Help Me Pick a New Title for an Old Book

My first published book was The Untold Story of the New Testament Church (2005).

In 2014, I plan to rewrite the entire book from beginning to end. (God willing.)

There will be a lot of new content added, it will sport a new cover that matches my other books in the ReChurch series.

And it will have a new title. The subtitle of the book will be “The Untold Story of the New Testament Church.”

Update: You all gave me great input on a new title and the consensus was to put the NT Epistles at the end of the book in chronological order.[Continue Reading...]

Discounted Tools & Resources for Black Friday

If you want to stay home this weekend and get some great deals online, check out these 4 specials.

1. BlueHost has slashed their already-awesome prices. You can use their hosting service now for only $3.95 a month & everything site-wide is 50% off. 

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If you have a blog already, create a second one and put it on BlueHost in 5 minutes. Then move your already-ready existing blog over to their hosting service to save money and get great reliability and awesome service. The discount ends Monday, December 2nd.

Click here to take advantage of BlueHost’s awesome sale (instructions are listed on how to start a blog in 5 minutes).[Continue Reading...]

Black Friday is Here Early! This Offer Lasts Until Cyber Monday

When I released my first online discipleship course in September, I had no idea that it would explode the way it did.

Previously, I thought my books were the most influential resource I created – along with this blog and my podcast . But I’ve concluded that the most impact my ministry has had on the most people thus far is my new online course.

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The testimonials of changed lives continue to come in . . . and I’m both humbled and surprised by them.

For that reason, my team and I decided to run an early Black Friday special on the course.

The course will be discounted from today until next Monday (Cyber Monday), December 2nd.

ALSO: On December 31st, the course will be closed until March ’14.

So if you’ve thought about getting it, this week would be a great time since it’s discounted.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE COURSE ON DISCOUNT

This post has answers to question about the course.

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Only 2% of You . . . and BLACK FRIDAY Blow-Out Coming This Monday!

Just a reminder to please take our blog survey. It won’t take you more than 5 minutes and the results are important for the future direction of this blog.

Again, the survey is 100% anonymous.

That said, if you have a personal question for me, you need to write to PTMIN @ aol.com

Since the survey is anonymous, I can’t answer your personal questions there. Only 1 person wrote a personal question, but I can’t track them down to answer it. So if that’s you, please write the question to the PTMIN email address.

Click here to take the survey

Also, in keeping with the season, we will have a special BLACK FRIDAY blow-out sale that will begin this Monday (since most stores are starting Black Friday very early this year). So make sure you read Monday’s post.

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Help Me Improve This Blog – Take My Quick Survey

Thanks goes to my friend Ray Edwards for turning me on to Survey Monkey and inspiring me to start an annual blog survey.

Update: The survey window is over. Results will be analyzed. Thanks for participating!

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A New Overview of the New Testament

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Ever since I wrote The Untold Story of the New Testament Church, I’ve been interested in what others are doing with respect to writing overviews, manuals, and handbooks on the New Testament.

In that connection, Eric Larson has recently released a book called Frameworks: How to Navigate the New Testament.

I caught up with Eric recently to discuss his book. Enjoy.

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?”

Eric Larson: frameworks is a fresh, innovative, visually-driven Overview of the New Testament for average, everyday Christians – believers who want to understand the Bible better but feel overwhelmed by its complexity.[Continue Reading...]

Scratch a Christian and You’ll Find Out What They’re Made Of

While most of my blog posts are for Christians in ministry, this one is especially so . . . and I believe God has put it on my heart to share it. Thus I’m not going to ignore the still small voice, even though it would be more convenient to do so.

I’ve been following the Lord for over 30 years, and I’ve made an observation that I hear few people talk about today.

It can be summed up by this sentence: Scratch a Christian and you’ll find out what’s underneath.

Gifted communicators are a dime a dozen.

But when a Christian “leader” is scratched and they react in the flesh, then their “leadership” isn’t worth a toot on a tin whistle.

By contrast, Christian leaders who have been sufficiently broken before God wherein they are unoffendable  . . .  Christian leaders who respond gently when criticized . . . Christian leaders who react with grace if someone corrects them . . .  Christians who don’t return evil for evil, even when persecuted or mistreated . . . are rarer than chicken molars.

By contrast, Christian “leaders” who will defend themselves at the drop of a hat and attack those who cross them (intentionally or unwittingly) are countless.

Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about. [Continue Reading...]

Rethinking Homosexuality

For the first time, I shared my views on the ever-controversial issue of homosexuality in the 85th episode of my podcast.

What I said was my response to two people’s questions about the subject.

If you haven’t heard the episode yet, click Answers to Hot-Boiling Questions.

Don’t assume what I believe. Listen to it in its entirety if you haven’t already. 

In that podcast episode, I talk about three views on homosexuality among Christians and I end with “the third view,” mentioning a list of scholars who hold to it.

To make it easier for you to track those scholars down and what they said on the subject, I’ve complied a list of links.

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The Spirit & His Gifts

My 75-page response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire is available. This is more than a critique. It’s also contains teaching on the Holy Spirit and His gifts.

Click the cover to get a copy in PDF, Mobi (Kindle), and ePub (Nook) formats.

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What follows is a review of the book by Thomas Creedy, who I do not know.

I was so impressed with his fair and balanced take on the book that I wanted to share it with you.

The review is followed by an exclusive interview I did on the book on Jose Bosque’s newsletter[Continue Reading...]