in the public school system, yet our son is attending a Christian college. A reader wrote and asked us about that decision. Here is my answer.  Transcript As you know, I get lots of questions in and love to answer some of the ones that come from people who read my articles or who watch my videos. I got one recently I thought was actually quite interesting. Someone was saying, why is it …

New and Notable Books for October

I get books. I get lots and lots of books. As you well know, once a month or so I like to try and thin the pile a little bit and distill it down to the ones I think may be of most interest to people like you. I hope you find at least some of them worth checking out! Books Featured in This Video Real: The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships, by Cathrine Parks Reforming Joy: A Conversation between Paul, …

Tips for Reading Better & The Future of Books

During my recent trip to India I was asked what I thought about the future of reading and about the different trends I see in reading (focusing on the different media through which people encounter words). I was also asked for tips to help people remember what they read. Here are my answers.   Transcript How do you think the average person’s reading habits are changing? Is it for the better? I think people are still reading, but maybe not …

How Can You Balance Life and Ministry and Your Passions and Hobbies?

At a recent event in India I was asked two interesting questions on a common theme: “How should a pastor balance his life outside of the church with his calling to ministry?” and “How should a pastor think about passions and hobbies outside of ministry?” These are issues I’ve thought about a lot and attempted to provide a helpful answer.   Transcript How should a pastor balance his life outside of the church with his calling to ministry? Yes, really, …

Practicing Church Discipline & Man-Pleasing vs God-Pleasing

During my recent trip to India I participated in an Ask Me Anything event and was asked a couple of questions I thought might be of interest to you. One concerned practicing church discipline and the other how to avoid the temptation to be a man-pleaser instead of a God-pleaser. Here are my answers to both of these questions.   Transcript How do you overcome the desire for the approval of a man? So, one of my constant prayers is …

The Joys and Challenges of the Church in India

While I was in India, I had the privilege of sitting down with a dear friend who pastors a key local church in northern India. I got to ask him questions about some of the joys and some of the challenges of ministry in that great land. Here is our brief discussion. Transcript Tim: What are some of the evidences of God’s grace you see in the church in India? Pastor: I think first and foremost, just the growth of …