Junior's mini-books are ideal for those wanting a bit more substance and depth than what an article provides, yet do not have the time or stamina for a full-size book. From manuals to eschatology to counseling-oriented to other types of writing, the mini-books are an ideal balance of length and depth.
The King of the North
Congregational Leadership, Inside-Out
Educational & Instructional Manual
Perhaps the simplest and clearest scripture summarizing (spiritual) leadership is Psalm 78:72 (NKJV): So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands. Asaph pinpoints for us what could be called "the heart" and "the brain" of David's exceptional leadership: inner health and leadership skill. This sequential mechanism is so very critical and seemingly unappreciated by many. A leader is a person first, leader second. A holy, healthy, happy personhood is the heart and blood center of skillful leadership. It is from that heart of personal health that we can then execute a leadership brain, objectively and wisely, in our realm of responsibility.
This manual is calibrated to congregational leaders.
One of the most common phrases in the Oldand New Testamentis "seeking God." But what does this mean exactly?Go to church more? Perform acts of benevolence or penance? In this manual, Iescortyou throughanextensive network of scriptures, showing how "seeking God" is a metonym for earnest,and ultimately effective, prayer. I coach you comprehensively, in thirteen sections, on the attitudinal and applicational nuances necessary to seeking and finding the Lord consistently.
Acts 17:27 (NKJV): ...that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one...
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV): ...he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Before we took our first breath, God had already designed us for a specific purpose on earth. That purpose is our vocational calling, and we are to discover it and fulfill it. It is the ideal path to exhilarate our soul with the meaningful engagement, risky adventure, and higher happiness we long for. As Paul told the Romans, the Lord's will is "good, pleasing, and perfect." As David sings in Psalms, His personal purpose is "a delightful inheritance." There is a practical, rational way to discover your calling. Sure, some details will be revealed only in the Lord's time and way; certainly there is a supernatural, revelatory side to the process. Your calling's vital essence or general direction, though, can be uncovered through a discovery project you deliberately engage in with the Holy Spirit, pertinent scriptures, and wisdom. Ephesians 2:10: For we are God's handiwork,created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Christians are often surprised to discover that, after Moses, Jesus, and Paul, the central figures of the Old and New Testament, an Antichrist figure is the next most discussed person in Scripture. This lesser-known fact is arresting and important. Understandably, though, some shy away from the subject. It can be creepy, or seem quixotic, or seem too far off, or seem simply implausible in today's world. Who has time for some enigmatic archfiend when there are bills to pay and loved ones in the hospital?
Yet, the same Word that confronts us with a Christalso confronts us with an Antichrist. Not once or twice or a few times, but consistently, with uncomfortable breadth and depth, under a plethora of monikers and prophetic nicknames. As mythological as he may seem to us, the Lord of Scripture still commands us to understand this final counterfeit.
Understanding Jezebel & The Misuse of Feminine Power
Beginning with Eve, certain women have worked with the Lord in impressive ways to accomplish impressive things. Also beginning with Eve, certain women have darkened into sinister and devastating ways. History's polar testimony is intriguing: for every Abigail there is a Jezebel, for every Jezebel there is an Abigail. Much has been written on the splendid heroines of Biblical history, spiritual championesses like Jael, Esther, Abigail, Lydia, and my favorite, Mary Magdalene. This mini-book is a multilayered 3D of the opposite extreme, similar in purpose to Proverbs 7. It is a 3D of a woman who was indeed great, but for godawful reasons, a woman the risen Christ deemed significant enough to mention by name and coin as a nickname: Jezebel. To see the royal seal of ancient Jezebel, 9th century BC, found 1964:Seal of Jezebel
In Scripture, the Lord uses the symbol of grotesque or wild beasts to illustrate wicked and threatening individuals (Ps 74:19, 1Co 15:32) or empires (Dan 7). In contrast, pleasant and docile animals illustrate individuals or groups obedient to Him (Isa 40:11, Jn 10:16). The beasts in the book of Revelation symbolize the nature of the individuals and empires they refer to. These clever, understandable symbols help us identify who they might be and how they fit into redemptive history and the eschatological consummation. This five chapter mini-book explains the red dragon, the sea beast (also known as the conglomerate beast), the scarlet beast, the abyss beast, and the land beast. The shifting heads, horns, and crowns are also explained in detail as the apocalyptic narrative evolves throughout Revelation. Revelation is not impossible or inexplicable, however, it does demand a prerequisite breadth of historical, geographical, theological, and Old Testament prophetical understanding.
Many Christians, young and old, are frustrated, even angry, that ministry on the subject of sex is too often reductive, red-faced, and hypertheoretical. This series is an eight day seminar I recently did on the subject. The topics derive heavily from your questions over the years, things you have shared with me, my personal and ministerial experiences, Song of Songs, underappreciated and overlooked scriptures, and illuminatory perceptions from seasons of extensive prayer on the subject.
If you were God, and you had to choose a language from which to inspire the New Testament, which would you choose? Latin? The language of the Mediterranean superpower, Rome, controlling the promise land at that time? Surely Hebrew, right? Maybe proto-English or some other European tongue, seeing that Europe would come to dominate much of the planet and spawn the United States? No, no, and no. The omniscient God chose Greek. One of many reasons He did so was to help us understand and grow in anointed communication via three Greek words with a well-established legacy in the first century: logos, rhema, and dialektos. In English we know them as logic, rhetoric, and dialectic.
The Old Testament is, on one level, a book about kings. Some of these kings are historical figures with names and events verifiable through archaeology and other historical records. Some of these kings, however, are presented in an aura of mystery and double entendre, with apocalyptic vocabulary indicating extraordinary future iterations of historical precedents and archetypes. The King of the North is one such king. Historically, this referred to the Seleucid kingship, whose dynast ruled in Antioch to Israel's north. Eschatologically, this refers to a future ruler who will again rise and rule from Israel's north.