Rethinking Your Reputation

“Hush, Dorothy,” whispered the Tiger, “you’ll ruin my reputation if you are not more discreet. It isn’t what we are, but what folks think we are, that counts in this world.”

~ Frank Baum in The Road to Oz

Early in my Christian life, I sometimes thought about how many of us Christians would follow Jesus if we lived during His time?

I was mainly thinking about the possibility of being killed for our faith, just like most of the apostles were.

However, after I began reading church history and got to know some people whom God was using mightily in my own lifetime, my question shifted from the threat of death to something else.

Imagine . . . a man who claims to be the Messiah, living during your time. This man is impressive, but He’s been accused of the following:

*He’s an illegitimate child (John 8:41).

*He’s a deceiver (John 7:12).

*He’s mentally ill (John 10:20).

*He’s demon possessed (Matt. 9:34; John 7:20).

*He’s Beelzebub [Satan] enfleshed (Matt. 10:25).

*He’s a blasphemer (Matt. 9:3; 26:65; Mark 2:7)

*He’s an open enemy to the Law of Moses. (To put this in modern terms, His teachings and practices went against the Bible).

In addition, His words are regularly misunderstood by His followers (John 21:22-23) and deliberately twisted by His detractors (Matthew 26:60-61).

I’m of course talking about Jesus of Nazareth. He was accused of all of the above.

Because these rumors were so widespread during His day, Scripture says that Jesus was a man of “no reputation” (Philippians 2:7).[Continue Reading...]

My Books on Logos Bible Software (Discounted) & Reviewing Two New Logos Resources

If you are new to the blog, you may be interested to know that I highly recommend Logos Bible Software for intense Scripture study.

Logos is a seminary library at your fingertips.

If you aren’t familiar with it, watch the video at the bottom of this post. It’s a mind-blower.

I recommend the program to every serious student and teacher of the Bible.

Also, if you click the green banner below and order Logos Bible Software, you can get a special discount of 15%.

Logos now has my new book, God’s Favorite Place on Earth, at a 17% discount.

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They also have my collection which includes From Eternity to Here, Revise Us Again, Reimagining Church, and Finding Organic Church at 14% discount[Continue Reading...]

An Amazing Gadget for My Pastime

Hi Fun Seekers,

I don’t usually post on Thursdays, but I wanted to share a nifty gadget I found recently.

Over the years, people have asked me what I do for relaxation and recreation. One of the things I do is watch films.

In the Archives, you can see my blog posts on Seeing Christ in Films and My Favorite Movies.

Well, last night, my Amazon order finally arrived. It’s called the Google Chromecast Media Player.

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What does it do?

For only $35, you plug this device into your TV (using the HDMI jack), and by doing so, you can display whatever is on your browser via laptop, smartphone, or iPad screen onto your TV.[Continue Reading...]

The One Word Monologue

The word today is guns . . . that’s right, guns.

Share your thoughts . . .

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7 Things You May Not Know About Jesus

In our book, Jesus: A Theography, Leonard Sweet and I take 424 pages to show that both the Old and New Testaments tell the story of Jesus in great detail. The Old Testament points forward to Him. The New Testament points back to Him. But “all Scripture” points to Him, as Jesus said in John 5:39. Throughout the book, we draw on the best scholarship available to throw light on who Jesus is and was and put it together in almost novel form.

In this post, I’d like to sketch out seven things that many Christians may not know about their Lord. (The book contains many more.) Note that we expand each point in the book and provide source materials:[Continue Reading...]

Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty

Greg Boyd is one of my favorite people. He’s a prolific writer and a Christian revolutionary (my kind of peeps).

I mean, any pastor who is brave enough to glowingly endorse Pagan Christianity is not your typical 21st century Christian.

Before I go on, some of you are going to ask me this, so let me hit it head-on at the front.

Greg is controversial in some quarters because he believes in something called “open future.” From what I’ve read about this idea, I’m not convinced of it. (You can see my view of God and time in Jesus: A Theography, Chapter 1.) Nevertheless, Greg and I plan to talk about this concept behind closed doors someday (feel free to pray that one of us leaves the room alive!) ;-)

But the purpose of this blog post is on a different track, so let’s not clutter up the comments section on a discussion of “open future.”

Greg has written a superb book for the times in which we live.

I felt that Benefit of the Doubt is so valuable that I added it to my Best 100 Christian Books Ever Written list.

If you’ve ever struggled with doubt — especially to the point of feeling condemned — this book is a must read. It’s also a must read for Christian college students who feel they must abandon faith in Jesus because of what they are learning about various theories of creation and science.

As Greg points out, it’s a false choice to feel one must abandon faith in Jesus because of questioning certain interpretations of Genesis 1 and 2.

I caught up with Greg to interview him about his new book. The interview is lengthy, so you may want to print it out and read it at your convenience. Or better, just click on the link at the top or bottom and get a copy for yourself.[Continue Reading...]

Answers to Questions About My New Discipleship Course

Since I officially released my new online discipleship course on September 1st, Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ, it has exploded.

Over 800 people have registered and many are commenting on its profound impact.

What follows are the questions I’ve received about the discipleship course and my answers.

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Q. If I get the course, do I have to complete it within a certain time frame?

A. No, you can work through it at your own pace at any time and from any place.

Q. If I get the course today, how long will I have access to it?

A. You will always have access to it. There is no expiration date. So you can start it today and finish it 5 years from now, if you want. :-) [Continue Reading...]

Join the New JESUS FIRST Facebook Page

“So that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.”

~ Colossians 1:18

Jesus Manifesto is a bold statement about giving Jesus the First Place in Everything . . . a place that His Father has already given Him . . .  and the implications of it.

Now, there’s a new Facebook Page that you can join called JESUS FIRST.

If you believe Jesus is FIRST, click the banner below and “like,” and then invite your friends.

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5 Marks That God is Using You in Tremendous Ways

. . . But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

~ 1 Samuel 30:6

1. Many different people tell you that the Lord changed their life through something you’ve written, said, or done.

2. A few falsely attack you out of jealousy, most of whom don’t know you personally. (This is a key evidence that God’s hand is on your life.)

3. You clearly see the evidence of your influence on specific people’s lives, even though they may never mention it to you.

4. The enemy tries to trip you up and cause you to stumble with unusual temptations.

5. God puts you in situations that severely test your faith and reveal (to you) what’s in your heart.

Remember, we are in a spiritual battle . . . a cosmic warfare. So when God is using you powerfully, the enemy will do all he can to throttle it.

This is a back-handed compliment from heavenly realms.

Also, the beginning of the Christian life is easy; the end is joyous. The middle is where the fiercest battles take place and many fall away.

Be encouraged. And keep your eye on the prize.

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