A Ministry Dream Team

A quick reminder that my Rethinking Series and Entire eBook Library are discounted until Tuesday, July 14th. You can get the Sampler here to check it out.

Again, this set contains never-before-published material. The content isn’t repeated in any of my other books. And these only come in eBook versions (Kindle, PDF, Nook), but you can print them out if you like to read off line. If you don’t have time to read them right now, no worries. You can take advantage of the discount and read them at a future time.

Now for today’s post.

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Photo: Music newspaper article from 1968 when Jimmy Page was looking for fellow musicians to form a new band. The band would become Led Zeppelin, what many experts have called the world’s greatest rock band.

The 122st episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called A Ministry Dream Team and it’s my response my May 11th blog post where I asked you to select 3 people to be on my ministry team.[Continue Reading…]

Your Questions About the Holy Spirit & A Give-Away Book

I just returned from Urbana, IL. Honored to be the keynote speaker at the Christian festival there.

Someone took these shots while I was delivering my “Stairway to Heaven” message.

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One of the people helping with the conference encouraged me to wear the hat while speaking since all the musicians at the festival were wearing hats while they performed. Hendrix wore a red headband at Woodstock, so I figured that wearing a black fedora was in order for 2015. (This is the first time I’ve worn a hat while speaking in a conference.)

I’ll be releasing both messages in the days to come, so stay tuned.

One of them was about how to live in our present world as a Jesus-follower when the world system mocks and ridicules those who stand for the values of Christ.

Now that I’ve recovered from the trip, I want to do two things in this post, and one of them is time-sensitive.

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Stop Wasting Your Time Doing This!

While I’m not a fan of Facebook groups, I do enjoy connecting with people on my Facebook page.

However, from time to time, I’ll look at some of the news feeds of my friends. And I’ll see some of them getting roped into full-blown doctrinal beatdowns on their walls.

In like manner, I’ve been pulled into countless Facebook groups – meaning, people  “joined” me.

I don’t follow these groups and rarely make a comment.

However, once in a while I’ll get tagged, so I end up looking at the thread.

For the last seven years in observing these groups (I’ve been added to over 100 of them), and I’ve lost count of the knock-down, drag-out, WWE-styled smackdowns over biblical topics and social issues I’ve seen.[Continue Reading…]

Please Take My 2015 Blog Reader Survey

If you are subscribed to this blog, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey.

The survey important as it will help me improve this blog, my books, and my other projects . . . including my upcoming mentoring project I told you about last week.

There are only 17 quick questions. (I have friends who have blog surveys containing over 50 questions!)

This survey is completely different from the 1-question survey I asked Christians in 20s and 30s to answer a few weeks ago. So if you answered that one — which I hope you did if you’re a 20- or 30-something — please answer this new one also because it’s totally different.

This new survey is for all my blog subscribers, regardless of age.

It shouldn’t take you more than 3 minutes. I ran through it myself and it took less than 2 minutes to complete.

Update: Thanks for participating. Here are the results.
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Boundless

Bryan Bishop has written an interesting book entitled Boundless. It’s a book that explores global missions and church expressions.

I caught up with Bryan to discuss his book.

Enjoy the interview.

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Instead of asking, “what is your book about,” I’m going to ask the question that’s behind that question. And that unspoken question is, “how are readers going to benefit from reading your book?”

Bryan Bishop: In my 20 years as a mission researcher, I’ve had the opportunity to witness believers in Jesus around the world following the Bible in their own cultural ways, sometimes in ways so different from ours that they might make us uncomfortable. Eventually, I realized I was seeing four biblical principles that could help believers even in America, Europe and the Christianized parts of the world go deeper in their relationship with God. These principles can also help youth in the West who have drifted away from faith find a doorway back to Jesus. I think readers will also find new hope that the changes they long to see in the world can really happen.[Continue Reading…]

Hacking the Victorious Christian Life

The 121st episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called Hacks to the Victorious Christian Life. And I’ve got a discussion partner for this one.

As always, if you enjoy it, pass this post on (using the share buttons below) and be sure to subscribe in iTunes or Beyond Pod below.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at My Online Work

People regularly ask me for advice on blogging. In fact, one of the things I do to earn my living is consult authors, writers, bloggers, musicians, and business people. I do this work primarily through the Buzz Seminar Master Course along with 9 other presenters.

But there’s an entire technical side to blogging. This is where Jeremy Myers comes in.

Jeremy is my go-2-guy for all things technical. This would include website design, blog set up, and the 1,001 problems that come up along the way.

He’s also gotten me out of many last-hour jams when something went wrong on the back end of the technology.[Continue Reading…]

A New Mentoring Project

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As I enter this season of my life and ministry, the example of Jesus weighs heavy on my mind and heart.

Namely, the fact that He spent most of His time with a group of people who “got” what He was teaching, realizing how unique it was during their time.

And they wanted more.

At bottom, I’m a problem-solver who seeks to add value to the lives of God’s people, especially in those areas which are rarely talked about or addressed.[Continue Reading…]

Some Neglected Aspects of Discipleship

To my readers in their 20s and 30s, if you haven’t taken my super quick survey yet, PLEASE do so here. It will only take you a second.

Now here’s today’s post.

On the day she first met Jesus, Mary of Bethany helped her sister Martha prepare a meal for Jesus and His disciples.

Martha’s initial complaint reveals this. Martha accused Mary of leaving her. That suggests that she did help Martha before she slipped into the public room to hear Jesus teach.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

In the first century, they divided houses into the male space and the female space. The kitchen (the courtyard) became the sphere of the women. The public room (the living area) constituted the sphere of the men. And neither sex was supposed to cross over either barrier.[Continue Reading…]