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From Bill Blankschaen — In Case You Missed It

Just in case not all of you remembered to switch your subscriber feed from BillintheBlank over to my new FaithWalkers blog at Patheos. Click here to see the latest posts!

Don’t miss my guest posts with Ron Edmondson 5 Reasons We Choose to Not Speak Up and with CatalystSpace 12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask.

Enjoy!

And don’t forget to take a second to re-subscribe and join the FaithWalkers community today! You can always shortcut directly to my new blog at http://FaithWalkersblog.com

Hi. I’m Bill. Welcome!

Welcome to Bill in the Blank, home base for the ministry of Bill Blankschaen.

That would be me – Bill.

 Bill BlankschaenHere’s my picture, just to prove it.

I’m glad you stopped by. You can find out more about me here, but if you want the short version, I am passionate about equipping Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith.

I like to call it becoming a FaithWalker:

For we walk by faith and not by sight. ~ 2 Cor. 5:7

The just shall live by faith. ~ Rom. 1:17

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I invite you to follow my blog at Patheos for regular posts connecting real life with real faith. You’ll find practical FaithWalker tips on my blog as well as Biblical perspectives on current events from a conservative perspective. You’ll find some encouragement, a few tools to grow, and occasionally a little controversy. Oh — and, hopefully, a smile or two.

You can see what others are saying about me in the sidebar, but I invite you to explore for yourself. Join the FaithWalkers community by clicking here and then subscribing with your e-mail address or via RSS feed for spam-free updates. 

Get My Latest Book — for Free!

Finding the CurveFor a limited time, I’m giving away copies of my latest e-book:

Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth

It’s a seriously fun, practical look at simple truths to help you be your best at anything.

If you want to grow like never before, just click on the picture to the left to download your own e-copy.

And enjoy!

 

New Blog Posts at Patheos from This Week

As some of you may recall, I mentioned that I was consolidating my blogs into one at Patheos. But I told you I would keep you up to speed.

Many of you have already subscribed at Patheos to follow along — and I am grateful. It’s privilege to have you along on this journey connecting real life and real faith.

For those of you who haven’t gotten around to it yet, here is a sampling of posts from this past week that you missed:

You might also be interested in The FaithWalker’s Daily, a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. A sample edition available here — for free.

Blessings and many thanks for following along. Let me know how I can be of help to you in your walk of faith.

Don’t forget, to stay up to date, simply head over to my blog at Patheos and enter your e-mail address or subscribe via RSS — your choice.  And, of course, you can follow at Twitter here or on Facebook here.

 

My First Book Review of 2013: The War Against God

Get my take on some terrific Christian fiction that tackles real-world view issues head on — and wins!  

The War Against God: A Book Review

My Latest on Prayer at Patheos

See Why I Don’t Like to Pray. Maybe,if you’re honest, you might feel the same way sometimes?

Happy New Year! Time to Grow Again

As you may have noticed, my posts have been infrequent of late here at Bill in the Blank. There’s reason for that.

I have been re-assessing the most effective strategy for me to equip Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith. As result, I will be making some changes in the coming days to make the most effective use of the time and talents God has given me. Busy doesn’t necessarily mean effective. I wish to be the best steward of my strengths that I can possibly be so I can help equip you to do the same even as I explore more exciting options in pursuit of the calling God has given me.

The change that will be most noticeable to you here is that I will be consolidating my two blogs into one at Patheos. This site will remain as my home base, as it were, with an easy link to the blog. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted so you don’t miss anything.

For now, I share with you some posts from recent days on my further thoughts on the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook and more:

 7 Steps to Safer Schools: A Principal Speaks

To All Those Who Want Safer Schools in Newtown

Westboro Baptist Church a Hate Group? What’s Wrong with the Petition

Was Jesus Born a Away in the Manger at Migdal Eder?

 

I also invite you to follow along there with The FaithWalker’s Daily — a quick review of current news events from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world. Check out a few recent editions here and here. Enter your e-mail address at Patheos to subscribe to the new blog feed and receive these alerts each morning to enjoy as you sip your coffee — or tea.

 

More on that and other exciting changes in the days to come. For now, thank you for continuing to follow along on this journey of faith.

And have a very happy and blessed new year!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! 101 Things I’m Thankful For

To celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in the US, I put together a list of 101 — and counting — things I’m thankful for.

Click here to read the list at Patheos and consider adding a few more things of your own with a comment.

Update from Guam — with Pictures!

I fail to see how one can spend much time in Guam and not see the fingerprints of God all over this island. A few pictures should suffice to make my point.

 

I’ve spent time getting to know just a few of the wonderful people here, fellow servants on Kingdom journeys of their own. A lot of Faith Walkers here, people who have stepped out without knowing where God was taking them, so I feel pretty comfortable.

We did some sight-seeing with our new friend Mario. First stop was to Two Lover’s Point where two Romeo and Juliet types leaped to their death down this hole.

Here is the picturesque view over  Tumon Bay from that lofty perch:

We stopped at a National Park commemorating the Battle for Guam in WWII. I got a picture of the sign to fulfill our family tradition.

The church in the distance below is where Magellan supposedly came ashore a long, long, time ago.

 

And here is my favorite Veggie Tales moment. A water buffalo. There are a lot of them around here. Seriously.

This is the view from my thinking spot where I have been reading Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. Superb book. Life-transforming.

If you think of it, please pray for the leadership training sessions starting in a few hours. We are 14 hours ahead of EST so you do the math. I’m sure God will honor your prayers regardless of when the reminder hits you.

The flight home will be a long one again, but the energy from this island and what God is doing here should sustain me.

Thanks for your prayers and support.

An Excellent and Inspiring Read! Lifted by Angels by Joel J Miller

Just finished a superb book by my friend Joel J. Miller that will inspire and challenge your faith. As I say in my review at Patheos, “It’s not just a book. It’s an experience.”

Check it out. Grab a copy today. You won’t regret it.

Center for Cultural Leadership: Announcing a New Partnership

I am pleased to announce a new partnership — built on an old foundation – in my personal mission to equip Christians to think, live, and lead with abundant faith.

It is a privilege to join the talented, compassionate, and intellectually gifted team of cultural leaders at the Center for Cultural Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming Christians to transform cultures. I join the team in the dual role of Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development.

The new partnership builds on an old relational foundation because it reunites me with the Founder and President of CCL, my former teacher, pastor, mentor, friend, and renowned Biblical and cultural scholar, P. Andrew Sandlin.

Relational Impact

It was he who first exposed me to the value of deep-thinking, cogent writing, and the need to stretch our minds in order to grow. He challenged me with the works of Francis Schaeffer as young teen. I devoured them and subsequently spent a few of my Friday nights at his place talking about faith and culture and getting acquainted with the historical roots of Christianity. (Not exactly the normal teenage pastimes, I know.)

Perhaps more than any other, he cultivated my innate desire to question all of reality and connect it to the why at the core of everything — God.

Seeking Synergy

One reason I chose to partner with the CCL team is that nothing worth doing in life can be done alone. Most readers already know I’m a big fan of thinking win-win and seeking synergy. I hope to do just that by creating a win for CCL by continuing to write, speak, and create resources to help Christians think, live, and lead with abundant faith. My existing partnership with Equip Leadership and my upcoming mission to Guam coincides neatly with this same vision.

As the new Director of Development, I’m also looking forward to expanding the platform from which we can together transform Christians to transform culture, one thought at a time, one person at a time, one family, one leader, one organization, and one culture at a time.

Going Forward

This expanded opportunity is an exciting one, but entirely support-driven. Your prayers are still vitally needed on this walk of faith as are financial resources to expand this Kingdom work. You can make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation to support my efforts. Just click here and then on the “Donate” button. Or send an e-mail (Bill@BillintheBlank.com) letting me know you’d like to hear more. Always happy to share and seek greater synergy for Christ.

You can read P. Andrew Sandlin’s blog on culture and theology here. Brian G. Mattson is CCL’s Senior Scholar of Public Theology. His blog is here. CCL’s Richard A. Sandlin, Junior Scholar of Philosophical Theology doesn’t have  a blog yet, most likely because he’s been rather busy teaching summer school at Harvard and working on his doctorate. We’ll work on the blog thing. Talented and godly men all, I encourage you to follow their posts, as well, for Christian thought that will put some meat on your theological bones.

 Let’s move forward together for the cause of Christ to transform culture one heart at a time.

Teen Parenting Help: Guest Post from Shannon Milholland

Today I am privileged to feature a guest post at Patheos by my friend Shannon Milholland. She’s an awesome writer, speaker, and author of Jesus & My Orange Juice. If you don’t follow her yet, you should.

Click here to read: Don’t Go Wireless with Your Teens

I’m on a Mission from God — to Guam!

I’m going to Guam. Find out why with a click here.

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