Breaking the Silence

My friend Stephanie Bennett has just released the second volume in her “Within the Walls” series.

Here’s a review by NYC producer, Eric Goodman:

“Stephanie Bennett’s “Within the Walls” series vividly portrays the nightmare of hyper-mechanization and the dangers it poses to personality and human sovereignty. In book two, Breaking the Silence, the author provides keen social commentary and insights into communication — insights that are embedded within a love story in the broadest sense, as the protagonist, Emilya, discovers the capacity to connect to the humanity within and around her. In depicting Emilya’s awakening, Bennett provides on one level a  compelling story of personal struggle and overcoming, and on a deeper level, a call and model for a humane resistance to our own increasingly alienating technological milieu.” [Continue Reading…]

REIMAGINING CHURCH

My book, Reimagining Church, the constructive sequel to Pagan Christianity is available and discounted. (It was free the last two days.)

If you have “push back” questions or objections to the book, write them in the comments, and I’ll respond.

 

Click here to get the book on discount

If you know people who read Pagan Christianity but didn’t read the sequel, please send them this page. Pagan Christianity has never been a stand-alone book. It’s only part one of a conversation — the deconstructive part. Reimagining Church is the constructive companion volume.

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Fast & Furious 6: A Tale of Two Kingdoms

Recently, I watched the new film Fast & Furious 6 with my friend Jose Bosque.

I stunt-doubled in it (for Vin Diesel, of course), but that’s not the reason why I’m writing this post. :-)

The movie was superb. Beyond great acting, great action, and great cinematography (the scenery was stunning), the film depicts two kinds of kingdoms . . . or churches.

One is the kingdom (or church) ruled by “precision” . . . where people are treated as cogs in the system.

If they make a mistake, they are disposed of.

The other is the kingdom — or church — ruled by family and the undying loyalty that goes with it. As well as sacrifice for the higher purpose.

Watch the movie with this lens and it will speak powerfully.[Continue Reading…]

How Returning Emails is a Reflection of Your Walk with Jesus

The following is a guest post by T.E. Hanna.

I’m posting this guest article for two reasons: (1) It’s excellent and sorely needed today within the Christian community, and (2) I’ve never heard or read anyone else address it.

Here’s my preface to Hanna’s article.

Have you ever emailed a fellow Christian and never gotten a response? Realizing that they may have missed your email or it went into their spam folder, you send several follow ups and there’s still no reply.

Granted, if you are writing someone flames, nasty notes, personal attacks, spam, or contentious statements, you should expect to be ignored.

But how about if you’ve been very generous to someone . . . maybe they’re even a peer of yours . . . and they simply don’t reply to you.[Continue Reading…]

Rethinking Church Discipline & Excommunication

In Reimagining Church (2008), I briefly discussed the topic of church discipline. Recently, someone asked me to expand what I said about the topic, asking for my opinion on how church discipline worked in the early church.

I’ve already dealt with the first half of this question in another post. See How (Not) to Correct Another Christian.

Excommunicating a genuine Christian is a “horrible” experience. I say horrible because excommunicating a true believer (putting them out of a local assembly) is one of the most horrendous, heart-wrenching, dreadful things that can happen to a person.

Anyone who is involved in excommunicating someone (who has half a heart, that is) doesn’t want to be involved in the process.

Excommunication is discussed in several places in the New Testament. So it’s not an issue that can be conveniently ignored.[Continue Reading…]

Survey Results & Watchman Nee Box Set

Stay tuned for Monday’s post. It’s another edition of my Rethinking series.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the survey.

Here’s a brief sketch of the results.

1. There are slightly more males who read the blog than females. But it’s almost equal.

2. The majority ages are 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s.

3. Most of you want challenging blog posts.

4. Most of you prefer conference messages and subjects that I talk about alone on the podcast.

5. Most of you use iTunes to listen to the podcast. (A 5-star rating would really be appreciated in iTunes and help others find it.)

6. This one REALLY surprised me:

60% of you have purchased God’s Favorite Place on Earth, which is my life’s work.

40% of you have not.

I have a question for those of you who haven’t gotten that book. Please look at the book page – God’s Favorite Place on Earth Landing Page – and let me know what is missing from that page that, if it were present would compel you to get the book?[Continue Reading…]

Should Christians Fall in Love?

The following was written by DeVern Fromke. It’s an excerpt from his superb book, Unto Full Stature.

DeVern’s chapter on this subject is about 3,000 words. I’ve shortened it considerably so that it’s more digestible for a blog post.

Has God intended that a Christian should fall in love?

It seems there are two false notions that dominate the world’s thought about love. First of all there is the fatalistic notion as expressed in the phrase “fall in love.” The very expression seems to suggest that love is a sort of trap into which one falls and, having fallen in, one is a hopeless victim unable to extricate oneself.

Second, love is thought of as an irresistible power that may overcome a person at any time. And, willy-nilly, you have to love a certain one regardless of circumstances and conditions. If things are such that you cannot get the one you have fallen in love with, then your fate is tragic. As the romance lyrics picture, you must pine away in regrets and unsatisfied longings. It is this warped notion of falling in love that has ruined homes and married couples. It accounts for the scandalous record of divorces in our nation.[Continue Reading…]

Last Day for the Discount

Sorry, no time for a real blog post. Busy weekend. Will crank one out on Wednesday.

Today is the last day for the discount on my Online Discipleship Course. Click the banner below to order.

The course closes on December 31st. It will not reopen again until March 2014.

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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…]