Telling the Story Differently

“Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.”

~ Luke 24:35, NLT

In Luke 24 the author tells an incredible story about the risen Christ. It goes something like this.

It’s a Sunday evening in AD 30. Earlier that morning the greatest historical event known to humankind occurred: Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead.

As the sun begins to set, two disciples of Jesus walk from Jerusalem to the town of Emmaus. They are husband and wife. Cleopas and his wife Mary.

This couple has been following Jesus for a number of years. Perplexed and saddened, they had expected Jesus to save Israel from pagan domination. But instead, the Romans put the young prophet to death in the most violent way. Hanging from a cross with the blood of God and man dripping to the earth. A crown of thorns replaced what should have been a crown of imperial glory.[Continue Reading…]

New Music Video That Will Inspire You

My new book THE DAY I MET JESUS: THE REVEALING DIARIES OF FIVE WOMEN FROM THE GOSPELS is at a 50% discount this week from Parable.com along with a bunch of exclusive bonuses. Get your copy now before this offer expires.

Back story to the song and video.

In 2012, I delivered a message to a Christian community entitled Living in the Divine Parenthesis.

The night before I brought the message, I wrote a song as a companion to the talk which I entitled, “He Has Anointed Us.”

The lyrics are based on Luke 4:16-20 and Ephesians 1:18 through 2:18.

I wrote the song to the tune of Wavin’ Flag by K’naan — a song that Leonard Sweet turned me onto when I visited him in his home one Thanskgiving weekend.

As soon as I heard the song, I told Len that one day I’d write new lyrics for it which glorified the Lord.

(The practice of rewriting lyrics to popular songs by the Christians stretches back to the Reformation, at least.)[Continue Reading…]

What You Miss When You Read the Gospels

“If you don’t want to buy my new book, we can still be friends and stuff. It’ll be awkward, sure, but still friends.”

~ Brant Hansen #tishumor

We’ve just released the 113th episode of the Christ is All podcast, and I think it’s among the best.

One of my missions, goals, and purposes is to transform the well-worn, familiar stories of the Bible from one dimensional, black & white, mono audio into 3D, High Definition, Technicolor with surround sound!

That’s precisely what I’ve sought to do again in my newest offering, The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels, with Mary DeMuth.

Dr. Michael Brown recently interviewed Mary and me on his show. In it, we give examples of what we so often miss when we read the Gospels, and how to bring them to life again. But more important, how we can encounter the Jesus of the Gospels anew and afresh when reading our Bibles.

You can listen to the episode in one of the following ways:

iTunes (Apple phones)

BeyondPod (Android phones)

Direct Streaming[Continue Reading…]

THE DAY I MET JESUS

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends, they are the most accessible and wisest counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

~ Charles W. Elliot

I’m happy to announce that my new book, The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels is now available.

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Today, I’m featuring the first interview that Mary DeMuth (my coauthor) and I did about the book.

Go here to order it today

What follows is the interview that Mary and I did. It’s followed by early recommendations by other authors.

I’d LOVE to hear what you think about it![Continue Reading…]

Honoring Those With Whom You Disagree

On the heels of my recent post, Shocking Beliefs of John Wesley, I came across a fascinating remark from George Whitefield regarding John Wesley.

Whitefield and Wesley were contemporaries who both had massive followings during their time. But they disagreed on a number of key theological points.

Whitefield was much more a Calvinist while Wesley was much more an Arminian.

In light of their doctrinal disagreements, someone once asked Whitefield if he thought he’d see Wesley in heaven. Here is Whitefield’s reply:[Continue Reading…]

Your Time Has Not Yet Come

Jesus made the statement “my time is not yet come” several times in the Gospels.

The point of this statement is that there is a certain time for significant events and seasons which occur in a servant of God’s life.

This is especially true for ministry.

If God has called you to a specific work, there is a time in which that work will find its greatest fulfillment and its widest impact.

If you launch out and try to make things happen before your time has come, you will see little fruit and a lot of frustration.

If you are passive and miss your time, you will see little fruit.

The good news is that God will let you know when your time has come. If you’re in tune with the Spirit, it will become obvious.

Note that you can be in ministry now, and yet “your time” still hasn’t yet come.

In the meantime, it’s your responsibility to prepare for that time.[Continue Reading…]

The Crisis of Faith

As I explained in Jesus Now, the beginning of the Christian faith is fairly easy. And so is the last part of the journey.

It’s the middle that’s incredibly difficult.

There are usually two points in a believer’s life where they encounter a crisis of faith. This is especially true if God is using the person in powerful ways.

One is when they are around 30 years old. The other is when they are in their 40s.

I’ve watched many people fall away from the Lord during those two periods, some even becoming atheists.

It’s no accident that the writer of Hebrews says,

“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.” Hebrews 10:32.[Continue Reading…]

Get a Free Copy of THE ART OF WORK by Jeff Goins

My friend Jeff Goins’ new book, The Art of Work, is filled with inspirational stories of people who have found their calling. Stories of people who are living beyond the status quo and doing the very thing they were meant to do.

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Like the story of Ginny Phang. Ginny was a young single mother in a country where single mothers are shunned. Ginny was faced with the pressure to have an abortion. She faced hardship and endured much loneliness.[Continue Reading…]

This Will Prevent Bodily Injury, Mental Anguish & Criminal Activity!

It has been reported to me from Chloe’s household that millions of people from all over the world have been arrested for looting, breaking & entering as well as experiencing panic attacks, physical injury, and lengthy hospital stays trying to get their hands on my upcoming book The Day I Met Jesus before it releases on March 3rd, and I partly believe it. (Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 1:11; 11:18. Thanks Paul.)

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To prevent permanent bodily harm, mental anguish, and further criminal activity, my publisher has released A Taste Test of the book.

The Taste Test should hold everyone over until the release date in 15 days . . . March 3rd . . . where you can order the book and hold the baby in your hands direct from Parable.com.

If you missed my big announcement about this recently, Parable will beat every other bookstore’s price — including Amazon’s — and you’ll get 7 exclusive bonuses from Mary and me if you purchase the book from Parable during release week.[Continue Reading…]