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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.
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…]
“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…]
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In our book, Jesus: A Theography, Leonard Sweet and I take 424 pages to show that both the Old and New Testaments tell the story of Jesus in great detail. The Old Testament points forward to Him. The New Testament points back to Him. But “all Scripture” points to Him, as Jesus said in John 5:39. Throughout the book, we draw on the best scholarship available to throw light on who Jesus is and was and put it together in almost novel form.
In this post, I’d like to sketch out seven things that many Christians may not know about their Lord. (The book contains many more.) Note that we expand each point in the book and provide source materials:[Continue Reading…]
Greg Boyd is one of my favorite people. He’s a prolific writer and a Christian revolutionary (my kind of peeps).
Before I go on, some of you are going to ask me this, so let me hit it head-on at the front.
Greg is controversial in some quarters because he believes in something called “open future.” From what I’ve read about this idea, I’m not convinced of it. (You can see my view of God and time in Jesus: A Theography, Chapter 1.) Nevertheless, Greg and I plan to talk about this concept behind closed doors someday (feel free to pray that one of us leaves the room alive!) 😉
But the purpose of this blog post is on a different track, so let’s not clutter up the comments section on a discussion of “open future.”
Greg has written a superb book for the times in which we live.
If you’ve ever struggled with doubt — especially to the point of feeling condemned — this book is a must read. It’s also a must read for Christian college students who feel they must abandon faith in Jesus because of what they are learning about various theories of creation and science.
As Greg points out, it’s a false choice to feel one must abandon faith in Jesus because of questioning certain interpretations of Genesis 1 and 2.
I caught up with Greg to interview him about his new book. The interview is lengthy, so you may want to print it out and read it at your convenience. Or better, just click on the link at the top or bottom and get a copy for yourself.[Continue Reading…]
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