The following are posts I’ve written to help my fellow bloggers & authors
Helps for Bloggers
A Minneapolis couple decided to travel to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.
Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.
The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room. He decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address. And without realizing his error, he sent the email.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from family and friends.
After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room and found his mother on the floor passed out. He looked at the computer which read:[Continue Reading...]
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Be good anyway.[Continue Reading...]
Here’s an old Italian joke that I like. My fellow Pizons will appreciate it.
An old Italian man lived alone in upstate New York. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:
I’m pretty upset. It looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. The ground is just too hard. I know if you were here you would dig it for me. Oh well. Maybe in the future.
The late Michael Spencer (a.k.a. iMonk) was one of my favorite bloggers. I remember skimming through his blog years ago. His podcast section intrigued me, so I gave a listen to one of them.
The result: I was monumentally impressed.
In the podcast, he tackled some difficult issues. I agreed with everything he said, and I found his insights stimulating.
To my surprise, Michael took time to review my books, Pagan Christianity, Reimagining Church, From Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (the essay). And he was fair, honest, and kind (smile) in his assessments.
While I never had the privilege of meeting Michael in person nor talked with him on the phone, three descriptions come to mind based on my reading of his blog and my interactions with him via email:
1. Intellectually honest
May his tribe increase.
It’s no wonder that his blog became one of the most popular among Christians today.
In 2009, Michael wrote an article entitled “The Coming Evangelical Collapse.”
Within a few days after it was published, six different people forwarded the article to me. It was picked up by The Christian Science Monitor and The Drudge Report. Even Mark Galli from Christianity Today weighed in.[Continue Reading...]
As most of you know, since January, I’ve been blogging 5 days a week.
With the upcoming launch of my new book, Jesus: A Theography, and several other projects with deadlines attached to them, life has become beyond hectic.
So I’m going to take a temporary (but untypical) break and reemerge in September sometime.
When I come back, it will be with a bang. I have some blog posts in the queue that I’m pumped about.
But here’s the kicker. Unlike my 8-month blog sabbatical last year, this blog break will NOT be ordinary.
Instead of offering dead air, I will be republishing some of my most popular blog posts from 2008 and 2009, when I first started blogging.
Since most of you subscribed to the blog after 2009, you’ve never seen these posts. So they will be fresh content for you.
For those of you who have seen them, they will be refreshers. Perhaps their timing will be of particular importance.
That said, here are 5 updates I want to leave with you today:[Continue Reading...]
If you’ve been following my work over the last three years, you are aware that my focus has shifted from organic missional church to my broader ministry of the deeper Christian life and Jesus studies.
I’m happy to announce the release of my 5th book in this new focus. It is the most formidable project I’ve ever tackled and it’s now available on this page.
Co-written with my friend Leonard Sweet, Jesus: A Theography is the reason why I went on an 8-month blog sabbatical last year.
Jesus: A Theography is a 424-page hardcover with over 1,800 endnotes. Yet it’s written in a style that any adult reader can understand.
What follows is the book cover description, a starred review by Publishers Weekly, the Table of Contents, sample chapters and discount ordering links. Derwin Gray, lead pastor of Transformation Church, had this to say (tweet) about the book.
Old Testament scholar Dr. Michael L. Brown also weighed-in recently, saying . . .
“What an extraordinary, Jesus-exalting book! At times I felt like I was listening to a symphony as I read it. Your own heart will be stirred as your consider afresh, and from many new angles, the glorious Son of God as revealed in the Word. And for the biblical scholar and theologian, the rich endnotes are an added treat.”
Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., President, FIRE School of Ministry, host of the Line of Fire radio broadcast.
These are my top five picks on the subject of ministry. All are classics in their own right.
I suspect that most contemporary Christians who are immersed in “pop-Christianity” today have never heard of them. I’m hoping that this post will change that for many.