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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Is it Okay for Christians to be Rich?

The following is from Shane Claiborne in answer to the question, “Is it Okay for a Christian to be Rich?”

Give it a thoughtful and prayerful read, then tell me if you agree or disagree in the comments and why.

I give my own thoughts on Shane’s article here.

by Shane Claiborne

Asking if it is okay for Christians to be rich is a strange question. It is like asking if it is okay for Christians to overeat, or watch too much TV. It may be permissible, but that doesn’t mean it is a good idea. I believe Jesus came to set us free — and one of the things he wants to set us free from is our obsession with money and possessions. Which is why he says such harsh things like “Woe to you who are rich…” (Luke 6:24). [Continue Reading…]

What You Didn’t Know About C.S. Lewis PLUS The Current Move of God

Okay, so there’s no post today. Not here anyway.

But there are two new posts that you can read elsewhere.

First is my article on Patheos called Shocking Beliefs of C.S. Lewis.

It’s the first installment of a new series I’m writing on the Patheos blog network.

Second is an article I wrote for New Wineskins Magazine in 2008 called The Current Move of God: 8 Characteristics.

It was recently published on another website.

Check out both articles by clicking on the above links. And if you like them, feel free to share the links.

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The Insurgency Began & You Missed It

The 106th podcast episode just released. It’s called “The Insurgency Began and You Missed It” in which I talk about the present Revolution.

Listen in the following venues:

iTunes Subscribe (for Apple devices)

 

Beyond Pod Signet

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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

Click here for detailed instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast using your smart phone or tablet, how to rate the podcast in iTunes, and how to find time to listen to podcasts.

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Don’t Confuse Me With the Facts

Christians are funny creatures.

About six months ago, someone sent me a Tweet saying, “I am reading one of your books. I’m half-way through, and I don’t agree with it.”

I responded (in a series of tweets) the following:

Twitter isn’t the place for substantial dialogue. In fact, it’s impossible. Make a comment on my blog and let me know where *specifically* you disagree and why.”

“If I’ve written one word that’s inaccurate or unbiblical, I want to know where & how.”

The person declined and essentially said something that was the equivalent of, “I’ve made up my mind. I don’t want to be proven wrong. Don’t confuse me with the facts.”

[Cough.]

In 2012, I wrote a blog post that went viral. It’s called So You Think You Disagree? 4 Reasons Why You May Not.

The article puts a finger on a profound problem today.

If Christians don’t take the time to dialogue with each other on issues where they think they disagree, they will never find out if the disagreement is real or just perceived.[Continue Reading…]

Is Suicide Unforgivable & Media Spin? I Need Your Help

Following Robin Williams’ tragic death, I wrote a lengthy article called A Jesus Response to Suicide.

The enormous media periodical Opposing Views picked up my article and wrote a full piece quoting me in it.

Now I’d like your help on something.

Read my original article A Jesus Response to Suicide which was published on a newsfeed blog that recasts some of my work.

Then compare it to how Opposing Views portrayed my view of suicide.

Question: Did “Opposing Views” accurately represent my thoughts and feelings about suicide or did they leave out some key points and thus “spin” my take on it to suit their own purposes?

Your feedback would be enormously helpful  here.

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