FAQs about Max

How do you pronounce Lucado?

Max’s last name is pronounced Luh-KAY-dough not Luh-KAH-dough.  An easy way to remember is this:  Lucado rhymes with potato.

What books has Max written?

Max has published over 75 books and related projects for both adults and children.  View a list of Max Lucado’s published books.

Where does Max preach?

Max serves as Minister of Preaching at  Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas.  He has ministered to this church for 25 years. The worship services of Oak Hills Church are live-streamed from the website, and you are welcome to participate anytime.  This is a great way for those who enjoy Max’s teaching to hear his most current messages.

What is Max Lucado’s church heritage?

Max was raised in the Church of Christ in west Texas.  Technically, the churches of Christ are not part of an organized denomination.  Each congregation is autonomous, yet shares a restoration heritage similar to The Christian Church and Disciples of Christ.  He received a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University in Texas, which is a college founded by leaders in the churches of Christ.

The Oak Hills Church, where Max Lucado serves as Preaching Minister, arose from that same heritage.  Oak Hills is an independent church;  you may find their statement of beliefs on their website:  www.oakhillschurch.com/about/beliefs/

We heard that Max had health problems.  How is he today?

Max appreciates your concern.  He experienced a heart arrhythmia problem that was corrected with surgery in 2007.  Today, he is enjoying excellent health, spending his time preaching, writing, and enjoying his family and friends.

How can I meet Max in person?

Max greets visitors between worship services at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX, when he is preaching.  Please check the church preaching schedule or call  the church office (210) 698-6868 to confirm the dates you plan to visit.   Please note that any published speaking engagement or preaching date is subject to last minute change without notice.  For worship times, directions and  schedule, go to the Oak Hills website: http://www.oakhillschurch.com.

What is Max’s speaking schedule?

To view Max Lucado’s preaching schedule, visit the Oak Hills Church website; click on About & select Speaking Schedule. Max and senior minister Randy Frazee share the preaching responsibilities at Oak Hills Church, with Max usually scheduled to preach during the winter, spring months, and Randy during the summer, fall.

For information on Max’s national and international speaking engagements away from Oak Hills, check the events calendar at MaxLucado.com.

How can I request Max Lucado to speak at our church, conference, or event?

Our deadline for invitations is August 1, for events occurring the following year.  Invitations should be in writing, either by email or standard mail, and should include all pertinent details: information about the inviting organization, dates, times, number of messages, location, anticipated audience.  We plan only one year in advance.

Each year in early fall, Max and his Advisory Committee meet to review all invitations. Priority placements on his calendar are his commitments to family, Oak Hills Church preaching responsibilities, and publishing duties.  Once those commitments are in place, Max and the committee determine which additional events will find a place on his calendar.

Max personally considers each letter carefully and prayerfully, and is deeply honored by every invitation.

Email requests to info@maxlucado.com

Mail to :
Office of Max Lucado
Oak Hills Church
6929 Camp Bullis Road
San Antonio, TX 78256

May I get a written copy of one of Max’s sermons?

Since Max uses his sermon notes in writing his books, the transcripts are copyrighted.  Therefore we do not publish or publicly distribute written transcripts of Max’s messages. The worship services at Oak Hills Church are live-streamed, and you are welcome to participate anytime.

What address do I use to mail a letter to Max Lucado?

UpWords® Ministries
PO Box 692170
San Antonio, TX 78269

FAQs about UpWords

What is UpWords®?

UpWords®, the Bible Teaching Ministry of Max Lucado began in 1991 as a daily 15-minute radio broadcast with a mission to help people take one step closer to Jesus Christ.  Today, UpWords® continues with a popular one-minute radio feature, podcast, and widespread ministry over the web.  Find out more about the history of UpWords®.

Where on the radio can I hear Max?

A one-minute radio feature called ‘UpWords® with Max Lucado’ airs in over 1000 markets with approximately 1500 releases daily.  Find a station in your listening area.

How can I support UpWords, the Bible Teaching Ministry of Max Lucado?

First and foremost, we are grateful for your prayers.  Daily we ask God to lead Max and this ministry according to his divine plan.

UpWord® is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization and completely donor supported.  Any amount is greatly appreciated and we assure you that all financial gifts to UpWords support the outreach efforts of the ministry.

You can make a financial gift online via secure processing through our online store at  MaxLucado.com.  You can also call 1-888-764-9606 or mail your donation to:

UpWords® Ministries
P.O. Box 692170
San Antonio, TX 78269

Can UpWords® Ministries donate funds or products to my mission trip, school auction, or benefit?

Requests for donations of books and resources are considered on a case-by-case basis, and responded to according to the ministry’s capacity.  To request quantity discounts of Max’s books, we suggest you contact the publisher of the books you are interested in obtaining or visit our MaxLucado online store, an alliance with The Christianbook Group.

Regretfully, UpWords policy does not allow financial donations to individuals or their ministries.  As a completely donor-supported ministry, financial gifts to UpWords fund our radio program, website, and other ministry-related expenses.  I’m sure you understand that as honorable stewards of these donations, we are not able to divert funds to provide financial aid to select individuals.

FAQs about MaxLucado store

Can I buy books by Max directly from his ministry?

Visit our MaxLucado.com online store, an alliance with The Christianbookgroup (CBD).  When you purchase products in the MaxLucado store, you help support our ministry.  CBD offers the most competitive pricing and excellent customer service, so this alliance is a winning strategy for everyone!  Every product purchased through our online store and each donation to MaxLucado.com increase our capacity to spread hope in Jesus Christ through radio, internet, and outreach events.

Order by phone:  1-888-764-9606.  CBD is available to assist our store customers with all your product purchases or donations.  Customer service is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-11:00 pm EST and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm EST.

Can I get an autographed copy of one of Max’s books?

Max signs books as his schedule permits; therefore we cannot guarantee the return of your book by a specific deadline.  We can send you a signed bookplate for your book, or you may send the book that you want autographed, with return postage paid packaging to:

UpWord® Ministries
PO Box 692170
San Antonio, TX 78269


FAQs about the Bible

Can I write to Max Lucado about a personal, theological, or counseling issue?

Because Max feels that long distance counseling risks doing more harm than good, he believes it’s best to develop a compassionate relationship with a reputable local pastor who can work with you on these issues.  There are many excellent ministers across the country who are dedicated to this task and who would welcome the opportunity to study your concerns with you.

Over 25 years of ministry, Max has received thousands of questions in letters and e-mails—and even on coffee shop napkins!  He wrote a book in 2011, Max on Life, which is a collection of those letters arranged in a Q&A format.  He pens thoughtful personal responses to more than 150 queries on parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships, the role of prayer, the reason for hope, and more.

What are Max’s beliefs about baptism?      

Max teaches we are saved by grace. Those who have accepted Christ take the next step of faith by demonstrating their acceptance in baptism. Here is an article Max wrote concerning baptism:  Baptism, the Demonstration of Devotion.

What version of the Bible does Max use?

The Bible was originally written in ancient Hebrew and Greek, with a few sections in Aramaic. Therefore, any English Bible is a translation. In his bible study, Max uses many different versions interchangeably.  He is not a Greek scholar, so he leaves the translating work to the experts, and accepts these many versions prayerfully inviting God’s direction in his study.

What does Max’s congregation, Oak Hills Church, believe about the Bible?

Oak Hills is an independent church;  you may find their statement of beliefs on their website:  www.oakhillschurch.com/about/beliefs/

What about The Message Bible?  

The Message was not intended to be a literal translation, but rather a paraphrase of scripture.  We have found this paraphrase to be a helpful tool of communication, but do understand the limitations and cautions.  Thus, Max does not use it exclusively, but rather, in concert with more literal translations.

Why are deity pronouns not capitalized in Max’s books?

We follow guidelines set by the Chicago Manual of Style, recognized as the premier authority on grammar, punctuation, style, and usage.  According to paragraph 8.94 of The Chicago Manual of Style,  pronouns referring to God or Jesus are not capitalized .  Note also that deity pronouns are lowercased in most English translations of the Bible.

Following is some research behind the history of the matter:

In Hebrew, there is no such thing as upper and lower case. The original Greek manuscripts were written in all upper case letters. Therefore, this is mostly a question of English style  more than a question of conforming to the original language texts.  In the time of the King James Version, it was common practice to capitalize pronouns pertaining to any king or other national leader. Since God is the King of Kings, it only made sense to capitalize pronouns referring to God. In modern English, we don’t do that, even when writing very respectfully. In modern English, it is considered correct to either capitalize or not capitalize pronouns referring to God, but the practice should be consistent within a book. Other contemporary translations of the Holy Bible into English are pretty much evenly split between capitalizing and not capitalizing these pronouns.

There are three other translational issues involved. One is that it seems rather awkward to translate quotations of people who were deriding Jesus Christ, and who at that point didn’t believe that He was the spotless Son of God, capitalizing the pronouns they used to refer to Him. The New American Standard Bible handles this by putting in a footnote to explain that they capitalized the pronouns because of who Jesus Christ is, not who the speaker thought He was.

Another issue is that in some of the coronation psalms, it was clear that the psalm was originally written for the coronation of an earthly king (i. e. King Solomon), but the psalm applies and is used more often to sing praises to the King of Kings. In that case, it is difficult to choose which case to use for the pronouns. By not capitalizing pronouns pertaining to God, we as translators preserve the ambiguity of the original Scriptures and leave the application to the Holy Spirit and the reader.

(This article is from the World English Bible Translation FAQ, by Michael Paul Johnson  mpj@ebible.org with numerous contributions by others.)

What are Max’s thoughts about cremation?

Cremation only speeds up the natural decomposition process.  God will have no problem resurrecting our bodies from whatever state of decomposition they are in at the time of his return.

A close relative recently committed suicide.  Does Max have any writings on this that would help give our family some peace of mind?

The following is an article Max wrote about suicide. We pray it will provide some clarity and hope:

Suicide victims battled life’s rawest contests. They often faced a mental illness or illnesses and felt the peril of mental fatigue. What you and I take for granted, they coveted. Optimism. Hope. Confidence that all would be well. Their clouds had no silver linings; their storms had no rainbows.

Didn’t we wonder, Why couldn’t he snap out of this slump . . . shrug off this case of the blues . . . buck up and move forward? Of course, had the struggle been a physical one, we wouldn’t have asked those questions. Of cancer patients we don’t ask, “Why didn’t they get rid of that melanoma?” We understand the power of cancer. We may not understand the mystery of mental illness. I certainly don’t. But this much I have observed. Depression causes good people to make the wrong choice.

Let’s be clear: suicide is the wrong choice. The date of our death is God’s to choose, not ours. He gives life, and he takes it. When people orchestrate their own death, they make the wrong choice.

But is the mistake a spiritually fatal one? Do we despair of any hope of their eternal salvation? Are we left with the nightmarish conclusion that heaven holds no place for them?

By no means. For while suicide is the wrong choice, have not we all made wrong choices? And did Christ not come for people like us? Frame their lives rightly. Remember good decisions. Catalog blue-ribbon days. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 NKJV). God does not measure a person by one decision, nor should we.


FAQs about quoting Max 

May I reprint an article from your website by Max Lucado for my church bulletin, my newsletter, my bible class, my neighbors… ?

Under normal circumstances, copyright laws do not allow for the duplication and distribution of copyrighted material. However, if your intent is to copy an excerpt from content found at MaxLucado.com or included in an email devotional from this ministry, we encourage you to do so.  However, we ask the following:

Any material by Max Lucado shall be used in its original format, unedited.

You must include an attribution line that states the following information:

  • [Book Title]
  • Copyright [Publisher, Copyright date] Max Lucado
  • Used by permission

If you need the above information to provide proper attribution, please contact us at info@maxlucado.com.   Also, we would like to be made aware of your intent and the extent of use.

May I post an article by Max Lucado on my website?

Yes, provided that you abide by the following conditions:

  • Clearly state that it is by Max Lucado
  • Do not alter, revise, or edit the wording in any way.
  • Link to the article on www.maxlucado.com
  • Do not charge for it.

May I quote from one of Max’s books in something I am writing? Or translate it into another language? Or adapt one of his books into a dramatic work or other derivative work?

UpWords® Ministries does not hold the copyright for Max Lucado’s books. Your request for permission must be directed to its respective publisher of the book in which you are interested. The same applies to requests to translate, adapt, or create a derivative work based on one of Max’s trade books.

FAQs about Publishing

Can I get Max’s help with the book I am writing?

We want to encourage you in your desire to write, and here is how we can assist you in moving toward your goal.

We have prepared a free packet of information about the writing/publishing process that we hope you will find helpful and encouraging.  This collection of materials gives guidance through the process and offers additional resources that will help you along the way.  If you’d like to receive our packet, please send your mailing address to info@maxlucado.com .

In addition, you can listen to Max’s speech on writing (presented at Jerry Jenkins Writing for the Soul conference) here: The Write Stuff.

UpWords does not offer editorial reviews or guidance,  but here is a resource that we recommend:  http://www.westbowpress.com/

Will Max write an endorsement for a book I have written?

Max’ s policy is to endorse only projects with which he is entirely familiar, or projects authored by close colleagues.  This standard gives credibility to his words and is a point of integrity for him.

How can I get a copy of Max’s book to review for my blog?

Thank you for your interest in sharing a word about Max Lucado’s books with your readers.

If you have an established blog, Max’s publisher offers some book titles for review by these organizations.

Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze – Offers print or digital books in exchange for blog reviews. For more information, please visit www.BookSneeze.com.

NetGalley – Offers digital books for online and traditional media reviewers. For more information, please visit www.NetGalley.com.