Michael Hidalgo

A VIEW FROM A POINT

WHAT EXACTLY DOES “GOD” MEAN? 10.13.2015

God’s name is a verb. This is no small thing. In the context of the Ancient Near Eastern world from which the Hebrew Scriptures were written names meant something. They told you about the person. For example, Abram means exalted father. Yet, when God promised him he’d be the father of a nation his name changed to Abraham, meaning “Father of Multitudes.” Names were more than something written on a nametag. They spoke toward your identity. Your essence. And God’s name? It’s a verb. We learn this in Exodus 3 when Moses asks God his name. God’s replies, “I Am…

A CONVERSATION WITH BRAD LOMENICK 10.5.2015

My friend Brad Lomenick recently released a new book titled, H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. I asked him a few questions about the book, and most importantly all he’s learned about leading over the years. Michael: Give us a quick overview of the book. Brad: H3 Leadership is an application driven, practical leadership book that provides much needed guidance on how to not only run, but finish well in the leadership race. Breaking down the “what” and “how daily leadership habits and routines that will awaken and transform the way you lead. Based on over a decade of work with…

WHO IS UNFAITHFUL TO THE BIBLE? 9.29.2015

It’s not uncommon today for Christians to accuse someone of being unfaithful to Scripture or unbiblical. And it is not “innocent until proven guilty” - the accusation itself is equal to a statement of guilt. Once a person is deemed guilty he or she is dismissed. It happens so often we barely give it any thought, but this does not mean we should not think about it. Just the opposite. It may do us well to consider a few things, and move in a better direction that, in the end, could lead all of us to be more faithful to…

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES by TIM CHADDICK 9.23.2015

I recently caught up with Tim Chaddick, author of the new book, The Truth About Lies: The Unlikely Role Of Temptation In Who You Will Become. He graciously agreed to guest blog and below is an excerpt from his book. Enjoy! I’m not sure what comes to mind when you think about your past, but when I think about mine before I met Jesus, it was like this giant burden that I carried on my shoulders. It weighed me down. It left me longing for deliverance. People in every century and cultural background have experienced this pain or shame over…

WHY WE TELL STORIES ABOUT OTHERS 9.17.2015

Stories are powerful, aren’t they? Perhaps this is why, off all things, we tell stories about those who are not like us. We rationalize our poor behavior toward them and to further the distance between ourselves and “the other” by telling stories. This is nothing new; it’s been happening for 1,000’s of years. Leviticus 13 commands the people of Israel on what they are to do if you have an “infectious skin disease” (what many moderns refer to as leprosy). The commands conclude with, “… they must live outside the camp.” While this may sound extreme, this was a way…
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