Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,[Continue Reading...]
“There have been some who were so preoccupied with spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ.”
~ C.S. Lewis
I wish I knew about this quote when I wrote Jesus Manifesto with Len Sweet. It sums up our entire argument.
Alas, better late than never.
By the way, there are only 7 more days left to register for my online discipleship course, Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ. Registration closes March 15th and will not reopen until the end of the year. Click here to check it out.[Continue Reading...]
I don’t care what form in which it comes . . . be it organic church, simple church, house church, para-church organizations, or traditional churches that are strong on community . . . what I address in this conference message is off the radar screen for many Christians today.
And even if they’ve read or heard about it, when pressure is put upon them or their expectations aren’t met, they forget all about it.
Failure to lay hold of this element is why groups divide, split, and why members sometimes even begin attacking one another.
I could have entitled this talk “how to prevent a church split” as that title applies also.[Continue Reading...]
Have you ever heard someone make this statement?
“You’re putting God in a box!”
I’ve watched it used in two ways. One is legitimate, the other is a deflection from a spiritual truth.
The legitimate use of it usually occurs when someone ignores what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit’s ministry, or they try to restrict it beyond what Scripture teaches.[Continue Reading...]
I met Don Atkin several years ago in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graciously invited me to speak at one of his annual events.
Since then, I’ve become good friends with a number of the people whom he has mentored. And they speak very highly of Don and the influence he’s had on their lives.
Don has written a new book with an interesting title. In fact, I asked him about the title in this interview . . . it’s the very first question.
Enjoy the interview.[Continue Reading...]
As I shared on Monday, I’ve finally gotten around to answering your blog survey questions from last year. On Monday, I answered questions about the rapture and the second coming of Christ.
Another question from the survey was, “Can you give some advice on equipping church planters?”
Another was, “When you discern that God has called you to ministry, what advice do you have with respect to that calling?”
Still another question was, “I read your book Finding Organic Church about apostolic ministry and I believe that I may be called to that ministry. What would you say is the most important quality in someone who has that calling?”
To my mind, all three questions have the same answer.
So I thought the best way to address them was to publish (for the first time) a transcript of a message I delivered to a group of hungry Christians that were attempting to live in community over a decade ago.[Continue Reading...]
In this episode of the Christ is ALL podcast, I talk about the Christian’s relationship to the Law. Romans 7 and 8 turned into a parable.
It’s only 11 minutes long and is an excerpt from an interview I did with Ray Edwards.
You can listen to it in any of these formats.
I’ve finally gotten around to going through the 2013 blog survey questions, so I’ll be responding to your questions on this blog in the weeks to come.
On Wednesday, I’ll be talking about the Christian’s relationship to the Law. You don’t want to miss it.
Today will be the first question from the 2013 blog survey that I respond to.
Many of you asked me where I stand on the “rapture question.”
I suspect that those who asked (1) are new to the blog, and (2) have not yet read Jesus: A Theography.
For the both of you who got hot under the collar because I interviewed the founder of Leaders Book Summaries last month (you both had an allergic reaction to the word “leaders”), I wish to remind you of three things:
1. I have NEVER been anti-leader or anti-leadership.
2. I have said repeatedly (and ad nausea) that leadership exists. It can be good or bad, helpful or hurtful, but leaders are and leadership is. It’s organic to the DNA of the ekklesia.
3. I’ve also pointed out that EVERY believer is a leader in some sphere. I couldn’t have made that point clearer than in my article The Myth of Christian Leadership. (Don’t judge the article by the title; read it completely first, then judge.)