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I’m not the former MLB pitcher, but I used to pitch in high school if that counts for anything. And yes, I threw gas, heat, smoke. But neither the Twins nor the Mets were interested. They picked the other Frankie V. instead.
If you are someone whose heart cry is: “There’s got to be more to the Lord, to the Christian faith, and to church than this,” then this blog is for you.
Most Christians know that something is wrong with contemporary Christianity. They want to break free from the tyranny of the status quo. The two alternatives that dominate Christian culture today is spiritual complacency on the one hand or performance-based religiosity on the other.
Modern-day Christianity is 10 miles wide and one inch deep.
The Deeper Journey
I’ve created this blog to break through to a higher and deeper expression of the faith . . . one that digs below the surface and moves beyond the shallows. It’s designed for Christians who don’t feel comfortable with the Conservative Right or the Progressive Left, but who are looking for a more authentic, biblical expression of the Christian faith that contains and ignites passion for Jesus. It’s purpose is to instill a greater love for Christ in your heart by unveiling the deeper aspects of the faith. Oh, and if you have good sense of humor and enjoy laughing, you’re in the right place too.
This blog expands the themes that are found in my books. Those themes are . . .
1. The Deeper Christian Life – these books are designed to set Christians free from legalism, guilt, a sense of false identity, and the overall shallowness of the Christian faith today. The books explain what it means to make Jesus Christ supreme and central in a world (even religious) that’s lost sight of Him. Titles are Jesus: A Theography, Revise Us Again, From Eternity to Here, Jesus Manifesto, Epic Jesus, When the Pages Are Blank, and Beyond Evangelical.
2. Radical Church Reform – these books show that the traditional way of doing church has been tried and found wanting. It’s also largely unbiblical. The books explain how we can return to the vibrancy of the New Testament church in our day. Titles are Pagan Christianity, Reimagining Church, Finding Organic Church, and The Untold Story of the New Testament Church.
Periodically, I feature book reviews and interviews with other authors, as well as helpful resources that I come across. (This breaks the “echo-chamber” phenomenon that’s in the bloodstream of the blogosphere today.)
I prefer to put the focus on the Lord instead of myself. But for those who have asked, just a few personal words: I was born in New Jersey, grew up in New York, and I’ve lived in Florida since I was in junior high school (and my blood has thinned out tremendously). I’ve been following Jesus since I was a teen, am a husband, father, and professional blogger. I enjoy the beach, film, and music of most types. And I am fond of NY style pizza and cats (but I don’t eat the latter!).
Frank Viola * The Deeper Journey * Psalm 115:1
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