Anniversary Changes

Oak_tree_09262015This week marks the second anniversary of T2Pneuma.net which was established in 2013.  Thank you for your faithful readership!

The theme of T2Pneuma.net, as outlined in the Home page,  “is online Pastor (or Christian ministry) and related topics.  I try to write about issues from my ministry and from issues of interest to readers.” This theme will continue.  I will, however, in the coming months focus more intentionally on my writing technique.  In particular, I hope to develop the use of a more narrative style taking a page from Jon Franklin’s work: Writing for Story:  Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction. Hopefully, the quality of my writing will also improve.

My experience is  that online ministry is real ministry. The most popular posts on this blog over the past 2 years have not been the “light and fluffy” posts targeting topical issues or favorable demographics.  The most popular posts have been those that have real substance.  The number one post over past 2 years, for example, has been a hermetical study, Kevin J. Vanhoozer’s: Is There a Meaning in This Text:  The Bible, The Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge (Part 2with 171 viewings.  The number two post has been on leadership, James E. Plueddemann’s: Leading Across Cultures:  Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church with 110 viewings. Both are serious reviews of serious seminary texts.

Effective immediately, I am reducing the number of posts each week to two: a lesson on Friday and a prayer on Sunday.  The lesson will take the form of a review or a reflection. I will occasionally offer other postings, as time allows.

In the coming weeks, I hope also to roll out 2 new series.  The first will be a series of prayers that I develop based on the Life in Tension series. This is an effort to honor the attention that my prayers taken from A Christian Guide to Spirituality in English and Spanish have received over time.  The second will be a new project: a spiritual autobiography.  As this point, I have not settled on a title but I will be working on an outline and title over the next couple weeks.

The oak tree appears on the Hiemstra family coat of arms and, in this case, grows in the parking lot at Oak Marr Recreation Center in Oakton, Virginia.

Yours in Christ,

Stephen

 

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Una Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad ya está disponible!

Una Guia Cristian a la EspiritualidadSpanish Edition of A Christian Guide to Spirituality is Now Available!

Una Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad is now available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle EBook.

View the trailer in YouTube: https://youtu.be/tv0rgYH-2VQ.

For a discount on the paperback edition, go to https://www.createspace.com/5716951 and enter 83WZLNW4 to receive a 30 percent discount.

Para más información en español, véase: http://wp.me/p4iojd-8F.

Alternatively, visit my Amazon author page at:  Amazon.com/author/stephen_w_hiemstra.

Thanks for your patience!  This project has been a blessing, but also a long time in coming.

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Invitation to Author Talk and Workshop on May 31, 2015 (Trailer)

Available on Amazon.com
Available on Amazon.com

Invitation to Author Talk and Workshop on May 31, 2015 (click to view trailer)

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Have you ever been called a friend of God? James, the brother of Jesus, called Abraham a friend of God (James 2:23). In Genesis 12:1-3, God blessed Abraham with these words:

“Now the LORD said to Abram,Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:1-3 ESV)

The purpose of Christian spirituality is to live into God’s blessing and, in doing so, to bless those around us.

I would like to invite you to join me in discussing Christian spirituality on Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Annandale, Virginia.

Please come a bit early so that we can start on time.

Refreshments will be served and I will have copies of my book, A Christian Guide to Spirituality, available. Afterwards, I will hang around to talk and sign books. A Christian Guide to Spirituality is also available online on Amazon.com.

If you have not previously visited First Presbyterian Church of Annandale, please check out the directions on their website. The church is located in a residential neighborhood so directions are necessary.

In closing, I hope that you can join us on May 31. Thank you for listening.

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First Presbyterian Church of Annandale
7610 Newcastle Drive
Annandale, VA 22003-5422

www.FPCAnnandale.org

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A Christian Guide to Spirituality Now Available!

1_Hagia_Sophia_book_cover_front_web_6x9_07282014A Christian Guide to Spirituality is now available (in the U.S.) on Amazon.com.  It is also available on CreateSpace’s eStore [1].

I would encourage you to visit the T2Pneuma Publishers LLC website (Link) where Leader and Media Guides are available.  You can also navigate there by selecting the Publisher menu above.

Below is a brief introduction.

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A Christian Guide to Spirituality: Foundations for Disciples

Authored by Stephen W. Hiemstra, Foreword by Neal D. Presa, Edited by Reid Satterfield

List Price: $12.95

T2Pneuma Publishers LLC

ISBN-13: 978-0615971353 (Custom)
ISBN-10: 0615971350
BISAC: Religion / Spirituality

6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
230 pages

Spirituality is lived belief. When we pray, worship, or reach out to our neighbors, we live out our beliefs. Our beliefs structure our spirituality like skin stretched over the bones of our bodies.

These beliefs start with faith in God the Father through Jesus Christ as revealed through the Holy Spirit in scripture, in the church, and in daily life. Our Trinitarian theology orders our beliefs. Without a coherent theology, we lose our identity in space and time having no map or compass to guide us on our way. In the end, we focus on ourselves, not God.

Christian spirituality starts with God, not with us.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality takes the form of 50 daily devotions. Each topic is treated with a scriptural reference, reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion. Occasionally, references are provided for further study. The first four chapters (Introduction, Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and Apostle’s Creed) cover 40 days making them suitable as a Lenten study. Ten additional days focus on the spiritual disciplines and a short conclusion. Fifty days of study allow an Easter study running through Pentecost.

Reading A Christian Guide to Spirituality will help readers understand Christian spirituality better and nurture their faith. There is no such thing as quality time with the Lord; there is only time. The living God speaks to us in many ways, but especially through scripture. These three sources cited (Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and Apostle’s Creed) are commonly called the “rule of faith” (regula fidei) and were utilized for nearly two millennia as a means to apprentice the faith. These sources are the heart of the confessions of most Christian faith communities and denominations.

Author Stephen W. Hiemstra (MDiv, PhD) is a slave of Christ, husband, father, aspiring pastor, economist, and writer. He lives with his wife, Maryam, of thirty years in Centreville, VA and they have three grown children. The forward is written by Neal D. Presa, past moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

This book might be classified appropriately in spirituality, Christian living, devotion, faith, religion, and theology.

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What people are saying…

You have my blessing. It’s book that needed to be written. It will do a lot of good.
– Peter John Kreeft, Boston College

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

This is a book for those who want to understand how best to have a living faith and an ever deepening devotional and experiential knowledge of God.
– Stephen Macchia, Pierce Center for Disciple-Building

[1] www.CreateSpace.com/4669702.

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