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May 15th, 2012 // posted in Transformation

The Maximum Faith Series Article 3: How Brokenness Happens

The two previous articles on mastering the seventh stop on the journey to wholeness – i.e., allowing God to break us of our infatuation with sin, self, and society – addressed why we should think of brokenness as a positive event rather than something to be avoided. As an important albeit difficult stop on the [...]

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April 30th, 2012 // posted in Transformation

The Maximum Faith Series Article 2: Why Brokenness Matters to God

My previous article on brokenness noted that being transformed from someone who is focused almost exclusively upon life-on-earth into someone who lives for and like Jesus Christ requires mastering multiple challenges along the journey to wholeness. We began by looking at the seventh stop on the 10-stop transformational journey – a stop centered on brokenness [...]

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April 16th, 2012 // posted in Transformation

The Maximum Faith Series: Article 1: The Importance of Brokenness

The process of allowing God to transform you into the people He envisioned you becoming is a lifelong challenge. Often, we believe we have dealt with our sin issue by saying some words that invite Jesus to be our savior, and after making that decision we move on to face the other challenges of life. [...]

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January 10th, 2012 // posted in Leadership, Trends, Worldview

Relationships, Rules & Rebellion

While listening to a teaching by Andy Stanley the other day I was struck by a statement he made regarding our connection with God and His parameters for us. The Atlanta-based pastor noted that “rules without relationship lead to rebellion.” As his sermon illustrated, that has certainly been the case in many of the stories [...]

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December 19th, 2011 // posted in Misc

Most Fascinating People?

I caught the tail end of the annual Barbara Walters special regarding her selections for the most fascinating people of 2011. Not surprisingly, the list skewed toward mainstream media celebrities. The behavioral thread that a majority of them shared is that their lifestyles distort traditional moral boundaries. It was an interesting exercise to try to [...]

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November 30th, 2011 // posted in Misc

The Other George

Most adults in this country know the name Gallup. Not everyone had the good fortune to know the people behind the name. I first became acquainted with George Gallup Jr. while I was in graduate school in New Jersey, back in the dark ages. I heard him speak at a small event in Princeton where [...]

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October 3rd, 2011 // posted in Media, Trends, Worldview

Telling the Truth

I was eating dinner and reading a book while my wife watched one of her favorite TV shows in an adjoining room. I have long had a deep distaste for that particular program, knowing how it has distorted facts and gutted reputations through selective editing and deceptive commentary. Over the years several friends have been [...]

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August 29th, 2011 // posted in Leadership, Transformation

Your Great and Holy Cause

I was reading a book about the life of Francis of Assisi this morning when a particular phrase struck me. Talking about life in the Middle Ages, the author (Paul Sabatier) commented that “men everywhere had but one desire – to devote themselves to some great and holy cause.” Apart from the fact that it [...]

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August 15th, 2011 // posted in Media

The Future of Book Publishing

Recently I had the privilege of speaking at the International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta. Hosted by the Christian Booksellers Association, my assignment was to speak about the future of book publishing. Below is a summary of those thoughts. What are some likely contours of the future of book publishing? This is a debate that [...]

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August 4th, 2011 // posted in Trends

Comments on the August 4 Barna Update (“Barna Study of Religious Change Since 1991 Shows Significant Changes by Faith Group”)

Although the tracking summary reports religious changes since 1991, it is worth noting that many of the changes reported happened between 1991 and 2001, with the past decade simply a time of stability. (To see the data regarding changes according to religious categorizations, click here) For instance, among Catholics, there was significant movement from 1991 [...]

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