Monthly Archives: December 2008

Hope for 2009 and For All Time

This makes my heart hurt in a really good way.

Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

– 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

We will be changed! Yes! Thank You.

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Resolution for 2009 (and Beyond)

Resolved:Whether I succeed or fail in my endeavors personal and public — hopefully succeed — I nevertheless intend to decrease.

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Busy Little Elf

Just a notice that posting will be sporadic between now and the new year. Beck and I are enjoying time in Houston with family.I’ll have some writing time, but I’ve got a magazine article request, some Docent work, some Element message planning, and two proposals to put together for options on whatever my second book will be. Good stuff and fun work I’m happy to be doing over the holidays. Blogging isn’t impossible, but it’s unlikely.

Hope all my readers have a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year’s. Take a moment to reflect at some point on the all-surpassing awesomeness of Jesus.

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Do They Know it’s Christmas?

A gentle reminder to my preacher brothers on this Christmas Eve: preach Jesus.

Not “hope,” not “peace,” not “joy,” unless it is hope, peace, and joy specifically personified in Jesus.

For he himself is our peace . . .– Ephesians 2:14a

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Best of Gospel-Driven Church 2008

These are the posts I’m most proud of from the last year.

The Two-Fisted Gospel: A Manifesto for Kingdom Militancy


For I Was Hungry and You Told Me to Self-Feed

Five Important Things the Seeker Movement Got Right

Who is the Kingdom For?

What to Do if Your Pastor Doesn’t Preach Jesus

The New Legalism: Still Dissatisfied with Christ

Element’s “Bold as Love” Initiative

Missional Reformation: Messing with DNA

The Glorious Christ and Christ Alone

Spiritual Maturity = Greater Gospel Awakening

Gospel Intentionality: Programs vs. Ordinary Life

The Five Solas for Evangelicalism Today

Numerolatry and the Church

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Jesus Book Has New Title

My book initially titled “The Unvarnished Jesus: 12 Portraits of Jesus as He Was and Is” as of 2 hours ago has a new title: Your Jesus is Too Safe: Outgrowing a Drive-Thru, Feel-Good Savior.

As far as I know, it is still scheduled for release by Kregel in Fall 2009.

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Pray for David Wayne

You may recognize him as The Jollyblogger.

I’ve never met David in person, but I consider him a friend. He is one of the best bloggers out there, and not for no reason is he one of the most popular and respected. He is a blessing to all his readers and online hangers on, as I know he is to his family and the community he pastors.

David recently announced he has colon cancer. Please pray for him and his family and his church.

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Congrats, Jeremy

My newly thirty brother Jeremy has been accepted to Southern Seminary.

Congratulations, bro.

Now transfer to Southwestern and help us minister out thisaway.

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Year-End Giving Suggestions

Please don’t mind these three suggestions for your year-end charitable giving.

1. Mosaic

Mosaic is a missions agency that implements and sustains indigenous relief projects in Uganda and southern Sudan. This is not a hands-off charity. They partner and network and work in these places and support and train people on the ground in these troubled regions. They focus on a few strategic projects so that they may do all things well, particularly mosquito nets to prevent the malaria epidemic (did you know one African child dies every 30 seconds from a freakin’ mosquito bite!), a ministry to girls and women abducted by the LRA, a women’s shelter in the Sudan, the Street Corps children’s health care programs, and church supports.

In addition to all the great, direct work Mosaic is doing for Jesus’ fame, one of the most unique things about this organization is that they maintain 0% overhead. That is not a misprint. 100% of your giving to Mosaic goes directly to the people/programs in need. Zero is eaten up by administrative costs. That is virtually unheard of even in charitable organizations, where 15-20% overhead is considered “ideal.”

I have the privilege of working with/for Mosaic founder/director Justin Holcomb as a researcher/writer for Docent; he is also a professor of religion and sociology at The University of Virginia and is in these troubled regions of Africa as often as he can be. I have found Justin to be a fantastic guy and a servant-hearted follower of Jesus.


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#10 Something or Other

Raffi Shahinian named this post of mine on the Osteens and the gospel of entitlement as the #10 spot in his Top Ten Emergent/Missional/Post-Evangelical Blog Posts of 2008 list.

Thanks, bro.

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