The Well-Played Life

Tomorrow is the last day to register for my online discipleship course, Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ. Registration closes Sunday morning, March 16.

Leonard Sweet’s new book is a much needed statement that redeems the idea of “play” for the Christian.

Published by Tyndale, the classiest publisher I’ve ever worked with, the book is appealing both outside and inside.

In it, Sweet contrasts work, particularly the addiction to work, with the spiritual value of play.

According to Sweet, the “well-played life” is a life that is marked by joy. 

Getting a sense of “pride” for doing work for God is an illusion. And God never intended it. Sweet’s book shows that we can please God by embracing His gift of “play” . . . and experience the fullness of joy that comes from walking with Him in the garden, so to speak.

When many Christians seem obsessed about being “used by God,” Sweet counters that the Christian life is about learning how to “play well.”[Continue Reading...]

The Missing Ingredient

Publishers keep sending me their new books on discipleship.

Alas, I’ve yet to find one that goes into the essential element of being a disciple of Jesus: How to live by the indwelling life of Christ.

This is why I released my 10-audio online discipleship course, LIVING BY THE INDWELLING LIFE OF CHRIST.

Today, I’m featuring the very first message in that course.

At the time of this writing, it’s been listened to 27,000+ times.

Click here to listen to the message for free

You can also listen to it on iTunes or RSS feed. It’s the podcast episode from 10/4/10.[Continue Reading...]

Christianeze Revisited

Today, I continue to answer questions from the 2013 blog survey.

You can check out previous questions and my answers here:

The Rapture Question

Having an Instinct for the Cross

Someone else asked me to give some examples of Christianeze beyond what I’ve already covered.

In Revise Us Again, I gave two examples of Christianize, with a chapter devoted to each one. They were:

“Let me pray about it.” (which is Christian code language for “no”).

“The Lord told me.” (which is often a self-justification for an unpopular decision a person has made.) 

There’s are two more examples of Christianeze that I didn’t mention in the book.[Continue Reading...]

Gadget of the Week: Episode #9

Last week, I bought a new laptop roller. I was due for one, especially after I bought a larger laptop after my old one died.

I purchased this 15 inch Toshiba with Windows 7. Anyways, after searching, I found the Samsonite Wheeler Overnighter.

This is part suitcase, part laptop carrier, part mobile office! I absolutely love it.

For details and discount, click here

Click here to see all the Gadget of the Week Episodes

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Giving No Thought to Christ

“There have been some who were so preoccupied with spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ.”

~ C.S. Lewis

I wish I knew about this quote when I wrote Jesus Manifesto with Len Sweet. It sums up our entire argument.

Alas, better late than never.

By the way, there are only 7 more days left to register for my online discipleship course, Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ. Registration closes March 15th and will not reopen until the end of the year. Click here to check it out.[Continue Reading...]

Warning: Christian Community Doesn’t Work Without This

Registration for my online discipleship course LIVING BY THE INDWELLING LIFE OF CHRIST just opened. It will be open until March 15th. Click here to learn how to register.

I don’t care what form in which it comes . . . be it organic church, simple church, house church, para-church organizations, or traditional churches that are strong on community . . . what I address in this conference message is off the radar screen for many Christians today.

And even if they’ve read or heard about it, when pressure is put upon them or their expectations aren’t met, they forget all about it.

Failure to lay hold of this element is why groups divide, split, and why members sometimes even begin attacking one another.

I could have entitled this talk “how to prevent a church split” as that title applies also.[Continue Reading...]

You’re Putting God in a Box!

Have you ever heard someone make this statement?

“You’re putting God in a box!”

I’ve watched it used in two ways. One is legitimate, the other is a deflection from a spiritual truth.

The legitimate use of it usually occurs when someone ignores what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit’s ministry, or they try to restrict it beyond what Scripture teaches.[Continue Reading...]

My Interview with Don Atkin

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I met Don Atkin several years ago in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graciously invited me to speak at one of his annual events.

Since then, I’ve become good friends with a number of the people whom he has mentored. And they speak very highly of Don and the influence he’s had on their lives.

Don has written a new book with an interesting title. In fact, I asked him about the title in this interview . . . it’s the very first question.

Enjoy the interview.[Continue Reading...]