Kingdom Theology Resources (Updated)

Kingdom Theology Resources (Updated)

A year ago I posted a list of Kingdom Theology resources for those wanting to know more about the Kingdom of God. This post is an updated version of that original post with even more resources for those wanting to know about the Kingdom. The resources listed in the first section are dealing with the theological foundation of Kingdom Theology while the second section contain books whose focus in the practical application of Kingdom Theology. Have fun digging into these books and wrestling with the concepts found between their covers.   Section One: Theological Foundation of Kingdom Theology   Kingdom Theology Proper Breakthrough: Discovering the Kingdom by Derek Morphew – If you were to just read one other book on Kingdom Theology, this would be the book I would recommend. Derek Morphew is a South African Vineyard pastor, scholar and theologian who has been studying, living and teaching Kingdom Theology for decades. This volume beautifully captures his view of Jesus’ message of the enacted inaugurated eschatology.  Morphew also has published numerous other books on Kingdom Theology through Vineyard International Publishing. Kingdom Come: How Jesus Wants to Change the World by Allen Mitsuo Wakabayashi – This is a good starter book on Kingdom Theology and what it means to join God in His Mission to redeem all of creation to Himself. Sadly however, Allen fails to take Kingdom Theology outside of the parameters of conservative evangelism (i.e. no signs and wonders or healing prayers in this book, just a focus on Bible studies and living a life devoted to Jesus). Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the...
Top 14 Books For Every Pastor or Church Leader

Top 14 Books For Every Pastor or Church Leader

My friends over at Think Theology have started listing out their top books every pastor should either own or have read. After reading over Able Baker, Robby McAlpine, and Kenny Burchard lists, I just had to respond as I think they missed the mark on some must have books!! 😀 1)    “Breakthrough: Discovering the Kingdom” by Derek Morphew The Scriptures tell us that central message of Jesus and the 12 was the Kingdom of God. Sadly the original meaning behind these words have been shifted and changed as the years march by. Building upon the works of George Ladd, Albert Schweitzer, John Wimber and others, Derek Morphew lays out the historical and biblical foundation for the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God in human history. If you are at all interested in Enacted Inaugurated Eschatology of Kingdom Theology, you simply MUST read this book. 2)    “The Pastor: A Memoir” by Eugene Peterson I first read this book a few months after I became a senior pastor, and I have to say that it did more to shape my view of pastoring than any other book I have ever read. Drawing from 30 years of experience as the pastor of a small 300 member church in Maryland, Peterson shares the tough times and the good times, the happy times and the not-so-happy times. And in doing so he lays out an amazing pastoral model built on empowering the people to be the people of God. 3)    “God’s EPIC Adventure” by Winn Griffin A lot of Christians know the different Bible stories, but very few actually know how they are connected....
What is the Vineyard? Our History – Booklet Excerpt #2

What is the Vineyard? Our History – Booklet Excerpt #2

The following text is an excerpt from the recently released “What is the Vineyard?” booklet published by the Vineyard USA. A Brief Snapshot The first Vineyards were planted in 1975. By 1982, there were at least seven “Vineyards” in a loose-knit fellowship of churches. Kenn Gulliksen, a soft-spoken, unassuming leader with a passion to know and walk with God, started a church in Hollywood in 1974. In 1975, believing that God had instructed him to do so, he officially gave the name “Vineyard” to this association of churches and led them for about five years. In the early 1980s, Kenn felt led to ask John Wimber to assume leadership for the growing movement. The official recognition of this transition took place in 1982: the emergence of what was to be called the “Association of Vineyard Churches.” John Wimber John Wimber’s influence profoundly shaped the theology and practice of Vineyard churches, from their earliest days until his death in November 1997. When John was conscripted by God, he was, in the words of Christianity Today, a “beer-guzzling, drugabusing pop musician, who was converted at the age of 29 while chain-smoking his way through a Quaker-led Bible study.” In John’s first decade as a Christian, he led hundreds of people to Christ. By 1970 he was leading 11 Bible studies that included more than 500 people. John became so fruitful as an evangelical pastor he was asked to lead the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth. He also later became an adjunct instructor at Fuller Theological Seminary, where his classes set attendance records. In 1977, John re-entered pastoral...
Humanity & Divinity of Jesus (Luke 5:17-26)

Humanity & Divinity of Jesus (Luke 5:17-26)

One of the things that a small church pastor dreads is waking up Sunday morning sick and feeling miserable. When it happens, usually the pastor will try to power on through the sickness and preach anyway as there is usually no one around who can preach with an hour or less notice…Luckily for me when this happened Sunday morning (I awoke vomiting and feeling downright miserable due to some food poisoning), I was able to turn to my lovely bride. Yelp, Emily stepped up the the plate Sunday and preached her first sermon. And wow did she do a good job! 😀 (you can listen to her online at the PRV website). Below are her sermon notes (and yes, she did use my notes that I had prepared beforehand – or, rather, that I had started preparing as she had to finish them due to my inability to sit at a computer that morning…) 😕 Public Reading: Luke 5:17-26 The Story: •    People came from all over o    News about Jesus had spread •    Pharisees and legal experts came to check out Jesus (and rightly so!) o    This is the first time we see them o    Who are these folks? * Pharisees – the “separate ones” (the Hebrew meaning) who tried to faithfully follow every part of the Old Testament * Legal Experts – the scribes and lawyers who copied the biblical text letter for letter; came to power after the exile when the priests were taken away because of their corruption. •    Sick man lowered down through the roof as they couldn’t reach Jesus any other way o  ...
Introduction by the Newly Proposed Vineyard National Director

Introduction by the Newly Proposed Vineyard National Director

In case you haven’t heard, Vineyard USA is in the middle of choosing a new National Director as Bert Waggoner announced that he was retiring near the beginning of the year. The process that the National Board decided to follow is an amazing one that bridges the gap between organizational oversight and Spirit lead. The process started off in the month of May with each senior pastor nominating someone (besides themselves) that they thought would be a good National Director. The top 13 candidates (men and women) were then asked if they felt God calling them to the position. Of those 13, four of them felt compelled to walk forward – leading to a three month application and review process with the National Board, who would then choose a final candidate.The last phase of the nomination process is a movement wide confirmation of the nominated National Director by each of the local churches. It is too this last phase of the process that I would like to draw your attention as the National Board has proposed Phil Strout as the next Vineyard USA National Director. As he awaits the final confirmation for the local churches within the movement, Phil has posted a video introducing himself and sharing his heart for the Vineyard. I would highly recommend everyone (inside or outside the Vineyard) to watch this video as I believe it caries a message for the church in general. Namely, Phil outlines his three main focuses: Presence of God – We are a people of the presence of God. It is not about sound doctrine, gifts of the Spirit or...