Chapter 4: Jim Bakker, Billy Graham, And A Sinking Man–From the new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus)

Man sinking into a quicksand whirlpool

Today’s post is from my new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus).

Last Saturday we posted Chapter 3: How Not To Become A Christian Doormat.

Love Like Jesus is due to be published later this year. If you’re interested in serving as a beta reader send me an email at

Chapter 4 — Jim Bakker, Billy Graham, And A Sinking Man

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Chapter 2: Love The Unlovable — From the new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus)

Love Like Jesus -- Socialize with Sinners InfluenceToday’s post is from my new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus).

It’s the second chapter from Part 2 — Words of Caution.

Last Saturday we posted Part 1, Chapter 1 — Imitating Jesus

Love Like Jesus is due to be published in 2018.

Chapter 2: Love The Unlovable

And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:16-17)

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Maybe The Most Undervalued Verse In The Bible (Or how to fail at guarding your heart)

heart-via-pixabay-no-attribution-required(Read Proverbs chapter 4)

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV

How To Fail To Guard Your Heart

The writer of Proverbs chapter four is sharing wisdom with his sons. He spends much of the chapter admonishing them to listen to his words and to value wisdom highly. Then, toward the end, he says what he says in verse 23, “Above all else, guard your heart . . .”

“Above all else,” he says.

This instruction, which is at the very least Continue reading

Who To Criticize: John 7:19-24


Leonid Mamchenkov criticizing himself.

(Read John 7:19-24)

Last post from the book of John we saw how people were amazed at Jesus’ words because he had no formal education in the scriptures. We also saw how Jesus had an affinity for people who love to do God’s will and seek to glorify Him rather than themselves. (See previous post Choosing A Church (And Who I Should Listen To): John 7:10-18)

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Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: On A Scale Of 1-10…

I recently had this conversation with my son Nate.

Nate: “Dad, on a scale of one to ten, how important do you feel it is, for you to be right?”

Me: “Is there an eleven?”

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I Recently Had This Conversation With Kathy

I recently had the following conversation with Kathy.

Kathy: “Sometimes you can be so dismissive.”

Me: “That’s ridiculous.”

(Kathy appreciates your prayers.)

Religious Bigots

Against The Flow by Marcin Bajer-CC

Against the Flow

The Definition Of A Bigot

I want to begin by saying I struggled with using the word bigot. The first definition that comes up when I Google it is, “a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.” That’s similar to other definitions I found, including the one from Merriam-Webster and that’s the meaning of the word as it’s used in this blog post. But for many people today the word bigot has become synonymous with the word racist and that’s NOT the meaning of the word as used in this article.

When Rules Trump Jesus’ Love

Today a Christian friend of mine shared about a man I’ll call Tom. My friend cared for this man in a group home because Tom had a serious cognitive disability. Tom’s capacity to enjoy life was severely limited: there was just one, and only one, activity that brought him joy and that was Continue reading

The Time Jesus Asked The Impossible (of a sick and suffering man)


Christ Follower

Christ follower

The Way Of His Culture

In Jesus’ day there was this place in Jerusalem by a pool called Bethesda. It had five decks, and each deck had a roof supported by pillars. The rumor was Continue reading

The Best Investment

Living Water by Shellie Gonzalez-CC

Thirsty Again

Last post from the gospel of John we talked about how Jesus loved both the Samaritan woman living on the margin, and the Jewish man leading the mainstream. And we talked about how we need to love people in the same way Jesus did: all people, from all walks. Jesus loved them all.

We left off with Jesus asking the woman at the well for a drink of water. And when he does, she asks him why he, a Jewish man, would ask her, a woman of Samaria, for a drink.

And this is how he answers:

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The 1 Thing I Do That Drowns Out Jesus


“He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.” (John 3:31-34)

The 1 Thing I Do

“No one receives his testimony,” John the Baptist said. Why is that?

First, let me say that I think what John is saying here is, in his day almost no one received Jesus’ testimony. It seems that John uses the phrase “no one” as a figure of speech. Because it’s true that while Jesus remained on earth, relatively few received his testimony and accepted him as Savior and Messiah. But that’s not the main point I want to write about today. The main point is the one thing I do to drown out Jesus’ testimony from my hearing. And we find insight about that one thing in a group of Jesus’ contemporaries: the Continue reading