I’m Finally Responding: Part II

This is Part 2 of my response to your questions from the 2013 Blog Survey.

Click here to read Part 1.

I know that several years ago you paused your ministry of planting organic churches to focus on helping the poor and give attention on your more general ministry of the deeper Christian life. Are you still in that season or have you resumed your work with organic church?

For those who are new to the blog, two years ago I announced that my ministry was shifting focus. I’ve not been involved in “organic church” since that time. That includes planting new churches, encouraging and equipping existing ones, and writing books on the subject.

In fact, I’ve not written a book on ecclesiology since 2009. And the last church I planted was in 2010, four years ago.

Instead, my writing focus has been on “The Deeper Journey.”

Much of my time “on the ground” is spent helping the poor and developing relationships with non-Christians, which takes a lot of time.

So Frank Viola shouldn’t be considered “the organic church” guy. Most of my books aren’t on that topic, and the same is true for my podcast episodes and blog posts. In fact, I’ve only written 3 books on that topic!

Jesus Manifesto really sumps up the heart of my ministry and my contribution to this generation.[Continue Reading...]

I’m Finally Responding: Part I

Recently, I began responding to your questions from the 2013 Blog Survey. I’ve responded to several of them already in the following posts:

The Rapture Question

The Message Most Needed, But the One Few Want to Hear

There were so many other questions from the survey that I had to break my response into 5 parts. Here is part 1.[Continue Reading...]

An Irresistible Journey Into Transforming Love

Last month I interviewed Jason Clark on his new book Prone to Love.

Clark writes with clarity and humor. In the book, he seeks to show the reader just how much God the Father loves His children. Jason shares his insights into God’s love from his personal experiences, all of which led him to settle the question of his identity by understanding the heart of the Father.

He offsets the idea of being prone to wander by a revelation of being prone to love. His tone is casual, as if he is talking to a friend over coffee. Jason distills the Christian life into one word: love.[Continue Reading...]

The Well-Played Life

Tomorrow is the last day to register for my online discipleship course, Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ. Registration closes Sunday morning, March 16.

Leonard Sweet’s new book is a much needed statement that redeems the idea of “play” for the Christian.

Published by Tyndale, the classiest publisher I’ve ever worked with, the book is appealing both outside and inside.

In it, Sweet contrasts work, particularly the addiction to work, with the spiritual value of play.

According to Sweet, the “well-played life” is a life that is marked by joy. 

Getting a sense of “pride” for doing work for God is an illusion. And God never intended it. Sweet’s book shows that we can please God by embracing His gift of “play” . . . and experience the fullness of joy that comes from walking with Him in the garden, so to speak.

When many Christians seem obsessed about being “used by God,” Sweet counters that the Christian life is about learning how to “play well.”[Continue Reading...]

The Missing Ingredient

Publishers keep sending me their new books on discipleship.

Alas, I’ve yet to find one that goes into the essential element of being a disciple of Jesus: How to live by the indwelling life of Christ.

This is why I released my 10-audio online discipleship course, LIVING BY THE INDWELLING LIFE OF CHRIST.

Today, I’m featuring the very first message in that course.

At the time of this writing, it’s been listened to 27,000+ times.

Click here to listen to the message for free

You can also listen to it on iTunes or RSS feed. It’s the podcast episode from 10/4/10.[Continue Reading...]

Christianeze Revisited

Today, I continue to answer questions from the 2013 blog survey.

You can check out previous questions and my answers here:

The Rapture Question

Having an Instinct for the Cross

Someone else asked me to give some examples of Christianeze beyond what I’ve already covered.

In Revise Us Again, I gave two examples of Christianize, with a chapter devoted to each one. They were:

“Let me pray about it.” (which is Christian code language for “no”).

“The Lord told me.” (which is often a self-justification for an unpopular decision a person has made.) 

There’s are two more examples of Christianeze that I didn’t mention in the book.[Continue Reading...]

Gadget of the Week: Episode #9

Last week, I bought a new laptop roller. I was due for one, especially after I bought a larger laptop after my old one died.

I purchased this 15 inch Toshiba with Windows 7. Anyways, after searching, I found the Samsonite Wheeler Overnighter.

This is part suitcase, part laptop carrier, part mobile office! I absolutely love it.

For details and discount, click here

Click here to see all the Gadget of the Week Episodes

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Giving No Thought to Christ

“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...]