Frankly Speaking – “I Don’t Like Christians”

Hi Fun Seekers,

I have 4 important announcements to share with you:

1. We just uploaded the 82nd podcast episode. It’s called Frankly Speaking – “I Don’t Like Christians” – click here to listen or download. Oh, listen at your own risk!

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2. We made another adjustment to the Books Page . . . all the sample and discount icons now match one another. Click here to view it and be sure to refresh the screen.

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3. My online discipleship course has exploded. Based on early feedback, it’s meeting a BIG need . . .  so I’m thankful to all of you who registered early. Remember, the price goes up October 1st, so order soon. Click here.

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How One Spoken Talk Delivered to a Small Audience Can Impact Thousands

Many of you who read this blog are preachers and teachers.

I want to encourage you with a discovery I made awhile ago. It’s simple, but impressively effective.

In 2011, I delivered a message that I entitled Epic Jesus: The Christ You Never Knew at a small conference that had approximately 250 people in the room. Those 250 souls heard the message live.

However, I recorded it — as I do all my conference talks. It was then uploaded to my podcast.

To date, that message has been listened to over 22,000 times by people all over the world.[Continue Reading...]

10 Mistakes Christians Should Avoid at All Cost

No one is perfect. We all make mistakes.

However, here are 10 mistakes that Christians, especially those who are active in ministry, should avoid at all costs.

These aren’t the obvious ones that are typically talked about in Christian circles.

They are more subtle and less frequently discussed:

  1. Refuse to Receive Correction from Genuine Christians Who Have Credibility.
  2. Believe Accusations Against Your Brethren Without Going to Them Directly.
  3. Make a Cause More Important Than Christ and Do Not Understand the Difference.
  4. Believe the Myth That You Should Only Read the Bible and No Other Christian Books.
  5. Assume that Everyone Who Professes to Have a Ministry is a True Follower of Jesus.
  6. Break a Friendship Over an Interpretation of the Bible.
  7. Refuse to Have Peers Who Know You Well and Can Speak Into Your Life.
  8. Befriend “Christians” Who Falsely Accuse Others on Social Media and Blogs.
  9. Be Quick to Defend Yourself Against Attack and Return Evil for Evil.
  10. Buy the Lie That Reading Scripture is Unnecessary for Your Spiritual Development and Well-Being.

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Does Giving Away Free Resources Devalue Them?

Everyone likes free stuff, right?

If you’ve been subscribed to this blog, you know that I love to give away free resources whenever I can.

For instance, while some blogs are now charging their subscribers to read their content, my 600+ blog posts are all free of charge.

In addition, my podcast of 75+ episodes is free.

I recently gave away 25 free eBooks to those who purchased a copy of God’s Favorite Place on Earth during release week.

Beyond that, I’ve given away several eBooks, hundreds of copies of all of my print books, and a free copy of From Eternity to Here for two weeks.

I say all that to make one simple point. It’s a discovery I’ve made from all of the above.

To the minds of most people, if something is free, it’s not really valuable.

Here are some examples of how I’ve come to this conclusion:[Continue Reading...]

Reading the Bible in 3D

The 80th episode of my podcast has just been published.

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Episode Overview

  • This is my second session at the NCY Ministers Conference in January 2013 (other speakers were Jon Acuff, Scot McKnight, Larry Osborne).
  • How to read the Scriptures where Christ is revealed on every page.
  • How Jesus and the disciples interpreted the Old Testament compared to how countless Christians interpret it today.
  • How to preach in such a way that hearers begin to love the Lord without using guilt.
  • The message is a introduction to Jesus: A Theography.

Listen to the Episode

Jerusalem is NOT God’s Favorite Place on Earth

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In every generation, Christians face the same challenges—namely doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, division, rejection, and the struggle against consumerism and complacency.

The Gospels narrate the incredible story of Jesus’ earthly life. Yet there is a story within this narrative that’s often missed. And to my mind, it’s the greatest story never told—a narrative within the narrative.

That narrative is the story of Jesus’ repeated visits to the little village of Bethany.[Continue Reading...]

The Race Card of the Early Christians – What They Can Teach Us Today

The following article was co-written with my friend and brother in Christ Derwin Gray

The Race Card of the Early Christians – What They Can Teach Us Today 

by Derwin Gray and Frank Viola

The Zimmerman trial and the tragedy that surrounds it has captured the world’s attention. Including that of the body of Christ.

Media coverage has heightened passions on both ends. Conversations about race, law, injustice, prejudice, guns, etc. are all being argued and inflamed.

In this article, we don’t want to weigh in on the public debate. Instead, our passion is to encourage God’s people everywhere to transcend the debate that the world is holding on its own terms by seeing ethnicity through the eyes of our Lord. There is only one race, the human race, which is comprised of different ethnic groups (Acts 17:26).

We want you, dear Christian, to take your cue from the New Testament believers, for they can teach us a great deal about this subject.

A Walk Into the First-Century Church

The world of the first-century was littered with racism and oppression. In the mind of a first-century Jew, Gentiles (Africans, Romans, Greeks, Syrians, Asians, etc.) were created to fuel the fires of hell.[Continue Reading...]

Rethinking the Second Coming of Christ

1248, 1306, 1689, 1792, 1836, 1844, 1914, 1936, 1960, 1974, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 2011.

Do you have any idea what these dates have in common?

They all represent the times in which people predicted that the second coming of Christ would occur.

According to a 2006 survey by Pew Research Forum, 79% of Christians in the USA say they believe the return of Christ will happen someday. 20% say it will happen in their lifetime. 34% say the world situation will grow worse before He returns.

Rapture Fever

Many Christians, especially those who live in America, are obsessed with the second coming of Christ. Various interpretations surrounding the when, where, and how of this incredible event have spawned endless divisions among Jesus’ followers. In fact, some Christians are so fixated on the second coming of Christ that they haven’t given sufficient time to understand His first coming.

In our book, Jesus: A Theography, Leonard Sweet and I explore the return of Christ in a way that transcends classic interpretations. Rather than enter into the eschatological wars that have raged over the last two hundred years, we focus our attention on how the First (Old) and Second (New) Testaments harmonize in telling us what God has in store for the future as it concerns His Son.[Continue Reading...]

Rethinking Sickness

In Chapter 10 of Jesus: A Theography (co-authored with Leonard Sweet), I give my fullest thoughts on the issue of sickness and healing. The chapter is called Jesus: Healer and Miracle Worker.

I’m unable to republish that chapter here, but I want to discuss one small aspect that’s not treated in the book.

It has to do with one cause of sickness that’s often overlooked by Christians.

Note that I said one cause. Sickness has many causes.[Continue Reading...]

An Important & Surprising Note from the Publisher of “God’s Favorite Place on Earth”

Dear Friends,

Stay tuned for Monday’s post. I will be releasing a special conference message from 2012 on the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m confident it will bless you.

In the meantime, check out my recent discussion with Dr. Michael Brown. It was a rare and touching moment in talk radio.

Here is a special note from my publisher.

A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER OF GOD’S FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH

Good morning, my name is Alex Field, and I am deputy publisher at David C Cook, the publisher of Frank Viola’s bold and powerful new book, God’s Favorite Place On Earth.

And I just wanted to say “Thank You.”

Thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of God’s Favorite Place On Earth in the past two weeks, a book that we are immeasurably proud of here at DCC. It is a fantastic book and we continue to pray that this message and Frank’s vision for this project will transform lives as the book gets into people’s hands.

Here’s the crazy news: We literally sold out of God’s Favorite Place On Earth at multiple outlets all over the country! The demand is high for this book, but despite difficulty in finding copies, we know that Frank’s message about how to make your heart a Bethany for Jesus today will continue to go far and wide.

I have a couple quick updates for you:

First, here’s my reality. Today we are scrambling to get more copies of the book to all retail outlets, including Amazon. We’re printing more fast! I want you to know that if you ordered the book from Amazon and got a message from them asking you about canceling your order, please rest assured, you will get the book from Amazon in the coming days and weeks. The book is on its way! It may take a little longer due to the increased demand, but again, thank you again for your loyalty to Frank and to the message of this book. It is deeply appreciated.”

Second, If you have not yet ordered the book and want it quickly, you can still get the book today at BarnesandNoble.com, at FamilyChristian.com, and at other independent bookstores.

Finally, if you have not yet ordered the book, I encourage to go out and get a copy of this book, sit down with a cup of coffee, and soak in the message of God’s Favorite Place On Earth. This is a book that will live with you long after you’ve read it the first time.

Thank you again!

Warmest Regards,

Alex Field
Deputy Publisher, David C Cook

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