Marketing for Authors Conference, Vendor Brochure Invitation

CCW NVCWF Vendor invite, 07262018Dear Friends in Christ:

The deadline for participating in our vendor brochure is fast approaching!

As you may know, CCW and the Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship have teamed up in 2018 to host a new conference: Marketing for Writers. On Saturday September 8.

This year as last, we plan to provide a vendor brochure where you can promote your writing and publishing products and services at modest cost (details: click here). It is also possible to sponsor a coffee break or lunch.

For more information about promotional options see: (click here)

Registration for the conference is now open:(click here)

Yours in Christ,

Stephen

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Promote Your Writing Activities in Marketing for Writers Conference, September 9, 2018, Fairfax, Virginia

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Be a Sponsor!

Capital Christian Writers and the Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship have teamed up in 2018 to host a new conference: Marketing for Writers.

Promote your writing and publishing products and services in our vendor brochure or, for more exposure, sponsor a break or lunch.
 
For more information about vendor options see: (click here)
 
Register to attend our conference at (click here)
www.CapitalChristianWriters.org
www.NovaChristianWriters.org

Promote Your Writing Activities in Marketing for Writers Conference, September 9, 2018, Fairfax, Virginia

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Sponsor the Marketing for Writers Conference, September 9, 2018, Fairfax, Virgina

CCW NVCWF Vendor Banner 06142018
Be a Sponsor!

Capital Christian Writers and the Northern Virginia Christian Writers Fellowship have teamed up in 2018 to host a new conference: Marketing for Writers.

 
Advertise your writing and publishing products and services in our vendor brochure or, for more exposure, sponsor a break or lunch.
 
For more information about vendor options see: (click here)
 
Register to attend our conference at (click here)
www.CapitalChristianWriters.org
www.NovaChristianWriters.org

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T2PNEUMA RELEASES “SPIRITUAL TRILOGY” IN KINDLE AND EPUB

Spiritual Trilogy by Stephen W. HiemstraCONTACT

Stephen W. Hiemstra, author, T2Pneuma Publishers LLC (T2Pneuma.com), Centreville, VA 703-973-8898 (M), T2Pneuma@gmail.com

CENTREVILLE, VA, 2/24/2018

Spiritual Trilogy: A Compilation by Stephen W. Hiemstra is now available in Kindle (978-1-942199-21-2) on Amazon.com and in EPUB (978-1-942199-27-4) on Google Play or Kobo.com according to T2Pneuma Publishers LLC of Centreville, Virginia. Details available at: http://www.T2Pneuma.com.

DISCUSSION

This trilogy combines three books published previously: A Christian Guide to Spirituality, Life in Tension, and Called Along the Way. Together they chronicle a spiritual journey during the period from 2013 through 2017. The first two books focus on the question—who is God?—while the third book focuses on the question—who are we? The call to faith and ministry is personal but it is also corporal, being informed by the community of faith at one time and in one place.

The original books have been reproduced as published. Offering them together makes them available more economically and draws attention to their common purpose. Because spirituality is lived belief, it is important to reflect on what we say we believe and what we actually practice. This reflective process is inherently stressful but it is a normal part of our Christian journey as we prepare in this life for the next.

Hear the words; walk the steps; experience the joy!

Author Stephen W. Hiemstra (MDiv, PhD) is a slave of Christ, husband, father, volunteer pastor, writer, and speaker. He lives with Maryam, his wife of 30+ years, in Centreville, VA and they have three grown children.

Key words

Beatitudes, Christianity, spirituality, Christian memoir, Jesus, Bible, devotion, spiritual growth, and faith.

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What people are saying… 

Stephen provides a helpful, accessible guide using the classic catechetical structure of the Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments.
David A. Currie, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

(In reference to A Christian Guide to Spirituality)
We live in a fallen world. It leads to life in tension, and sometimes a life full of stress. Stephen Hiemstra takes us on a needed tour of the kind of character it takes to face such a life.

–  Darrell L. Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary

(In reference to Life in Tension)

 

Have you ever wondered if the church in America is mortally wounded? Is God really dead as the infamous 1966 Time magazine cover reported? This memoir offers evidence to the contrary.

Aaron Gordon, Pastor

(In reference to Called Along the Way)

Other paperback books by T2Pneuma Publishers LLC include:

  • A Christian Guide to Spirituality
  • Una Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad
  • My Travel Through Life
  • Life in Tension
  • Called Along the Way

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Happy New Year: Top 10 Posts on T2Pneuma in 2017

Jumping

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Happy New Years! All the best to you and yours for 2018. Thank you for reading T2Pneuma.net!

New Years is a time for stocktaking and redirection. What did you do well in 2017? What events were most meaningful?

The following 10 postings on T2Pneuma.net received the most viewings:

Date Post Title Views   Type

 

March 31, 2014 Plueddemann Demystified Leadership Across Culture 55 Review
James E. Plueddemann.  2009.  Leading Across Cultures:  Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church.  Downers Grove:  IVP Academic.
September 25, 2017 Chapter 1 of Revelation: Alpha and Omega 24 Study
October 15, 2017 How do Christians Connect with God? (link) 23 Talk
April 29, 2015 Murrow Invites Churches to be Man-friendly 19 Review
David Murrow. 2011.  Why Men Hate Going to Church.  Nashville:  Thomas Nelson.
July 19, 2016 Stone and Duke Encourage Theological Reflection 19 Review
Howard W. Stone and James O. Duke. 2006. How to Think Theologically. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
May 3, 2016 Nouwen: Make Space for Self, Others, and God 17 Review
Henri J. M. Nouwen. 1975. Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. New York: DoubleDay.
November 24, 2017 Prayers Make Amazon 100 15 Event
August 27, 2017 Prayer for Silence and Solitude 15 Prayer
June 7, 2016 Martinez Family Ministry: OASIS Mission in Manassas Virginia 14 Guest
June 23, 2017 Wedding Gift 14 Reflection

 

Happy New Year: Top 10 Posts on T2Pneuma in 2017

Also see:

Top 10 Posts on T2Pneuma.net During 2016 

Books, Films, and Ministry

Other ways to engage online:

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Prayers Make Amazon 100

Prayers by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Available on Amazon.com

Prayers by Stephen W. Hiemstra makes Amazon 100 among prayerbooks.

In the fall of 2016, I published three prayerbooks as EBooks and priced them at 99 cents.

Readers told me that they especially liked my prayers. So I abstracted the prayers from my prior books and published them separately as promotional EBooks.

The first of these, Prayers, is now my most popular book on Amazon and has ranked among the top 100 prayerbooks that Amazon sells.

Check it out!

 

Prayers Make Amazon 100

 

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How do Christians Connect with God? (2)

Earlier I posted my comments before the Mubarak Mosque on October 15th.

The entire service is now available online in video (click here).

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Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Mubarak Mosque, Chantilly, Virginia on Religious Founders’ Day, October 15, 2017

Background

Good afternoon. My name is Stephen W. Hiemstra. I am a volunteer pastor and a Christian writer. My volunteer work focuses on Hispanic ministry and I write about Christian spirituality. My wife, Maryam, hails from Iran and considers herself a Muslim. We have been married 33 years and have three grown children.

My comments today will focus on how Christians connect with God. Because today we are celebrating Religious Founders’ Day, I take the inspiration for my talk from a sermon by the Apostle Peter that he gave on the day that the Christian church was founded, which we call Pentecost.

Invocation

Please join me in a word of prayer.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 ESV) In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Introduction

How do Christians connect with God? (2X)

Let me start by asking, what do secular people think about connecting with God?

Basically, they say that if you talk to God, that’s prayer, but if God talks to you, that’s psychosis. While pastor’s often tell this story as a light-hearted joke, psychologist Sigmund Freud described God’s existence as an illusion.[1] Karl Marx believed that religion (that is, God’s existence) was the opiate of the masses.[2] In other words, if you believe in God, Freud tells us you must be nuts and Marx tells us that you must be on drugs.

In my recent memoir, Called Along the Way, published this last month, I write that anyone in this secular age who takes God seriously must be considered a brother or sister in the faith. In this spirit, I would like to thank the Mubarak Mosque for the invitation to speak this afternoon to address this important topic.

Scripture

How do Christians connect with God? (2X)

The basic path to connecting with God is outlined by the Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost. Hear Peter’s words:

“And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 ESV)

Elsewhere, the Apostle Paul writes to the church at Rome about 30 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, some 2,000 years ago:

“…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Roman 10:9 ESV)

Rome at the time of Paul’s writing was the capital of the Western world much like Washington DC is today.

Because most of you here today are not Christians, you may be asking yourself why Peter and Paul are so adamant about two things mentioned in these two passages: confession of sins and belief in Jesus Christ (2X).

Transcendent and Holy

To understand the focus here, you need to understand the Christian understanding of God. Christians believe in a personal God who is both transcendent and Holy (2X).

God’s transcendence arises because he created the known universe. The first verse of the Bible in the Book of Genesis says:

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 ESV)

As creator, God had to exist before the universe that he created and he had to have been set apart from it. Time, as we know it, is part of the created universe. Consequently, God stands outside of time and space (2X). Because we exist inside time and space, we cannot approach God on our own. He has to reveal himself to us (2X).

Likewise, we cannot approach a Holy God, because we are sinful beings, not Holy beings. Our sin separates us from a Holy God.

To summarize, we cannot approach God on our own because he transcends time and space and because he is holy. Only God can initiate connection with unholy, created beings such as we are. There is no path up the mountain to God; God must come down (2X). As Christians, we believe that God came down in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, whose coming was prophesied from the earliest days of scripture. For example, the Prophet Job wrote (slide 5):

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27 NIV)

The Book of Job is thought by some to have been written by Moses before any other book in the Bible and before he returned to Egypt, which makes the anticipation of a redeemer all the more stunning. Moses himself lived about 1,500 years before Christ.

God’s Self-Revelation

So who is this transcendent God that loves us enough to initiate connection with us in spite of our sin?

Later, after giving Moses the Ten Commandments for a second time on Mount Sinai, God reveals himself to Moses with these words:

“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7 ESV)

Notice that God describes himself first as merciful. As Christians, we believe that God love is shown to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because God himself has provided the ultimate sacrifice of his son on the cross, Christians do not need to offer animal sacrifices—in Christ, our debt to God for sin has already been paid. This is real mercy, real love.

Listen to the confession given by the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the church in Corinth:

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas [that is Peter’s nickname], then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinth 15:3-6 ESV)

Jesus, as the perfect son of God, is the bridge that God has given us to connect with himself through the Holy Spirit, as Peter said on the Day of Pentecost:

“And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 ESV)

Through the Holy Spirit, we are able to pray to God with the assurance that we will be heard; we are able to read the Bible with the confidence that God will speak to us; and we are able to live our daily lives knowing that God walks with us each step of the way. In this way, as Christians we are always connected with God in Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion

Will you pray with me?

Oh dear Lord, thank you for the gift of your presence through the person of Jesus. Forgive our sin and draw us closer to you day by day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Presentation

Before I turn over the podium, let me read a few words from the acknowledgment section of my book, Life in Tension.

“In the fall of 2014, I was invited to speak at a local mosque about my book, A Christian Guide to Spirituality. Speaking at a mosque was new to me and anticipating this visit I spent three days fasting and praying for guidance. Instead of guidance on the mosque visit, God inspired me to write this book.” (xvii)

The reference here is to the Mubarak Mosque where we now stand. Consequently, I would like to present you with a copy of the book, Life in Tension. Thank you.

[1] Sigmund Freud. 1961. The Future of an Illusion. Translated by James Strachey. New York: W.W. Norton and Company.

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_of_the_people.

How do Christians Connect with God?

Also see:

Blackaby Expects Answers to Prayer 

Christian Spirituality 

Looking Back 

Other ways to engage online:

Author site: http://www.StephenWHiemstra.net, Publisher site: http://www.T2Pneuma.com.

Newsletter at: http://bit.ly/2fEPbBK

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Invitation to Visit Mubarak Mosque in Chantilly, Virginia on Sunday, October 15th, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Stephen W. Hiemstra

On Sunday, October 15th, 2017 author and publisher Stephen W. Hiemstra (PhD, MDiv) will talk for 10-15 minutes on How Christians Connect with God as part of an interfaith dialogue. Please join us if you are interested and able to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to read flyer on this event.

I hope to have copies of my books available for those interested.

This event is sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Virginia Chapter.

RSVP: Haris Raja ~ tabligh.nva@ahmadiyy.us ~ 571.528.5171

Mubarak Mosque, 4555 Ahmadiyya Drive, Chantilly, VA 2015.

Please copy me on your RSVP (T2Pneuma@gmail.com). For those unable to attend, check T2Pneuma.net on Sunday to read my presentation.

Thank you so much!

Stephen W. Hiemstra

Invitation to Visit Mubarak Mosque in Chantilly, Virginia on Sunday, October 15th, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Also see:

Blackaby Expects Answers to Prayer 

Christian Spirituality 

Looking Back 

Other ways to engage online:

Author site: http://www.StephenWHiemstra.net, Publisher site: http://www.T2Pneuma.com.

Newsletter at: http://bit.ly/2fEPbBK

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