Archive for ‘Francis Chan’

October 23, 2012

The Latest Christian News Featuring Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Lecrae, All Sons And Daughters

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Francis Chan’s Crazy Love Tops 2 Million Copies Sold

Review Of Andy Stanley’s New Book “Deep & Wide”

All Sons & Daughters Release New EP “The Longing”

Lecrae’s New Album “Gravity” Sells More Than 72,000 Copies In Its Opening Week

April 6, 2012

FREE eBooks Of All Francis Chan Books By David C Cook Publishing – Offer Ends Saturday 11:59 a.m. EST

To celebrate Good Friday, David C Cook Publishing is offering 3 free eBooks by Francis Chan. They are all best sellers: Erasing HellForgotten God, and Crazy Love.

Best of all, this is just the beginning. Every week, David C Cook Publishing will be giving away another free eBook.

Click here to get your free eBooks.

March 20, 2012

FRANCIS CHAN Passion 2012 Full Talk (VIDEO)

November 16, 2011

Francis Chan Challenges Liberty University Students To Keep Jesus First

 

 

Francis Chan, pastor and best-selling author of Crazy Love and Forgotten God, talked about his own experience as a Christian college student during Monday’s convocation in his first visit to Liberty University.

Chan’s message was about living biblically, while staying culturally relevant, to effectively make disciples for Christ. He reflected on his time as a student at a Christian college in California, saying his five years there were some of the worst in his life in terms of living out his faith.

“I was doing a lot of Christian things, but I didn’t have the intimacy with God that I have today,” Chan said.

He spoke about his struggle with hypocrisy because he was surrounded in a Christian culture that fueled complacency rather than a faith-driven lifestyle. During this time he said he “lacked peace” because he was comfortable in going through the motions.

“I’m at the most peace when I’m living by faith,” he said. “I want to look like a guy that walked out of the Bible, not one who walked out of the Bible belt.”

He explained that many times people think Christians are “weird” and “socially awkward” because they lack relevancy to the latest trends and relationship building that is vital to making disciples.

Chan reminded students “to work hard to stay in the world”—engaging the world without compromising.

He encouraged students to follow the example of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, making disciples but not being consumed by the Christian “culture.”

“[We must] be able to look at someone in the eye and tell them about what’s most important to us,” he said.

Chan is a founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi, Calif. After recently stepping down as pastor, he is pursuing church planting work in San Francisco where he resides with his wife, Lisa, and their five children. He speaks at several conferences a year.

November 16, 2011

Francis Chan Helping Ministry Plant 586 Churches in San Francisco Community (VIDEO)

San Francisco’s Tenderloin district houses 37,000 people in 586 apartment buildings—all in just one square mile. San Francisco City Impact dreams of planting churches in those apartment buildings—in every single one of them.

Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love and former pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, is working with the team, called Adopt a Building. SFCI is on mission to “holistically heal and transform” the San Francisco community through urgent relief works and preventive works.

The urgent relief works provide food, clothing, healing housing and rescuing for those in crisis; the preventive works of educating, counseling, training and spiritual discipleship exist to make sure the cycles of poverty and despair are not repeated.

The Adopt a Building method will pick an apartment building and assemble a prayer team to pray for those residents. Then a “grace team” will go door to door, visiting each unit in the building.

The grace team will ask residents if there is anything they need—food, medical or school supplies, prayer. The grace team members are there to say, “We don’t want anything from you, we just want to give,” Francis Chan explains.

The grace team will compile a list of needs and prayers for residents and return the next week to deliver what was requested. This allows the teams to continue conversation they started the week before and ask if prayer requests were answered.

Chan says if a residents’ prayer requests are answered, the grace team can ask if they’d like to know about God. The ministry would then bring in a discipleship team, which teach the residents how to study the Bible and know God for themselves.

“Our ultimate goal is that we would train some of these people and teach these people so well that eventually there would be a leader in that building who would gather the other believers together and even be the pastor of that apartment building,” Chan explains. “And our goal is to go to every single building and plant a church.

“I know that sounds a little far-fetched or maybe crazy to you, but we believe it can be done and we believe this is something God wants to do.”

Christian Huang, operations director for Adopt a Building, says the team will use a discipleship curriculum Chan is working on to train the pastors.

The ministry had a launch meeting Sunday night with 65 volunteers. They are currently working in four buildings, but hoping to add more in the near future.

“We believe God is gonna answer the prayers of his people and He’s gonna show His power,” Chan says. “We believe for His church to be established down here.”

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August 21, 2011

FRANCIS CHAN Guest Post: ‘What I’ve Been Up To Since Moving To San Francisco’

“What are you doing?”

This seems to be the first question everyone asks when they see me, so I’m posting the ministries I am currently involved with…

1)   I’m working with my friends David Platt and Mark Beuving in developing a discipleship tool that will help equip believers to make disciples.  I am very excited about this, as I believe the greatest need in the American church is for allwho call themselves “Christian” to be out baptizing and making disciples.

2)   I’m helping my friend Chris Huang develop a conference on August 26-27. Much of the conference involves walking around San Francisco and actually doing ministry rather than just talking about it.  You can find out more about it atwww.cityimpactconference.com

3)   I’m helping my brother Paul launch a new service that ministers to people who attend English services in Chinese churches.  By combining worship services, it frees up the pastors to focus on discipleship throughout the week.  We had our first service last Sunday and it was a great time.

4)   I’m involved with my friend Brad Buser in establishing a new school that will train people to reach unreached people groups.  We’re hoping to launch in about a year.  The Lord has increased my burden for reaching those who have never heard the gospel.

5)   I’m working with my friend Dave Lomas in figuring out how to implement discipleship at his church in SF.  I’ll be team teaching and helping develop leadership this fall in hopes of launching a discipleship movement.

6)   I’m teaching a preaching class for inner city ministers.  We recently had our first class, and I was pretty blown away by their testimonies.  I believe God is going to do significant things through these individuals.

7)   Lisa and I decided to write a book over a year ago, but we haven’t gotten very far.  Now that our baby is sleeping through the night, we should have some more time to write.

8)   I have been spending a lot of time meeting pastors in the area and trying to support them in any way.  I have met a lot of great leaders.  I’ve learned a lot from them and hopefully I have been of help to some of them.

I still travel and speak almost every week.  I tried to cut back significantly, but the calendar gets full somehow.  No complaints though.  I am enjoying ministry a lot. I love the new friends we have made in San Francisco.  It’s beginning to feel like family, but we miss our friends at Cornerstone a ton.  I still go back to preach there every 6-8 weeks or so.

Most importantly, I have really been enjoying my time alone with God.  I readDesiring God by John Piper again last week.  It still tops my list of books everyone needs to read.  Besides the Bible, no other book has had as much impact on my life.

July 29, 2011

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

 

 

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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 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.

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June 17, 2011

Francis Chan Passion 2011

Francis Chan spoke during Session 3 of Passion 2011.  Below are the notes of his talk.

Living Worthy

  • Let me preface this story with “I love my wife.”
    • We had a little problem a couple days ago, and it might’ve been the first time she hurt my feelings a bit.
    • Christmas is coming, and I’m thinking, “What do I get my wife?”
    • I’m gonna buy her a car for Christmas. That’s romantic. So I did all my research. I just wanted to surprise her.
    • “I was gonna get you a car.” My wife said, “That’s not a present.” (ouch)
    • I thought she was gonna be so pumped up, but her response was such a let down.
    • But I think about this idea of working toward something, and we’re expecting a certain response.
  • Philippians 1:27
    • The Gospel is really good news. The response should be worthy. Our lives are a response.
    • Living a life that is worthy.
    • The idea is, I am on one side of the scale, and the Gospel is on the other side of the scale, and it should be balanced. My manner of life should be worthy, should be a suitable response.
    • You look at the Gospel, and you look at your life, and you ask, “Do the two look the same?”
    • “Let your manner of life be worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”
    • As citizens of heaven, our lives should be like Jesus, where are humbling ourselves, and descending our lives.
    • How does my life look in light of people going to hell?
    • Can people look at your life and tell that you believe in hell?
    • Can people look at your life and tell that you have been saved from hell?
    • Could people look at your life and see that you believe Matthew 25?
    • May God raise up a generation that sees the consumerism in the church today.
    • I’m not asking you to be radical or extreme, I’m just asking you to make your life make sense.
    • The Apostle Paul’s life made sense.
February 4, 2011

FRANCIS CHAN: ‘Prayers Make Christians Different; Our God Listens!’

 

 

 

Speaking about the importance of the prayer life of a Christian recently, Francis Chan admitted,

“My prayer life is so powerful in connecting me with God, that I’d even say it rivals Scripture in stirring my affections for God.”

Because when God answers his prayers it’s a tangible demonstration of His love and concern for him. “There are days,” he explains,

“I can’t believe that God you love me that much. Are you kidding me? I know Jesus loves me because the Bible tells me so. But at this time in my life, I can know Jesus loves me because my prayer tells me so.”

 

In fact, says Chan, referring to the Bible story of Elijah, “Prayer is what differentiates us from other religions.  Our God listens to us.  Our God is a living God. He’s not a block of wood you made up that’s not going to answer you. My God listens to me. He answers me.”

 

Wow.  couldn’t have said it better!

 

 

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February 3, 2011

FRANCIS CHAN: ‘God Called Me To San Francisco’

Francis Chan, perennial speaker and author of “Crazy Love” and shared at The Desiring God Pastors Conference on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, that he had relocated with his family to San Francisco.  Which sounded like a permanent move.  Chan had shared previously that he was unsure where exactly God would call him and his family to move after leaving Cornerstone Simi Valley, the Church Chan founded 16 years ago.

 

The Chan’s sold their house last fall (2010) in Simi Valley before visiting Asia for an extended stay visiting various ministries and orphanages.

 

So glad to hear about the move.  We’re all rooting for you Francis!