Beyond the Book Review: Chapter 9: Come After Me

Just when you may have thought I’d forgotten about this series…….. In Chapter 9, Mr. Idleman has us take a look at Luke 9:23: Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  Now, when I read this passage, I normally focus on the “take up his cross” part … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Chapter 9: Come After Me

Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: An Open Invitation

I know it has been a few weeks, but I haven’t forgotten about our open study on Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. For those who are new to my blog, we are currently discussing the book Not a Fan. As the title indicates, it is more than a book review but far from an official book study. In Chapter 8, Kyle takes a long … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: An Open Invitation

Are you a Christian or a Disciple?

Yesterday I shared: John 13:34-35 (NIV)-“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” I further shared that this verse meant that the world will know we are disciples by our love. If we are truly disciples, we … Continue reading Are you a Christian or a Disciple?

Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Who Or What Are You Following?

I got busy last week talking on other subjects God had laid on my heart, I didn’t get a chance to do a Not A Fan post. For all of you I left waiting in limbo, I apologize. In Chapter 5 of Kyle Idleman’s book Not a Fan, he asks a very important question: are your following Jesus or are you following the rules? For … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Who Or What Are You Following?

Beyond the Book Review: Not A Fan: Is Jesus My One and Only?

Luke 14: 25-34: 25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not A Fan: Is Jesus My One and Only?

Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Intimacy vs. Knowledge

Is it Friday yet? I’m not one for wishing my life away, but I am ready to put this week behind me! Yesterday, we started Chapter 3 of Not of Fan by Kyle Idleman, titled Knowledge About Him or Intimacy with Him. We talked about how a lot of us mistake our knowledge about Jesus for intimacy with Jesus. Kyle explained that we can know … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Intimacy vs. Knowledge

Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Do you know about Jesus or do you know Jesus?

Happy, Happy Tuesday to us all! God is so good! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and life goes on…and so does our quest for diagnosing fandom. If this is your first time joining us, please note we are in Chapter 3 of Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman doing a little study on the fans and followers of Jesus Christ. Please click … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Do you know about Jesus or do you know Jesus?

Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Interference!

Yesterday we were talking about how “belief” alone will not make you a follower of Jesus. It is what you do with that belief that determines if you are a fan or follower. “Jesus does not hold back with Nicodemus. Following Jesus would require a commitment that would cost Nicodemus a great deal. As we look at what it means to follow Jesus, this become … Continue reading Beyond the Book Review: Not a Fan: Interference!