by steve | Aug 27, 2018 | Just Life
I am stoked to report how quickly LUCID Books is moving with the publication of Confessions. The release date has been moved up to late November with pre-sales set to begin in mid-October. The work is presently in the lay-out phase after having completed the editing and proof-reading. As the process continues, we are looking at publicity and marketing over the next two months. Yes, I am thrilled as I honestly believe this project will be a huge encouragement to many people.
One exciting piece from the past two weeks was to receive the Forward that I had asked Jim Tune write for the book. If you don’t know Jim, he is a fun Canadian minister, church planter, and visionary who is always advancing the ball down the field. Debi and I seriously considered working with Jim and his wife, Claudia, back in 2004 before moving to Northern California. But we’ve kept in touch over the years and I greatly respect Jim and his work. (more…)
by steve | Sep 10, 2015 | Church Planting, Sunday Night Discussions
What does it look like to take Jesus to the cities of the 21st century? Sunday Night Discussions is back this week and we’re asking that very question. It is estimated that today over half the population of the earth lives in cities and outlying areas. This change in global demographics also touches race, ethnicity, and religion. How can the Kingdom of Heaven be advanced is this new world reality. Join Robert and me here Sunday at 8p central as we welcome Luke Greer who serves with Global Cities Initiative and the Orchard Group. Orchard has been planting churches since 1948 in New York and is now reaching out into the major cities of the world.How big of an issue is this and how can we be involved? Feel free to send questions in early via here or our Google Plus page. During the show questions and comments can be sent in via both mediums and we will be giving away a copy of Why Cities Matter by Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard toward the end of the show. Forward in the book is written by Timothy Keller. So grab a friend and plan to participate as we kick off another season of SND.
BTW for the Dallas and NY Giants fans, we will have an audience member keeping us posted on the game score.
Yup . . . it’s going to be great!
by steve | Aug 31, 2015 | Church Planting
Entrepreneurship is a confusing word. Not just because it’s hard to remember how it’s spelled, but because of the many word pictures we put behind it. Business is usually the venue where we see this practice. Even in the market place though, it can equally be applied to someone who starts up a business and also someone who takes an existing company to the next level. I swim mostly in the realm of the Church and discipleship world where the range of applications can be just as wide. A church planter establishes one church in his life that grows to 1000 or more in Sunday morning attendance. Suddenly he is allowed to successfully wear the title. A woman takes an existing ministry to new heights and likewise is awarded the spot light for her accomplishments. The bigger the results, the more the person is called an entrepreneur. Yet those who achieve lesser accolades are denied the headlines.
But I wonder if maybe there’s more to the story here in creativity. Could it be that for true divine entrepreneurship to take place we really need a number of different people, different skills, and different situations? To illustrate, I’m wondering who is the biggest entrepreneur in the fast food business; the McDonald brothers or Ray Kroc? (more…)
by steve | Apr 24, 2015 | Church Planting, Sunday Night Discussions
In referring to Elijah of the Old Testament, James makes the observation that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. But I wonder. Even when we find our righteousness in the healing of Christ opposed to our own merit, are our prayers really powerful? Are they truly heard by the God of all creation? Tune in Sunday night at 8p Central as our special guest, Rick Stedman, believes so. Rick founded and for two decades led Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, California. His real desire is getting people connected to God and borrowing from Eugene Peterson, Rick has suggested that the number one job of pastors is to teach their people to pray. Would you agree with that? What other questions about prayer or living out the loving Kingdom of God would you have for Rick? Feel free to send in questions early and join us for the live discussion Sunday night. We will also be giving away a copy of Rick’s new book, Praying the Armor of God. Questions and comments can be taken during the webcast via our SND Google + page or here.
by steve | Apr 12, 2015 | Church Planting, Sunday Night Discussions
“You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.” Those words were spoken by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. When I think of the enormity of that statement, Church Planter and Pastor, Ken Hasekamp, is one of the guys who always comes to mind. If anyone knows experientially about influencing people with the love of Christ, it’s Ken. Patterson, CA is where we find Ken these days and it’s amazing to see the stories of how God is working through his life to love his community and make an eternal difference. Join us this evening as we dive into the question of “how to be the light of Christ in our 21st century communities.”
The Discussions begin tonight at 8p Central and you can find us here or on Google +. Feel free to join in on the conversation with your questions and comments. Looking forward to hearing from you this evening.