Exponential Series of Books $2.99!

Every now and then I find books that look good that are at great prices. Sometimes whole series of books go on sale. I have read only one of these personally but they all look amazing. These books are all published through a partnership between the Leadership Network and Zondervan and are in a series called Exponential.

And they are each just $2.99 right now for the Kindle!

Prices are subject to change at any time, so get ‘em quick!

Transformation

Of these books, this is the only one I have read, and it is a MUST read!

Book Description from Amazon: 

Author and pastor Bob Roberts Jr. is one of the architects of what church and Christian community can become in this new century. His unique approach to Christianity is based on what he calls T-Life (transformed life), which leads to a T-World (transformed world). Drawing inspiration from early church history and the emerging church in the developing world, Roberts envisions a new way of engaging the local church to achieve common goals. He calls for building a church culture rather than a church program. Glocal churches create disciples who, transformed by the Holy Spirit, are infiltrating today’s culture on a global and local scale. In Roberts’s terms, when we establish a relationship with Jesus Christ and begin applying his principles, we experience T-Life (transformed life). Transformation begins with a growing, interactive relationship with God that includes personal and corporate worship. This, in turn, results in community. As community serves others, transformation has both a global and local (glocal) impact and creates T-World. Transformation redefines the focus and practice of the church, not from external bells and whistles, but from the internal transformation of the very character of its people.
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Blessings,

The Reckless Cross

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This post contains excerpts from chapters 2 and 3 of my book Completely Reckless. Like it? Buy the book here!

Because we know that God is complete in and of himself, we can know that the cross is not the act of a spurned lover making one last dramatic gesture to capture their beloved’s attention. But this is often the way that it is perceived. The thought goes something like this: the sacrificial system of Judaism wasn’t working and so God stepped in with a new system, a new “covenant.” This idea implies that God was making things up as he went along, like a quarterback calling an audible because he saw that the defense was expecting his pass play. God tried Judaism, and it didn’t work, so he decided to go to plan B.

What if the cross was part of the plan from the beginning?  What if the Bible, the story of God’s interaction with humankind, the story of redemption and renewal was a narrative that was planned before it was begun? Any good author knows where they are going with a story before they begin to write the text. Should we assume that God is any different? The cross is a planned part of this redemptive narrative.

In his book The Original Jesus, Tom Wright makes the case for this kind of narrative view of scripture: “When we read the gospels, then, we are reading the books which tell the story of Jesus as the story of how the long drama between Israel and the covenant-God came to fulfillment and fruition. They only make sense as the completion, the final chapter, of a great drama that had been running for two millennia.”  Jesus coming to this earth was part of the plan before God said “let there be light.”

The Apostle Paul wrote it this way: “God decided in advance to adopt us into his family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” (Ephesians 1:5)

God created man in his image, not for companionship, but out of love. He knew full well that all of us at some time in our lives would reject that image within us and choose to go our own way. And he knew that Jesus would eventually come to this earth and be crucified. When we begin to understand this, the cross is now a planned act of love rather than an act of desperation. The depth and beauty of God voluntarily dying for humanity when he did not need to is staggering. God did not need the cross.  We did.
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Blessings,

Reckless or Foolish?

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This post comes from Chapter 1 of my book Completely Reckless. Read the whole chapter for free here. Like it? Buy the book here!

Reckless.

When you read that word, what comes to mind?

NASCAR?

X-Games participants?

Base Jumpers?

People who eat Taco Bell?

For us being Reckless is usually a bad thing. It results in things like body casts and insurance claims. It isn’t something we usually see in ourselves, and it certainly isn’t a trait that we would assign to God.

However, as I read the Bible I begin to see something about the nature of God that I can only define as Reckless. At first glance, it doesn’t make sense. God is an all-powerful being, who creates the very world we live in. He doesn’t have to, but he does. He then creates humans and he loves us, even when we are unlovable.

It is a love that, for reasons we will explore in this book, I term Reckless. It is a love that is exemplified by God. It is a love I believe has the power to drastically change our interactions with God, with the people around us, and even with ourselves. When we begin to see ourselves as God sees us, and see the people around us as God sees them, it changes everything.

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Blessings,

The Reckless St. Patrick

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St Patrick’s Day! It is the day for green beer, Leprechauns, and wearing a shade of green somewhere on your body to avoid getting ridiculed — also the one day a year when wearing a green bowler hat is socially acceptable.

I think one of the reasons St. Patrick’s Day has become so popular is because it is the ultimate no pressure holiday. Think about it. It is one of the few holidays where there is no expectation. There is no expectation of a family gathering or a romantic date. You don’t have to buy a present for anyone and if you happen to forget that it’s St. Patrick’s Day no worries, the worst that will happen is getting pinched by that annoying person in your office.

St. Patrick’s day is also the celebration of the life of one of the most Reckless people who have ever lived.
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Blessings,

Completely Reckless is now available!

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It’s been over a year in the making, but Completely Reckless released today! Thank you so much to everyone who helped me in the journey from thought to page to print!

My writers group buddies Ed and Brent as well as my Life Group (Ben, Jim, Nathan, and Eric) provided valuable feedback and helped this book not stink. Thanks to my friend Nick Rush who did an amazing job copy editing for me! You make me look good.

Birthed out of the vision for our church to become people who Love Recklessly, Live Passionately, and Serve Selflessly we wanted to communicate clearly what Reckless Love looks like. Starting with an understanding of the nature and love of God, Completely Reckless then applies that love to ourselves and our world. If you want to, you can read a sample chapter here.

Completely Reckless is available at Amazon.com

Also available for the Kindle and Nook e-readers.

Blessings,

Free Books!

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UPDATE:
Congratulations to Tim and Danielle, the winners of the free books. I will be contacting you via e-mail to make arrangements to get them to you. For everyone else, Completely Reckless is now available!

Completely Reckless will be released Tuesday, March 13th! It will be available in paperback on Amazon.com, as well as digitally for the Kindle and Nook e-readers. (You can read a sample chapter here)

To celebrate, we are going to give away two free books! All you have to do is leave a comment below. It can be any comment. Just type “I want a free book!” if you want. Or tell a story, or a joke. Any comment gets you registered. The winners will be chosen randomly on Tuesday morning and notified via. e-mail.

If you are a Pastor, be sure to check out the special offer we have specifically for you! Special Pastors Offer Here

Be sure to tell your friends and grab a copy of Completely Reckless on Tuesday!

(If you can’t see the comments section be sure to click on the title of this post to be taken there)

Blessings,

The Tale of Two Cobblers

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The two brothers grew up in the early 1900’s in a small town outside of Nuremburg, Germany. Their father worked in a shoe factory and when Rudolf, the older of the brothers, graduated he followed his father into the same factory.

His brother, Adolf, (no – not that Adolf), began producing shoes in their mother’s laundry. He got good at it. So good that before the 1936 Olympic games he drove to the Olympic village and convinced Jesse Owens to use them. Owens won his four gold medals with Adolf’s shoes on his feet and suddenly the young shoemaker from Germany became world-renowned. Demand for his shoes exploded and his brother Rudolf quit his job and began working with Adolf. Together they formed the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory.

Most likely you’ve never heard of the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory. But I guarantee that you know of, and most likely have worn, shoes made by one of the brothers. You see their business flourished until WWII. With the rise of fascism in their homeland they began to drift apart when Rudolf fell in step with the Nazi party. The rift grew deeper until an Allied bomb raid in 1943 drove a final wedge in between them.
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Blessings,

BLOG Interview

Sarah Cunningham

One of my favorite all around people in the world is Sarah Cunningham. She is a Rivertreer, author, BLOGing queen, and all around genuine person. She is doing a series of BLOG posts about self-publishing and I was one of the people she interviewed.

If you have ever thought about self-publishing you need to check it out!

Catch the series at her BLOG:

sarahcunningham.org

Blessings,

Sample Chapter

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My first hardcopy of Completely Reckless arrived today!

This is a project a year in the making.

What does it really mean to live in the knowledge of the love of God?

How should our lives be different because God loves us?

I am excited about what God wants to do through this book and holding a physical copy means it’s one step closer to reality!

There is still a good deal of work to do. I am hoping to have it finished to be able to release the book by the end of February. In the meantime I thought you might enjoy a sneak peak  Click on the link below to read the first chapter.

Completely Reckless – Chapter 1

Blessings,

Five Guys

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There is a story in Mark’s gospel that I read a little differently this past week. It’s found at the beginning or Mark chapter two:

 “When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

6 But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, 7“What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

8 Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 9 Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[a] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11“Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

As I was preparing my message for Sunday I kept imagining what the conversation must have been like when the men arrived that day and saw the massive crowd. My guess is that each person reacted slightly differently and I began to imagine what those reactions would have been.

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Blessings,