Interview with Musician Derek Webb on NoiseTrade

Derek Webb is the founder of NoiseTrade, which recently launched a new offshoot called NoiseTrade Books.

I caught up with Derek recently to talk about the site. You will want to read the entire interview. At the end, you’ll see how you can download 3 eBooks of mine for FREE from Noisetrade.

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For those who aren’t familiar with you, tell us who you are.

Derek Webb: I am a musician & an entrepreneur. i have spent the better part of the last 20 years making my living as a blue collar singer & songwriter, for 10 years as a founding member of a band called Caedmon’s Call (started in 1992) and the most recent decade as a solo artist. I kind of backed into my entrepreneurial career 6 years ago when i founded NoiseTrade. [Continue Reading...]

Do You Know Your Heretics?

Justin Holcomb has just released two new books for those interested in the history of the church. Know the Creeds and Councils and Know the Heretics.

I caught up with Justin to ask him about his new books.

Check it out!

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Instead of asking, “what are your books 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 books?”

Justin Holcomb:  Readers will benefit by enjoying an accessible overview of the main heresies, creeds, confessions, catechisms, and councils of Christian history. It is an introduction to some of the most important theological developments in the Christian tradition.[Continue Reading...]

Fresh Light on Hebrews 4:12: The Word of God is Sharper . . .

The following is an excerpt from the Study Guide to my upcoming book, Jesus Now.

It’s an excerpt from the Bonus Chapter that only appears in the Study Guide.

You can get the book at a 50% discount and the companion Study Guide FREE if you order the book on May 5 to May 8th from a certain Christian online bookstore (NOT Amazon) that I’ll make known on May 5th, right here. So be sure you subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss the opportunity.

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Bonus Chapter: What You Didn’t Know About Hebrews 4:12

When I was a young believer, I committed to memory Hebrews 4:12:

“For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Admittedly, I had no clue what “the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow” meant.[Continue Reading...]

If You Use Gmail & My Next Personal Update (Heads Up)

If you use Gmail, check your “Promotions” tab. There’s probably good stuff is in there. Drag it to the “Primary” tab. Click “yes” for “future messages.”

My next periodic update goes out May 5th.

In it, I tell the story of how I was put into a situation where I almost witnessed a child being shot by a family member. The gun was pointed at the child when I walked in. This is the first time I’m telling the story in exactly 20 years. There’s point to it, of course. In the last personal update I gave away my book “Reimagining Church” free.

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The Forgotten Conscience

Save the Date. My new book, JESUS NOW releases May 5th. Wait to get it on that day from a special online bookstore (to be announced here) and get the Discussion Guide FREE. Plus, that store will beat the price of every other online or on-the-ground bookstore, including Amazon.

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Jesus Now.

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I want to explore the human conscience and its role in our walk with God in a bit more depth here than I did in chapter 1.

Think of the conscience as a window by which the light of heaven shines through to our spirits. Through the conscience, the Holy Spirit corrects, reprimands, and makes us feel uneasy when we take a step that contradicts our new nature in Christ.

A believer’s conscience reproves sin and approves righteousness. In order to walk in the Spirit, we must learn how to be sensitive to the voice of our consciences. For the Christian, the conscience is an inward monitor that alerts us to our spiritual condition.

The conscience bears witness to God’s will (Rom. 2:15; 2 Cor. 4:2), and it testifies to the truth (Rom. 9:1; 2 Cor. 1:12; 5:11). Paul and Peter exhorted believers to follow their consciences (Rom. 13:5; 1 Cor. 10:25–29; 1 Pet. 2:19). The New Testament describes five different states of the human conscience:[Continue Reading...]

Reimagining God’s Eternal Purpose

Save the Date. My new book, JESUS NOW releases May 5th. Wait to get it on that day from a special online bookstore (to be announced here) and get the Discussion Guide FREE. Plus, that store will beat the price of every other online or on-the-ground bookstore, including Amazon.

We’ve just released the 95th episode of the podcast. It’s on the subject of God’s Eternal Purpose from a 2007 Conference in Southern California.

If you like the podcast as a whole, please rate it in iTunes. This helps others find it.

Also, while these podcasts are without charge, they aren’t free.

So if you like this episode . . . or any other episodes . . . please share the link with 3 friends.

You can listen to the most recent episode in God’s Eternal Purpose in any of the following ways:[Continue Reading...]

Did Jesus Fail? 

On May 5th . . . my new book JESUS NOW releases. The book is a quick read (200 pages) unfolding the present-day ministry of Christ.

Every New Testament reference to Christ’s present-day ministry is covered in the book.

WAIT until May 5th and get it from a special bookstore (not Amazon) at a 50% and you’ll also receive the companion Study Guide free.

May 5th is the same day that 24 returns to television. So save the date!

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Here’s a short excerpt . . .

To natural minds, Jesus’ ministry ended in failure on two counts: (1) a failure in Galilee when most of His followers turned away from Him, and (2) a failure in Jerusalem when His disciples deserted Him, and He was put to death on a cross.[Continue Reading...]

Resurrection Sunday

Save the Date. My new book, JESUS NOW releases May 5th. Wait to get it on that day from a special online bookstore (to be announced here) and get the Discussion Guide FREE. Plus, that store will beat the price of every other online or on-the-ground bookstore, including Amazon.

Here is a Resurrection song I sang and recorded many years ago: Broken Body, Precious Blood

Here is my favorite Resurrection song of all time, hands down, walkin’ out: My Favorite Resurrection Song

Here is a more recent one that I like a lot.

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Whatever you’re going through right now, He’s conquered the grave, He’s alive, and He’s on the throne . . . and ever lives to make intercession for you as your Great High Priest!

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A Review of “Transformed”

Today I’m reviewing Caesar Kalinowski’s book Transformed.

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Caesar wrote the book to try to awaken the hearts of people to their true identity and birthright as Christians.

His premise is that the Christian has been instantly transformed and given a new identity. So what is their new identity?

According to Kalinowski, they have been part of a family of “missionary servants,” sent to serve the world and make disciples of Jesus.

Kalinowski tells stories of people fleshing the above out in real life.[Continue Reading...]