Resisting Gossip: An Interview

Today, I interview Matthew Mitchell on his new book, Resisting Gossip. Matthew’s book contains a much needed message for the Body of Christ today.

What follows is our interview.

By the way, if you’re an author of a book — a new or old title — and you’d like to promote it on this blog via a full post interview, email PTMIN@aol.com and attach a copy of your book with your email.

Matthew, 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?”

Great question!  We all encounter gossip of some kind on a daily basis, yet most followers of Christ have received very little training on how to deal with it. So, I wrote this book to fill that gap.  Resisting Gossip helps Christians to recognize sinful gossip for what it is, to resist gossip when tempted to speak it or receive it, and to respond in both faith and love when targeted by a sneak attack.[Continue Reading…]

Derwin Gray: Limitless Life

Derwin Gray is a man who loves his Lord. You’ll probably remember Derwin from his endorsement of From Eternity to Here as well as the article we co-wrote, The Race Card of the Early Church.

Well, Derwin has just come out with a new book called Limitless Life. I caught up with him recently to talk about his new book.

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Derwin, why did you write Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future? 

Derwin Gray: Frank, I wrote Limitless Life because I’m like most people; I’ve had negative labels that limited me from laying hold of my destiny. For years I thought I was dumb.  One of my mom’s boyfriends called me dumb when I was 8, so I carried that label for years.  Because my father was not involved in my life, I felt like an orphan.  I lived with fear.  All these labels limited me. BUT when I met Jesus, He lovingly, and with violent, terrific grace, ripped those labels off my heart and stitched His life-giving labels that have transformed how I see myself.  I want to join Jesus in setting others free.[Continue Reading…]

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

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 $30, 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…]