When the Reformation came, the providence of God raised Martin Luther to restore the gospel of pure, costly grace. Luther passed through cloister; he was a monk, and all this was part of the divine plan. Luther had left all to follow Christ on the path of absolute obedience.
He had renounced the world in order to live the Christian life. He had learnt obedience to Christ and to his Church, because only he who is obedient can believe. The call to the cloister demanded of Luther the complete surrender of his life.
But God shattered all his hopes. He showed him through the Scriptures that the following of Christ is not the achievement or merit of a select few, but the divine command to all Christians without distinction.
Monasticism had transformed the humble work of discipleship into the meritorious activity of the saints, and the self-renunciation of discipleship into the flagrant spiritual self-assertion of the “religious.” The world had crept into the very heart of the monastic life, and was once more making havoc.
The monk’s attempt to flee from the world turned out to be a subtle form of love for the world.
Hey! Listen in today, 5-7 PM (EST) May 28, when my friend Erick Erickson and I chat about my new book A Story Worth Telling on WSB Radio in Atlanta. Listen live here: http://www.wsbradio.com/s/erickson/
Privileged to share about why I’m giving away my book for FREE to pastors — PLUS FREE Catalyst tickets — on the #1 local show on the #1 News Talk station in the nation!
Our chat is scheduled to run today but it IS a news show, so if a news story worth telling happens today, A Story Worth Telling could get bumped to another day. That’s a mind-binder for sure.
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Sacrifice. It’s not a popular word. It never has been and probably never will be. But to those who desire an authentic life, the kind of life that produces a story worth telling, sacrifice must become a way of life. Faith is the stuff heroes are made of.
This past weekend in America, we celebrated Memorial Day. We set aside a day to remember the fallen, those brave men and woman who served in our Armed Forces and gave their last measure of full devotion — but why did they do it?
I would suggest most did it because of what they believed to be true, most definitely in spite of what they saw, sensed, or felt. For readers of my new book A Story Worth Telling, that explanation should sound familiar — it is the very definition of faith.
It’s Memorial Day in America! A day when we remember those who gave their last measure of full devotion by faith — they died for what they believed to be true.
These brave men and women were FaithWalkers in many ways. And my next post will ask the question — what beliefs would you defend at the risk of losing your life?
A Free Gift for Pastors Only
But today, as you relax, remember, and enjoy the company of friends and family, I just wanted to pass along some news you can use and a few guest posts you may have missed from last week.
First, I’m giving away my new book A Story Worth Telling for FREE to PASTORS ONLY! And one pastor will win two free tickets to Catalyst Atlanta along with 8 copies of my new book for small-group study.
Total prize value: $750!
Click here to discover more — and please pass this post or the page link (FaithWalkers.com/pastors) along to any pastors you may know.
Memorial Day Reading You May Have Missed
If you somehow do get a moment to read today, here are three guest posts I wrote at various places last week:
You may have faced—or are facing now—what appear to be impossible obstacles, massive mountains that threaten to keep you from answering God’s call to live a story worth telling.
But there’s good news: MOUNTAINS MAKE THE IDEAL SETTINGS FOR LIVING THE BEST STORIES.
Every day you lead, you are writing a story. You don’t have to be a writer or even put pen to paper to make it a good one. But you do need one key ingredient: belief.
Regardless of your beliefs about spiritual matters, your leadership legacy will be determined by your faith.
It’s time. Or at least you think it might be. You’ve been sensing a struggle within for a while, but you’ve kept it to yourself. You’ve felt a restlessness, a sense that you should be pursuing a new life calling, something more in line with your God-given gifts — but you’re scared to step out without knowing how it will all turn out.
Quick update: A Story Worth Telling finished the week as the #1 paperback New Release in Christian Faith at Amazon! Many thanks for all of you who are helping to spread the word.
If you don’t have your copy yet, click here now to start making your life memorable.
What if you throw a party and no one comes? Is it still a celebration?
As I write these words, it is the morning of my book launch. A Story Worth Telling has been nearly two years in the making — more than that if you count the living-of-the-story part.
And we have worked hard to prepare for it. There have been a lot of long nights and early mornings and full weekends and questions from my youngest son like, “Daddy, when are you going to stop working?”
This morning I’m not scouring the Internet for any mention of the book. I’m not nervously reading reviews. I’m not watching sales numbers.
I’m pausing to reflect on just how good God is and why I need to celebrate more.
The Tyranny of the Next
In American culture, we seem enslaved by what I call The Tyranny of the Next. What we have now is never enough. What’s coming next is what captivates our hearts. New necessarily means better. New car. New job. New definition of marriage. Different is cool. Normal? Not so much.
Book Launch Alert! #1 New Release on Amazon in Christian Faith!
Amazing! A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life just hit #1 on Amazon for New Release in Christian Faith!
You made that happen. You are part of this story.
Your help has made all the difference in writing reviews, sharing, and getting the word out.
What a privilege to be connected with you!
These rankings come and go by the hour, so there is still more to be done. Let’s make the most of this opportunity to reveal God’s glory!
Three ways you can help right now:
1) If you haven’t yet posted a review at Amazon, please do so ASAP. (5-star ones are the best.)
2) Share the news about the book on social media using posts and images from the Media Kit. Or use this:
NEW! A Story Worth Telling — #1 New Release at Amazon for Christian Faith by Bill Blankschaen! Experience A Story Worth Telling for a faith that changes everything — and get $284 in faith-building resources for FREE! Click the link to explore: http://goo.gl/uncQtY
3) Forward this to your email friends to let the know about the book and all the free stuff.
Oh, and if you haven’t bought the book yet, you might want to start there. Many thanks!
My post in the morning is on why it is important to take time to celebrate faith success.
I think you’ll like it. It might not be what you expect.
You are awesome! See you out on the trail!