A Review of “Transformed”

Today I’m reviewing Caesar Kalinowski’s book Transformed.

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Caesar wrote the book to try to awaken the hearts of people to their true identity and birthright as Christians.

His premise is that the Christian has been instantly transformed and given a new identity. So what is their new identity?

According to Kalinowski, they have been part of a family of “missionary servants,” sent to serve the world and make disciples of Jesus.

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Becoming the Son

I was asked to review C.D. Baker’s fictional account of Jesus entitled Becoming the Son.

You can read the interview I did with Baker here.

Some people read the book and loved it. For instance . . .

“A first-person encounter with the Jesus who could have been is carefully researched and challenges tradition without disrespecting the biblical accounts.”

Publishers Weekly Select, December 2012

“C.D. Baker has accomplished what few novelists have ever achieved. From his pen flows an engaging story about Jesus that resists literary, theological, or historical compromise. It is truly a rare gem.”

Dr. Bruce Longenecker, W.W. Melton Chair of Religion, Baylor University. 

I’m not a fiction reader, so I cannot tell who writes good fiction and who doesn’t. But the writing style seemed good to me.

Note that this is a fictional book. It doesn’t overturn the Gospel accounts, but it adds an enormous amount of imagination to them. [Continue Reading...]

Important Survey: What Is Your Biggest Struggle as a Christian?

Save the Date. My new book, JESUS NOW releases May 5th. Wait to get it on that day from a special online bookstore (to be announced here) and get the Discussion Guide FREE. Plus, that store will beat the price of every other online or on-the-ground bookstore, including Amazon.

As I’ve explained on my About page, this blog isn’t about me. Neither is it for me. It’s about you, and it’s for you.

The same with my podcast, books, and online courses.

They all exist as a resource to help you, encourage you, educate you, challenge you, inspire you, and if I’m able, to help solve problems.

Consequently, please take a moment to answer this question in the comments.

All comments will be anonymous and they won’t show up on the blog. You will be able to see them, but the Blog Manager will make it so that no one else can.

Here’s how I want you to do it.[Continue Reading...]

The Only Magazine I Subscribe To

At one time, I subscribed to five different Christian periodicals. Today, I only subscribe to one.* 

It’s Searching Together.

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Searching Together began in 1972 with Norbert Ward as the founding editor. Jon Zens has been editor since 1978. Norbert made this statement in 1972, and we continue his sentiment: “[We] make no claim to be the voice of a movement or an organized denomination. We do not, on the other hand, claim to be a lone voice. We believe we are expressing the hope and earnest prayer of concerned believers.”[Continue Reading...]

Interview with C.D. Baker on His Novel

C. D. (David) Baker has written a book entitled Becoming the Son, a novel. I caught up with David to interview him about his book. If the interview intrigues you, you can grab a copy here.

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?”

David Baker: ‘Becoming the Son’ is a novel that offers a unique encounter with Jesus that remains grounded within the margins of the Gospel accounts. The reader will discover a man more human than what they expected and more similar to themselves than what they dared to imagine.  The novel is written in the first-person and in so doing prompts deep intimacy with the character. Readers tell me that this intimacy has made for a ‘safe place’ in which they found themselves engaging new possibilities about a Jesus with whom they could finally identify.[Continue Reading...]

The Well-Played Life Interview: Len Sweet & I Mix It Up

I’ll begin this post with 3 quick announcements:

1. If you’re new to the blog, you don’t want to buy new book, Jesus Now, yet. Leonard Sweet wrote the Foreword and I dedicated the book to Len. I explain why you want to wait until May 5th here.

2. Only 1 more day to get the entire box set of my 9 books for only $69. That price expires after April 10th. Click here to get the set.

3. My books Revise Us Again, From Eternity to Here, and Reimagining Church or between $2 and $3 (in the USA at least) on Amazon Kindle right now. Click here to get your copies.

Last month, I reviewed my good friend Len Sweet’s superb new book, The Well-Played Life. Recently, I caught up with Len to talk about the book. Here are my questions and his answers. Check it out and share it with your peeps. And be sure to get a copy.

Tell us a bit about the experiences that shaped the insights in the book.

Leonard Sweet:  I was devastated a few years back when some of my friends in ministry, who lived to work for the church and pushed themselves relentlessly, died young of exhaustion and early aging. [Continue Reading...]

A New Book That Sets the Sisters Free!

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My longtime friend, Felicity Dale, has just released a new book that takes a fresh look at the subject of women in ministry.

The book is a barn-burner, a gully-washer, lightning in a box, freedom in 280 pages.

It’s called The Black Swan Effect: A Response to Gender Hierarchy in the Church

While Felicity is the main mind behind this work, it includes chapters by Jon Zens, Alan Hirsch, Julie Ross, Michael Frost, Katie Driver, yours truly, and others.

I caught up with Felicity recently to interview her about the book. If you enjoy it, please share the post using the share buttons at the very bottom).

The book will set many women free, inspiring them to serve the Lord unhindered. It will also educate many men to understand how the Lord views our sisters in His service. [Continue Reading...]

Berea Bible College: An Interview

Today I interview Sheree Archbold about Berea Bible College. If Bible college is something that interests you, take a look.

 

Why is the college called Berea Bible College? 

In Acts 17:11 the Apostle Paul commended the Berean Christians as being more noble because they daily searched the scriptures to see whether Paul’s teaching was correct. In a time when many Christians have been led away from what the Bible actually teaches, we want to encourage our students to continuously refer to the Bible and test what they have been taught.

Indeed, one of the terms that Biblical Scholars use for the collection of writings that we call the Bible is “the canon”. The word “canon” means “reed or measuring stick” and this is a great description for the Bible because it literally is the measuring stick by which we compare all that we have been taught and whereby we discern truth from error. [Continue Reading...]

Christ in the Desert

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Reminder, my book — Reimagining Church — is free today only (April 4th). Click here to get your copy along with other freebies and great deals.

The following is a guest post from Jonathan Merritt. It’s a chapter from his new book Jesus is Better Than You Imagined.

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.” – Mother Teresa

I’d been wondering how to begin my quest to experience God in fresh ways when my phone rang. My friend Carolyn was about to take a retreat to a Benedictine monastery near her childhood hometown. The more she talked about this inconspicuous hermitage nestled in New Mexico’s high desert, the more intrigued I became.[Continue Reading...]

My New Book – JESUS NOW – Don’t Buy It Until May 5th. Here’s Why . . .

Since 2004, I’ve been giving messages on a subject that I’ve rarely heard anyone speak about or write on.

The subject?

What is JESUS doing NOW?

We all know what He did when He was on earth “in the days of His flesh.”

And we all know what He plans to do when He returns.

But what’s His ministry — exactly  — since His ascension until His second coming?

That’s what my upcoming book JESUS NOW: Unveiling the Present-Day Ministry of Christ explores in detail.

Leonard Sweet wrote the Foreword.

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Now . . . I’m asking that you wait to get your copy until May 5th.

The reason is simple.[Continue Reading...]