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Meet Aaron Earls

I’m excited to welcome Aaron Earls to the Kingdom People team. Aaron is doing some proofing and editing to help me as I blog.

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See You in August!

Kingdom People is in good hands for the month of July.

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Wanted: Guest Bloggers for July 2013

I hope to schedule 10-15 posts from guest bloggers for the month of July. If you’re interested in submitting something, take a look at the following qualifications…

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We Interrupt This Program…

Kingdom People is in good hands for the month of July. My hope is that you won’t even miss me!

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Wanted: Guest Bloggers for July 2012

If you take a look at my sidebar and peruse my blog archives by month, you might notice something odd: there is no July for 2008, 2009, or 2010. The month skips from June to August each year. That’s because, for those three years, I spent the month of July away from social media and the blog world. 31 days without any blogging or tweeting or updating my facebook.

Blogging is an act of stewardship, an act that is fraught with peril even as it is bursting with possibilities. One of the only ways I know how to check my heart and discern where blogging is potentially harmful to my soul is to get away from it.

Last year, I approached my annual “sabbatical” differently. I re-ran some older posts from my blog archive. And I provided a platform for some other bloggers.

I’m going to take the same approach this year. I hope to schedule 10-15 posts from guest bloggers for the month of July. If you’re interested in submitting something, take a look at the following qualifications:

    You must be an active blogger yourself. (I would link to your blog or website.)
    You must be familiar with the Kingdom People audience and willing to write accordingly.
    You must focus on delivering helpful, edifying content for the good of the church and the glory of God.
    You must submit the guest posts to me by June 21.

If you meet these qualifications, then send me an email, tell me the subject you’d like to write about, and then …

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Signing Off… Temporarily

After five years and 2,551 blog posts, it’s time for a new phase for Kingdom People. Exciting days are ahead! I look forward to sharing more about the changes soon.

For the new phase to begin, there are some technical and design things that need to be worked out in the next week. Therefore, I am effectively “signing off” until the week of January 22.

Don’t worry about having to re-subscribe or find me somewhere else on the web. We hope to get all those kinks worked out so that the transition will be smooth. You’re welcome to speculate in the comments about what’s going on with the blog, but I can neither confirm nor deny.

See you on the other side!

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A Blog Break

For the past three years, I have taken a break from blogging during the month of July. I have found that this time away has been spiritually and mentally refreshing.

This year, I’m planning something a little different. Instead of letting the blog soil lie fallow for a month, I’ve enlisted more than a dozen talented bloggers and writers to contribute posts and book reviews. I’ve already read through all the contributions, and I have scheduled them to be released one day at a time during the month of July. The posts are great, and I look forward to seeing the response they generate.

I have also repackaged some older posts of my own from the blog, posts that contain ideas that might benefit from being given “new life” on the blog again.

The daily “Worth a Look” posts and the weekly “Trevin’s Seven” will be contributed by my friend, Marc Cortez.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming up in July:

    “The Smokescreen of Protesting”
    “Getting to Know Our Muslim Neighbors”
    Jerry Rankin on the gospel and missions
    An indictment on ear-tickling preaching that may surprise you
    What a missional youth group looks like
    Evaluating what “numbers” mean in our churches
    The gift of dead mentors

That’s just scratching the surface. As you can see, Kingdom People is in good hands for the month of July. My hope is that you won’t even miss me! Seriously, I believe you’ll be encouraged and challenged by the guest contributors, and I encourage you to add these bloggers to your feedreader. They …

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Wanted: Guest Bloggers for the Month of July

If you take a look at my sidebar and peruse my blog archives by month, you might notice something odd: there is no July for 2008, 2009, or 2010. The month skips from June to August each year. That’s because, for the past three years, I have spent the month of July away from social media and the blog world. 31 days without any blogging or tweeting or updating my facebook.

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy blogging. I am continually encouraged that people find this blog useful. But my annual social-media break is beneficial to my soul.

Blogging is an act of stewardship, an act that is fraught with peril even as it is bursting with possibilities. One of the only ways I know how to check my heart and discern where blogging is potentially harmful to my soul is to get away from it.

But this year, things are a bit more complicated. I’m going to have to approach my annual “sabbatical” differently. First off, the number of people who visit and read this blog is twice the size it was last year at this time. In addition, a few months ago, I opened up the sidebar to sponsors/advertisers. Likewise, Kingdom People is available on Kindle for a small fee per month. It seems unfair to expect advertisers and Kindle subscribers to pay for a service if the blog goes quiet for a month.

I’ve considered foregoing my regular sabbatical. Why not just blog all through the …

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Back in the Blogging Saddle

Back to blogging!

My month away from the blog world didn’t keep me from writing a few posts here and there (even if they went un-posted). In fact, I found it easier to write blog posts last month. It is a peculiar feature of the human mind that, at times, we work better under pressure and a looming deadline while, at other times, the absence of pressure provides mental space to think creatively.

Work and rest are woven into the fabric of human life and flourishing. Our minds are stimulated by seasons of labor and diligence, yet we are also stimulated by seasons of rest and reflection.

Blogging is a discipline, for sure. Thinking of something new and (hopefully) valuable for readers each day does not come naturally. And yet for those of us who love to write, blogging can also be a delight. Knowing that I had a full month off from blogging gave me time and energy to think of some ideas that I might have missed had I been in the midst of grinding out daily posts during the hottest days of summer.

What surprised me most during my blog fast was the way in which Twitter and FaceBook have already become ingrained in my daily habits. I continued to check Twitter updates from friends, but I forced myself to stay on the outside looking in. Early on in the month, I had ideas to post or Tweets I would have liked to Retweet. But I decided to stay (for …

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A Blog Sabbatical

For the past two years, I have taken a break from blogging during the month of July. I have found that this time away has been spiritually and mentally refreshing. Though the short-term nature of the blogosphere makes an extended absence unwise from a blogger’s standpoint, my previous sabbaticals have been good for my soul.

So, during the month of July, no new material will appear on this blog. On August 1, Lord willing, I will resume writing daily here at Kingdom People.

Here are some reasons why this sabbatical is needed:

1. Need for Spiritual Refreshment

I always look forward to directing some of the time I would have spent blogging to more prayer, Bible study, and devotional reading.

2. Other Important Responsibilities Vying for My Time

    I am writing my next book, tentatively entitled Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hopes, to be published by Moody in April 2011. I look forward to sharing more about the project this fall. Right now, I covet your prayers, as my deadline is quickly approaching.
    The summer months are quiet around the church, but these are good months to consider the future and ask for the Lord’s guidance in planning for the fall.
    It’s summer, and my wife is home with the kids. I want to be a bigger help around the house this month. Also, our son is out of school, and our daughter just turned two. I want to play with them more.

3. Blogging can be addictive.

I do not want to be constantly …

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