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ROMANCING THE PASTORATE – A RESPONSE TO EUGENE PETERSON”S “The Pastor: A Memoir”

As most of you know, Eugene Peterson passed away on October 22, 2018. He was certainly a distinguished evangelical leader for many years, and positively influenced many people in the course of his life. He espoused the traditional view of "the pastor," yet candidly admitted to the many problems encamped around it. In my 2011 book, The Pastor Has No Clothes, I wrote the following thoughts about his book, The Pastor: A Memoir. ROMANCING THE PASTORATE: A Response to Eugene Peterson’s The Pastor: … [Read more...]

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NEW BOOK ON WHAT JESUS TALKED ABOUT THE MOST

  My good friend Frank Viola has just released a powerful new book on the kingdom of God called Insurgence: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom. Jonathan Cottrell recently interviewed Frank on the new book. If you order it now, you can get 3 exclusive bonuses. This is explained in the interview. I believe you will enjoy the interview. There have been many books written on the kingdom of God. How is your newest book, Insurgence: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, … [Read more...]

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“EYES ON ISRAEL”? NO, EYES ONLY ON THE “SON”

Precious Friends -- Below are some new resources that I trust encourage you as we walk with Christ!  Jon Podcast: On August 31, Chris Fales interviewed JZ concerning his journey to Christ as the New Covenant, 1972 - 2017. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Jon's ground-breaking article, "Is There A 'Covenant of Grace'?" In 1980, John Reisinger called this article "the first shot fired in 20 … [Read more...]

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RENDER NOT TO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S

RENDER NOT TO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S by Alan Allison, Spokane WA [We have a guest author on this occasion. His article, I believe, is very important as it illustrates how the government’s view of “the church” is shaped by how it sees “church” function. It raises questions that we would do well to reflect upon. No doubt, some tax laws have been changed since this article was written, but the basic points still stand. “Render Not” was originally published in Searching Together, … [Read more...]

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Three New Book Reviews

The Sea Is Wide: A Memoir of Caregiving by Rundy Purdy Wild Jot Press, 2015 347 pages   Countless families have been impacted by the diseases of Dementia and Alzheimer's. My mother had dementia in her old age, and my sister spent a chunk of her life caring for her. My wife Dotty worked in Activities in a nursing home for seventeen years, and witnessed the debilitating effects of these afflictions on the residents. I met Rundy Purdy several years ago at our Searching … [Read more...]

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Four Important Books

Here are four books that I believe you will find encouraging as you walk with Jesus in these evil days.  —JZ     How 'New' Is the New Covenant? by Stephen Crosby FOREWORD for How ‘New’ Is the New Covenant?   It is safe to say that the root of most errors in believers’ minds is a failure to appreciate the reality and finality of Christ in the New Covenant.  Too many are trying to function with a mixture of law and grace, letter and Spirit and type/shadow versus … [Read more...]

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“PREACHER IN THE NIGHT” 1996

"PREACHER IN THE NIGHT" 1996 Many of you during long trips by car have turned on the radio and heard religious speakers drone on about their peculiar hobby-horses. Some of the post-midnight programs can get pretty eerie. Ray (John Getz) in the Cohen brothers debut film, Blood Simple, in a panic to get rid of a mostly dead body in the back seat of his car, turned on the radio and got a late-night preacher talking about the Jupiter Effect and it’s connection to the end of the world. In … [Read more...]

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Don’t Forget the Part About the Sheep & the Goats!

Many believers are being deceived by the teaching that no one will be left out of salvation in Christ, and the idea that there is no day of future judgment for those who do not obey the Gospel. Through careful research, Jon examines which words of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament are being ignored and denied, and explains how an unhealthy reliance on a 20th Century philosopher and sociologist—Rene Girard—has taken the place of the reliability of the Scriptures. Read the PDF here: Don't … [Read more...]

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ALL I ONCE HELD — A Captivating Novel, et al.

All I Once Held, Gaylynne Sword, Quoir Publishing, 2015 All I Once Held is officially being released today, July 1. Many great books weave actual events into a fictionalized story line. All I Once Held is such a novel. From one vantage point it can be viewed as a tale of how people trapped in the clutches of religious control and abuse find a glimmer of hope. The author does not flinch before the disturbing realities life can bring when religious authority asserts itself with a vengeance. … [Read more...]

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A BRIDE FOR THE GROOM: The Missing Person in the Culture Wars About Marriage

Jesus made the jarring statement that in the age to come marriage among humans would come to an end: “When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” What circumstances could possibly bring about the cessation of a long history of marriage among men and women? The answer is that after the resurrection a marriage will take place between Jesus Christ and His Bride – the marriage supper of the Lamb. All of history has been moving … [Read more...]