Happy B-Day to Confessions!

Happy B-Day to Confessions!

That’s right — one year ago today, the Kickstarter campaign funded and the book project, Confessions of a Pastor, was set in motion.  I can still remember thirty days prior, at the launch of the drive, praying, “Ok Jesus, this is now in your hands. It will either fund or fail.”  The project did fund and I am still amazed at the results today.  I continue to thank Jesus and so many of you for bringing Confessions to life.

Early in the editing process we changed the official name to simply “Confessions” with the subtitle of “Finding Hope Through One Pastor’s Doubt.”  Thinking of Hope, the heart of Confessions has already borne fruit in bringing hope to many and so I want to give a huge thanks on this anniversary date to everyone who gave and prayed for the venture. Not only is the book bringing encouragement to people and drawing them closer to the love of Christ, but once our final financial requirements with LUCID Books are completed, 50% of any additional royalties from the project will go toward world missions.

What about you?  If you have read Confessions, what stories can you share of encouragement or testimonies from those you know?  If you’ve not had a chance to read Confessions yet, you can get an e-copy or paper back from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other sources.

As I begin a summer study break in a few weeks, I will explore the possibility of turning the print into an audible work and also begin to seriously flesh out the next major writing project.  But for now, I’d love to hear your stories from the release of Confessions.  You can share them here, on social media sources, or even write a review for Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Again – thanks to everyone who made this project a reality!

Imagining More of Jesus

Imagining More of Jesus

They did it again!  It’s just another reason why I’m proud of Cypress Crossings Christian Church.  This past weekend volunteers from the C4 family reached out again this year to bless children and families in our area.  For a church family of our size; they did an amazing job in providing just under 150 children and families in our region with Christmas presents. The thrilling part is that this outreach project was not something pushed by the lead minister.  It actually grew up organically from within the body and that’s what Christmas and real Christianity is all about.

Jesus clearly noted that he came to seek and to save that which was lost and to give his life as a ransom for many.   Jesus came to give. The folks of C4 have not only experienced the life changing grace of Christ but have turned around to bless others. They are giving.

People have pointed to John Lennon’s song, Imagine, as a hope for humanity.  As for me, I like imagining a world, not with or without religion, but where more people truly know Jesus Christ and are radically pursuing Him.  Such a place might actually do what politics simply cannot accomplish.  Change the heart and thus the world.  To indeed bring “Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men.”  Yes; Imagining a world with more Jesus, more Christmas.

But for now . . . I’m stoked at how C4 is giving it an amazing shot.

Another September 11th and Three Things You Can Do Now.

Another September 11th and Three Things You Can Do Now.

Recently I came across a movie covering an event that I apparently missed in my history classes. The flick came out in 2012 and recounts a decisive battle that took place on September 11th of 1683. Like the infamous Sept. 11th, 2001 that so many of us remember, this battle was also begun by Muslims in the name of Allah. The Day of the Siege is the name of this historical drama that remembers the Muslim army of over 300,000 soldiers from the Ottoman Empire with the intent to conquer Vienna and ultimately Rome thereby turning the Vatican into a mosque. The main character in the piece was a humble Catholic Monk named Marco d’Aviano who lived from 1631 to 1699. It was Marco who encouraged and united the western forces which ultimately led to the defeat of the Ottoman army. (more…)

Is There Anybody Out There?

Is There Anybody Out There?

SND-Logo-Concepts-Sm1-150x150Tonight for the discussions we’re bringing back three of our guest from last season to dig in deeper to the divine question.  Is there a God and is Atheism really as rational as some believe?  From this discussion; what are the ramifications to evolution and the nature of man? These and more tonight at 8p Central.  You can watch the live show here or send in questions during the broadcast if you’re connected to our “Sunday Night Discussions” page on Google + or Face Book.  So grab a friend, some coffee, and come ready to discuss.

Jesus Christ. The Man in Question. Tonight at 8p Central.

“Who do people say I am?”  That question by Jesus Christ is probably one of the most important questions of all time.  Good teacher?  Misguided fanatic?  Son of God?  God himself in the flesh?  Those and other questions will be examined here tonight at 8p Central as we look at the identity of this mysterious man of whom so much debate has arisen over the past 2000 years.  Napoleon once proclaimed that he “knew men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man.”  True or False?  Fact of Fiction?  What are the ramifications?  So grab a friend and a good cup of coffee and we’ll see you tonight.  Remember that if you log in to the show through Google + and the “Sunday Night Discussions” page you can send in questions while the show is live.  You can also watch here and then send in questions to me via email or Face Book.  Looking forward to tonight and hope to see you soon.