Archives For Lent

When Does Lent 2015 Begin? The 40 Most Transformative Days of the Year

Do you really want to grow? Do you really want to change? Do you really want to experience the transformative presence of God in your life? If so…

February 18, 2015 will change everything for you.

This is the kick off of Lent—a holy season on the church calendar in which we set apart to pursue God with wholehearted abandon. Lent is the 40 days before Easter (not including Sundays) set apart for prayer, penitence, and self-denial. This is a time designed to stir your hunger for God and lean in to hear His voice more clearly. This is a season of both repentance and the renewal of faith.

In past years for Lent, I’ve engaged in some unusual spiritual disciplines. One year, I quit prayer. Another, I waved goodbye to contempt. Two years ago, more than 10,000 people joined me in a fast, furious journey through the entire Bible in 40 days. Last year, more than 50,000 people joined in reading through the New Testament. Continue Reading...

Here’s the Truth About Reading the Bible

Today, I want to turn cartwheels.

Why, do you ask? Continue Reading...

Is This the Most Divisive Bible Passage of Our Age?

Each week during the #LentChallenge we’ve been asking Dr. Craig Blomberg, New Testament scholar and author, YOUR questions.

While reading the epistles we came across what may be one of the most divisive passages of our time which led several of you to ask this hot button question: Continue Reading...

The ONE Way to Improve Your Teaching and Writing

Sometimes referred to as the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon was famed for preaching at his church in London to crowds of more than six thousand people. With more than twenty-five hundred of his sermons published, this famous preacher has more books in print than any other pastor in history.

In one account from Spurgeon’s life, a young pastor approached the famed preacher and asked if he’d listen to him teach and provide feedback of his presentation.

Spurgeon agreed.

The young pastor preached a passionate sermon. He waited in excited expectation for Spurgeon’s response.

Spurgeon observed that while the sermon was well-delivered and well-prepared, it was poor.

The young pastor pressed Spurgeon to know why. Continue Reading...

What You’ve Got to Know When You Open Up Your Bible

God is on the move through the #LentChallenge.

And it’s not just that more than 40,000 people have joined in.

It’s that the Holy Spirit is teaching, correcting, challenging, encouraging and breathing life into those who are reading the Bible in profound and downright amazing ways.

Consider the following story we just heard: Continue Reading...