is a dear friend who also happens to be one of my favorite Christian authors. His book God’s Favorite Place on Earth
(2013) remains one of the most impactful books I have ever read. Today’s post is an interview with Frank
& Mary DeMuth
on their new book, The Day I Met Jesus.
~ Ray Edwards
Why did you write this book?
Frank: Back in 2007, I got an idea to create a new genre of Christian literature. I call that genre “biblical narrative.”
The new genre would contain autobiographical fiction closely based on the Scriptural narratives and faithful to first-century history. It would also contain a nonfiction section that practically applies the narratives to our lives. Finally, it would include a discussion guide so that readers could better digest and apply the content.
God’s Favorite Place on Earth (2013) was my first book in this genre. In it, Lazarus tells the story of when Jesus came to His hometown Bethany and all the amazing things that took place there.
The Day I Met Jesus (2015) is the second book in this genre. I wanted it to tell the story of five women whom Jesus encountered, allowing each woman tell their own story. I also wanted to draw out practical lessons and critical insights from each narrative.
Because I’m not a woman, I couldn’t do justice to the stories on my own, so I asked the top female Christian fiction writer of our time — Mary DeMuth — to coauthor it with me.
Mary: I wrote it because I love stories, and I felt that some of these encounters with Jesus didn’t get the air time they deserved. By doing careful research and weaving more of a story arc into the five women’s encounter, I hope to show people that the “characters” of the New Testament are actual, breathing people with stress and dysfunction and hopes just like us. Frank pioneered the idea of this book, so all credit goes to him for imagining it. I’m grateful he asked me to be a part.
Tell us the story of how you two came to coauthor it…
It has been said that as Christians, we live under Grace and not under the Law. This is true, and I rejoice in it.
Some gleefully proclaim that our only requirement of those “living under Grace” is the one commandment of Jesus, of which He said, “This is my commandment: that you love one another.” That sounds nifty. But it’s not easy…
If you could actually receive guidance from God for your business, would it make a difference? And I don’t mean only reading the Bible or a devotional, and getting some good principles for being moral and upright business people. What I mean is hearing God’s voice guide you with specific advice, about your specific situation, problems, and opportunities.
It is possible, and rather than try to convince you with a theological argument, I’d like to propose you simply try it, and see for yourself what happens. Here are 5 steps to help you hear the voice of God for your business. The 5 steps are…
Most of us have two faces we wear. The “public face”, which is carefully cultivated to give the best impression possible, and the “secret face”. The secret face is the person we really are, when no one is watching.
Most of us are afraid to show our secret face in public. So our public faces are polished, and present a carefully crafted fiction of who would and what we are.
This is a Guest Post by Frank Viola, Frank is a friend I met during the last year. He is a prolific writer, and blogs at Beyond Evangelical
. Frank is currently offering an online discipleship course that I highly recommend
, and you can enroll here
. The course closes December 31, so if you are interested you should take a look now.
When I became a Christian in my youth, I had the naive idea that all Christians were loving, honest, and reliable. So I would always seek to hire a Christian if I needed a product or a service.
Sadly, my youthful notion of Christian business people was shattered when I realized that virtually every Christian I hired (1) overcharged (2) did a poor job and (3) weren’t exactly ethical or honest.
For just over two years, I have wondered how to do this. I have written and rewritten this post many times. The time was never right. I was not ready. But I’m ready now.
The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
The Walrus and The Carpenter, Lewis Carroll
The time has come to tell you that I have Parkinson’s disease.
As Christians, much of the suffering we endure is caused by condemnation. What is condemnation, exactly?
Under the Law, we use our willpower to force ourselves to obey in a certain way in order to earn the good will of God. If we don’t keep the law perfectly, God will be angry with us, and punish us.
This week a man emailed me to ask me a tough question. “I was listening to your message.My wife and I are Christians for many years. We both believe that God will and can prosper us. But we have no more money. I have no job. We have debt. My wife has diabetes. We believe in healing, but we have not seen it. We believe in prosperity, but we are broke. We believe in it, but it is not working.”
This is how I answered him…
This is a fascinating Ted Talk video. Pastor Rick Warren is the author of The Purpose Driven Life. His book has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. In this video he explains how God intends that each of us should use our gifts and talents in order to do good.
[note color=”#c1fbf9″]This is a guest post, written by Sean Edwards. Sean’s passions include politics, economics, theology, eschatology, and the dynamics between the roles of government and faith. You can read Sean’s blog here. Sean also happens to be my son.[/note]
Can a follower of Jesus also accept the philosophy of Ayn Rand (author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged)? Yes, and the result is “Christian Objectivism”.
What is “Christian Objectivism”?