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…]
Reminder: My new book INSURGENCE: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom is having an impact on readers beyond what I expected. Reminder that the 3 exclusive bonuses are still available to everyone who gets a copy (go here for details). If you are reading the book, and you’ve not yet written to me, I’d love to hear how it’s impacting you.
Now for today’s article.
The phrase “passing the torch” is a commonly used metaphor to depict the act of passing on a charge or responsibility to another individual. The metaphor comes from the ancient Greek torch races where one runner passed a lighted torch to another runner who carried the torch farther.
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the idea of passing the torch when it comes to the Lord’s work. Over the last five years, a number of God’s choicest servants have passed on. And a few of them never passed the torch on to a younger soul.
This is a great tragedy. And it’s one of the reasons why the Lord’s highest work has only moved in millimeters (instead of miles).[Continue Reading…]
Update: My new book INSURGENCE: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom is Amazon’s #1 New Release in Christian Theology since it released last week. Thanks to all of you who got the book. If you haven’t yet, the three bonuses are still available to all of you who pick up a copy.
Recently, someone asked me this question. My answer follows it.
Prophecy is one gifting Paul said to earnestly desire for edifying the Body, but I’ve only once experienced it close to how it was practiced in the early church. Instead folks with the gifting (or something like it) seem to be celebritized at some level in charismatic circles, or in evangelical circles. Others get harnessed with presenting it simply as “teaching.” The Holy Spirit is a polite bystander.
My question is, practically speaking, how can one grow in and practice this gifting in the church, especially without slipping into these ruts? I just feel what is presented as prophecy today is a far cry from what the Spirit wants to offer (Christ, the Father), or how He truly expresses Himself (unboxed, radically humble, unapologetically supernatural).
Thanks to all of you who purchased my new book INSURGENCE: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom. Yesterday, it broke Amazon’s top 500 books out of 8 million volumes and reached the top 400 on Barnes & Noble.
It’s also been the #1 New Release in Christian Theology on Amazon.
Also, someone asked me how a book could be reviewed on Amazon and Barnes & Noble on the same day it released. Answer: The publisher gave away a number of audio versions of the book to some reviewers last month, and so those readers were able to write a review on the day the book released. Many of those same people bought the paperback on release day as well.
What follows is a recent interview I did with Jonathan Cottrell where he asks me questions about the insurgence and the gospel of the kingdom — questions that some of you have asked me.[Continue Reading…]
My assistant wrote the subject line, fyi. As you know, I usually only send this UNFILTERED email on Thursdays, so this is a special edition.
I’ve been waiting to make this announcement for over a year. And today is the day.
My new book INSURGENCE: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom is now available. Since August of last year, you’ve been getting my blog posts on the explosive gospel of the kingdom. Well, this is the complete book where I seek to unveil that gospel.
We are making available 3 valuable bonuses available to all of you who purchase the book (for a limited-time). I’ll explain how in a second.
Right or wrong, I believe that Insurgence will define my entire library. It’s what I believe the Spirit is speaking to the body of Christ right now.
Here is an early review:[Continue Reading…]
It has been reported to me from Chloe’s household that millions of people from all over the world have been arrested for looting, breaking & entering as well as experiencing panic attacks, physical injury, and lengthy hospital stays trying to get their hands on my upcoming book INSURGENCE: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom before it releases on June 5th, 2018 … and I partly believe it.
Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 1:11; 11:18. (Thanks Paul!)
So to prevent permanent bodily harm, mental anguish, and further criminal activity, my publisher has made available a Sampler of the book. (Okay, so I’m exaggerating. Aside from my mother, no one really cares about my new book, but let’s keep the pretense going.)
The big announcement I mentioned last week is that my new book on the kingdom of God releases June 5th, and those of you who purchase it (or pre-order it) will get 3 exclusive bonuses. I will tell you how to get those next week, but right now, check out the Sampler at the bottom of this article.
Here is an early review of the book:
What Pagan Christianity did in redefinding and revolutionizing “church,” Insurgence does in redefining and revolutionizing “kingdom.” This is a daunting, engrossing powerhouse that’s accessible to all audiences. I predict it will become one of the author’s most iconic works and the new benchmark on the kingdom of God. Penetrating and full of insight. Revolutionary from start to finish, Insurgence astonishes and delivers. A masterstroke of spiritual genius.
Christian Book Reviews, D.S.
You can also read reviews by Greg Boyd, Michael Heiser, Dave Ferguson, Bruxy Cavey, and others on the Insurgence.org page.
Update: The book is now available! And 3 exclusive bonuses will be given to all who order. Click the banner below for details.
One of the most profound themes in the Bible is the city of God. You can find its origins in Genesis and its climax in Revelation.
In May 1998, I delivered my first recorded conference message. The subject was on the five stages by which God builds His city (“the city of God”).
The conference was held in South Carolina. It was small. Between 150 and 200 attended.
Some of the people in the audience were well-known authors who I met for the first time. (A few have passed away since.)
The message was called “A City Whose Builder and Maker is God” – a phrase taken from Hebrews 11:10.[Continue Reading…]
If you are alive, you’ve noticed. But perhaps this article will provide language for it.
We live in a day where there is profound intolerance exercised in the name of tolerance. I call it “the new tolerance.”
It goes something like this.
“If you don’t agree with my beliefs and my value system, then you’re intolerant.”
Which being interpreted means: “In the name of tolerance, I’m intolerant of everyone who doesn’t bow to my values and beliefs.”
“I’m intolerant of everyone except those who agree with me, and in the name of tolerance, I will brand them intolerant.”
What is tolerance?[Continue Reading…]