Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for visiting my website. Let me explain a bit about what you’ll find here. First, it’s a bit unusual to see two such different blogs—one for writers, and one exploring the depths of the Christian life. My blog for writers has been in existence since 2008 and I want to continue to advise both aspiring and published writers. But most of the books I write myself center around what I call “the magnificent Christian life.” That’s where my spiritual passion is, so it’s natural that I blog about this great life we have in Christ. Whether you’re an author looking for advice about your writing, or a Christian longing to go deeper in your faith….welcome!

Here then are some answers to questions you might have about my new blog.

Q. What is the Magnificent Christian life blog?

A. It’s a blog that takes us deeper into the “magnificent Christian life.” Far too many Christians are either discouraged, frustrated, or ill-informed about the abundant life available to them in Christ. This life Christ offers us is truly magnificent.

Q. Why did you choose such an old-fashioned word as “magnificent” to describe the Christian life?

A. Simply, I love the word “magnificent” and I think it best describes the immense joy we receive as we live out the promises of God. And if the word is old-fashioned, that will make it all the more appropriate because I love to bring back some of the “old-fashioned” writers of years past. Some of these men and women you’ve no doubt heard of. Others you will be introduced to as I sprinkle my own writing with some of their best quotes.

Q. Who are some of the writers you like to quote?’

A. Although most of what you find here will be my original material, occasionally I’ll post some rich nuggets from some of my favorite writers. Here are just a few:

  • Andrew Murray
  • Hannah Whitall Smith
  • Charles Spurgeon
  • Dwight Moody
  • Watchman Nee
  • Jessie Penn-Lewis
  • Madame Guyon
  • Edward Dennett
  • E.M. Bounds
  • Amy Carmichael
  • Jim Elliot
  • Norman Grubb
  • Evan Hopkins
  • F.J. Huegel
  • F.B. Meyer
  • George Mueller
  • Ruth Paxson
  • A.B. Simpson
  • Hudson Taylor
  • Corrie Ten Boom
  • A.W. Tozer

Much of what I glean from the old writers of the past, I use in my books. If you like what you read here, you’ll love Magnificent Prayer, His Victorious Indwelling, and Power in the Promises.

For example, here’s a quote from C.A. Coates that exemplifies our common journey of faith. This is part of the July 7th reading in His Victorious Indwelling:

“It is as we take the Lord Jesus by faith into the affections of our hearts that we make spiritual progress. It is as He occupies an enlarged place in our affections that we go on. The head may be filled with general theological information without producing one spark of heart-affection for the Lord Jesus and the soul remains in a state of spiritual emaciation.”

Our goal, then, is to not just have head knowledge, but to have “heart affection” for the Lord Jesus.

Q.  Who are you writing your Magnificent Christian life blog for?

The apostle Peter wrote these wonderful words in his first epistle:

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8 NIV).

I write for Christians hungry for that “inexpressible and glorious joy” God has for each of us. Whether you’re a new believer in Christ or if you consider yourself a strong and seasoned believer in Christ—you’ll find much to savor in the months ahead as we dig into God’s great truths with the goal of living out the “inexpressible and glorious joy” God has for us.

How often will the blog be updated?

My goal is to blog at least every Monday.

What can I do to help get the word out?

When you read a particularly useful post, I hope you’ll share it with your friends, either by e-mail, Twitter, or on Facebook. I also covet your prayers for my future books, three of which are now in the form of a book proposal.

One final thought….

Since I love the old writers, most of my blog entries will include at least one memorable quote to stir our hearts. Here’s one that pretty much identifies my purpose with The Magnificent Christian Life blog and my books.

“God is such an infinite blessing that every sense of His glorious presence gives gladness to the heart. Every step toward Him is likewise a measure of happiness.”

Susanna Wesley, as quoted in His Victorious Indwelling.

Join me in stepping toward Him…and stepping toward happiness.

 

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