The Rapture Question

I’ve finally gotten around to going through the 2013 blog survey questions, so I’ll be responding to your questions on this blog in the weeks to come.

On Wednesday, I’ll be talking about the Christian’s relationship to the Law. You don’t want to miss it.

Today will be the first question from the 2013 blog survey that I respond to.

Many of you asked me where I stand on the “rapture question.”

I suspect that those who asked (1) are new to the blog, and (2) have not yet read Jesus: A Theography.

I’ve given my answer to this question previously in a post entitled Rethinking the Second Coming of Christ. And I go into more detail in Jesus: A Theography.[Continue Reading...]

The Results of Your Survey – My Next Discipleship Course & A Brand New Website

As I shared in 9 Reasons Why Discipleship Isn’t Working Today, the missing ingredient in the contemporary discipleship movement is biblical, practical, experience-based teaching on how to live by the indwelling life of Christ.

This subject has been a main staple of mine both in my spiritual journey as well as in my ministry to others.

Yet few people who wax loudly about “discipleship” never talk about it.

For that very reason, I released an online course last September called How to Live by the Indwelling Life of Christ.

The response to the course has been overwhelming. Over 800 people are taking it and the testimonials have been no less than amazing. (You can read some of them below.)

The course reopens on March 1st and it will remain open for only 1 week.[Continue Reading...]

What We Haven’t Been Taught About Jesus

The 88th episode of the “Christ is ALL” podcast is one that will interest many — if not all — of you.

Dr. Michael Brown and I discuss what we haven’t been taught about Jesus. (By “we,” I’m referring to most Christians in my experience and observation.)

Speaking of Dr. Michael Brown, his new book Authentic Fire is now in paperback. And the paperback edition is on sale for $14.99 (regular price $19.99) until February 17th.

This is a superb book that every Christian should have in their library. I just got my copy on Sunday. Over 400 pages, it also contains contributions by Craig Keener and Sam Storms.

Here is my endorsement:

“Dr. Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire puts the brakes on John MacArthur’s crusade against charismatics with irrefutable logic, extraordinary insight, Christ-like graciousness, and an undisputable handling of Scripture.”

Click here to get the paperback on limited-time discount (until February 17th). No other bookstore sells the paperback edition.

To get the Kindle edition, click here.

You can listen to the podcast episode – What We Haven’t Been Taught About Jesus – in one of three ways:[Continue Reading...]

A Message to Ex-Pastors and Those On Their Way Out

If you aren’t an ex-pastor or someone who is thinking about leaving the clergy system . . . or you don’t have friends who fall into either category . . . feel free to skip this post as it’s probably not for you. 

Study after study has revealed that between 1,500 and 2,000 pastors leave the pastorate every month in the USA. This figure is staggering. Yet it’s the reality.

I’m not going to talk about why they are leaving, since I’ve done this elsewhere.

Instead, I want to talk to those of you who have left the pastorate or who are seriously considering it.

Most of you have left because of a crisis of conscience with the modern pastoral role. But there’s a major question you face, and it’s terrifying. That question is: what do I do for income once I’ve broken these ties?

I’ve received countless letters from pastors telling me that they want out, but they have no employable skills. So in order to keep their homes and feed their families, they stay in a job with which they are unsatisfied or feel isn’t right for them.

Many who have pulled the rip cord on the position are struggling financially.[Continue Reading...]

Rethinking Leadership in the New Testament

In my book, Reimagining Church (2008), I crafted a detailed exposition on what leadership in the first-century church looked like and the revolutionary principles that were clearly articulated by Jesus and Paul.

The second half of my book is entitled “Who is Your Covering?” (a title I created in the 1990s), and it goes into great depth on the issues of accountability, submission, and authority.

The Appendix of Reimagining Church answers every objection I’ve ever seen about my views on this subject along with my responses.

In this connection, Jon Zens has just released a powerful new book. It’s called 58-0: How Christ Leads Through the One-Anothers

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If I had one book by Jon Zens to give to people, it would be this one.

It contains Zens’ best thinking on the subject of leadership from a New Testament perspective, and it also contains chapters by other writers — some past and some contemporary.

Here is the chapter I contributed to the book.[Continue Reading...]

Women in Ministry: An Interview with Jennifer LeClaire of “Charisma Magazine”

Jennifer LeClaire is a writer and the administrator for Charisma and Charisma News online. I caught up with Jennifer recently for an interview.

If you’re new to the blog, you may be wondering about this. But I’m not a charismatic myself and I don’t follow what’s going on in the charismatic world. So many of the people who Jennifer mentions, I’ve heard their names, but I don’t follow their ministries. That said, many of my friends and brothers and sisters in Christ are charismatics, and like all streams in the Body of Christ, they have a contribution to make. For instance, Dr. Michael Brown, Sam Storms, Francis Frangipane, Jack Hayford, Adrian Warnock, Craig Keener are all charismatic leaders who I  know and respect.

(In Pouring Water on Strange Fire, I give my views on the supernatural work of the Spirit as well as the charismatic movement.)

Enjoy the interview. [Continue Reading...]

An Embarrassing Confession

I opened up this year’s blog with confessing to the failures I made in 2013 along with some of the successes.

This post is in line with that one — it’s just moving back in time a ways. Just like when I talked about a first-class screw up I made many years ago when believing stories I heard without first checking them out with the specific people being talked about.

So here goes . . .

When I became a Christian in my teens, I somehow got it into my head that Christians were never to sell anything or charge for anything. Especially for products and services, no matter what they were.

I don’t know where I got this idea from, but it doesn’t matter who influenced me. It was stupid at worst and naive at best.[Continue Reading...]

Taking a Break Until January 1st

Hi Fun Seekers,

Due to the holidays, I’m taking a break from this blog from now until January 1st.

In the meantime, you can catch up up on my podcast. There are 86 episodes so far.

We still have inventory for the Watchman Nee Box Set and the Devern Fromke Box Set.

We also have copies of my entire library at a discount.

Finally, my online course will close on December 31st. So if you want to take advantage of it, click here and register before it closes.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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Psalm 115:1

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Fast & Furious 6: A Tale of Two Kingdoms

Recently, I watched the new film Fast & Furious 6 with my friend Jose Bosque.

I stunt-doubled in it (for Vin Diesel, of course), but that’s not the reason why I’m writing this post. :-)

The movie was superb. Beyond great acting, great action, and great cinematography (the scenery was stunning), the film depicts two kinds of kingdoms . . . or churches.

One is the kingdom (or church) ruled by “precision” . . . where people are treated as cogs in the system.

If they make a mistake, they are disposed of.

The other is the kingdom — or church — ruled by family and the undying loyalty that goes with it. As well as sacrifice for the higher purpose.

Watch the movie with this lens and it will speak powerfully.[Continue Reading...]