Don’t Shove Out Chivalry Just Yet

Why I’m convinced true chivalry isn’t chauvinism.

Cathy and I went to the grocery store not long ago. We parked, and I got out of the car to open the door for her. As I took her hand, I heard a loud voice behind me blurt: “I don’t believe it!”

Don’t Shove Out Chivalry Just Yet

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I turned around to see a woman with a flabbergasted face. “You opened the door for her! I didn’t think that happened anymore.”

I smiled. “It happens every day.” She walked off, shaking her head.

On another occasion several years ago, I was about to enter an office building and noticed through the glass doors a lady about to exit. I opened the door for her. This smartly dressed woman stopped and gave me a severe look. Her words surprised me.

“Don’t open the door for me just because I’m a woman,” she said. My response was quick but kind.

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I look forward to speaking with host, Lina Abujamra, and Michele Cushatt on I4J Live (Innovate for Jesus) on the topic of waiting on God.

Watch the interview below:

Date: August 20, 2015
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Appearance: Waiting on God Interview on I4J Live
Outlet: I4J Live
Format: Vlog

In this interview we discuss topics found in my book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing.

Why You Must Listen to God Rather than to People

Joash's life demands we cultivate our own resolve to follow the Lord.

We all need people to influence us. God made us that way. From the languages we speak to the character we develop—it all begins with those who surround us in our formative years.

Listen to God

(Photo by Noam Armonn via Vivozoom)

It starts with our environment, but it shouldn’t end there. It cannot.

When it does, it’s tragic. That was the case with King Joash.

But it doesn’t have to be that way with us.

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The Land of Uz and the Land of Us

Job’s geography speaks to the unchanging nature of biblical truth.

When we read that Job lived “in the land of Uz,” it sounds odd to our modern ears (Job 1:1). Job might as well have lived in the Land of Oz. Our unfamiliarity with Uz makes it easy to dismiss.

The Land of Uz and the Land of Us

(Photo: Mountains of Edom and Arabah from Timna Park. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The mention of the “land of Uz,” as well as many other geographical references in Scripture, can appear to be throwaway statements.

But they’re not. Not at all. Why?

The land of Uz too closely resembles the land of us.

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I Only Need One Click from You

With one click you will help thousands hear how to wait on God.

It won’t take but a moment. Your one click will do more than help me launch my upcoming book. It can help make a difference in the lives of thousands of people who are waiting on God. But there’s one problem.

I Only Need One Click from You

(I Only Need One Click from You.)

Thunderclap will send out a huge notification on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr—but ONLY if we get 100 clicks of support. We’re a little more than halfway there, and time is running out.

Please don’t leave it to someone else to help. I’m asking you for your help. Take a moment right now.

Thanks in advance for your click!


One click is all I need!


In this episode of Cradle My Heart Radio, Kim Ketola interviews me on the topic of my new book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing. Kim’s weekly show focuses on helping others experience the healing love of Jesus Christ after an abortion.

You can listen to the interview here.

Date: August 16, 2015
Time: 08:00 p.m.
Appearance: Cradle My Heart Radio Interview 1
Outlet: Cradle My Heart Radio
Format: Radio

In this interview we discuss topics found in my book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing.

Don’t Buy My Book—YET!

If you wait until August 18, I'll reward you big-time.

My new book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing, is already shipping to retailers. In fact, you can buy my book now at online retailers. But I’m asking you to do something crazy: WAIT. Here’s why.

Waiting on God books

The official release day is August 18 (just over 2 weeks away), and if you’ll wait until then to buy it, I’ll reward you. My hope is for the book to land on a bestseller list—which helps get the message of the book to a much wider audience.

For weeks I had been told to encourage pre-ordering the book. Here’s the problem:

  • Online retailers released the book ahead of schedule. So . . . all of those pre-orders have shipped, and the list ranking is now spread out rather than focused. Rats.
  • If you pre-ordered the book before this date, save your receipt and I’ll give you the bonuses as well—during launch week, August 18.

Wait . . . and Get 7 Bonuses Worth $160.78

You can help me by waiting to buy the book. (That makes sense with a book about “waiting,” doesn’t it?) If you’re willing to wait, I’ll reward you by giving you 7 bonuses worth $160.78. I’ll announce what those bonuses are on my blog on August 18.

If you already have subscribed to my blog, I’ll remind you to get the book on August 18. So subscribe now (if you haven’t) so that you don’t miss the opportunity to get these bonuses.

Thank you!

Question: Will you wait to buy the book? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


From Bahurim to Susa—God Turns a Curse into a Blessing

The Lord’s Providential Ironies Flow from Benjamin’s Tribe

One of the dark moments of King David’s reign saw him shuffling barefoot over the Mount of Olives, fleeing rather than facing a fight with his rebel son Absalom.

From Bahurim to Susa—God Turns a Curse into a Blessing

(Photo: Sunrise over the Mount of Olives. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

After David made his way over the summit, he passed below the Benjamite village of Bahurim. There a loudmouth named Shimei hurled rocks at David’s passing entourage. But the curses Shimei chucked hurt worse. David’s response was stellar:

My son who came out from me seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him. Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day. —2 Sam. 16:11–12

Centuries later, another Benjamite named Shimei would play a role in providing blessing to David’s line. In fact to all Jews.

And to you.

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