Welcome to Episode 13 of the POP GOD POPcast – an exploration into the lives of people seeking God in the present tense.
This week’s guest is Mitch Schultz. Mitch is a pastor who’s served for nearly 30 years with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He’s also the author of the new novel The Whisper. The Whisper tells the story of a pastor caught up in a vicious church scandal who tries to run from God. Mitch talks about the creative journey behind the book and shares his incredible testimony as well. From being born to missionaries in Papua New Guinea to pastoring in England to facing down personal tragedy, Mitch has a truly unique story and he opens up about the way God uses our personal pain to bring us back to Him. Enjoy this deeper look inside the life of a pastor and author truly seeking God in the present tense.
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What if we’ve been wrong about David and Goliath this whole time?
This is the question posed by Malcolm Gladwell at the center of his new book David and Goliath. Gladwell is the revolutionary brain behind The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers – 3 books which revolutionized the business world and my personal thinking as well.
Gladwell’s books consistently offer fresh perspective on seemingly obvious thoughts we take for granted about success. In David and Goliath, Gladwell asks us to rethink the idea of underdogs – the heroes who seemingly overcome great adversity to triumph in battle. Gladwell posits that perhaps some disadvantages are really advantages (and vice versa).
The book starts off with a reexamination of the first and greatest underdog story ever recorded – David vs. Goliath. As we all once learned in Sunday School, David was the meager shepherd who, forsaking a warrior’s armor, brought only a slingshot to take down a mighty giant.
Generations have been taught this story as an example of the power of God to use the smallest of men to slay the tallest of enemies. But what if David wasn’t the underdog here? What if David was actually the prohibitive favorite against Goliath?
Gladwell’s research shows David was not an underdog at all. He was actually a strategic mastermind. Continue reading
The dream of my childhood is alive on Netflix.
When I was a kid I used to fantasize about watching any television show you wanted whenever you wanted. In my head I dreamed of a network called “The Channel” – an on demand wonderland where viewers weren’t subject to schedules or programmers, able to watch any episode at any time.
I wasn’t the only one dreaming back then. The technology I once only imagined is now available not only through Netflix but Hulu, Youtube, Amazon, On Demand, and countless other streaming services.
The archives of television (and film and music) history are at your command. If you want to watch that episode of “Sanford and Son” where Fred thinks B.B. King is trying to kill him, you could right this second.
Take a moment to be in awe of this. Less than a decade ago if you missed your favorite tv show the night it aired (and you forgot to set your VCR) then you simply missed it. Continue reading
At the end of every episode of “Inside The Actor’s Studio”, host James Lipton gives guests the famous set of questions inspired by French talk show host Bernard Pivot where we learn about the favorite things of each actor. We learn their favorite word, noise, and curse word (always a source of delight for the audience).
I’d love to hear God talk about His favorite things. What are the sounds and words He most loves to hear? What are the places He cherishes most? What if God’s been telling us all along and the answers are right there in the scriptures?
In his new book God’s Favorite Place On Earth, Frank Viola offers his take on God’s favorite place, the place Jesus seemed to take a shining to the most in His time on earth – the village of Bethany. Continue reading
If you’re reading this blog, I can’t tell you how grateful I am.
I just wish there were more of you.
Look, I realize I only started this blog a couple months ago. I realize I’ve only written 60 posts or so. I realize it takes years, decades even to grow a following.
But I want more than a dozen people to read this blog every day. And I want that right now. I want it today.
I think that’s why I needed to read Jon Acuff’s latest book Start. Continue reading
There may be no more embarrassing situation than purchasing a plunger at 2 in the morning.
Because there can only ever be one reason to buy a plunger at 2 in the morning: your toilet is overflowing, and it cannot wait.
You can’t buy a plunger in privacy. You can’t just order one off Amazon and wait a couple of weeks (or even just a couple of days if you have Amazon Prime). If your house isn’t prepared with a plunger already, you would only buy one when you really need it.
I ran into a friend in Walmart the other night doing just this. We didn’t say anything about the plunger in his hand. We both knew.
There’s no way to hide buying a plunger at 2 in the morning. And you shouldn’t have to. We’ve all been there.
You shouldn’t have to hide any of the other crap you have backed up in your life either. We all have sins and secrets, the things we do at 2 in the morning we’re embarrassed and ashamed of.
If we all have secrets, then whey do we try to so hard to hid them? And why do we ever try to hide them from God? It’s not like God doesn’t know what we’re struggling with. We act like we can keep it from him.
You can’t. Your life is on record. You are on camera at all times. There is no moment in your life you can hide. Continue reading