Giving Blood: An Interview with Leonard Sweet

My friend and co-author Leonard Sweet has just come out with a masterful textbook for all who minister God’s word. It’s wonderfully titled, Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching.

If you are someone who preaches, teaches, or is in engaged in spoken ministry of any kind, you will benefit from this book. 

As I told Len after the publisher sent a copy to me, the book is gorgeous inside and out. And it highlights two points I’ve pushed hard on over the last two decades.

1. Preaching is designed to reveal and glorify Jesus Christ. I call it unveiling Christ.

2. The cut-and-paste approach to reading, studying, and preaching the Bible is one of the reasons why the Christian faith is in the mess it’s in. Few believers know how to read the Scriptures narratively. We need to learn how to find The Story when we read the Bible.

Sweet makes these two points . . . and more . . . in a compelling way.

Here’s my interview with Len about his new book, Giving Blood. Read it and pass it on to every person you know who preaches or teaches the Scriptures.[Continue Reading...]

How to Stop Agonizing Over Finding God’s Will For Your Life

Today, I’m pausing my responses to your questions and will resume that series on Friday.

You can read Part I, Part II, and Part III if you’ve missed them.

The 93rd episode of my podcast is now live. This episode is for every believer, but especially for Christians in their 20s and 30s.

So if you’re in your 20s and 30s, be sure to listen to this episode and share it with all your peers.

If you’re older, then share it with every person you know — friends, children, nieces, nephews — who is in their 20s and 30s.

If I had this wisdom when I was in my 20s, it would have saved me YEARS of agony and stupid decisions.

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Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw have released a new missional book called Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians.

I caught up with Kim recently to talk about the book. Enjoy!


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?”

Kim Hammond: My book benefits readers by . . .naming the biggest thing holding back the church from mission; not the style or size but the posture, a selling one. The issue of consumerism and church shopping rather than persecution like in the church in the East. Readers will get simple language and license to embrace their sentness.[Continue Reading...]

I’m Finally Responding: Part III

This is Part 3 of my response to your questions from the 2013 Blog Survey.

Click here to read Part 1.

Click here to read Part 2.

I’m confused about elders, pastors, shepherds, and overseers. Have you written about this?

Yes, extensively in Reimagining Church. They are all the same person, but each title describes a different aspect of that person’s function. The New Testament makes this quite plain. Elders are overseers and shepherds (pastors). 

What’s your view of water baptism? 

Answered here Rethinking Water Baptism and The Gospel of the Kingdom. [Continue Reading...]



Michael Frost has just released a new book called Incarnate: The Body of Christ in the Age of Disengagement. I caught up with Frost recently to talk about his book. Enjoy!

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?”

Michael Frost: I hope my book will benefit readers by revealing to them the extraordinarily powerful cultural forces that propel them toward living in a disembodied, disengaged, and displaced way. We are being shaped by a culture that leaves us disconnected from our bodies, alienated from each other and less ‘placed’ in the world around us.[Continue Reading...]

I’m Finally Responding: Part II

This is Part 2 of my response to your questions from the 2013 Blog Survey.

Click here to read Part 1.

I know that several years ago you paused your ministry of planting organic churches to focus on helping the poor and give attention on your more general ministry of the deeper Christian life. Are you still in that season or have you resumed your work with organic church?

For those who are new to the blog, two years ago I announced that my ministry was shifting focus. I’ve not been involved in “organic church” since that time. That includes planting new churches, encouraging and equipping existing ones, and writing books on the subject.

In fact, I’ve not written a book on ecclesiology since 2009. And the last church I planted was in 2010, four years ago.

Instead, my writing focus has been on “The Deeper Journey.”

Much of my time “on the ground” is spent helping the poor and developing relationships with non-Christians, which takes a lot of time.

So Frank Viola shouldn’t be considered “the organic church” guy. Most of my books aren’t on that topic, and the same is true for my podcast episodes and blog posts. In fact, I’ve only written 3 books on that topic!

Jesus Manifesto really sumps up the heart of my ministry and my contribution to this generation.[Continue Reading...]

I’m Finally Responding: Part I

Recently, I began responding to your questions from the 2013 Blog Survey. I’ve responded to several of them already in the following posts:

The Rapture Question

The Message Most Needed, But the One Few Want to Hear

There were so many other questions from the survey that I had to break my response into 5 parts. Here is part 1.[Continue Reading...]

An Irresistible Journey Into Transforming Love

Last month I interviewed Jason Clark on his new book Prone to Love.

Clark writes with clarity and humor. In the book, he seeks to show the reader just how much God the Father loves His children. Jason shares his insights into God’s love from his personal experiences, all of which led him to settle the question of his identity by understanding the heart of the Father.

He offsets the idea of being prone to wander by a revelation of being prone to love. His tone is casual, as if he is talking to a friend over coffee. Jason distills the Christian life into one word: love.[Continue Reading...]