Two Kinds of Leaders

The 112th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s called “Two Kinds of Leaders.”

Be sure to subscribe in iTunes or Beyond Pod below.

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I Have BIG News! Time-Sensitive Post – Read Now

Hi Friends,

I’m jazzed!

I’ve got two important things to share with you.

FIRST: the best book I’ve ever written to date – God’s Favorite Place on Earth – is available at no charge in Kindle, Nook, and PDF until Tuesday, February 3rd.

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I managed to persuade my publisher to make it available to all my readers. :-)

As you may or may not know, this was my first book in a new genre of Christian literature that I call “biblical narrative.”

In the book, Lazarus tells the story of when Jesus came to His own home town, Bethany. The book includes both autobiographical narrative that’s tightly based on the Gospels and faithful to first-century history as well as non-fiction prose that makes practical application to your life.

SECOND: my second book in the “biblical narrative” genre releases March 3rd!

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In Quest for the Church After God’s Own Heart

From the ages of sixteen to twenty-three, I traversed the landscape of evangelical Christianity. I became part of the following denominations: Southern Baptist, Independent Baptist (a completely different species from the Southern Baptists), Mennonite, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Church of Christ (non-instrumental), Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Assemblies of God, Church of God, and countless stripes of charismatic Christianity, including Word-Faith, Third-Wave, Open Bible, and Vineyard.

Granted, it’s a queer mix. But it gave me a broad view of the existing theological terrain. And it furnished me with some rich ground for future spiritual exploration.

In addition to the litany of denominations I sampled, I was part of five parachurch organizations at the University that I attended. In addition, I (along with some other students) created our own parachurch organization.[Continue Reading…]

Rethinking the Sabbath

My new RETHINKING SERIES is now available.

Those who have read my books Revise Us Again, Jesus: A Theography, and From Eternity to Here, are aware that those who follow Jesus Christ are not under the Law. Instead, we’ve been given the Spirit of the living God who fulfills the Law in and through us.

Consequently, the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament era have been done away with in Christ. The New Testament is clear that those laws were merely “shadows” pointing to Jesus.

That said, those who have not read the aforementioned books sometimes write us and ask, “Are Christians obligated to keep the Sabbath like the Old Testament Jews were?”

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You Are Not Alone

“The desperate need today is not for a great number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

~ Richard Foster

In this post, I want to provide a platform for the sentiments of those who have moved “beyond evangelical” and who are part of “the deeper journey.”

Those who have moved “beyond evangelical” are, in fact, evangelicals. They hold to the core tenets of classic evangelicalism (the Bible, the cross, conversion, and activism), but they’ve gone on to the deeper things of God (the Eternal Purpose, the Indwelling Life of Christ, the Centrality and Supremacy of Christ, and the Practical Expression of the Ekklesia). And they are neither Right nor Left.

To give you a better idea, countless Christians I’ve met have uttered the following statements in face-to-face conversations, over emails, over coffee at conferences, and on this blog. I’ve compiled them all, editing them slightly for consistency to give you an idea.

Together, they form a collective confession of sorts reflecting the thoughts and feelings of those of us who are on “the deeper journey” and have moved “beyond evangelicalism.”[Continue Reading…]

Gutless Wonders

My new set of books,THE RETHINKING SERIES, is now available.

The 111th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has just been published.

It’s a sober talk about a sober subject.

I call it “gutless wonders.” It was recorded in December 2014.

Listen to the episode in the following venues:

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If you don’t use a smart phone, then click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page, including this episode

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It’s Time for You to RETHINK!

For those of you who downloaded my Writing Breakthrough Seminar, I hope you’ve finding each session valuable.

That said, I’m super excited!

After many months of tirelessly working on it, my Rethinking Series is finally here and available!

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And my new bonus book – Practical Help for Christian Communities – is included in the series.

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The series contains each book in PDF, Kindle, and Nook formats.

But that’s not all.

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Leaders Are Readers

As I’ve argued before, leadership is influence. Everyone influences, so everyone leads in some degree and in some sphere.

But how powerful of an impact you make as a leader/influencer is based on many factors, and one of them is how much you read.

On that topic, here’s a guest post by Dave Frederick with a gift for you included.[Continue Reading…]

A Free Audio Seminar for Writers

I am often asked for advice about writing.

I suspect, therefore, that many of the people who read this blog are writers of some kind.

That said, last month, I recorded a seminar series of 3 audio-sessions where I answered questions about my “secrets” to having a breakthrough year in writing.

If you are an actual — or aspiring — writer, you may be interested in this series.

Just sign up for it here and you’ll be directed to the page to download the audios.

There’s no charge.

In that connection, if you’re a blogger, author, writer, musician, and business person of any kind, you may be interested to know that The Buzz Seminar Master Course is open for registration again, and there’s now a new online version.[Continue Reading…]