Keeping it simple

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Paul and Joy Hattaway write,

Recently a big Christian “think tank” contacted many mission organizations, including us, because they desired to clearly define what a ‘church’ is. We saw some of the responses from others. Their answers were so complicated it left us tied up in knots! Words were used that required a dictionary to find their meaning. When it came time for us to respond, we decided not to waste words. Instead, we simply sent them this picture.

I love it.

Download a classic on movements through history

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Paul Pierson’s classic on missionary/missional movements through history is available as a free download through William Carey Library.


Fred on getting from zero to one [video]

Tim Scheuer hosts another google hangout for practitioners downunder.

Fred is the guest contributor. He’s the man to help get you from “zero to one.” From finding a person of peace for forming a new group of disciples.

It’s two hours and unedited, but if you’re keen you’ll want to watch and learn. Then go do something.

Hope for Muslims: David Garrison in the UK

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David Garrison, author of A Wind in the House of Islam will be touring the UK in June, 20-15.

Watch this space for details.

Churchill on writing

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My friend Colin sent me this quote from Churchill on writing. I’m not sure if it was meant as an encouragement. It’s certainly true!

Writing a book is an adventure.  To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement.  Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.

Winston Churchill

The draft goes off to IVP today. It will be flung to the public by the end of 2015. The topic is Movement Leadership.

Now I can get back to life and the blog.

Two more discounted books on Kindle

 I’m getting the hang of this…


“Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” (Donald S. Whitney)


“Churchill: A Life” (Martin Gilbert)

UPDATE: The Collected Writings of CS Lewis. Three volumes @ $1.99 each.

“The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis: Family Letters 1905 – 1931 (Volume 1)” (Zondervan)

Never buy a book at full price

I’m still working on my next book. But whenever I need a break I go looking for bargains on Amazon Kindle (US) …

Never buy a book at full price — unless I wrote it!


“What Have They Done with Jesus?: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History–Why We Can Trust the Bible” (Ben, III Witherington) 


“Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief” (Rodney Stark)



“Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth” (Alister McGrath)

Down from $49.99 to $1.99

“The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness” (H. Leon McBeth)

Don’t tell my editor I’m wasting time on the internet!


“The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis” (Alan Jacobs)

ok I’m officially out of control now

wait, I need to read a book on….


“Original Sin: A Cultural History” (Alan Jacobs)

UPDATE: Thanks to reader Mike for this link to the UK site for cheap copies of Ben Witherington’s What have they done with Jesus?

Rodney Stark’s Cities of God just $1.99 on Kindle

An analysis of the spread of early Christianity. Get it while you can.

At least one second hand hard copy for $2.

“Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome” (Rodney Stark)

Around and around the writer’s block

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March 27 is the deadline for the final draft of my next book. If I post anything before then tell me to get back to work!

The topic is movement leadership.

UPDATE:  I forgot to mention we’re also moving house next week from London to Leicester.

UPDATE: Let’s not forget the World Cup is on. I’ve got plenty of good reasons not to be updating this blog.

A good commentary on James for under $5

Craig Blomberg and Mariam Kamell’s commentary on James down $4.27 on the US Kindle store.

“James (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)” (Craig L. Blomberg, Mariam J. Kamell)

UPDATE: Holmes on 1&2 Thessalonians for the same price on US Kindle. Also recommended.

“1 and 2 Thessalonians (The NIV Application Commentary Book 13)” (Michael W. Holmes)