Frank Viola Author – Biography

 

FRANK VIOLA author is the bestselling author of over 30 books in the Christian space.

Rethinking the status quo in modern Christianity, Viola has helped thousands of Christians to deepen their relationship to Jesus and experience a more vibrant, authentic expression of church.

His blog, Beyond Evangelical, is one of the most popular in Christian circles today, ranking in the top 10 of all Christian blogs on the Web. Viola has written a series of well-read articles called Rethinking. Frank Viola’s message has enabled God’s people to:

  • Understand, reclaim, and embrace the explosive gospel of the kingdom.
  • Encounter Jesus Christ through the Scriptures in a fresh and powerful way.
  • Discover how to live by the indwelling life of Christ.
  • Replace guilt, condemnation, and performance-based religion with freedom and love for others.
  • Experience face-to-face community that’s vibrant and centered on Jesus.
  • Discover what God’s ultimate intention is and how to live for it.
  • Live free from legalism on the one hand and libertinism (license to sin) on the other.
  • Awaken a love for Jesus that is motivated by His peerless beauty rather than religious duty.

Frank’s ministry answers the common cry, “There’s got to be more to the Christian life than this.

According to his blog – frankviola.org – Viola’s mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact.

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Author Frank Viola wrote this article in 2013:

Several years ago, Michael Hyatt (former CEO of Thomas Nelson) responded to a rumor on his blog. In the post, Michael wrote,

“According to the most recent rumor—which I’ve now heard twice—we [Thomas Nelson] are planning a layoff for June 19th … We are scheduled to close the transaction on June 12th, so, supposedly, this will happen the week following. I want to assure you that this is indeed a baseless rumor. There is absolutely no truth to it … If you hear this rumor, I would be grateful if you would help me short-circuit it. You can tell ’em it’s not true, and you heard it directly from me.”

I recall when this rumor was circulating and was saddened (and surprised) at how many Christians believed it without going straight to Michael to see if it was true or false.

Another example that’s much more national.

Late last year, I came across a website alleging a sex scandal involving President Obama. The “story” first came out in 2008 just before the primary. It was shown to be baseless and quickly faded away. Then it resurfaced again in 2010. (The original story was removed by the source after staying online for 4 years.)

Another site purports alleged “proof” that Obama is a Muslim terrorist in disguise. Again, a baseless rumor.

And another alleges that Obama is gay, has sexually harassed males, and abuses drugs. Again, baseless. Continue reading “Don’t Believe Everything You Read”

Frank Viola’s New Book – INSURGENCE: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom

THE INSURGENCE HAS BEGUN

DON’T MISS IT!

Why does the allegiance that radical terrorists give to their false cause exceed the allegiance that most Christians today give to Jesus Christ? Have we lost the explosive, earthshaking gospel of the kingdom that Jesus, Paul, and the other apostles preached? Have we exchanged this dynamic, titanic, living gospel for a gospel of religious duty or permissiveness and “easy believism”?

Yes, says bestselling author Frank Viola. And it’s high time we reclaimed it.

In today’s politically charged era, Christians on the progressive left as well as the conservative right both equate their particular viewpoints with the kingdom of God. Viola dismantles these perspectives, offering a fresh and revolutionary look at the radical gospel of the kingdom. With gripping power, he challenges Christians to reclaim the lost kingdom message of Jesus and join a spiritual insurgence that can change the course of history.

FRANK VIOLA has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact. Viola has written many books on these themes, including God’s Favorite Place on EarthFrom Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (with Leonard Sweet). His blog — frankviola.org — is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.

New Articles by Frank

Getting Clear on Your Purpose in Life

A great definition of being “lost” is to be alienated from your creative purpose. If you’re a follower of Jesus, you are no longer lost with respect to salvation. But you can be lost with respect to your specific purpose in life. Recent research shows that people who have a concrete purpose live 7.5 years longer than those who do not. After speaking to countless Christians in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and up, an overwhelming number of believers still aren’t clear on their purpose …

How to Outsource Your Worry

Most of the teachings I’ve heard about overcoming worry were the equivalent of handing out umbrellas during a hurricane. The New Testament encourages us to outsource our worry. (The word “outsource” means to delegate a task to someone else.) Consider this text …

What to Do When You’re Stuck in a Holding Pattern

When a plane is in mid air and cannot descend, it circles itself repeatedly until it’s given permission to land. We call this a “holding pattern.” Many of you are in a holding pattern right now with respect to one or more areas of your life: be it your spiritual life, your ministry, your business, your health, your career, and/or your relationships. You’re in constant motion, circling ground you’ve seen before, but you’re making no progress …

Two kinds of leaders

In our leadership-frenzied Christian culture, I’ve opted for a different label for leadership. That label is influence. Despite the unhealthy love-affair that countless Christians have with “leadership” and being “a leader,” the truth is, if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, you’re an influencer. Your influence may be large or small, it may be good or bad, but it exists …

8 signs of a modern-day Pharisee

So I’ve been watching the Star Wars saga, from the 1977 debut to the upcoming release just around the corner. This tidbit accounts for the opening paragraph below. Even though it’s been “a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” since Pharisees were running around in Century One causing trouble for God’s messengers, Pharisees and Pharisaism are still here. They’re like the poor. They’ll always be with you …

5 things I wish older Christians told me

I could write a book on the topic because there are far more than 5. But this is an email update, not a book. I wish an older Christian told me the following when I was in my 20s. It would have saved me a lot of aggravation, frustration, discouragement, [fill in the blank]. Hold on to your chair. These are blunt, even unsettling, observations …

Why “pray and read your Bible” is inadequate

Before you have an apoplectic fit, let me clear the table by saying emphatically: I consider the Bible to be God’s revelation, fully authoritative, fully inspired, and fully reliable. For that reason, I read the Scriptures regularly. I mediate on them, seek the Lord through them, and study them. And to the both of you who have read my newer books [cough], I expound the Bible, quote it, cite it, teach it, and seek to unveil it …

Judge vs. Judge Not — Which Is It?

Here in the USA we are in the midst of another run for the presidency where a small number of people have lost their minds. Scratch that. I mean, where a small number of people have decided to run for the highest office in the land. Not a few of us are experiencing regular bouts of deja moo whenever we turn on the news and hear the politicians pontificate. (Deja moo = the acute feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.) …

What 3.42 Billion Women Are Missing Out On (spoof, kinda)

Dear Women and Men of Planet Earth, It’s March 2016 and Mary DeMuth’s book – The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels – has been out for a year. According to my painstaking research (okay, I asked Siri on my iPhone), approximately 3.42 billion women still haven’t gotten a copy of Mary’s book. This is most perplexing to me. More so than trying to understand Stephen Hawking’s take on quantum mechanics …

A Gift for You (conference messages)

In 2012, I had the privilege of speaking in an unforgettable conference in Kentucky. The title of the conference was “God’s Favorite Place on Earth.” This was a year before the book by the same name was released. What follows are the messages from that conference …

Christians are behind the ball again, but you don’t have to be

Sadly, the world often blazes past the Christian community, leaving it to cough up dust. Eventually, the Christian community plays catch up. It’s been this way with creativity. With music. With movies. And with other forms of art. But the big dinosaur in the room right now is the economy. “Well Frank, it’s about time you told us your opinion about Clinton, Cruz, Trump, Sanders and their plans for the economy.” Hold your fire: I don’t mean the financial economy. I mean the connection economy …

3 Killer Lessons from THE WALKING DEAD

AMC’s TV drama The Walking Dead is the highest rated series in cable television history. I’m not a zombie guy (though some mornings, I might resemble one). Unlike many of my peers who possess a Y chromosome, slashy-burny-butcher-gore films don’t appeal to me. It’s for this reason that I’ve stayed clear of watching The Walking Dead. That is, until a friend told me that the show is largely about surviving in community over against blowing zombie carcasses to the moon …

4 Sobering (and Uncommon) Observations about ISIS

The recent spate of terrorism employed by ISIS has scared the liver out of people around the world, it’s barbarism even chilling the blood. Numerous Christians have weighed-in on the problem. And emotions run hot on all sides, sometimes to over-boiling. Social media sites are ablaze with opinions, laments, and outrage. Some are clamoring, “Off with their heads! Spare none of them!” …