In Quest for the Church After God’s Own Heart

From the ages of sixteen to twenty-three, I traversed the landscape of evangelical Christianity. I became part of the following denominations: Southern Baptist, Independent Baptist (a completely different species from the Southern Baptists), Mennonite, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Church of Christ (non-instrumental), Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Assemblies of God, Church of God, and countless stripes of charismatic Christianity, including Word-Faith, Third-Wave, Open Bible, and Vineyard.

Granted, it’s a queer mix. But it gave me a broad view of the existing theological terrain. And it furnished me with some rich ground for future spiritual exploration.

In addition to the litany of denominations I sampled, I was part of five parachurch organizations at the University that I attended. In addition, I (along with some other students) created our own parachurch organization.[Continue Reading…]

Rethinking the Sabbath

My new RETHINKING SERIES is now available.

Those who have read my books Revise Us Again, Jesus: A Theography, and From Eternity to Here, are aware that those who follow Jesus Christ are not under the Law. Instead, we’ve been given the Spirit of the living God who fulfills the Law in and through us.

Consequently, the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament era have been done away with in Christ. The New Testament is clear that those laws were merely “shadows” pointing to Jesus.

That said, those who have not read the aforementioned books sometimes write us and ask, “Are Christians obligated to keep the Sabbath like the Old Testament Jews were?”

In this post, I will answer that question in some detail.[Continue Reading…]

You Are Not Alone

“The desperate need today is not for a great number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

~ Richard Foster

In this post, I want to provide a platform for the sentiments of those who have moved “beyond evangelical” and who are part of “the deeper journey.”

Those who have moved “beyond evangelical” are, in fact, evangelicals. They hold to the core tenets of classic evangelicalism (the Bible, the cross, conversion, and activism), but they’ve gone on to the deeper things of God (the Eternal Purpose, the Indwelling Life of Christ, the Centrality and Supremacy of Christ, and the Practical Expression of the Ekklesia). And they are neither Right nor Left.

To give you a better idea, countless Christians I’ve met have uttered the following statements in face-to-face conversations, over emails, over coffee at conferences, and on this blog. I’ve compiled them all, editing them slightly for consistency to give you an idea.

Together, they form a collective confession of sorts reflecting the thoughts and feelings of those of us who are on “the deeper journey” and have moved “beyond evangelicalism.”[Continue Reading…]

Gutless Wonders

My new set of books,THE RETHINKING SERIES, is now available.

The 111th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s a sober talk about a sober subject.

I call it “gutless wonders.” It was recorded in December 2014.

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It’s Time for You to RETHINK!

For those of you who downloaded my Writing Breakthrough Seminar, I hope you’ve finding each session valuable.

That said, I’m super excited!

After many months of tirelessly working on it, my Rethinking Series is finally here and available!

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And my new bonus book – Practical Help for Christian Communities – is included in the series.

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The series contains each book in PDF, Kindle, and Nook formats.

But that’s not all.

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Leaders Are Readers

As I’ve argued before, leadership is influence. Everyone influences, so everyone leads in some degree and in some sphere.

But how powerful of an impact you make as a leader/influencer is based on many factors, and one of them is how much you read.

On that topic, here’s a guest post by Dave Frederick with a gift for you included.[Continue Reading…]

A Free Audio Seminar for Writers

I am often asked for advice about writing.

I suspect, therefore, that many of the people who read this blog are writers of some kind.

That said, last month, I recorded a seminar series of 3 audio-sessions where I answered questions about my “secrets” to having a breakthrough year in writing.

If you are an actual — or aspiring — writer, you may be interested in this series.

Just sign up for it here and you’ll be directed to the page to download the audios.

There’s no charge.

In that connection, if you’re a blogger, author, writer, musician, and business person of any kind, you may be interested to know that The Buzz Seminar Master Course is open for registration again, and there’s now a new online version.[Continue Reading…]

Welcome to the Third Race

The 110th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s a conference message that I delivered in 2007 to a multiethnic church.

My text was Ephesians Chapter 2.

You won’t want to miss it.

As always, if you enjoy it, pass this post on (using the share buttons below) and be sure to subscribe in iTunes or Beyond Pod below.

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A New Testament Scholar Shreds the Recent NEWSWEEK Article – “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin”

If you read Newsweek, online or in print, you know about the recent article about the Bible.

The article opens with a declaration of two points that I’ve shouted from the hilltops myself for years.

(1) Countless Christians have no idea what’s in the Bible because they rarely read it.

(2) Countless Christians in the evangelical world condemn others for certain kinds of sins while turning a blind eye to other kinds of sins — the “excused” sins being those which angered Jesus the most when He was here in His flesh.

From that high note, the wheels come off. The article rips the Bible using 19th-century arguments (all of which have been refuted long ago) alleging that the Bible is full of contradictions, serious manuscript variations, and false additives, thus making it an untrustworthy document.

Then, in a stroke of hand-waving sophistry, the article asserts that it’s not attacking the Bible, only how Christians read it.

Cough.

Those who are well-versed in biblical scholarship will see right through the article and the yellow journalism that floods it.[Continue Reading…]

Top Posts of 2014

Here are the top posts of 2014 (some were written before 2014, but they received major traffic last year so they made the list). The list is prioritized by most views.

20 Things the Blood of Jesus Does

50 Things the Holy Spirit Does

The 100 Best Christian Books Ever Written

What Makes a True Friend?

The Top 10 Christian Female Bloggers

Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh

God’s View of a Woman

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear or Read

Why I’m a Christian

10 Reasons Why I Left the Institutional Church & Sought the Ekklesia[Continue Reading…]