A 21st Century Solution to a 1st Century Challenge

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Today, I interview the founder of 1MillionStories.org – a new evangelistic website.

Check out the video below and enjoy the interview!

(If you are getting this post by email, you may not be able to see the video. So just click on the heading of the post, and you’ll be taken to the blog so you can watch the video.)

What is 1MillionStories.org?

Steve Barnes: 1MillionStories.org is an online evangelism tool that allows you to share your personal testimony in seconds. It’s FREE, works on your phone or computer, and even the newest believer can use it to share their faith in Jesus Christ.  Pastors can mobilize their entire church body to actively share their faith immediately.[Continue Reading…]

Abandon

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Tim Timberlake has just released an interesting new book called Abandon: Laying Aside Your Plan for God’s Purpose.

I caught up with Tim to talk about his book. Enjoy!

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Instead of asking, “what is your book 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 book?”

Tim Timberlake: It is my prayer that the reader embraces this message to abandon oneself to God’s plan, and experience a life that is “far more than we could ever imagine or guess or request in our wildest dreams!” If we were to be brutally honest, we all have something or some area in our life we would be better off leaving behind us. So I hope this book highlights and uplifts those areas for the reader.[Continue Reading…]

Unoffendable

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Many, many years ago in a land far, far away, I wrote a little red book with George Barna that offended many people, religious people especially.

If George and I were living in the first century, that book would have gotten us boiled in olive oil.

In the 21st century, however, the book generated hate mail from Quakers and bodily threats from the Amish!

Yes, it offended religious people from every denominational quarter.

One of the first people to defend the little red book, dislodging the bogus arguments that the religiously offended leveled against it (most of whom never cracked open the cover, mind you [cough]), was the famed radio personality Brant Hansen. And he did it with grace, style, and sophisticated humor.

Fast forward 7 years later to April 2015, and Brant has written and launched his own book.

The topic? It’s about being offended.[Continue Reading…]

Radically Normal

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In Revise Us Again, I took dead aim at the two current problems in Christianity today – legalism on the one hand and libertinism on the other. I call these two tendencies “the two enemies of the gospel.” And they have been with us since the first century.

Recently, Josh Kelley has written a new book called Radically Normal: You Don’t Have to Live Crazy to Follow Jesus.

It’s a response to a certain genre of books that have caused younger Christians to view “radical Christianity” through one very narrow lens.

I interviewed Josh to ask him about the book. Enjoy!

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Blindsided by God

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Peter Chin has written a new book entitled Blindsided by God. In it, Chin explores the reality of suffering, the mystery of God’s ways, and why, even in the darkest times, there’s always reason for hope.

I caught up with Peter recently to discuss his new book. Enjoy!

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Instead of asking, “What is your book 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 book?”

Peter Chin: That really depends on the context of the reader. For those who are doing pretty well in life but are simply looking for an interesting read, the book will definitely provide that. It is a remarkable true story, one filled with as many twists and turns as you would find in any work of fiction.

But the book was really written with a more specific audience in mind. I wrote the book for those who find themselves in an especially difficult season of life, where they have experienced loss or disappointment. For those who find themselves in that context, this book will help them to remember something precious – that they are not alone in their pain. This in itself is an important realization, and a powerful source of encouragement.[Continue Reading…]

Small Groups

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Within the world of church, we have the following groups of people:

1. Those who gather in the institutional form of church.

2. Those who gather outside the institutional form of church.

3. Those who belong to no local gathering at all.

4. Those who gather in the institutional form of church but who also gather in small groups.

Scott Boren’s new book Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus is a book for small group leaders and those interested in the benefit of small groups.

I caught up with Scott to ask him some questions about his book. Enjoy![Continue Reading…]

THE DAY I MET JESUS

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends, they are the most accessible and wisest counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

~ Charles W. Elliot

I’m happy to announce that my new book, The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels is now available.

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Today, I’m featuring the first interview that Mary DeMuth (my coauthor) and I did about the book.

Go here to order it today

What follows is the interview that Mary and I did. It’s followed by early recommendations by other authors.

I’d LOVE to hear what you think about it![Continue Reading…]

Get a Free Copy of THE ART OF WORK by Jeff Goins

My friend Jeff Goins’ new book, The Art of Work, is filled with inspirational stories of people who have found their calling. Stories of people who are living beyond the status quo and doing the very thing they were meant to do.

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Like the story of Ginny Phang. Ginny was a young single mother in a country where single mothers are shunned. Ginny was faced with the pressure to have an abortion. She faced hardship and endured much loneliness.[Continue Reading…]

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!

It’s called The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels.[Continue Reading…]