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Two Blogger Reviews of Between Two Kingdoms

The book releases Monday and should be on the shelves in a few weeks. Some bloggers were given an early copy to write online reviews. Check out the following links to see what others are saying about Between Two Kingdoms:

Between Two Kingdoms review on www.pastoralia.org.

Between Two Kingdoms review on www.light-her-lamp.blogspot.com.

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Joe Boyd on Between Two Kingdoms

Check out the most recent interview with Between Two Kingdoms author, Joe Boyd:

How You Can Help…

Between Two Kingdoms is set to release in just ten days. Many people have been asking how they can help spread the word about the release. We appreciate your willingness to help. We think this book has the potential to help people understand spiritual things in a unique way.

Here are a few simple ways you can help spread the word:

1. Use Twitter and Facebook updates to let your friends know BTK is releasing March 1. Just link them to www.betweentwokingdoms.com.

2. If you have a blog, link us there.

3. Ask your local bookstores to put  BTK on the shelf. The book is selling online at Barnes & Noble, Borders and the other major booksellers, but not every local store is carrying it on their shelves. They tend to listen to local customers…

4. Invite your Facebook friends to join the BTK fan page. Here is the link: BTK on FB

5. Actively participate here on this blog. Add your comment to the discussions.

Thanks again for all of you who have supported Joe and this project through the years!

Jesus’ Main Thing

Jesus had a central message. There was one single reality that prompted all of his teachings. Many have reduced Jesus’ life and words to a message other than his primary one. Some have taken some of his peripheral statements and made them primary.

At the beginning of Matthew’s gospel there is a simple, straight-forward statement that is crucial to observe:

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” – Matthew 4:17 (NIV)

Matthew is about to reveal the single greatest oration humanity has ever heard – The Sermon on the Mount. Before revealing the words of Jesus’ great Kingdom Manifesto, Matthew lets his readers in on the main thesis of the life story of his subject: that from the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry until the end, he will have one central action step spurred by one simple statement of reality:  Repent (the action) because the Kingdom is near (the reality).

It is from this reality that Jesus’ life, ministry, words and miracles are contextualized. It is in the action step of repentance that we are able to receive the reality of the Kingdom coming.

Last year at this time I prepared an online Lenten Bible Study through the Sermon on the Mount. If you would like to work through the study this Lent, it is archived at this link: Sermon on the Mount study.

Sneak Peek – Chapter One

Between Two Kingdoms is set to release in less than three weeks. The first chapter of the story is available for free download now. Here is how it begins…

Mount Basilea pierced the highest clouds in the sky, rising up sharply from the center of a large island in the middle of a vast ocean. The edge of the island was ringed all around with low, rocky hills and cliffs, which made the lower valley regions of the island impossible to see and barely approachable by any seafaring travelers, had any dared venture that way. On one side of the mountain, the thick, dense forest that began somewhere in the clouds gave way about two-thirds of the way down to barren lands and the harsh, angular shards of an obsidian landscape. But on the other side of the mountain, fertile foothills with quilted croplands hinted at civilization somewhere behind the rocky ring. And above the lush forest, glittering like a rare jewel set upon a velvet pillow, shone the crystal towers and golden walls of the Palace of the Great King.

The palace marked the heart of this mountain kingdom—the Upper Kingdom, which had no beginning, but always was. The Great King, whose name was ancient and unpronounceable, ruled the entire expanse of the Upper Kingdom—every tree and animal, every stream and pathway. His son, the Good Prince, faithfully served his father with eternal devotion. The King and Prince had justly and lovingly ruled their subjects for as long as anyone could remember.

Download the rest of Chapter One of Between Two Kingdoms by clicking here.

The Unsure Disciple

We are three weeks away from the release of Between Two Kingdoms and the word is getting out. It has been fun for me to see my different circles of friends interact with me about the concept of the book. I have lots of different kinds of friends due in large part to the fact that, as my wife says, I have lived four or five different lives over the last 15 years. Many of my friends would not label themselves as Christian. Many aren’t  sure exactly what they believe about God. I am excited for my Christian friends (and yours) to read BTK, but I’m even more excited to have my unsure/agnostic/anti-religious friends (and yours) read it. I hope that it expresses what I have tried to explain to them over the years about Jesus and my faith. This book is for anyone willing to address the grown-up questions of the universe through the eyes of a child. Continue reading ‘The Unsure Disciple’

Tell an Alternative Story

Ivan Illich was once asked, ‘What is the most revolutionary way to change society: Is it violent revolution or is it gradual reform?’ He gave a careful answer: ‘Neither. If you want to change society, then you must tell an alternative story.’

To be a Christian is to tell an alternative story…a story that started long ago and continues to this very moment and into the future.

In a world where every thought of every person was only evil all the time, Noah told an alternative story and built a wooden freighter in his back yard in the middle of a drought. His story saved the world. Continue reading ‘Tell an Alternative Story’


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