7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship

“Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness in life.”

~ C.S. Lewis

For those of you who are reading Jesus Now and want to let your friends know about it, there is now a list of quotes from the book that you can publish on Twitter and Facebook.

Just go to the book landing page – JesusNow.tv – and scroll to the bottom.

Also, we redid the 7 Aspects of Christ’s Present-Day Ministry episode since the original recording was poor. Now the podcast includes a short excerpt from an interview I did for Jesus Now that’s much clearer. The phone call from the distraught man who was kicked out of a lunch buffet still appears at the end.

That said, we’ve just released the 99th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast. The topic — 7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship.

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What Coca-Cola’s New Bottle Teaches Us About Christ & the Church

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus Christ presents Himself to us as food and drink.

And so do so many of the shadows of Christ contained in the Old Testament.

Coca-Cola’s new “friendly twist” bottle cannot be opened by one person. It requires another who also has the bottle.

In the same way, we can never partake of the fullness of the riches of Jesus Christ by ourselves, as a solo Christian.

We need the other members of the body.

Why? Because the riches of Christ . . . His fullness . . . is never given to one believer, no matter how gifted or spiritually mature they may be.

His fullness resides in His body.

This is why I don’t believe and have never believed in the “solo-me-and-Jesus-that’s-all-I-need” brand of Christianity.

It’s also why I don’t believe in the postchurch concept.

Authentic Christianity is intensely corporate. It’s communitarian, being rooted in the triune God.

And it doesn’t work on your own.

(For details see my books Reimagining Church and From Eternity to Here where I present a very high view of the ekklesia and argue that Christianity is profoundly communal.)

Take a look at Coca-Cola’s promo video with this imagery in mind . . . that the fullness of Christ can only be experienced with other members of the body.

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12 Forgotten Things Every Christian Should Know

The 97th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast has released.

In this episode, I discuss 12 forgotten things that I believe every Christian — new and seasoned — should know. If you find this message valuable, please share the link to this post with all your friends.

Let me tell you. I wish I had this  knowledge in my 20s! It would have spared me a lot of frustration and heart-ache.

The podcast is short and opens and closes with a music trailer (as most of my episodes do).

If you’re pressed for time, listen while you drive, walk, exercise, do household chores, or relax. I believe the listen will be well worth your time.

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Haters Gonna Hate

If you are making an impact on people’s lives, you will . . . (not might) . . . attract haters.

So if you don’t want any haters in your life, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t blog, don’t podcast . . . oh, and don’t breathe.

Haters are either fueled by jealousy, low self-esteem (which is trying to assert itself), or an inflated-ego (which has been bruised somehow and elicits bluster).

Every once in a while I’ll get a flaming email from a hater.

A few weeks ago, a man wrote me an email which included baseless accusations against a co-author of one of my books.

Of course, the man making the accusations doesn’t know the person they were accusing. They just read some slanderous smackdown on the Web which painted my co-author to be a combination of Freddie Krueger, David Koresh, and a certified warlock. And to this benighted soul’s shame, he naively swallowed it hook, link, and sinker. (Or hook, link, and sinker, if you prefer.)

Click here to read the rest of this post on my Patheos blog

Attend 5 Conferences in the Comfort of Your Own Home

Several years ago, I decided to only accept 6 speaking engagements per year. So I’m very selective on which invitations I accept.

This year, I’ll be speaking at a number of conferences. All of them are sold out.

That said, here are 5 conferences wherein I gave keynote talks.

While these recordings come at no charge to you, they are not free.

I simply ask that you email the link to this post to 3 of your friends who are serious about following Jesus.

If you are new to my blog and only know me from my earlier books on ecclesiology (“church”), I haven’t written on “church” issues since 2009. And none of these talks discuss the subject.

These talks are all part of my larger ministry of the deeper Christian life — the subject of my last 20 books. Consequently, they are suited for all serious Christians in all movements, church forms, and denominations.

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