The First Draft is Done!!!

The First Draft is Done!!!

Good news everyone – I have finished the first draft of my book on Kingdom Theology! 😀 Ten years of research, hours of reading, tons of books, and years of applying Kingdom concept to real life all  boiled down into 81,244 words making up 13 chapters plus an epilogue. It has been quite the journey from the first glimmer of a thought of writing the book four years ago to finding the time to actually write it.  But it is done! Well, the hard part is done…I still have some tweaks and rewrites to do before it goes to print – but the first draft is complete!! As far as the topic, the book seeks to answer two questions: What is Kingdom Theology? How does it affect my life? All too often, we in the Vineyard will take about Kingdom Theology and how central it is to our theology and practice. Yet, very little has ever been written about Kingdom Theology and how it changes our worldview. It is true that there have been some books that mention Kingdom Theology or use it as a starting point; however those have typically been books about healing and/or signs and wonders and not about Kingdom Theology per say. The only two books that I know that have been written about Kingdom Theology itself from a Vineyard viewpoint has been Derek Morphew’s book “Breakthrough: Discovering the Kingdom” and Robby McAlpine’s “The Genesis Cafe: Convesations on the Kingdom.” From outside the Vineyard, there have been a few other books – but even those are rare and sometimes carry with them viewpoints that I...
Dreams, Hand-Crafted Book-Related Gifts, and Bible School

Dreams, Hand-Crafted Book-Related Gifts, and Bible School

Once of the cool things that came out of this past seven month ministry sabbatical was a renewed passion to go back to school. As such, I am taking another stab at getting my Masters of Ministry degree through St. Stephen’s University. To help fund this dream, my wife and I have started an Etsy store (“LibrarsDonum”) to sell some of our hand-crafted book-related gifts. At the moment we have 9 different locking book safes and an embroidered book bag (for keeping books nice inside your backpack) displayed. Below are a few examples of these items: Please take a look at our store and consider purchasing something – not only will get a really cool book-related gift, you will also be supporting me in pursing the call of God on my life....
Spirit Lead Me Where My Trust Is Without Borders

Spirit Lead Me Where My Trust Is Without Borders

I heard a new song last week while at the Vineyard Big Sky Regional Conference in Dillon, Montana, that really connected to my heart. (A HUGE shout out, BTW, to Zane and Cathleen Springer and the Vineyard Church in Dillon!! You guys were the BEST hosts!). In researching the song, I found out that it was released last year by Hillsong United and has been getting some serious airplay this year (it was on the Billboard Hot 100 last month) – so some of you will no doubt recognize it… The song is none other than “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” For those who have heard the song (and if you have not, please watch the video below), you know that the main focus of the song is passionately allowing Jesus to lead you out into the “great unknown” – to places were our “feet may fail and fear surrounds” us – i.e. it is a song about following the Wild Goose into unknown and untested waters. As you can guess, that heart and theme resonated with both Emily and me as we have told the Lord to send us wherever He wants to send us and use us however He wants to use us. We are committed to following Him to the place where our “trust is without borders” – to that place where we have no choice but to trust Him. Yes, that is scary…very, very scary as it could mean a lot of things… yet if King Jesus really is King then we must be willing to drop everything and go when and where He says...

The Hobbit: Misty Mountains

This may be a bit random…but I’ve been enjoying listening to Jun Sung Ahn & Peter Hollens Violin/A Cappella Cover of “The Hobbit: Misty Mountains.” It is just plain good stuff!...

Beer with Jesus

I just ran across this new single by Thomas Rhett and man does it hit a cord. To just sit and talk with Jesus over a cold pint…. that would be awesome. Granted, my theological side says that we can actually do that today as He is alive and does, in fact, talk to us. We can know how He turned the other cheek, a question Thomas asks in his song, as the Scriptures tell us how – through the mercy, grace and strength of the Holy Spirit. A strength that is available to ALL followers of Jesus as demonstrated by the lives of countless Jesus followers throughout the centuries. So yeah, it is a good song asking some good questions – only please, please know that those questions can be answered by a living Jesus (BTW – “trust me” is a valid ...
Cynicism, Hope and Songs of the Millennials

Cynicism, Hope and Songs of the Millennials

Two months ago Phil Strout gave a talk at the Pathway Vineyard Church in Maine about the spirit of cynicism that is so powerful in our culture today. It is really strong among the Millennial  Generation as we (and yes, I’m in that group – abet on the leading edge) have been betrayed by so many of our heroes and leaders – parents, teachers, political leaders, business leaders, pastors, priests, cultural icons, coaches, etc. This betrayal and lack of trust has led to a culture of cynicism where we are skeptical of the motivations of everyone around us… watch out for number one as no one else will… For years I have felt that the song that best summed up my generation was  John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” (and yes, I know that John is more Gen-X…but I think the song nailed us Y folks).  Some of the lyrics of the song reads (abridged with underlines added): Now we see everything that’s going wrong With the world and those who lead it We just feel like we don’t have the means To rise above and beat it So we keep waiting Waiting on the world to change And when you trust your television What you get is what you got Cause when they own the information, oh They can bend it all they want So we keep waiting Waiting on the world to change It’s not that we don’t care, We just know that the fight ain’t fair So we keep on waiting Waiting on the world to change Yet in the midst of all the...