Latest post

How to share the good news if you’re an introvert

February 19, 2020 // 17 Comments

I have a problem. I want to tell people the good news, but I have trouble talking to strangers. Heck, I have trouble talking to friends. (Just ask my friends how often I call them.) Like 50% of the human race, I am an introvert. I don’t have the gift of the gab. I will never hold your attention with my [...]

The Chocolate Gospel is on Kickstarter!

February 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Chocolate Gospel is here! For the next two weeks, you can order my latest book on Kickstarter. And then it’s gone forever. You cannot get The Chocolate Gospel on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the Book Depository, or anywhere. It is ONLY available on Kickstarter and ONLY until the end of the month. If you wait [...]

Should we close the church for the coronavirus?

February 8, 2020 // 12 Comments

“Please don’t come to Mongolia.” I have been asked to visit many countries, but Mongolia’s the only place I’ve been asked to avoid. In 2003 I was heading to Ulaanbaatar for a church conference. I was packed, I had my visa, but at the last minute the organizers asked me to stay home. Why? Because I was [...]

E2R turns ten, and a free book for you!

February 5, 2020 // 14 Comments

Ten years ago today I wrote an article called “Whose medicine are you taking? The dangers of taking scripture out of context.” I used this article to launch a brand new blog called Escape to Reality (E2R). Five hundred articles, 30,000 comments, and nearly 10 million page views later… I’m kinda blown away [...]

Ten birthday candles: E2R’s most inflammatory articles

January 29, 2020 // 36 Comments

Escape to Reality is turning ten next week! To mark the occasion I could list the ten most popular articles, but that would be boring. I’d rather list the ten most inflammatory articles, the ones that lit a fire and got people talking. Think of these as ten candles atop the cake of nostalgia. 10. The [...]

The whole meaning of holiness

January 23, 2020 // 33 Comments

One of the reasons why we don’t walk in the freedom that the gospel brings, is that we have changed the meaning of words. We have made beautiful words ugly and turned truth into lies. We tell ourselves that we are doing what the Bible says, but since we have redefined words in the Bible, we are fooling [...]

Jesus, The First Champion of Women

January 15, 2020 // 12 Comments

In the church we have a good appreciation of what Jesus did for us, but we don’t really understand all he did for women. If we did, you can be sure we would treat them better than we do. In my last article in this series, I introduced the idea that Jesus empowered women. In this article I want to highlight two [...]

Why did Jesus send letters to angels?

January 8, 2020 // 19 Comments

People sometimes dismiss the letters to the Seven Churches because they were addressed to angels. “To the angel of the church in Ephesus; to the angel of the church in Smyrna,” etc. It sounds weird, a bit mystical. Don’t angels live in heaven? Why would Jesus send mail to angels? He [...]

Merry Christmas from the Shaky Isles

December 19, 2019 // 24 Comments

As you may have heard, one of New Zealand’s many volcanoes erupted last week killing more than a dozen tourists plus a couple of local tour guides. It was a tragedy and a reminder that our time on earth is short. So make the most of it this Christmas. Treasure your families. Make memories. Live fully. Love [...]

How did Jesus empower women?

December 12, 2019 // 11 Comments

When Jesus walked the earth, gender inequality was so entrenched in Jewish society that an adulteress could be stoned without trial and men could divorce their wives for just about any reason at all. In a nation of God-fearing and moral men, women were considered little more than property. They were servants [...]

Let’s get hypergrace into the dictionary

December 5, 2019 // 27 Comments

The English language has about 200,000 words, yet one word is missing from the dictionary. That word is hypergrace. Why don’t we change that? Why don’t we put hypergrace into the dictionary? Hypergrace is an important word. It’s a unique word. It’s a word many of us love and many more of us have used. [...]

The test of a king

November 28, 2019 // 14 Comments

In recent articles I have explained how every believer is called to be a king – to exercise kingly authority and live from the abundant provision of God’s supply. Paul said those who receive grace and righteousness will reign in life (Rom. 5:17). So the test of a king—your sword in the stone, if you [...]