The Friday Five: David Gregory

David Gregory is the author of the bestselling Dinner with a Perfect Stranger, which hit the New  York Times extended bestseller list (No. 26), A Day with a Perfect Stranger, and The Next Level: A Parable of Finding Your Place in Life. His work has been highlighted in articles in USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. He is also co-author of the nonfiction The Rest of the Gospel. Three of his books have been adapted as movies: The Perfect Stranger, Another Perfect Stranger, and The Perfect Gift. David is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. For man years he served as a writer and editor for Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll. He was kind enough to stop by today to share today's Friday Five: How did your writing journey begin? I came to this game late. I was forty before I started writing fiction. I was already a writer/editor of training materials and theological papers for a Christian ministry, I was in...

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Mini-Reviews #11 and Book Giveaway

I'm back with another batch of mini book reviews. This time I review four books and have a special book giveaway (courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers). Here are the reviews and you can scroll down to the end of this post to have a chance to win a free book. Walking the Dust of Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned much about the Jewish culture in which Jesus did his ministry. Quite often we mistakenly interpret the gospels through our Western mindset and miss the nuances and richness of the Jewish world. For instance, we often say that Jesus came to "abolish the law" as if Jesus was anti religious and anti law. Actually, Jesus came to fulfill the law. This book is loaded with original insights into the Hebrew language. What amazed me most was how rich the original Hebrew language is. Hebrew had something like 8,000...

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5 Attitudes for Christians in a Political Season

So another Presidential campaign season is upon us and Christians are engaged at all levels and on both sides of most debates. As a recovering political junkie, I realize how easily my time, my energy, my attitudes can get sucked into the life force of Presidential politics. So here are a few attitudes that we might consider as we engage: 1) An Attitude of Prayerfulness for the Politicians (1 Timothy 2:2) This is hardest to do and least obeyed command when it comes to our political leaders. Its easier to fire off a nasty email/tweet/Facebook post/blog instead of actually committing to daily prayer for our leaders, whether we agree with them or not. I must admit that I'm consistently having to repent of this disobedience. We should pray for President Obama and his wife and children during a grueling season. We should pray for the Republican opponent and his family during a grueling...

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How to Easily Subscribe to Podcasts in iTunes

I'm a huge fan of podcasting and I strongly encourage folks to use this terrific technology to listen to some of the best preaching in America. It's free and its right at our fingertips. How better to redeem your commute? But for some, subscribing to a podcast might as well be Greek. How do you get started? Well I recently helped a friend get his new iPhone all set subscribing to podcasts. So I thought I'd post the instructions I gave him here. So below you fill find step-by-step instructions:   To Subscribe to A New Podcast: 1)    Open up iTunes on your computer 2)    In iTunes, open up the iTunes store (left side, middle screen in iTunes), right above “ping” and below “Store” 3)    In the search box, on the upper right hand side, type in the name of the podcast or personality/preacher/ministry name. For instance: Insight for Living Family Life Today Focus on the Family Matt Chandler or...

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