Archive for July, 2011

July 29, 2011





Today on our weekly cool song fridays spotlight we bring you one of the best songs from Matt Redman’s new album “10,000 Reasons.”  It’s called “Never Once” if you haven’t heard it before you’re in for a treat.  And if you keep listening to it for the next few days its going to become one of your favorite songs of 2011 hands down.


July 29, 2011

FRANCIS CHAN CELEBRATES 3 Titles In Top 10 on NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller List





David C Cook announced that Francis Chan has three trade books on The New York Times “Paperback Advice & Miscellaneous” list on July 24, 2011—Erasing Hell debuts at #3, Crazy Love appears at #4, and Forgotten Godat #10. This is a first for Francis Chan and it is a first in its 135-year history for Chan’s publisher David C Cook.

Says Don Pape, publisher of David C Cook: “Francis is resonating with readers all over the world with his timely and challenging messages. By having all three of his books on The New York Times bestseller lists simultaneously, we see how he is poised to increase his influence not only to the church but in all thoughtful conversations about God and religion. Francis is the face of Christianity for the future millennium.”

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God released in May 2008 and has spent 38 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit released in September 2009 and has appeared on The New York Times bestseller list for 10 consecutive weeks. Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity and the Things We Made Up released on July 5, 2011.

Chan’s previous two books have inspired millions to contemplate and pursue radical, spirit-led living. Currently, Chan feels called to address one of the most controversial topics in the religious world today – hell.

Francis Chan is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA, founder of Eternity Bible College, and also serves on the boards of Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact. His three books, Crazy Love,Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell are international bestsellers having all appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. Crazy Love has sold more than 1.6 million copies. First published in 2008, Crazy Love has spent more than 38 weeks on the Times bestseller lists, and the title was named Family Christian Store’s “Book of the Year” for 2011. Chan has also written three children’s books: Halfway Herbert (September 2010), The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village (September 2010), and Ronnie Wilson’s Gift(March 2011), all published by David C Cook. Chan has sold more than 2.1 million books in total.


July 29, 2011

BEN ARMENT Guest Post: The Empty Promise Of The Insincere Tribe

Ben Arment


I understand the tendency.

You put out a free thing. People sign up. You think you’ve got a tribe. But you don’t.

You have rallied people who want a free thing.

It’s an insincere tribe.

I’m interested in finding a sincere tribe. People who are like minded, who have the same collective purpose. People who aren’t compelled by freebies but by a cause, a community, a life-altering vision. A fraternity of friends…

Where 10 years from now, everyone looks at us and says, “How did those people happen to know each other way back when?”




Ben has launched a variety of creative projects, including The Whiteboard Sessions, STORY, and now Dream Year. He serves as a development strategist for several national organizations and wrote the book Church in the Making through B&H Publishing. Ben and his wife Ainsley live in Virginia Beach, Virginia with their three boys: Wyatt, Dylan, and Cody.

July 29, 2011


Great news for all the eager Phil Wickham fans like me, Phil sent out an email yesterday announcing that he’s new album RESPONSE is available for pre-order starting this week and those who pre-order will get his first single immediately.  You can buy it on his website here.

July 29, 2011

TIM TEBOW One Of First DENVER BRONCOS To Return To Practice


Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow reports to the team's practice facility Tuesday, one day after the NFL lockout was lifted.


Eager to get back to work, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow beat just about everyone to the team’s practice facility.

The veteran he’s trying to replace wasn’t as ambitious.

His future with the team uncertain, Kyle Orton didn’t show up at Dove Valley on Tuesday, the first day players were allowed to voluntarily report following the 4½-month lockout.

Training camp opens today with the first full workout slated for Thursday.

Tebow was one of the first players to roll in for voluntary strength and conditioning, driving through the gates at 7:40 a.m., just behind offensive lineman Jeff Byers.

This soon could be Tebow’s team, especially with speculation swirling that Orton’s days in Denver are numbered.

Orton has started the last two seasons for Denver, posting career-best passing numbers to go with 41 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. But with the Broncos looking for a fresh start following a franchise-worst 4-12 season, Orton might be more valuable on the trade market, paving the way for Tebow to be the starter for new coach John Fox.

Teams are allowed to orchestrate trades Tuesday and Orton’s name keeps surfacing. He is due more than $8 million this season, a hefty price tag with Tebow and Brady Quinn waiting in the wings.

There were more than two dozen players who arrived at the facility over the course of the day, including Brian Dawkins and Robert Ayers.

“This lockout has been a long time,” defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson said. “Football is back.”

The Broncos spent the day negotiating with their draft picks, including No. 2 overall selection Von Miller, who said he planned to be ready to practice when training camp starts.

“I want to come in and just learn. I don’t want to put myself anymore behind than I already am,” Miller said.

Miller stands to make much less money in the new labor accord, with a four-year deal likely worth about $25 million or so, some $45 million less than he could have gotten under the old setup.

“I’ve been playing football all my life for free. So, whatever it is, whatever my contract may be, I’m good with whatever,” Miller said. “You really can’t be possessive over something you didn’t have.”





July 28, 2011

JOHN STOTT World-Renowned Evangelical Leader Passes Away

John Stott, world-famous pastor, theologian, author of numerous bestselling books and Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church in London, died July 27, 2011. He was 90.

New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote (quoting Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center) that if evangelicals chose a pope, they would likely select John Stott. As a principal framer of the Lausanne Covenant (1974), a defining statement for evangelical Christians, Stott was at the heart of evangelical renewal in the U.K. for more than half a century. In 2005, he was honored by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” His many books and sermons have inspired and transformed millions throughout the world.

John Robert Walmsley Stott, CBE, was born April 27, 1921, in London to Sir Arnold Stott, a leading physician, and his wife, Emily. His father was an agnostic, while his mother was a Lutheran who attended church at All Souls, Langham Place. He converted to Christianity at Rugby School in 1938, and after finishing there he went on to study modern language at Trinity College, Cambridge. After earning double firsts in French and theology, he transferred to Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge, and was ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1945. Stott became a curate at All Souls Church (1945–1950) and then rector (1950–1975). He resigned as rector in 1975, although he remained in the church and was appointed Rector Emeritus. In 1974 he founded Langham Partnership International (known as John Stott Ministries in the U.S.), a ministry that seeks to equip Majority World churches for mission and spiritual growth. Stott finally retired from public ministry in 2007 at the age of eighty-six.

Stott’s influence on evangelicalism throughout the world is extensive. He has written more than fifty books, including various Bible studies and Bible commentaries. As Stott’s main publisher in the U.S., InterVarsity Press enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the man they called “Uncle John.” IVP associate publisher for editorial Andy Le Peau said that Stott’s works were embraced for their “clear, balanced, sound perspective on Scripture and life. He was filled with a grace and strength that will be dearly missed in this era of extreme viewpoints and harsh rhetoric.”

Stott is best known for his many books, especially Basic Christianity(InterVarsity Press), a clear statement of the gospel of Jesus Christ that has been translated into over 63 languages; The Cross of Christ(InterVarsity Press), which former InterVarsity Press publisher James F. Nyquist says “demonstrates the depth of Stott’s understanding and lifetime commitment”; Christian Mission in the Modern World (InterVarsity Press), in which Stott makes the case that Christian outreach must encompass both evangelism and social action; Your Mind Matters(InterVarsity Press), a forceful appeal for Christian discipleship that engages the intellect as well as the heart; and The Birds, Our Teachers(Baker), a study on birds combined with biblical truths and personal anecdotes. InterVarsity Press has also published a biography of John Stott entitled, Basic Christian by Roger SteerStott was also the New Testament editor and a major contributor for the highly acclaimed “Bible Speaks Today” commentary series.

“We are deeply grateful for this long publishing partnership and friendship with one of the most influential and beloved evangelical leaders for the past half-century,” said InterVarsity Press Publisher Bob Fryling. “John Stott was not only revered; he was loved. He had a humble mind and a gracious spirit. He was a pastor-teacher whose books and preaching not only became the gold standard for expository teaching, but his Christian character was a model of truth and godliness. We will miss ‘Uncle John’ but we celebrate his life and writings as an extraordinary testimony of one who was abundantly faithful to his Lord Jesus Christ.”

July 28, 2011

Review of Hillsong Live’s Latest Album GOD IS ABLE



Hillsong - God Is Able

God Is Able marks the 20th annual live release from Hillsong Church Australia. Wow, 20 years of live albums, that in itself is an amazing feat. Recorded during the Hillsong Conference in November 2010 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia, ‘God Is Able‘ features 11 brand new songs including ‘Rise’ (Joel Houston), ‘The Cry of the Broken’, (Darlene Zschech) and ‘God Is Able’ (Reuben Morgan). Hillsong Church (formerly Hills Christian Life Centre) is a Pentecostal church located in Sydney whose music has become internationally well-known amongst Christian groups. Songs such as Power of Your Love by Geoff Bullock and Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech have become popular and are sung in churches worldwide.

Hillsong have been creating album after album of songs that the worldwide church has taken on as a tool to use in their local times of worship, and as a worship leader myself I know I look forward to the next fresh album from Hillsong to see what I can use as songs to bring people closer to God. Many harmonies and voices singing together in praise to the Almighty God, and compared to some Hillsong live albums I feel this album at times moves slightly towards the Hillsong United sound, the band that Joel Houston leads.

This album is full of declaration songs, with big melodic anthem singing choruses, for example in The Lost Are Found you can hear everyone together declaring “The lost are found, the blind will see, the lame will walk, the dead will live, and You our God, forever You reign”. Again the anthemic lyrics continue throughout the whole of the album, including opening track Rise, which is a really brilliant track to start the album. It kicks off the album with high energy praise, with the bass beating out a distinctive powerful sound while Joel sings “We will rise, we will run, we will lift to declare your name, forever to give you praise”.

I have found myself over the years whistling or humming Hillsong songs in work, on the train, or at the bank. There is something about the melodies in these songs that gets stuck in your head. Well this album is no exception, Alive In Us has a very catchy chorus, and could easily be one of my standout tracks, but as I’m only allowed three, Alive In Use will have to just miss out.

This album has the unmistakable Hillsong sound that we have come to know and love, with high energy musicianship, voices singing out to God, and a huge spark of power. I’m sure in time these songs will be used in the festivals and then in local churches. God Is Able – there isn’t much more we can say or do apart from be ready to worship Him.



July 28, 2011

Tweet Of The Week: JUDAH SMITH Pastor City Church Seattle

@judahsmith: “Five words that define all of preaching…”Behold the Lamb of God”


July 26, 2011

BRITT MERRICK Leader of Reality Church Movement Signs Multi-Book Deal With David C Cook.




David C Cook announced the signing of pastor, author, and church planter Britt Merrick to a multi-book publishing deal, with the first offering scheduled for release in the summer of 2012.

In an age where shallow religion and shaky commitments rule the day, Merrick’s provocative new book calls for believers to quit “playing church” and to truly follow Jesus no matter the cost. “There is a discrepancy today between the lives of most American Christians and the life of Jesus in the gospels—and the world has noticed. Yet a growing number of believers feel that something’s missing and they’re aching to live authentic lives like Jesus,” explains Merrick.

The first book in the deal (as of yet untitled) will equip the 21st-century church to join with Christ as He is presently on mission, working all around them. Jesus said, “As the Father sent me, I also send you.” The book follows this pivotal passage to reveal the Father’s mandate for mission, the Son’s model of mission, and the Spirit’s ministry through mission. A life engaged in this way is one that truly looks like Jesus—and ultimately changes the world.

“We share Merrick’s passion for transforming the world by stirring the church to a radically new spiritual depth and commitment to Jesus,” says Don Pape, vice president of trade publishing for David C Cook. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to support his vision.”

Merrick is the founding pastor of Reality Church, which began in 2003 in Carpinteria, CA, and has grown to include church plants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ventura, Stockton, Santa Barbara, and London, England. The Reality church movement is focused on biblical faithfulness, community transformation, church birthing, and equipping the next generation of leaders. Reality is a biblically grounded, missionally minded, and relationally oriented network of churches rooted in prayer, worship, and the authority of God’s inerrant Word.

In 2009 Britt’s 5-year-old daughter, Daisy Love, was diagnosed with a stage III Wilms’ tumor, which returned again after successful treatment in the summer of 2010. As the family battled cancer, a wide ministry emerged through Britt’s teaching and Daisy’s blog:

Britt continues to serve full-time as lead pastor at Reality Santa Barbara and recently wrote the book Big God, which released in 2010. In recent years Britt has spoken at the Children’s Pastor’s Conference (CPC), both East and West, Catalyst West, One Conference, and Pure Worship Conference, and he has appeared on TBN’s Praise the Lord. He lives with his wife, Kate, and their two children in Carpinteria.

July 26, 2011

RED Debuts New Lie To Me (Denial) Music Video (VIDEO)

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The uber talented Christian rock band out of Nashville has just released their new music video for their song “Lie To Me (Denial).”  Definitely worth a watch.


July 26, 2011

The Message Bible Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

The Message Bible: Complete

People often say they don’t read the Bible because they can’t understand it, mainly because of the language used. NavPress commemorates the Message Bible’s 10-year anniversary with 16 million copies sold, The Message is written in American English, words we use every day, making the Bible easy to read and understand; making the beauty and relevance of God’s Word available to everyone.

Eugene H. Peterson, the author for The Message, was pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church when he translated several parts of the New Testament and Psalms for his congregation from the original Greek and Hebrew texts. These translations caught the attention of an editor from NavPress who proposed to Eugene the idea of translating the whole Bible into contemporary American vernacular. Reviewed by a team of exegetical consultants who examined the text to ensure a genuine communication of the original Greek and Hebrew, The Message New Testament was released in June 1993. By September of 1994, The Message had sold over 2 million copies, signifying the marketplace need for the full Bible, which was released Jul. 15, 2002.

The Message is so well liked because of its readability,” states NavPressBible Publisher Jill Johnson. “It is written in the style and language that you would use to write an email to a friend making it easy to read and bringing a new perspective to passages that have been read hundreds of times.” Jill also adds that The Message makes an excellent companion Bible and is not designed to replace a reader’s current version of choice or traditional Study Bible. “When paired with a favorite study Bible, The Message offers deeper understanding to passages that are hard to understand.”

NavPress is celebrating The Message’s 10th anniversary for one full year with several new products, including a special limited-time edition of the full Message Bible that released Jul. 15, 2011. Designed as a reading Bible, with no distracting verse numbers or formal language, the 10thanniversary editions are bringing back the non-numbered original format, set in a single column that made it first unique to the marketplace.

Often described as a “para-translation,” Gold Medallion Book Award winnerThe Message makes a great tool for discipleship or evangelism. Eugene H. Peterson, who earned his B.A. in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, his S.T.B. from New York Theological Seminary, and his M.A. in Semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University, works exclusively from the original languages, telling the miraculous, tragic, and triumphant true stories of the biblical past in a way that makes them come uniquely alive in the present; it will be like reading them for the first time.


July 26, 2011

Hillsong Live’s Latest Album GOD IS ABLE Releases Today Nationwide !!! (VIDEO)



Hillsong Live God Is Able Album Cover


The legendary Hillsong Live has just released their latest album today everywhere !!!  The new album features 14 brand new songs penned by the iconic worship leaders.  And to top it all off they have reached the top ten on the overall charts on iTunes.

Congrats to the Hillsong team!


Below Is A New Trailer For New Album.







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July 26, 2011


Sing hallelujah
The sun’s breaking through
To take back the dark sky
And make everything new

We knew joy was coming
But we just had to wait
And now we sing hallelujah
‘Cause it’s a brand new day

So let’s sing hallelujah
The dark night is gone
Creation is singing
So come join in the song

The Father is calling
To come out and play
So we’ll sing hallelujah
‘Cause it’s a brand new day

Sing hallelujah
It’s a brand new, beautiful day

July 26, 2011


Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the word

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s re•creation of the new day
God’s re•creation of the new day

Morning has broken
Morning has broken
Morning has broken


July 26, 2011


Long before you drew your first breath
A dream was coming true
God wanted to give a gift to the world
So He wrapped it up in you
Every step that you’ve taken
Every move that you make
Is part of His plan

You were meant to be touching the lives that you touch
And meant to be here making this world so much more
Than it would be without you in it
You were meant to be bringing the gifts that you bring
And singing the songs you’ve been given to sing
You are perfectly, wonderfully, beautifully meant to be
You were meant to be

Long before you took your first fall
And stumbled to the ground
God started telling the story of you
To the angels gathered around
Every failure and victory
And everything in between
It’s all in His hands


You are, you are, you are meant to be
You are, you are, you are meant to be

For every breath that you’re taking
And every move that you make
It’s a meaningful life you’ve been given
So live it well


July 26, 2011


Lord, You know how much
I want to know so much
In the way of answers and explanations
I have cried and prayed
And still I seem to stay
In the middle of life’s complications
All this pursuing leaves me feeling
Like I’m chasing down the wind
But now it’s brought me back to You
And I can see again

This is everything I want
This is everything I need
I want this to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You
Jesus, be my magnificent obsession

Capture my heart again
Take me to depths I’ve never been
Into the riches of Your grace and Your mercy
Return me to the cross
And let me be completely lost
In the wonder of the love
That You’ve shown me
Cut through these chains that tie me down
To so many lesser things
Let all my dreams fall to the ground
Until this one remains


You are everything I want
Lord, You are everything I need
You are all my heart desires
Lord, You are everything to me



July 26, 2011


Nobody stood and applauded them
So they knew from the start
This road would not lead to fame
All they really knew for sure was Jesus had called to them
He said “Come follow me” and they came
With reckless abandon they came

Empty nets lying there at the waters edge
Told a story that few could believe and none could explain
How some crazy fishermen agreed to go where Jesus lead
With no thought for what they would gain
For Jesus had called them by name and they answered

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die
For the sake of the call

Drawn like the rivers are drawn to the sea
No turning back for the water cannot help but flow
Once we hear the Savior’s call we’ll follow wherever he leads
Because of the love He has shown
And because he has called us to go we will answer

We will abandon it all for the sake of the call
No other reason at all but the sake of the call
Wholly devoted to live and to die

Not for the sake of a creed or a cause
Not for a dream or a promise
Simply because it is Jesus who calls
And if we believe we’ll obey


July 26, 2011


Imagine this
I get a phone call from Regis – he says, “Do you want to be a millionaire?”
They put me on the show and I win with two lifelines to spare

Picture this
I act like nothing ever happened
And bury all the money in a coffee can
Well, I’ve been given more than Regis ever gave away
I was a dead man who was called to come out of my grave
I think it’s time for makin’ some noise

Wake the neighbors, get the word out
Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout
This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out
So, la, la, la, la, live out loud, you gotta live it out loud

Think about this
Try to keep a bird from singing after it’s soared up in the sky
Give the sun a cloudless day and tell it not to shine

Think about this
If we really have been given the gift of life that will never end
And if we have been filled with living hope, we’re gonna overflow
And if God’s love is burning in our hearts, well ya’ know we’re gonna glow
There’s just no way to keep it in


La, la, la…la, la, la…la, la, la, live out loud

Every corner of creation is a living declaration
Come join the song we were made to sing
Everybody sing
Every corner of creation is a living declaration
Come join the song we were made to sing


Every corner of creation is a living declaration
Come join the song we were made to sing
Every corner of creation is a living declaration
Come join the song we were made to sing

July 26, 2011


Words fall like drops of rain
My lips are like clouds
And I say so many things
I’m just trying to figure You out
But as mercy opens my eyes
My words are stolen away
With this breathtaking view of Your grace

And I am speechless, I’m astonished and amazed
I am silenced by Your wondrous grace
You have saved me
You have raised me from the grave
And I am speechless in Your presence now
I’m astounded as I consider how
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechless

So what kind of love could this be
That would trade heaven’s throne for a cross
And to think You still celebrate
Over finding just one who was lost
And to know You rejoice over us
The God of this whole universe
It’s a story that’s too great for words

And we are speechless, we’re astonished and amazed
We are silenced by Your wondrous grace
You have saved us
And You have raised us from the grave
We are speechless in Your presence now
We’re astounded as we consider how
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechless
We are speechless

Oh, how great is the love
The Father has lavished upon us
That we should be called
The sons and the daughters of God
And we are speechless

(Chorus 2)

Your love leaves us speechless

July 26, 2011


I saw it again today in the face of a little child
Looking through eyes of fear and uncertainty
It echoed in a cry for freedom across the street and across the miles
Cries from the heart to find the missing part

Where is the hope, where is the peace
That will make this life complete?
For every man, woman, boy and girl
Looking for heaven in the real world

To stand in the pouring rain and believe the sun will shine again
To know that the grave is not the end
To feel the embrace of grace and cross the line where real life begins
And know in your heart you’ve found the missing part

And there is a hope, and there is a peace
That will make this life complete
For every man, woman, boy and girl
Looking for heaven in the real world
Looking for heaven in the real world

It happened one night with a tiny baby’s birth
God heard creation crying and He sent heaven to earth

He is the hope, and the peace
That will make this life complete
For every man, woman, boy and girl
Jesus is the hope, and the peace
That will make this life complete
For every man, woman, boy and girl
Jesus is heaven in the real world
Jesus is heaven in the real world
Yes He is
Jesus is heaven, He is heaven in the real world

July 26, 2011

MATT REDMAN’S 10,000 Reasons debuts at No. 1 on iTunes Christian Albums Chart & He Does Extensive U.S. Radio Tour In Support of New Project




Matt Redman’s newest project, 10,000 Reasons, available nationwide, is receiving praise from critics across the board. The album also made a strong debut upon its release, dominating the charts by taking the No. 1 spot on iTunes Christian Albums Chart and placing in the Top 15 on iTunes overall albums chart. 10,000 Reasons adds eleven new worship anthems to Redman’s catalogue that already includes favorites sung in churches worldwide such as “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Heart of Worship,” and “You Never Let Go.”

The new album, with songs co-written by Jonas Myrin (“Our God,” “You Alone Can Rescue”) and Jason Ingram (“Give Me Your Eyes,” “By Your Side”), is already proving to be a hit with an extensive online and print feature in Christianity Today, along with receiving critical acclaim from New Release Tuesday,, Worship Leader Magazine, and more.

In support the album’s first single, “Never Once,” which is making its mark at radio now, Redman recently visited radio stations KLOVE and KSBJ. Earlier this week, Redman also presented his new project to numerous radio personnel at a special event held in Atlanta.

While in Atlanta, he took some time to lead worship at his home church in the U.S., Passion City Church, pastored by Passion founder and director Louie Giglio.



July 26, 2011


Slowly drawn moths to the flame
We think we’re strong we think we’re anchored down
Then it comes, the hurricane
Down come the walls up come the foundations
We’ve been building on
And suddenly….we’ll see that

All that’s left is to love
That’s all that we have
That’s all that we ever really had and
All that’s left is to love
That’s all that we have
That’s all that we’ll ever have

So let us look into each other’s eyes
And read the stories written there between the lines
And take the list of all the wrongs we keep
And tear it into pieces let mercy be the only thing we’re harboring
‘Cause eventually….we’re gonna see that


This is why our hearts are beating
To love each other as we have been loved
Everything else is a fleeting shadow
But love endures all things, believes all things, and hopes all things
And love never ends
Love never ends


All we really ever have
All we have in the end is love

Oh, the only the thing that matters is to love
This is the only lasting treasure

Love endures all things and believes all things and hopes all things
Love endures all things and believes all things and hopes all things


July 26, 2011


The long awaited rains
Have fallen hard upon the thirsty ground
And carved their way to where
The wild and rushing river can be found
And like the rains
I have been carried here to where the river flows
My heart is racing and my knees are weak
As I walk to the edge
I know there is no turning back
Once my feet have left the ledge
And in the rush I hear a voice
Telling me it’s time to take the leap of faith
So here I go

I’m diving in, I’m going deep in over my head, I want to be
Caught in the rush, lost in the flow, in over my head, I want to go
The river’s deep, the river’s wide, the river’s water is alive
So sink or swim, I’m diving in

There is a supernatural power
In this mighty river’s flow
It can bring the dead to life
And it can fill an empty soul
And give a heart the only thing
Worth living and worth dying for
But we will never know the awesome power
Of the grace of God
Until we let ourselves get swept away
Into this holy flood
So if you’ll take my hand
We’ll close our eyes and count to three
And take the leap of faith
Come on let’s go

July 26, 2011


I started out this morning in the usual way
Chasing thoughts inside my head of all I had to do today
Another time around the circle try to make it better than the last

I opened up the Bible and I read about you and me
Said we’d all been a prisoner and God’s grace had set us free
And somewhere between the pages it hit me like a lightning bolt
I saw a big frontier in front of me and I heard somebody say, “Let’s go”!

Saddle up your horses we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other – this is The Great Adventure

Come on get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for


We’ll travel over, over mountains so high
We’ll go through valleys below
Still through it all we’ll find that
This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams


July 26, 2011


I set out on a great adventure
The day my Father started leading me home
Said theres gonna be mountians to climb
And valleys were gonna go through

But I had no way of knowing
Just how hard this journey could be
Cause the mountians are steeper
And the valleys are deeper than I ever would had dreamed

But I know were gonna make it
And I know were gonna get there soon
And I know sometimes it seems like, were going the wrong way
But its just the long way home

Some rocks on my shoes
Fears I wish I could lose
That make the mountians so hard to climb
And my heart gets so heavy with the weight of the world sometimes

There’s a bag of regrets,
Should’ve beens, and not yets
That keep on dragging around
And I can hardly wait till the day I get to lay them all down

I know that day is coming
I know its gonna be here soon
I won’t turn back even if the whole world says I’m going the wrong way
Cause its just the long way home

When we cant take another step
The Father will pick us up and carry us in His arms
And even on the best days, He says to remember were not home yet
So don’t get too comfortable
Cause we are just pilgrams passing through

I know that day is coming
I know were gonna be there soon
I keep on singing and believing
What all of my songs say

Cause our God has made a promise
And I know everything He says is true
He promised He would never ever leave us
He’s gonna lead us
He’ll lead us home

Every single step of the long way home
So keep on, were gonna make it
Were just taking the long way home
So keep on, were gonna make it
I know, were gonna make it
Its just the long way home

July 26, 2011


Your picking up toys on the living room floor for the fifteenth time today
Matching up socks
Sweeping up lost cheerios that got away

You put a baby on your hip
Color on your lips and head out the door

While I may not know you,
I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all?

Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long
As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause he made you,
To do
Every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
Tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

Maybe your that guy with the suit and tie
Maybe your shirt says your name

You may be hooking up mergers
Cooking up burgers
But at the end of the day

Little stuff
Big stuff
In between stuff
God sees it all the same

While I may not know you
I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all?
Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long
As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause he made you
To do

Every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
Tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every thing you do

Maybe your sitting in math class
Or maybe on a mission in the Congo
Or maybe your working at the office
Singing along with the radio

Maybe your a down and out rock star
Or feeding orphans in the Myanmar
Anywhere and everywhere that you are

Whatever you do
It all matters
So do what you do
Don’t ever forget

To do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause He made you
To do
Every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace

As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause he made you
To do
Every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

In every little thing you do
In every little thing you do

July 25, 2011

German Roofer Hailed As Hero For Saving Norwegian Teens From Shooting




In the wake of last week’s devastating shooting attack on the Norwegian island of Utøya, several tales of individual heroism and survival are now starting to emerge.

One 32-year-old roofer from Germany, for example, sped on his boat to the island, and helped guide many young people who had tried to swim away from the massacre back safely to shore.

“I just did it on instinct,” Marcel Gleffe told The Telegraph. “You don’t get scared in a situation like that, you just do what it takes. I know the difference between fireworks and gunfire. I knew what it was about, and that it wasn’t just nonsense.”

Gleffe was camping with his parents on the mainland directly across from Utøya. The three were discussing the recent bombing in Oslo when Gleffe heard some shots and then saw a teenager swimming to shore, yelling “help,” he told Der Spiegel. He immediately realized that the shooting he heard was connected to the Oslo bombing, and he jumped in a small boat his family had rented for the trip and began speeding to the island.


Gleffe says he helped at least 20 teens get to shore, throwing out life jackets and making several trips in his boat to the island and back to the mainland. Some of the fleeing teenagers were frightened to accept his help, since the accused gunman was dressed as a policemen and told his victims to come closer before he opened fire. “It was unbelievable to see how strong they were,” he told Der Spiegel of the campers. At least 150 people were pulled out of the water after the massacre, and psychologists told the German paper that many of them are suffering from crushing survivors’ guilt.

One survivor, 16-year-old Ingvild Stensrud, told Ann Curry on the Today Show that after she’d been shot in the leg, she played dead in order to survive. She lay under the body of a dead woman until the shooter left the building.


The accused mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik, wrote a 1,500-page manifesto railing against multiculturalism and Muslim immigration, among other things. He attacked a political camp for young people run by the country’s ruling Labour party.  “I think it’s horrible, and it’s horrible that my friends were killed, that I was shot, because I believe in a multicultural Norway; for my beliefs,” Stensrud said. A Ugandan man at the camp said he hid in a tree to escape the shooting.



Even Norway’s royal family has been personally affected by the tragedy: the stepbrother of the Crown Princess of Norway, Mette Marit, was gunned down by the assassin. Trond Berntsen was an off-duty police officer who was hired as security for the island, and was one of the first people whom Breivik killed, according to The Daily Mail.

At least 100,000 people gathered today in an anti-violence rally in Oslo, Reuters reported. Both Princess Metter Marit and her husband, Crown Prince Haakon, were in attendance. “Tonight the streets are filled with love,” Crown Prince Haakon said.




July 25, 2011

Thomas Nelson to release new BILLY GRAHAM book NEARING HOME: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well

Billy Graham


Thomas Nelson Publishers announced that in October 2011, renowned and iconic preacher and evangelist Billy Graham will release his first major trade book in more than five years: Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well.

“Billy Graham, by the grace of God, has singlehandedly guided millions to faith,” says Matt Baugher, VP and publisher at Thomas Nelson, Inc. “His legacy as an evangelist is unmatched. Now in his nineties, he is reaching out to help all of us again by picking up the pen one more time, and we at Thomas Nelson could not be more honored to play a part in this eternal message. Nearing Home is hands down one of the most important works that Mr. Graham has ever written and one of his most vulnerable. Time catches up to all of us. At his age, with all that has come before, he is in a unique position to guide all of us on what it means to finish well in this life. God bless Billy Graham.”

In this moving narrative, Billy Graham shares his personal experience of growing older, but also teaches some important lessons on how to view our time here on Earth. He says that the Bible makes it clear that God has a specific reason for keeping us here. So what is His purpose for these years, and how can we align our lives with it? How can we not only learn to cope with the fears and struggles and growing limitations we face but actually grow stronger inwardly in the midst of these difficulties?

“The best way to meet the challenges of old age is to prepare for them now, before they arrive,” says Dr. Graham. “I invite you to explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but also the hope and fulfillment—and even joy—that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God’s point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day.”

“We have worked with Dr. Graham on the creation of this project for several years. As the content developed, we had a growing sense that this book would be destined to impact literally generations of people. It is perhaps the best guide available on living every day to the fullest,” says SVP and group publisher for Thomas Nelson, David Moberg. Thomas Nelson, Inc., (through its acquisition of Word Publishing in 1992) has been Dr. Graham’s trade book publisher since 1975, and has enjoyed numerous million-copy bestsellers with Dr. Graham over those 35 years.

This major trade release, with a hard street date of Oct. 18, 2011, will be supported by an extensive national marketing campaign. The campaign will include national advertising, multiple retailer merchandising options, and advance reader’s copy distribution. Nearing Home will be simultaneously released internationally, and in Spanish through Thomas Nelson’s division, Grupo Nelson.

July 22, 2011

Hilarious Quote Of The Day



Our hilarious quote of the day comes from Mr. Gary Busey.  Busey and his wife have an 8-month old baby at home and he tweets:

“Trying to get a baby to do what you want is like trying to get a woman to do what you want which is like trying to baptize a cat.”




July 22, 2011

Cool Song Fridays: Always By Kristian Stanfill


AN NRT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, New Artist Kristian Stanfill Asks For Your Attention


Always is a track off Kristian Stanfill’s latest album “Mountains Move” and truly a special song, if you haven’t heard it yet I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.


July 21, 2011

The One Question I Get Asked All The Time by JON ACUFF



Since starting in March of 2008, there’s been a single question that bubbles up more than any other. People tweet it to me. They email it to me. They ask me in 3D when I go speak places. Across the country, I hear one question and this is it:

“How do I get more followers?”

The exact language changes of course. Some people ask about more readers or more clients or more fans, but the sentiment is usually the same. And it’s not a bad question. In a world where it’s free and easy to measure everything we do online, it makes sense that we’d be invested in growing our platforms and our communities.

I’m not opposed to that question. I think it’s a good one and I think branding and marketing are geared at answering it. I just think it’s the wrong question for leaders to ask. Instead of asking, “How do I get more followers?” I think we need to be asking, “How do I give more of me, to more of them?”

That is, how do I give more of that unique passion God’s blessed me with, to more people that might need to hear it too? How do I give more of what I’ve been gifted with, to more people? I like that question for two reasons:

1. It forces us to look at what’s inside.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up with branding and growing our platforms that we don’t take the time and effort to really dig deep into the “why” of what we’re doing. Reframing the question changes the way we approach leadership, allowing us to be patient with what we do.

2. It puts the focus on the vital, not the viral.
I think the greatest way to not create something viral is to try to create something viral. But you see the double rainbow guy blow up or the hide yo wife, hide yo kids and hide yo husband guy, and you think that overnight success is the only definition of success. It isn’t. Focus on the vital, not the viral. Viral is quick and loud and bright and like a firework fades fast into the night. Vital is slow and strong and powerful.

Ultimately, I think that the things that move people. The ideas and concepts that catch hold of hearts and whole communities of people have something in common. They tend to be the overflow of someone’s heart. They tend to be something uncontrollable. Something honest and raw and real that was simply too wild to hold inside. So it was shared, someone explored how to give “more of me” and in doing so found a whole lot of “them.”

The perfect example is the Save Blue Like Jazz movie campaign. What an amazing testament to the power of crowds and movements that is. It’s difficult not to see that and be absolutely amazed that they raised over $300,000 in a month to save the Blue Like Jazz movie. It was just started by two guys who believed in the book and the power of the movie.

But here’s the truth about that. It took 30 days to raise the money, but it took 10 years for Donald Miller to make people care about it. In 2000 he released his first book. He focused on giving more of himself, to more of “them.” And 10 years later, the them wasn’t just a small group of fans and readers.

It was a virtual army, able to quickly mobilize and raise an insane amount of cash in an insanely short amount of time.

I can’t wait to see what you do. I hope it’s what you’re called to. I hope it’s an overflow of what’s inside. And most importantly, I hope you’ll not lose sight of it in your search for “them.” Focus on what matters first and don’t let audience growth, come before your audacious God.

July 20, 2011

ROB BELL Calls for Civil Discourse, Has No Regrets About “LOVE WINS”


Since its release earlier this year, Love Wins has flown off the shelves, reaching No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and the top 10 on Amazon.

While it has clearly struck a chord with people looking for an alternative to the hellfire and brimstone concept of God, many critics have pounded the book and denounced Bell as a universalist or a heretic.

They accuse Bell of distorting biblical truths about judgment, wrath and hell, and diminishing the meaning of the blood and the cross in salvation, with potentially devastating consequences for the spiritual fate of those who embrace his perspective.

Love Wins was released in mid-March and yet the firestorm had erupted weeks earlier, when a short film announcing the book’s publication prompted a flurry of responses.

Speaking to journalists in London on Monday, Bell said it was “tough” being misunderstood, misread and “accused of all sorts of devious things.”

Asked if he found it hurtful that some people had criticized the book before it was published, he responded: “It hurts more than me.”

“Some of the things people say and the way that they act, this can’t be the way of Jesus. There’s got to be a little higher standard of civil discourse,” he said.

He added later, “My first thought is that [people] should read the book first. That was a phenomenon that I didn’t expect, that there would be that sort of level of discussion surrounding a book that nobody had read.

“So when people said [about] the controversy, I was like ‘has anyone even read the book?’ Because then there is something substantive to knock around.”

Despite the fierce criticism from some corners, Bell said others have been “extraordinarily supportive and appreciative,” and that some had been set free because they realized they could be a Christian and “ask that sort of question.”

“The Christian tradition’s quite diverse. It can handle the discussion. It can handle different perspectives. That’s part of its strength and its vibrancy.”

Regarding whether there was any moment in which he had regretted writing the book, he said: “Any moment like that has been immediately followed up with an email or phone call or someone telling me ‘hey, thanks.’

“So no. This was sort of in my bones and this is just part of the cost of capturing it and writing it down and putting it out there.”

Later in the evening, Bell got up on stage to talk about his book in front of some 3,000 people at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster.

He told them it had never been his intention to be controversial but that his book was rather about “recapturing the Gospel” and pointing out that Christianity has a “wide variety of perspectives” on judgment and reconciliation.

“I don’t think that trying to be controversial is a noble goal. I don’t know if God honors those sorts of intentions,” he said.

“I’m interested in what’s true, what can be trusted, the hunt, the discovery, the exploration, and if that turns out to be controversial, I’ll accept that, but that was never the intention.”

That exploration has led Bell to conclude that Christians should be open to the possibility that repentance can come later.

He described it as a “tension” between the “urgent, immediate call of Jesus to respond, repent, trust, believe and accept,” and the “possibilities of all things, the reconciliation of all things, the renewal of all things, [and] God’s desire for the restoration of all things.”

There is a hell, he stressed, and that hell is what people experience when they reject the love of God and choose to take a different path.

“The reason why I called the book Love Wins is that the very nature of love is freedom. You can choose, you can resist, you can reject, you can rebel against God,” he explained.

“Does God want everybody to be saved? Yes. Do we see right now people who resist this pursuing [love of God]? Yes,” he continued. “That’s why in the book I talk about hell and the reality of hell. I think we should leave room [for that] because the Bible leaves room for people to reject and resist God.”

Just like the drug addict who knows his behavior is destroying him and those he loves but chooses to carry on taking drugs instead of seeking help to overcome his addiction, he said.

“I don’t understand that. That’s why I leave room for hell as the reality of our freedom to say that I don’t want that (love of God),” the Grand Rapids, Mich., pastor said.

Although he denies being a universalist, Bell went on to say that he is also open to the possibility that repentance and, therefore salvation, could come at a point beyond this life.

Asked whether he believed in an eternal hell for people who do not respond in this lifetime to Christ, Bell said he could already see a “very living, breathing hell on earth” being lived by people right now in such forms as greed, rape, abuse, genocide and sex trafficking.

“My assumption is that people are still free to pursue such things when they die. I assume that people have that choice and that you can go on in this life and the next saying ‘no, I want nothing to do with the party, I want nothing to do with the invitation,’” he said.

Countering that, however, he said he could also read in the Scriptures of a God who wants everybody to be saved and admitted to a degree of speculation when it comes to considering what happens after we die.

“And so the question is: Does God endlessly pursue? Is there some point where God says ‘listen, you had your chance and now there is no more hope for redemption for you?’

“And I have no idea, I haven’t been there, and when I am there and see it, then I’ll tell you,” he quipped.

On a more serious note, Bell said it was important with questions like this to pause and consider where God’s heart was.

“We have justice and the reality of consequences. There are very real destructive choices and a momentum that develops. How exactly will it pan out? I don’t know I haven’t been there,” the author said. “What I do think is important is that God wants everybody to be saved and we should long for the things that God longs for.

“And when I do run into a Christian who says ‘they’re going to burn, we’re going to be ok,’ that doesn’t seem to reveal the heart of God for me, which is a longing for all people.

“And a sort of decisive, crisp ‘we’re in, they’re not, end of discussion,’ doesn’t seem to reveal the God that Jesus talks about that goes searching for the sheep and the coin and the son.”

He invited the audience to consider the writer of Revelation who described a wall around the city with a gate that isn’t locked.

“Can you at some time repent? Is that still a possibility or has God created a world where there is no hope, where he says the repentance thing doesn’t work for me anymore?” he posed.

“I’m going to assume that God creates the possibility that those [people] could actually turn and that’s all, of course, speculation, but I leave it open because it’s a beautiful picture and it’s justice.”

He continued: “That’s holding out to justice. It is crucially important that God decisively acts against all sorts of evil. Can that co-exist with all sorts of possibilities? That’s a tension I think should just be left in all humility, intact.”

Beyond all the controversy, discussion and debate, Bell was clear that the one thing he most wanted people to take away from his book was the understanding that God is love and that ideally love should be responded to “now.”

“My experience has been that just the idea of ‘maybe God loves everybody’ and truly will pursue everybody, my experience is: that unlocks,” he said.

“I have seen people just at that suggestion become alive and trust Christ out of the absolutely fantastic vision of ‘God possibly has that kind of love? Well, I’m in.’”

“People are more interested in sharing their faith and telling the story because the story may actually be way better than we first realized,” he noted. “People go ‘oh, that’s a story I can tell and I can tell that story right now,’ because the God behind that story is good.”

July 19, 2011

Tullian Tchividjian signs three-book deal with David C Cook


William Graham Tullian Tchividjian



David C Cook announced the addition of Tullian Tchividjian to its roster of acclaimed authors. Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham.

“Tchividjian’s approach to spiritual matters is never casual or flippant, and his aim is always dead-on accurate, “ said Don Pape, publisher of trade books for Cook. “His relationship with arguably the most famous preacher of all time and his experience at the helm of one of the most visible churches in the nation will lend a novel perspective to any subject he undertakes, including suffering.”

Through an in-depth study of Job, the first book in this three-book deal (as yet untitled) will take a fresh look at the long-standing dilemma of human suffering. “There is nothing more certain than the fact that you and I will suffer in this life,” Tchividjian says. “This book sets out to show that suffering is one of the primary tools God uses to set us free. The gospel alone provides us with the foundation to maintain radical joy in the face of remarkable loss as we increasingly realize that in Christ, everything we really need, we already possess. This is what we tackle in the book.”

The first book is slated for release in Fall 2012, with two books to follow.

A graduate of Columbia International University with a degree in Philosophy and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Tchividjian is the author of Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship, Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different, and Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels. His next book Jesus + Nothing = Everything will be released in October 2011. Tchividjian is also a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. He speaks at conferences throughout the U.S. and his sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program Liberate.


July 13, 2011


Before I die
I’ll be okay if i never blow
And if you never make it to a show
I know that everything come and go
But what I’m gon do with my life
Before I die
You say that we could never ever change (aye)
I treat this world like whatever mayne, pray
Before I meet him in the the sky
Then maybe I can save your life
Before I die

They say get that money, stack that paper
You wanna live forever, bet it’s something you could pay for
Got this Bentley and Bugatti, what’s the need for a savior
And this Gucci on my body, thank you Lord for its maker
I’m like he gotta be more than plus living
Benz in the garage, wife with two children
Or maybe you’ll get lucky, night with two women
And on a bed of money, yeah, that’s living
As I pursued what I was told would make my life better
Closer I got I found out it made my life deader
Journeyed on this star trek, begging to be made whole
My heart became a black hole, no Captain Kirk though
Darkness surrounded me, evil confounded me
Worst part about it, it was all found in me
And what I got to live for?
What you tell your children bout me in the end for?

Before I die
I’ll be okay if i never blow
And if you never make it to a show
I know that everything come and go
But what I’m gon do with my life
Before I die
You say that we could never ever change (aye)
I treat this world like whatever mayne, pray
Before I meet him in the the sky
Then maybe I can save your life
Before I die

And maybe before my last breath
You will see a man that
Finished the race and ran hard until his last step
Whether it’s cash left
I know my seed will be the branches of a tree
Of a legacy that their dad left
And let that legacy be rooted in the cross
Let nothing else be taught, lest I fall and be lost
If I fall and be lost then, use it as a story
What a man should never be, introduce them to your glory
Before I die, I just gotta be in you so
After my death they can rejoice at my funeral
‘Cause I’ll be still alive, new body I’m inside
If your faith is in the Lord, then this is not goodbye
But see you later, I’m gone to see the savior
In awe of his majesty, I bow before the maker
When I move on, let the Earth hear this song
And know that you are king on the throne…

Before I die
I’ll be okay if i never blow
And if you never make it to a show
I know that everything come and go
But what I’m gon do with my life
Before I die
You say that we could never ever change (aye)
I treat this world like whatever mayne, pray
Before I meet him in the the sky
Then maybe I can save your life
Before I Die

July 13, 2011


The Lord is the Spirit
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, now
There is liberty
And the Spirit lives inside of me
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, now
There is liberty, there is liberty,
There is liberty

For freedom You set me free
And yes, I am free indeed
You rewrote my name
And shackled my shame
You opened my eyes to see
I am free

When the spirit of the world
Comes to kill me and enslave me I will say
There is liberty
For the chains of sin that once entangled me
Have been broken, now I’m singing ’cause I’m free
There is liberty, there is liberty,
There is liberty

For freedom You set me free
And yes, I am free indeed
You rewrote my name
And shackled my shame
You opened my eyes to see
I am free

The storm rolled in
It was dark in the land
As the Son of Man
Was crucified
You don’t take his life
He laid it down
He paid the price
And shed His blood

It is done!
The veil is torn
He has won
And I am free
And I am free
And I am free
I am free

For freedom You set me free
And yes, I am free indeed
You rewrote my name
And shackled my shame
You opened my eyes to see

For freedom You set me free
And yes, I am free indeed
You rewrote my name
And shackled my shame
You opened my eyes to see
I am free

July 13, 2011

MATT REDMAN Inspires A Brighter Faith With New Book MIRROR BALL

ISBN 978-0-78140578-2
Published by David C. Cook


Matt Redman, Grammy nominated songwriter, acclaimed worship leader and successful author, shares his insight and invites readers to dream of a brighter, bolder life of faith in his new book, ‘Mirror Ball’.


Having taken readers on valuable journeys towards a more authentic, passionate practice of worship with the books ‘The Unquenchable Worshipper’ and ‘Facedown’, Matt quickly unpacks his central metaphor in this new release from David C Cook.  Everyone, he reminds us, has the unique potential to radiate the goodness, glory and power of God through our own lives. And, like the diminutive mirror ball above a disco floor, we might not look particularly impressive on our own, but once we allow the light of God to shine upon us, there’s no end to the beauty that will shine.


Throughout ‘Mirror Ball’ Matt weaves personal anecdote with spiritual insight, biblical analysis and inspirational wisdom from great thinkers. Throughout the book Matt covers themes that range from the importance of us enlarging our view of God to the place of suffering and the importance of seeing worship as more than the singing of songs, producing some memorable lines along the way: “Singing is easy,” he writes in chapter 1: “The proof is always in the living. Or even the dying.”  In chapter 3 (‘Big God, Big Life’) he writes: “When the majesty and mercy of God really take hold inside us, worship explodes out in every possible direction.”  The chapter concludes: “God’s power + my weakness = anything is possible. You do the math.”  Just as Matt songs reveal so much of the character of God the Father and the sacrifice of Jesus the Son, ‘Mirror Ball’ has plenty to say about the nature of God: “God is at work. He is not distant, dormant or docile. He never sleeps and never grows tired or weary.


“He is the powerful, promise-keeping, and change-breathing God. The doors He opens no one can close, and the doors He closes cannot be opened. His words never return to Him empty. He is always at work in you and all around you.” (Chapter 8).  Concluding with an eight-part study guide that draws on the book’s content, as well as new songs from Matt’s forthcoming album ‘10,000 Reasons’, ‘Mirror Ball’ will leave readers inspired and equipped to shine on.


July 13, 2011




What does marriage have to do with leadership? If you are married, everything. Nothing will undermine your effectiveness as a leader faster than a bad marriage. Your marriage is a living example of what it is like to be in a close relationship with you. This is why it is so important that leaders get this right if they want to influence others.

Unfortunately, we live in a culture that is very me-centered. Gail and I often talk to people who are frustrated with their spouses. Most of this stems from the fact that they are not getting what they think they need or what they think they should be getting.

I am not saying that it is wrong to give voice to your needs. I am saying that it is often an ineffective way to get them met, unless you first sow the seeds of giving and servanthood. (This is also good practice for being a leader in any sphere of life.)

Gail and I have been married for 33 years next month. We can both honestly say that we are one another’s best friends. We talk constantly, go on long walks together, and eat almost every meal together. We just love being in each other’s company.

But what if you don’t have this kind of relationship with your spouse? We work with enough couples to know that this kind of intimacy and friendship is rare.

But, honestly, we are not special. I don’t want to be naive, but I don’t think it is that difficult—if you are willing to make the investment.

If you are, then I would recommend three steps:

  1. Make a list of what you would want in a best-friend. If you were going to advertise on Craig’s List for a best friend, what would the ad look like? Perhaps it might look like this:
    Wanted: Best Friend 

    Prospective candidates will:

    • Make me feel good about being me.
    • Affirm my best qualities (especially when I am feeling insecure)
    • Call out the best in me, and hold me accountable to the best version of myself.
    • Listen without judging or trying to fix me.
    • Give me the benefit of the doubt.
    • Extend grace to me when I am grumpy or having a bad day.
    • Remember my birthday, favorite foods, music, and art.
    • Know my story and love me regardless.
    • Spend time with me, just because they enjoy my company.
    • Speak well of me when I am not present.
    • Serve me with a joyful spirit and without complaining.
    • Speak the truth to me when no one else will.
    • Never shame me, diminish me, or make me feel small.
    • Become excited about what I am excited about.
    • Celebrate my wins!
  2. Now become that person for your spouse. That’s right. Turn the table. Make this a list of the kind of friend you will become. I can promise you this: anyone who does half of these kinds of things will have more friends than he or she knows what to do with. But what if you focused this effort on your spouse? Think of the possibilities.
  3. Keep sowing the seeds, until the relationship blossoms. How long will it take to create this kind of relationship? It all depends on where you are starting. For some, it might be several months. For others, it might take years. Friendships are like gardens; they must be cultivated. The key is to be consistent and persistent—without expectations.

This is really nothing more than the application of the Golden Rule to marriage: “Do to others what you would want them to do to you” (Luke 6:31).

If couples would invest in one another like I am suggesting, the divorce rate would plummet. Romance is important. Sex is too. But a solid friendship is the foundation of everything else.

July 12, 2011


When I read that Shane Claiborne is getting married I thought this was a joke, but its its true.  According to their wedding website the lucky lady is one Miss Katie Jo Brotherton.  The wedding happened 2 months ago in May 2011.  According to the newlyweds:
It is a sacred and beautiful moment, as we merge our lives into one. We’ve created this website to share glimpses and updates on the adventure.  We are delighted to have such an incredible cloud of witnesses walking alongside us. We wish we could invite the whole world to the wedding, and we hope this website is a step towards that, allowing all of you near and far to celebrate with us.  

love.  –shane and katie jo

Congrats to the happy couple! May they have lots of children!

July 11, 2011

Author RACHEL HELD EVANS: ‘MARK DRISCOLL Is A Bully. Stand Up To Him.’

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Author Rachel Held Evans took to her blog this week to criticize what she called Mark Driscoll’s “bully behavior.”  Apparently what set her off was a facebook status update Driscoll posted which read:

“So, what story do you have about the most effeminate anatomically male worship leader you’ve ever personally witnessed?”

Evans responded in full fury posting:


“Mark Driscoll is wrong. 

Godly men stick up for people, not make fun of them.

Godly men honor women, not belittle them.

Godly men pursue peace, not dismiss it.

Godly men rise above violence, not glorify it.

Godly men build up the Church, not embarrass it.

Godly men imitate Christ—who praised the gentle and the peacemakers, who stood up for the exploited and abused, who showed compassion for the downtrodden,  who valued women, and who loved his enemies to the point of death.

If this Facebook status were Pastor Mark Driscoll’s first offense, it might not warrant a strong response.But Mark has developed a pattern of immaturity and unkindness that has remained largely unchecked by his church.”

I don’t know much about Mrs Evans but it seems her post is more of a liberal view point, which I don’t share but it was interesting to see her take Driscoll head on like this.  So far her post has gotten 300 comments.  So I guess its working for her.



July 11, 2011

FRANCIS CHAN Runs Into ROB BELL At The Airport & They Get Into A Fist-Fight (VIDEO)

Rob Bell released “LOVE WINS” on March 15, 2011 and set the evangelical world ablaze with what many considered heretical views on hell and judgement.  Two months later Francis Chan releases a video response to the controversy of Bell’s book and announces that he’s working on a book to rebutt some of the views Bell defends in “LOVE WINS.”  Another two months later and Chan releases “ERASING HELL: What God Said About Eternity, And The Things We Made Up.”  The two seem to be at opposites—diametrically opposed to the other’s view.  Conservatives and fundamentalists are watching the back-and-forth with bated breath.  What will happen with these two?  Who knows?  Then the unthinkable happens . . . Francis Chan runs into Rob Bell at an airport.  Oh Lord, how could this have happened?  They spot each other.  Time stops.  Their eyes lock.  Chan clenches his fists, Bell bites down on his teeth.  It’s a stand-off.  You can hear a pin drop.  People all around are stopped in their tracks watching them.  Flights are halted.  Oh lord.  A fist fight breaks out! Chan swings with the right, his deadly hook aimed at Bell’s jaw.  Bell ducks.

“Hey man, what you doing?”  Bell yells back flustered.

“You betrayed me man!” Chan shouts back, readying his stance for a black belt round house kick.

Well at least that’s how imagined it would’ve gone down.  But apparently not.  After running into each other, the two chatted for a while and posed for this picture.  (It was taken by someone traveling with Bell).

Have to say though, I’m so happy  to see them friendly with each other no matter what their differences may be.  “IN ESSENTIALS UNITY, IN NON-ESSENTIALS LIBERTY, IN ALL THINGS CHARITY.”  Well, maybe that’s not the best quote because some of you may think hell and judgement are “essentials.”  But you get the picture.


July 11, 2011

Locked & Loaded For The DAVID CROWDER BAND Farewell Tour At The Tabernacle In Atlanta

I’ve shared here about my immense sadness at the breaking up of the David Crowder Band.  But I was so glad to get my tickets for their final tour in the mail last week.  I’m going to the show in November at The Tabernacle in Atlanta.  It’s gonna be a rager.

July 10, 2011


You were broken, abandoned
And crying all alone
We were waiting and praying
And longing to bring you home
And then we saw your face
In a moment you were wrapped up in our hearts
We took a step of faith
And now here we are

Will you let me hold you in my arms tonight
I have come so far to find you
So far to find you
Will you take my love and give up the fight
I have come so far to find you
So far to find you

From a world away, I journeyed
Just to hold your hand
You will never be alone again
I’ve come so far to find you
So far to find you

You were fighting and fearful
You were hiding your heart away
But I was trying so hard to show you
‘Cause there were no words that I could say
If you could see my heart
You would know that all I want to do
Is care for you

Here in your eyes I see
Reflections of myself
How I’m the child that’s really running
But I can hear a voice that’s whispering my name
Saying come to me, don’t run from me
I’m all you need and I am calling

From Heaven’s throne
Down to a rugged cross I came
It was My love for you that brought Me all the way
So far to find you
So far to find you

You were broken, abandoned
And crying all alone

July 10, 2011


I try to find a new way to tell You
Some way to show You what You mean to me
There’s nothing new
I exhaust myself searching
The world just keeps turning
What else can I do
‘Cause I find myself empty and

Face down
Having nothing else to cling to
But need of love that only You can give
Face down
Where I know that I belong
And I pray with grace that this world sees in me
Someone humbled and broken at Your feet

I stand amazed, see the work of Your hands
Still I don’t understand why You would rescue me
An empty cross
Where You suffered and bled
Overcoming my death
Recreating me
With this freedom I will be

So I’m asking for Your help
Just can’t do this by myself
After all, this life’s for You and not for me
Through Your mercy now I see
Brokenness is what I need
So I’ll stay right here at Your feet
Right here at Your feet and

July 9, 2011


God, help me get away
Break the chains and set me free
From the other side of me
I am my own worst enemy

I caught a glimpse in my rearview mirror
Of an old familiar face
Blurry image coming in clearer
Of a past I can’t erase
I could’ve sworn I put him in the ground
But looks like he’s found his way out

God, help me get away
Break the chains and set me free
From the other side of me
I can’t fight this fight alone
I’ll never make it on my own
Lord Jesus, rescue me
From my own worst enemy

I’ll take a step and it’s right behind me
Always fighting for control
There’s a war that’s raging inside me
I feel the battle for my soul
It’s like my shadow is dragging me around
And You are my only way out

Lord, help me feed the life I’m trying to live
And starve the life I’m trying to leave
Help me believe the old is dead and gone
And I am a new creation

July 9, 2011


It was a day just like any other day
I was a boy just like every other boy
When a girl unlike any I had seen
It’s like she stepped out of a dream
And into my world
It could’ve been the summer wind
Playing with her hair
As the sun danced in her eyes
We were standing there
She smiled, I forgot my name
‘Cause all I was thinking

Maybe I’m crazy but I’m praying
That an angel will love me, an angel will love me
Maybe I’m a fool but I’m still falling
Asking Heaven above me for an angel to love me

The rest of my life
The rest of my life

You’re the proof that the Father answers prayer
Because somehow, some way
You and I are standing here
With a sacred promise and a ring that says it all
Oh, I’ve just begun to fall
And from the deepest part of me I say “I do”

And after all the changing seasons have turned to years
The crowds are gone and the songs have faded
I’ll still be here
Holding you and thanking Heaven for my angel

Maybe I’m crazy but I’m praying
That an angel will love me, an angel will love me
Maybe I’m crazy for praying an angel will love me
Maybe I’m a fool but I’m still falling
Asking Heaven above me for an angel to love me
The rest of my life
The rest of my life

July 9, 2011


There’s a stirring in the throne room
And all creation holds its breath
Waiting now to see the Bridegroom
Wondering how the bride will dress
And she wears white

And she knows that she’s undeserving
She bears the shame of history
But this worn and weary maiden
Is not the bride that He sees
She wears white head to toe
But only He could make it so

When someone dries your tears
When someone wins your heart
And says you’re beautiful
When you don’t know you are
When all you long to see
Is written on His face
Love has come and finally set you free
On that wedding day
On that wedding day

She has danced in golden castles
She has crawled through beggar’s dust
But today she stands before Him
And she wears His righteousness
She will be who He adores
This is what He made her for

When the hand that bears the only scars
In Heaven touch her face
And the last tears she’ll ever cry
Are finally wiped away
And the clouds roll back as He takes her hand
And walks her through the gates
Forever we will reign

July 9, 2011


Sixteen finds me
Blowing out candles and making wishes
And all around me
Is everyone but the one I’m wishing for
And he sent me flowers
And gift-wrapped excuses
From a daddy whose daughter
Wants to see him again

And I know, I know
It’s just another birthday
But I guess I thought
This would be the one
When he would call me, see me
Hold me and free me
But it’s just another birthday

And I’ll be fine
I’ll be fine

Nineteen finds me
And I’m wild-eyed and wide open
I gave myself away to love
But backseat promises fade like a mist
I’m screaming at the midnight air
Everyone hears me but I don’t care
My heart’s clenched just like a fist
‘Cause, people, I didn’t ask for any of this

And I’m not fine
I’m not fine

In the company of strangers
In a cold and sterile room
All alone with a child inside me
And I don’t know what to do
Jesus, can You hear me
Come and heal my brokenness
Put the pieces back together
And be a Father to the fatherless

Twenty-one finds me
Blowing out candles and making wishes
And all around me
My barefoot princess twirls and sings
It’s so amazing
Looking back at all God’s brought us through
You are my happy birthday
And you were born to break the chains

Now I know, I know
It’s not just another birthday
‘Cause I’m here, she’s here
And look how far we’ve come
Since you’ve called me, saw me
Held me and freed me
Thank you, Lord, for another birthday
And we’ll be fine
We’ll be fine

July 9, 2011


Ezekiel stared down into the valley
Filled with dry bones baking in the sun
Remains that used to be a mighty army
To him, it looked like their fighting days were done

But driven by a calling on his life
He spoke God’s words, the bones began to shake
He stared wide-eyed as the flesh began to form
And as he prophesied to the wind
The soldiers began to wake

And the Lord sent His wind into the valley
And breathed the breath of life into their souls
And raised them again a mighty army
For soon these arisen warriors will battle again
For they have been filled with the Spirit Wind

A pastor stands before his congregation
Once a mighty army for the Lord
But now he stares into the lifeless eyes
Believers leading carnal lives
He wonders what they’re fighting for
But driven by a calling on his life
He spoke God’s word like he’d done a hundred times before
But this time he comes broken and weeping
With tears of a broken heart
And he cries out to the Lord

Oh Lord, send Your wind into this valley
And breathe the breath of life into their souls
And raise them again a mighty army
For soon these arisen warriors will battle again
For they have been filled with the Spirit Wind

Holy Spirit, breathe on me
Breathe Your life in me

Oh Lord, send Your wind into this valley
And breathe the breath of life into our souls
And raise us again a mighty army
For soon these arisen warriors will battle again
For we have been filled with the Spirit Wind

Oh Lord, we need You now
Breathe Your life into us
Lord, we need You now
Our churches and our families
Oh Lord, we need You now
Breathe life into this dry and weary land
Raise us up again

July 9, 2011


Leave it all behind
Leave it all behind
Leave it all behind
Leave it all behind

I have what you need, but you keep on searching
I’ve done all the work, but you keep on working
When you’re running on empty
And you can’t find the remedy
Just come to the well
You can spend your whole life
Chasing what’s missing
But that empty inside, it just ain’t gonna listen
When nothing can satisfy
And the world leaves you high and dry
Just come to the well

And all who thirst will thirst no more
And all who search will find
What their souls long for
The world will try but it can never fill
So leave it all behind
And come to the well

So bring me your heart, no matter how broken
Just come as you are, when your last prayer is spoken
Just rest in my arms a while
You’ll feel a change, my child
When you come to the well

And now that you’re full of love beyond measure
Your joy’s gonna flow like a stream in the desert
Soon all the world will see
Living water is found in me
‘Cause you’ve come to the well

Leave it all behind and come to the well

Leave it all behind
Leave it all behind
Leave it all behind
Leave it all behind

Your pursuit of perfection (leave it all behind)
Your fear of rejection (leave it all behind)
Your temporary pleasures (leave it all behind)
All your earthly treasures (leave it all behind)
Dried up empty religion (leave it all behind)
Rusty chains of addiction (leave it all behind)
All the guilt that weighs you down (leave it all behind)
Just leave it all behind and come to the well

July 9, 2011


From where I’m standing
Lord, it’s so hard for me to see
Where this is going
And where You’re leading me
I wish I knew how
All my fears and all my questions
Are going to play out
In a world I can’t control

When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory

‘Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there

From where You’re standing
Lord, You see a grand design
That You imagined
When You breathed me into life
And all the chaos
Comes together in Your hands
Like a masterpiece
Of Your picture-perfect plan

When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory

One day I’ll stand before You
And look back on the life I’ve lived
I can’t wait to enjoy the view
And see how all the pieces fit

One day I’ll stand before You
And look back on the life I’ve lived
‘Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
When I’m lost in the mystery
To You my future is a memory
‘Cause You’re already there
You’re already there
Standing at the end of my life
Waiting on the other side
And You’re already there
You’re already there

July 9, 2011


Jesus, friend of sinners
We have strayed so far away
We cut down people in Your name
But the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners
The truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You
But they’re tripping over me

Always looking around but never looking up
I’m so double minded
A plank-eyed saint with dirty hands
And a heart divided

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world
At the end our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Break our hearts for what breaks Yours

Jesus, friend of sinners
The One whose writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away
And the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember
We are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy
Bring Your people to their knees

Nobody knows what we’re for
Only what we’re against
When we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs
Crossed over the lines
And loved like You did

You love every lost cause
You reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame
They’re the reason that You came
Lord, I was that lost cause
And I was the outcast
But You died for sinners just like me
A grateful leper at Your feet

‘Cause You are good
You are good
And Your love endures forever

And I was the lost cause
And I was the outcast
You died for sinners just like me
A grateful leper at Your feet

July 9, 2011


Did you hear of the city on the hill?
Said one old man to the other
It once shined bright and it would be shining still
But they all started turning on each other

You see, the poets thought the dancers were shallow
And the soldiers thought the poets were weak
And the elders saw the young ones as foolish
And the rich man never heard the poor man speak

And one by one, they ran away
With their made-up minds to leave it all behind
And the light began to fade in the city on the hill
The city on the hill

Each one thought that they knew better
But they were different by design
Instead of standing strong together
They let their differences divide

And the world is searching still

But it was the rhythm of the dancers
That gave the poets life
It was the spirit of the poets
That gave the soldiers strength to fight
It was the fire of the young ones
It was the wisdom of the old
It was the story of the poor man
That needed to be told

It is the rhythm of the dancers
That gives the poets life
It is the spirit of the poets
That gives the soldiers strength to fight
It is the fire of the young ones
It is the wisdom of the old
It is the story of the poor man
That’s needing to be told

One by one, will we run away
With our made-up minds to leave it all behind
As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill

One by one, will we run away
With our made-up minds to leave it all behind
As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill
The city on the hill

Come home
And the Father’s calling still
Come home to the city on the hill
Come home

July 9, 2011


We were made to be courageous
We were made to lead the way
We could be the generation
That finally breaks the chains
We were made to be courageous
We were made to be courageous

We were warriors on the frontlines
Standing unafraid
But now we’re watchers on the sidelines
While our families slip away
Where are you, men of courage
You were made for so much more
Let the pounding of our hearts cry
“We will serve the Lord”

We were made to be courageous
And we’re taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight
The only way we’ll ever stand
Is on our knees with lifted hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

This is our resolution
Our answer to the call
We will love our wives and children
We refuse to let them fall
We will reignite the passion that we bury deep inside
May the watchers become warriors
Let the men of God arise

Seek justice, love mercy
Walk humbly with your God
In the war of the mind I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart and the battle of the hand

July 9, 2011

TIM TEBOW Shares Bombshell In New Book: “I Wanted To Play For Alabama”


Below is a free excerpt from Tim Tebow’s new book, “Through My Eyes,” where he discusses why he thought about joining the Crimson Tide.  Enjoy.


By the time I had graduated, I had over eighty scholarship offers from schools across the country. When I started high school, I was simply hoping for one. It was a very humbling as well as heady experience.

One school seemed to have had an advantage initially for me, and it made for another great story line during our high school football seasons: Alabama, because of its fans.

Seriously. The University of Alabama fans. Honest to goodness, they used to come to our games en masse at Nease High School in their red and white Roll Tide gear, holding up home-made signs for me, encouraging me to head to ‘Bama. I’d always liked the idea of a southern school, not to mention one that was football crazy. It was very effective on this young and impressionable player.

And it needed to be effective, since I grew up in a room decorated in Florida Gator stuff. Orange and blue colors in all sorts of things and outfits had been decorating the walls, tables, and closets around our home for as long as I could remember. Of course, it was only natural that I grow up with Gator stuff since both of my parents and my older sister Katie attended the University of Florida. And by my sophomore year of high school, Peter was already in Gainesville and enrolled in school there as a freshman. Three graduates of the University of Florida and another on his way, all in one family.

Given that background, you’d think that this would be the easiest decision in the world, but in truth I was pretty open-minded about schools, if only because I was such a big college-football fan in general. I’d grown up watching just about every game I could on Saturdays — that is, when Dad didn’t make us work around the farm. So I was very receptive to considering other options besides Florida.

My sister Katie claims that she did more to overcome that open-mindedness of mine and recruit me to Florida than anyone else. At her wedding, when I was fifteen, she recalls that I was very impressed with how pretty and nice her bridesmaids were. Apparently I also took notice of the fact that they were all classmates of hers during her college career at Florida. In fact, I’d remembered some of those bridesmaids from a couple of years earlier when I’d had a baseball game in Gainesville. For some reason, my parents were busy, so my friend’s dad drove me and him to Gainesville and dropped us off at ADPi, my sister’s sorority. There we were, two twelve-year-old kids hanging out; then my sister and two of her friends, Brooke and Stephie, took us to our game. We struggled to pay attention to the game, especially my friend, who kept going over to talk with the girls, hoping that those college girls would fall for a twelve-year-old. No such luck.

Later, along the way, I at least tried to justify my decision as to which college I would ultimately attend with more principled reasons than simply recruiting letters, fan or family apparel, or gorgeous bridesmaids.

July 8, 2011


Introducing The City Harmonic cover art

I’m starting a new feature here on AG every Friday called, “Cool Song Friday.”  And just like the title suggests I’m going to feature a great song off new and recent albums that I think you’d really enjoy.  I hate having to wade through 13 songs on an album just to find those 2 gems so I’m going to highlight songs here that I think you’ll enjoy.  So today I want to introduce to a super cool song by the Christian band The City Harmonic from Ontario, Canada.  The song is “Manifesto” off their new EP “Introducing The City Harmonic.”  If you’ve never heard this song before I’m about to make your day.  Enjoy.

July 8, 2011

DAVID C. COOK Launches FRANCIS CHAN Mobile Site For His New Book “ERASING HELL”

Timed to coincide with the release of best-selling author Francis Chan’s latest book, Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity and the Things We Made Up, publisher David C Cook announces the launch of its first interactive mobile site,

It is no wonder such a well-known and long-standing Christian publisher as David C Cook would choose Chan’s work for its initial move into the mobile sphere. As a popular pastor, author, and speaker, Chan speaks directly to the generation of today, making his message of God’s love a natural fit to be shared through today’s technology.

Easily accessed from any smartphone using readily available QR (quick response) codes, the dynamic new site provides visitors an immediate opportunity to learn more about Chan’s thought-provoking work. Through cooperation with Oasis Audio and an offer that is unique to the mobile site, visitors may listen to an audio excerpt from his newest book, Erasing Hell, read by co-author Preston Sprinkle, or either of Chan’s other two adult non-fiction books: Crazy Love or Forgotten God. Consumers may further choose to read sections of any of Chan’s three books; learn more about hisBasic film series; watch the video introduction to Erasing Hell; connect with Chan via social networking; or purchase any of the books and/or film series. It’s a win-win for consumer and retailer alike.

“The uniqueness of a mobile site like this,” said Ginia Hairston, VP of Trade Marketing at David C Cook, “is that a customer, whether in a bookstore, library, or anywhere a hard copy of Erasing Hell is available, can instantly access Francis’ entire ‘library’ of adult non-fiction and film series in one convenient place.”

Along with printing the QR code on the back cover of Erasing Hell, David C Cook has created shelf talkers with the QR code linking to the mobile site and has also incorporated the code into all promotion materials pertaining to the book.

July 7, 2011

DAVID PLATT’S RADICAL Hits 52-Week Milestone On The New York Times Best Sellers List

The WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group announced that Radical, the first release for author David Platt, has been on The New York Times Best Sellers list (Paperback Advice) for 52 weeks. The title, with more than 750,000 in print, challenges Christians to live the radical life of devotion and sacrifice that Christ commanded, rather than a fruitless spin on the American Dream — and the message continues to resonate. This is the latest in a string of successes for the book, including landing the #3 spot on the CBA Top 50 Best Seller list for June 2011.

“It has been an extraordinary pleasure to watch David Platt’s Radical obtain and maintain a position on The New York Times Best Sellers list,” said WaterBrook Multnomah President and Publisher Steve Cobb. “The powerful message continues to positively impact Christians and, through them, people in need.”

The book is based on the teachings of Jesus as well as the “Radical Experiment” that Platt, a pastor, initiated with his Birmingham, Alabama church. The five steps enacted by participants were simple, but the impact was profound. Many congregants made major life changes. Some sold their homes and gave partial proceeds to the poor, while others adopted children or became foster parents. Yet others relocated overseas to serve the needy. Ultimately, all of Platt’s congregants showed their craving for an authentic, radical life of faith, rather than the bland counterfeit molded by American culture.

For readers looking for further direction on applying the Radical message, Multnomah released Radical Together in April 2011. This newest title shows readers how to implement Radical’s principles in their local church and features the passion, clear Bible teaching, and memorable storytelling that David Platt is known for.

July 6, 2011


Jonathan Acuff


Recently, a friend of mine told me that the David Crowder Band was breaking up. I like them, both musically and beardedly. In that order. I never put a person’s facial hair above their music. That’s one of the rules I live my life by. Unless they’ve got a monkey tail, which apparently is a thing now.

What’s that you say? Well, you grow one sideburn very long. Then you grow it into a beard that goes down one side of your face, over your chin and finally curves under your nose like the tail of a monkey. Then you move to Brooklyn.

It’s all very complicated, but not the breakup of the David Crowder Band or so my friend says. He says whenever a Christian band breaks up they get to throw the “We’re breaking up to pursue other ministry opportunities” card. Who is going to argue with that? What you don’t want us to minister to people in new ways? Why do you hate Jesus so much?

But I don’t think it’s that simple. I think Christian bands break up for a variety of reasons. Which I decided to list out in numerical fashion.

Reasons Christian Bands Break Up:

1. Too many empty love offerings.
I stand by my assertion that if they pass around a love offering at a concert and you don’t put at least a dollar in that’s like putting in a fistful of hate.

2. They join the Hillsong Band.
There are approximately 43 people in the group Hillsong. And as long as they keep turning out music I’m OK with that. Just don’t act surprised when they suddenly show up with a thickly bearded guy singing backup who they claim is named “Cavid Drowder.”

3. They’re tired of the guy who screams “Jesssuuuussss” at concerts.
I’m still looking for the scene in the Bible where Jesus and the disciples are watching an outdoor concert, somewhere nice by the Sea of Galilee and someone screamed, “Jesssuuuussss!” It’s got to be Biblical based on how often it happens at Christian concerts. I can’t find it in the Bible, but if it happened I’m sure Peter, the Rock, probably said, “Dude, he’s right here. You don’t have to scream. We’re all just trying to enjoy this song. Seriously.”

4. So they can launch themselves as a band of Christians not a Christian band.
What’s the waiting period on that? Three months? Six months? How long would it take to stop being a Christian band and reemerge as a band of Christians?

5. They read about me meeting Michael W. Smith and are afraid I will accost them on a plane.
That seems like a really specific reason to step out of the limelight, but whatever. And ask the guy from Newsboys I sat next to on a flight a few weeks ago. I was only borderline weird to that guy and didn’t awkwardly thrust the Stuff Christians Like book on him. I did give him Quitter though.

6. They keep getting asked to play “Blessed Be Your Name.”
A few months ago at a book signing event, someone asked me if I had any copies of Matthew Paul Turner’s books for sale. I told him that despite being friends with him, I surprisingly didn’t bring any of his books on the road with me to sell. At some point something similar has probably happened to a Christian band, especially with the song “Blessed Be Your Name.” I propose that “Blessed Be Your Name” is the Christian version of “Freebird,” the song people always request at concerts. It’s a great song. One that I’ve written about before, but I’m sure after request 500 you want to hang up your guitar and focus on your monkey tail, not your music.

Those are my guesses at why Christian bands break up. I’m not sure why the David Crowder Band is breaking up though. Or pursuing other ministry opportunities if you will. Maybe they want to get back to their first love, writing guest posts on Stuff Christians Like. Hard to say.

Why do you think Christian bands break up?


July 6, 2011



David C Cook announced the signing of cultural pioneer and writer/director/filmmaker Erwin Raphael McManus for the production ofSigns, an ultra-creative and deeply spiritual five-film series. The series will unpack five metaphors, each of which is represented by an element:Earth, Fire, Wind, Wood, or Water. Each short film will run roughly 10-12 minutes in length and will draw on each of these elements for its narrative and insight. Erwin explains, “My goal for this series it that audiences would walk away from these films never experiencing water, wind, fire, wood, or earth the same ever again.”

Don Pape, publisher of trade books for Cook, is thrilled with the new partnership. “McManus has been recognized, for good reason, as one of the most influential Christians in America. We are excited about standing with him in this endeavor to encourage and provoke people everywhere through the power of story, beauty, and film. His work is radical—revolutionary even—and Cook is overjoyed to be a part of the project.”

The first film in the Signs series, Earth, is slated for release in Spring 2012. Subsequent Signs films will launch each new release season (Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013). Erwin Raphael McManus is an artist, filmmaker, author, storyteller, activist, and innovator. He sees imagination as humanity’s greatest resource. For over 30 years he has specialized in the field of creativity, innovation, human uniqueness, and discovering and maximizing personal genius. As the creative force behind McManus Studios, he inspires each person to live their most heroic life through the power of story, beauty, and design. McManus Studios focuses on film, fashion, music, and the arts with the intent of advancing the good, the beautiful, and the true. McManus also serves as the principal visionary and primary communicator of Mosaic in Los Angeles. He is a senior research advisor for the Gallup Organization and partners with Birkman Intl. He is the author of An Unstoppable Force, a Gold Medallion Award finalist; Chasing DaylightUprising: A Revolution of the SoulThe Barbarian WayStand Against the WindSoul Cravings; and Wide Awake.

July 1, 2011

New Hillsong Single From Their 2011 Album “GOD IS ABLE”

Here’s the title track from the new Hillsong album, to be released in a few weeks.  enjoy.

July 1, 2011

LECRAE REHAB Interview: Lecrae talks process, goals, quality in CHH, merengue, and more