Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,
“According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … There is absolutely no truth to it … If you hear this rumor, I would be grateful if you would help me short-circuit it. You can tell ’em it’s not true, and you heard it directly from me.”
I recall when this rumor was circulating and was saddened (and surprised) at how many Christians believed it without going straight to Michael to see if it was true or false. Here’s another example that’s much more national.[Continue Reading…]
Last summer, a friend suggested that I relaunch my vision for a ministry dream team after I released my signature book Insurgence: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom. His thinking was that the book would give leaders a startlingly clear vision of what the dream team would be focused on.
To wit, the team would labor together arm-in-arm to proclaim the explosive gospel of the kingdom and spread the Insurgence.
So at my friend’s suggestions, I crafted a brand new PDF document which articulates my vision (and hope) for a ministry team as well as the criteria for it.
I find the timing fascinating. August 12, 2018 will mark the 50th year that the greatest “dream team” formed in music. Led Zeppelin had their first rehearsal and officially formed on August 12, 1968. Regardless of what you think of their music or their personal lives (which I don’t endorse, obviously), music experts are agreed that Zeppelin was the greatest hard rock band in history, and their music has proved timeless.[Continue Reading…]
I just returned from speaking at the 2018 Deeper Christian Life Conference. The theme of the conference was BEAUTIFUL PURSUIT, and for three days, we immersed ourselves in seeking the conscious presence of Jesus Christ.
As I explained in Insurgence, the gospel of the kingdom leads to inheriting the conscious presence of Christ. Right here, right now.
During the conference, we practically sought the Lord’s presence and virtually all who attended encountered Him in fresh and surprising ways. The heaven’s opened to us and we were wrecked.
The following is a short excerpt from one of the seven messages I delivered. In the excerpt, I spoke on what I call “the subtlety of God’s presence” – a topic I’ve never heard anyone speak on.
I hope you find it helpful.
You can listen to the excerpt below. Just click the red play button.
Some of you who finished my new book, INSURGENCE: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, have asked how to form a “kingdom cell.”
(For those who haven’t finished the book yet, a “kingdom cell” is the kingdom analog to “sleeper cells” in radical terrorist groups. A discussion on kingdom cells appears in the final “Taking Action” section at the end of the book. They are not to be confused with “cell churches.”)
In the book, I explain what to do when you’re kingdom cell has formed. This blog post offers ways to find people to be part of your kingdom cell.[Continue Reading…]
More and more people are using YouTube for content. For that reason, we’ve launched a new YouTube channel to equip and spread the Insurgence, particularly to a younger generation (late teens, 20s, 30s, 40s), since YouTube is their primary medium for consuming content these days.
Beginning in August, we plan to update the channel with new resources on a regular basis, including more conference messages, interviews, and monologues. Presently, we have 22 videos on the channel – a mixture of different types.
If you use YouTube regularly, you’ll want to subscribe so you are notified about the new videos that are coming. If you find a video helpful, share it so others may benefit.
I wasn’t able to fit a number of chapters in INSURGENCE. So we put them online as supplemental articles.
One of them is entitled The Origins of Human Government and Hierarchy. This article makes an outrageous proposal. But one that I believe is true. Be sure to read all of it as it’s highly nuanced. Feel free to print it out and read offline (that’s what I do with articles).
In this video, Frank is interviewed on his 2008 book with George Barna (PAGAN CHRISTIANITY) and his 2018 book (INSURGENCE). Both books are similar in that one deconstructs modern concepts of “church” and the other deconstructs modern concepts of “kingdom” yet also offers solutions (INSURGENCE).
See also 5 Ways to Spread the Insurgence
In first-century Palestine, there were left-wing liberals and right-wing conservatives.
And then there was Jesus of Nazareth.
The progressive liberals were the Sadducees. They denied certain supernatural parts of the Bible because it didn’t fit their world view (sound familiar?).[Continue Reading…]