The Lenten Challenge: Read and Study the Gospel of John

Last week I issued the Lenten Challenge. I hope you’ll join me this year for a 40-day read-through of the Gospel of John. Lent begins in a few...

Take the Lenten Challenge: Read and Study John This Lent

It’s the first full week of 2016—a fresh start to a new year. ...

Best Practices for Effective Public Speakers

Eat, sleep, pray, and listen. This tip is probably the most obvious—but sometimes the most neglected—for speakers. ...

Effective Public Speaking Involves More Than Words

When it comes to speaking well, eye contact is critical. I’ve known people, often authors, whose speeches had great content but their talks were...

Effective Public Speaking Using 3 Main Points

Speakers and preachers often denigrate the “three point” message. But there is a reason this idea took hold. Nearly everyone can remember...

Fear and the Syrian Refugees

If your Facebook newsfeed is at all like mine, it’s full of posts about the Syrian refugee crisis. I thought I’d add to the conversation...

How to Give an Effective Speech

What’s the most important component to giving an effective speech? Asking the right questions. There are three very simple questions your talk,...

Oprah’s “Belief”

Last month LaVon and I were invited to Montecito, California, to preview a seven-part television series produced by Oprah Winfrey called Belief. ...

Paul’s Speech to the Athenians

Luke tells us in Acts 17 that a group of philosophers began to argue with Paul. They took him to the Areopagus (Mars Hill), where some of their...

Paul’s Visit At Philippi

(Photos: 1. Art from the Orthodox Chapel next to the Gangites that shows Lydia and the other women at the river as Paul approaches. 2. Filming the...

Paul’s Sermon in Antioch

Luke tells us in Acts 13:14 that Paul and Barnabas arrived in Pisidian Antioch. It seems likely that they arrived in town several days before the...

Who Is Your Barnabas? Whose Barnabas Are You?

As we look at the life of Paul, we must take a moment to turn our attention to Barnabas. Barnabas played a pivotal role in Paul’s early...

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