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“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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My Beef With Ghost Writing & Ghost Preaching

Those of you who read Christian books probably aren’t aware that a fair percentage of famous Christian authors don’t actually write their own books.

They have ghost writers who do it for them.

Most of the time, the ghost writer’s name doesn’t appear anywhere on the book. In fact, they are often paid not to have their names appear.

Sometimes the ghost writer’s name will appear on the cover in small letters under the “author’s” name, prefaced by the word with.

Example:

Frederick Champion

with David Yengling

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Jesus Dramatized

The 81st episode of my podcast has been published.

Frank Viola

Episode Overview

  • My discussion with best-selling Christian fiction author Tricia Goyer.
  • A new genre of Christian literature, turning “the Jesus story” into drama and bringing it to life.
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How One Spoken Talk Delivered to a Small Audience Can Impact Thousands

Many of you who read this blog are preachers and teachers.

I want to encourage you with a discovery I made awhile ago. It’s simple, but impressively effective.

In 2011, I delivered a message that I entitled Epic Jesus: The Christ You Never Knew at a small conference that had approximately 250 people in the room. Those 250 souls heard the message live.

However, I recorded it — as I do all my conference talks. It was then uploaded to my podcast.

To date, that message has been listened to over 22,000 times by people all over the world.[Continue Reading…]

Just Lead!

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As many of you know, I’ve written a good bit on women in ministry. Specifically . . .

Rethinking Women in Ministry

God’s View of a Woman

Does Christianity Have a Feminine Feel?

A Farewell to Self-Righteousness: In Honor of Our Sisters in Christ

One of today’s most remarkable female Christian leaders is Jenni Catron. Today, I caught up with Jenni to interview her on her new book, Just Lead: A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church, written with Sherry Surratt.

Enjoy!

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A Question of Faith

Today I interview Tor Constantino of The Daily Retort on his excellent book A Question of Faith.

Why did you decide to write this book?

Tor Constantino: I was raised in a strict, conservative, Christian household. Even though I had loving parents, I was not allowed to satisfy my curiosity about other religious beliefs and faith traditions. When I got to college, I was unprepared and ill-equipped to adequately defend my own faith, let alone address the truth claims or tenets of other belief systems. Needless to say my faith was shaken; however, through years of study, I was able to honestly re-affirm my own beliefs. One of the reasons I wrote this book was because I didn’t have this type of resource back then when I needed it. At the time, my parents, youth group and church leaders all told me to just “pray about it” which was well intended but not especially helful. I knew I wasn’t alone in that experience, which was validated when I saw a Barna Group study in 2009 that found two-thirds of Christian teens/20-somethings left the faith when they left their parents’ home. This book was written for them and their parents to help spur a lifelong discussion surrounding this important issue of belief.[Continue Reading…]