T2Pneuma.net Celebrates a Third Anniversary

Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

T2Pneuma.net Celebrates a Third Anniversary

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

T2Pneuma.net celebrated entry into its fourth year of existence here in October. In September 2013, I finished a draft of A Christian Guide to Spirituality, my first published book and I decided to become more active in an author’s club, Capital Christian Writers.[1] The presenter in the September meeting made a compelling case for why authors needed to blog on a regular basis and I took her advice to heart.

Blogging made sense to me because during seminary I wrote a newsletter for three separate lists of friends and family and it seemed logical to migrate these lists to one common forum. It was a great idea, but it mostly did not work because email readers are not necessarily blog readers (or vice versa). This insight motivated a recent upgrade in my newsletter format. (BTW. Sign up for the newsletter and get a free pray book; [2])

Blogging also made sense to me because I loved to write. Writing is how I explain life to myself. Dr Jim Shaffer at Michigan State University used to describe this process as “writing myself out.” Life can be confusing—reflection and analysis are required. Self-delusion is so much harder when you “write yourself out.” Blogging is a accordingly form of journaling or even a kind of self-administrated therapy. When you are more honest with yourself, life is a bit less confusing and it makes it easier to be honest with other people.

Blogging with a theme of online pastor comes naturally for me, in part, because I strive to serve my readers, even if I get to pick the topics. I serve my readers through sharing prayers, reviews, and reflections. The topics hang together as my reflections have morphed into first drafts of published books over the past several years, in part, because I have an outline in mind as I write. For example, my current writing project, entitled Called Along the Way, is a memoir which loosely follows my aging process through the years. My reviews and prayers often dovetail with my own faith journey and often contribute directly to themes in my writing projects. Pastors normally live life out in full view of their congregations so my writing fits the usual pattern.

My most popular posts over the past several years are given in the table at the bottom of this post. Obvious from the list is the popularity of my book reviews and especially some of the more technical reviews. The most popular post reviewed, for example, is a leadership-in-missions text:

James E. Plueddemann.  2009.  Leading Across Cultures:  Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church.  Downers Grove:  IVP Academic.

When I wrote this review, I did not expect anyone would be interested, as this was a book that I read in seminary. Because many of the other popular reviews are likewise of highly technical seminary-style texts, I can only conclude that pastors, seminarians, and missionaries are prominent among my readers—and that’s okay!

This focus on reviews fits well into my theology. Back in 2013 I wrote a post— Books, Films, and Ministry  —where I talked about the role of gift books and reviews in evangelism. Reviews make books more accessible; books make deep dives into our faith more accessible. As pastors and Christians more generally we strive to make the Gospel more readily accessible to those we know and love. Hopefully, T2Pneuma.net has helped you in this process.

If any of my thoughts here make any sense to you, please post a comment and let me know.  In particular, let me know what aspects of my writing have been most helpful and meaningful to you.  Thanks for hanging out on T2Pneuma.net!






Plueddemann Demystified Leadership Across Culture




Vanhoozer: How Do We Understand the Bible? Part 2




Vanhoozer: How Do We Understand the Bible? Part 3




Turansky and Miller: Hope and Guidance for Parents




Heifetz and Linsky Lead through Adversity




Vote on a Book Cover for A Christian Guide to Spirituality




Martinez Family Ministry: OASIS Mission in Manassas Virginia




Metaxas: Bonhoeffer’s Times and Ours




Sabbath Rest as Cultural Firewall by Brueggemann




[1] www.CapitalChristianWriters.org.

[2] StephenWHiemstra.net.

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Life in Tension Giveaway on GoodReads.com

Purchase at: http://bit.ly/T2PNEUMA3
Purchase at: http://bit.ly/T2PNEUMA3

Book giveaway on GoodReads.com between now and October 10, 2016.

Enter now (click here) to win one of five free copies of Life in Tension: Reflections on the Beatitudes.

Giveaway link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31696658-life-in-tension

Learn more about Life in Tension at:  StephenWHiemstra.net.


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T2Pneuma Releases “Life in Tension” in Paperback and Kindle

Life_in_Tension_webT2Pneuma Releases “Life in Tension” in Paperback and Kindle.

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

CENTREVILLE, VA, 8/27/2016: Life in Tension: Reflections on the Beatitudes by Stephen W. Hiemstra is now available in both paperback (978–1942199045) and Kindle (978-1942199052; ASIN: B01KW0ICY8) on Amazon.com according to T2Pneuma Publishers LLC of Centreville, Virginia. Details available at T2Pneuma.com.


When God comes into our lives, we change.

Our new identity is in Christ comes into tension with our old identity in ourselves as the Holy Spirit works in our hearts and minds. This tension arises between who we were and who God created us to be, between us and God, and between us and those around us. The Apostle Paul calls the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives sanctification.

Hear the words; Walk the steps; Experience the joy!

Life in Tension reflects on Jesus’ Beatitudes in the context of scripture.  The Beatitudes serve as an introduction to the Sermon on the Mount and lay out Jesus’ priorities in teaching his disciples. Because the sermon serves as a kind of ordination service for the Apostles, the importance of the Beatitudes for the early church, Christian spirituality, and discipleship today cannot be overstated.

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

Key word for this book include: Christianity, spirituality, Beatitudes, Jesus, Bible, devotion, and theology.


What people are saying …

 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

We don’t often think of our life as one lived in tension, but as believers that’s exactly how we live. Stephen Hiemstra’s Life in Tension takes us through the Beatitudes and provides a blueprint for Christians to navigate this tension with ourselves, with the world, and with Christ.                                                                 – Sarah Hamaker, Author

The Christian life is filled with tension, paradox, and upside down requisites for obedience to the biblical text and the clarion call of God.

– Stephen Macchia, Pierce Center for Disciple-Building

Stephen Hiemstra’s Life in Tension reminds me of Bonhoeffer’s   Cost of Discipleship, because it is an earnest, personal effort to hear and follow the voice of Jesus here and now.                                                                                    – Jonathan Jenkins, Pastor

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Publicity Online for A Christian Guide to Spirituality

Available on Amazon.com
Available on Amazon.com

A Christian Guide to Spirituality is being featured in ads starting today on Facebook and Pinterest, among other places!

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Note that the Kindle edition will be on sale for 99 cents from August 13 through August 20.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality is available for sale online (Click here).

Una Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad se vende por la red aqui (Click here).

My thanks to Fiverr:  http://share.fiverr.com/5ffjbrwt204.

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Cuaresma Venta, Lenten Sale

Una Guia Cristina a la Espiritualidad cubierta
Una Guia Cristina a la Espiritualidad cubierta

Lent is a reflective time when we anticipate the coming of Easter. For this reason, I invite you to deepen your faith through a Lenten study of A Christian Guide to Spirituality which is now also available in Spanish.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality is organized into 50 daily devotions. Each has a theme, a reflection, and a prayer. Questions also follow to deepen your understanding.

To order with a 30 percent discount from the list price, go to:http://BIT.LY/T2PNEUMA (English) or http://BIT.LY/T2PNEUMA2 (Spanish) and enter discount code: 83WZLNW4.

Thank you for your support!


Cover, A Christian Guide to Spirituality
Cover, A Christian Guide to Spirituality
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