Me time. What is it? It sounds selfish, right? Especially when it’s ingrained in your spiritual Christian psyche that life is “not about me”. Which is true in many aspects. Life is about God our Creator and is to be lived for His glory. And life is about loving other people. So if life is boiled down to two rules: 1. Love God and 2. Love others. Where does love for self fit in? Or does it fit in at all?
I’m excited to share (or reshare) with you guys the top 10 most listened to episodes so far. This top 10 list is based on the number of your listens and download stats only, nothing else. Judging by the list, I can see why as these were some of my most favorite interviews and guests too. So today, enjoy a quick look (or listen rather) back over the last 6-9 months of the show. Listen. Take notes. Share it. And take action.
Practical application is good and necessary for us to move from theory to practice in our lives. But do we depend on it too much for the solutions to our problems and issues? Is that overdependence teaching us to trust others over God? Is it stunting our spiritual growth? Learn 6 areas where practical application can be dangerous.
On this episode of the show, I chat with Dustin Willis about his story, ask him to debrief the Send 2015 conference, hear his passion and heart for the living out the gospel in everyday life on everyday mission for God and hear about the vision, mission and future of the NAMB and the Send Network. It’s an exciting chat and I know you’ll be encouraged to live on mission too!
Marriage, it ain’t easy. After all, stick two selfish, self-preserving people in a small confined space together, add in some stress, burdens, debt, busyness, oh and sprinkle in some kids dealing with their own challenges and selfishness and you get a recipe for chaos! The modern American household is a reality show that would put […]
Some of you may already have heard by now, but I was shocked and honored to be listed in a group of 10 great leadership podcasts according to Lifeway. Leadership Podcasts You Might Not Know – Lifeway | Church Leaders, Barnabas Piper Accolades and recognition aren’t everything, of course. But it’s nice for your hard […]
How do we navigate the work/life balance men often struggle with? How do we balance being faithful with our work and our family? Too many men live to work instead of working to live while they love their wives and kids. Per and I speak very frankly about the struggles of both and how to keep our eyes focused on what matters through it all. Enjoy!
But then I’m reminded of my own brokenness inside and my own propensity towards giving in to temptations of various kinds of sin. I know my heart. I know too well the heart of all mankind is to be led astray towards the alluring lies of lust and desire. So, instead of self-righteous anger and hypocritical condemning, I can only feel a deep sense of sadness for these people, their reputations, their families and marriages, their kids. And I feel a deep sense of humble relief: wow, it could have been me. My email could be on that list. Whew, how close was I to being dragged away and enticed by the sirens of destructive desire.
Family worship is intentional time with your family reading, praying, teaching and singing the Word of God. It’s not always a structured, formal formulaic approach to bible study. It often includes the organic, as-you-go lifestyle of busy families. It’s learning to be intentional with the time you do have as a dad and husband to live the life of Jesus to and in front of your family.
Doubt. Often considered a bad thing and even sin by Christians. However in Barnabas Piper’s new upcoming book (set to release July 1, 2015) “Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is not the enemy of faith”, Piper challenges the status quo using life experience and a powerful parable of Jesus and one of the most popular phrases in the bible: “I believe, help my unbelief.” Prepare to be pleasantly surprised and enlightened to a new reality of doubt we’ve never been told before.
Erik and I discuss the fluidity of our identity and how we process and learn from it over time. We discuss the power of productivity and doing work that matters and how that affects how we view ourselves. I love Erik’s down-to-earth approach and his humility to admit he has not figured this out but is rather in a learning process. We talk about the increase in popularity in our culture with productivity, time-managing hacks, social media and time lost browsing and being hyper-connected in this digital age. I love Erik’s awareness of how time is spent, how to recognize the difference between quality work and quantity of work and his focus on time-management vs. time-measurement. How is my value or self-worth affected by the importance I put on both the content I create online and the response or lack of response to it (Facebook Likes, number of comments, amount of reTweets, number of followers, feedback, shares, etc.)?
Jesus is very often one among many topics merely discussed in coffee shops; even by Christians. But He was never meant to be reduced to coffee talk. He is a real Person who transforms and saves. He was meant to be known. Let’s stop merely discussing Jesus and get to know Him and let Him transform our lives!
We’re too busy sometimes for an hour, even 30 minutes. But do you have 60 seconds for a thought, a word that will plunge you back into the massive ocean of the mission of God? Yes you do. Unbuckle. Get out of the car. And run!
#1: Friend of Sinners. Jesus’ popular, ironic title. Do you carry this title too?
How do we make sure our identity as entrepreneurs and business-minded men doesn’t come from what we do and how well we do it? How do we process the collision of the business and spiritual worlds? How do we navigate faith in a culture of wars and voices telling us who we are? How do we process success and failure? Where do we find true hope? Our identity is not in the creative work of our hands but in the hands of the Creator and His work on our behalf.