August 28, 2015

Plant-a-seed(1)The most significant things have the smallest beginnings. Conventional wisdom gravitates toward the masses, but in the kingdom of God, It’s often the smallest things that express the heart of God.

As you may know, I’m currently in the midst of phase two of this monumental book project. The manuscript was written in phase one, but phase two involves making small clarifications, additions, and changes to the manuscript after recommendations from a focus group who has looked over the material. Carefully combing through the material can seem tedious at times.

To be honest, there have been times that I’ve wondered if this project is worth it. Continue Reading…

June 16, 2015

typing-on-a-keyboardIf you’re a regular reader of this blog, you more than likely know that I have been working on a monumental project for the last few months. This project will be completed in a few different phases, and I’m happy to report to you that I’m about 95% complete with phase 1 (the largest phase). Isn’t that great news? In today’s post, I’d like to reveal to you what my monumental project actually is. Continue Reading…

December 2, 2014

I love conversations. I treasure conversations. Especially conversations about what’s real. Jesus is our reality, and this reality illuminates all that is real, displacing lies in the process. Not only do I treasure these conversations, I also treasure sharing them with you. Recently, I had the opportunity to have one of these conversations about reality with Brandon Chase. I knew it was going to be good, so I decided to record it. Don’t worry, I did tell him in advance that I was going to be recording our conversation for quality & training purposes:)

If you have the ability to put some headphones in and listen as you go about your day, or if you can listen intently while sipping on a cup of coffee, let me encourage you to do so. I’m sure there are some nuggets of reality in here specifically for you. If you’re reading this by email, you’ll need to visit this post directly online to listen. Without further delay, here is our conversation:

Also, Brandon writes a superb blog. I highly recommend it! You can give it a read by clicking HERE.

Love!

Jamal

P.S. My first audio online conversation with Jared Gustafson from July 2014, about how to have lots of kids, can be heard HERE

UPDATE: Brandon and I had a follow up conversation to this interview in order to address vital questions from our listeners.  In this second conversation we talk about why Jesus openly contradicted some of what was written in the Old Testament writings, why it is mankind that desires a scapegoat and sacrifice (not God), and why Jesus really died on the cross.  It was a ground breaking conversation to say the least.  You can listen to that conversation HERE.

August 18, 2015

roadtrip
In today’s post, I’d like to talk to you about the concept of rubbernecking and how it relates to the new kingdom. Before I do that, however, I’d like to give you an update about my monumental project. Continue Reading…

August 4, 2015

When John the Baptist had a bout with doubt regarding Jesus, he sent others to ask Jesus for some clarification about His identity. I love Jesus’ response:

“Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor”. -Luke 7:22, NIV

You know what? The same ministry of Jesus is happening today through our lives! Speaking of good news being proclaimed to the poor, I wanted to give you an update about my monumental project. Continue Reading…

July 28, 2015

It’s my honor to have author Gaylynne Sword on the blog today for an interview. The ability to conduct interviews is one of my favorite aspects of blogging, and after I read Gaylynne’s most recent book, I knew I wanted to have her on the blog. Continue Reading…

July 27, 2015

As we start another week, I wanted to make you aware of a couple of important things. The first item that I’d like to draw your attention to has to do with something that is happening in the area I recently visited in Africa. It’s simply something I want to make you aware of. The second issue I want to bring to your attention has to do with a very special guest that will be coming on this blog tomorrow. Continue Reading…

July 21, 2015

I’m back from my trip to Africa (sandwiched by stops in Paris). If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have been working on a monumental project. Phase 1 of that project was completed just in time for my trip abroad. I’m anticipating phase II of this project to get rolling soon, and I look forward to sharing more with you about this phase as it occurs. Thank you for all of your encouragement and prayers about this project. It is moving forward, and I couldn’t do it without you!  

In today’s post, I’d like to share something about my trip that may have personal meaning to you. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the insights I received from the trip. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. They are for you! Continue Reading…

July 2, 2015

Africa
It seems surreal to be at this point in the writing process, but I am happy to announce to you that I have hit the 100% threshold for phase 1 of this book project! Yay! Can you believe it? So, before I get into the rhythm of phase 2, I am going to Africa for a couple of weeks. In today’s post, I’d like to tell you a bit more about that. Continue Reading…

June 23, 2015

In last week’s post, I finally let the cat out of the bag about my monumental project.  Yes, I’m writing a book.  Isn’t that exciting?  This book has been in the making for a very long time, and I’ve been taking the time to put it down on paper for the last several months.  I’m beyond compelled to get it into your hands as a monumental gift of love to you personally; as well as to address an awkward elephant in the room.  

I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine recently about the book writing process, and she recommended I be more open with you about the writing process and what I’m experiencing as the project moves forward.  I really want to do that because I value you and want you to be a part of the process with me.  In today’s post, I’d like to talk about the flow of the book, as well as give you a snapshot into my current daily writing life: Continue Reading…

June 3, 2015

I have nothing new to report; other than I am over 90% completed with phase 1 of this monumental project! Considering the fact that phase 1 is the largest phase of this project, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. In today’s post, I want to deviate just a bit from the norm of the past few months as I don’t have a noteworthy insight to share with you. Instead, I have a story about stripping. Yes, that’s right. Stripping. Stripping burkas. Continue Reading…