Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru http://stevebremner.com Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:31:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru Steve Bremner clean Fire Press Productions Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/podcastlogo.jpg http://stevebremner.com How Star Trek: The Next Generation Taught Me to Live Life On Purpose http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/how-star-trek-the-next-generation-taught-me-to-live-life-on-purpose/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/how-star-trek-the-next-generation-taught-me-to-live-life-on-purpose/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:17:50 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14058 I started writing this article for Medium.com nearly a year ago but never got around to posting it. When I decided to publish it on my blog, I was going to split it into two parts, but decided to leave it as it is. It's long, so I hope you have your cup of coffee handy, but if you're a sci-fi nerd like me you'll still appreciate the thoughts put forth. When I was a pre-adolescent, I looked forward to watching brand new episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Friday nights at 10pm on our local [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/how-star-trek-the-next-generation-taught-me-to-live-life-on-purpose/feed/ 0 My First Thoughts About Kindle Unlimited http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/my-first-thoughts-about-kindle-unlimited/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/my-first-thoughts-about-kindle-unlimited/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:36:52 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14027 You'll have to forgive me for yet another post about Amazon Kindle in quick succession. I've been working on some other updates and more theological posts about disciple-making for my blog which I'll get around to this week. With the timing of the new Kindle Unlimited service, I couldn't resist the urge to post real quick about it and then get back to my other planned writings. I found out about it on Thursday as a rumour, but then on Friday they actually launched it. For those visiting my [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/my-first-thoughts-about-kindle-unlimited/feed/ 0 KDP Free Days vs. KDP Countdown Deals http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/kdp-free-promotion-vs-kdp-countdown-promotion/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/kdp-free-promotion-vs-kdp-countdown-promotion/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:37:59 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13983 This post is written specifically for other authors who've written Kindle books or are planning on it. I've written previously why many authors make their books exclusive to the Amazon platform, specifically for the promotion benefits Amazon gives authors who are enrolled in KDP Select for 90 day intervals. When enrolled in KDP Select, an author has the opportunity to do one of two promotions during that ninety day period; either a free promotion up to 5 days in length or broken up into parts [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/kdp-free-promotion-vs-kdp-countdown-promotion/feed/ 0 Why Your Favorite Indie Authors only Publish on Amazon http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/why-your-favorite-indie-authors-only-publish-on-amazon/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/why-your-favorite-indie-authors-only-publish-on-amazon/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:02:48 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13776 From time to time, I get asked why my books aren't available on the Kobo/Nook/iPad, or [insert your non-Kindle e-reader of choice]. The simple answer? The vast majority of e-book readers use a Kindle device (like 55% of the market). The other 45% is divided over the e-reader options. I would sincerely love to accommodate those who encourage me and like my writing but simply have another preferred device for reading ebooks. Unfortunately, most of the other companies are NOT user-friendly [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/why-your-favorite-indie-authors-only-publish-on-amazon/feed/ 1 Church as Community | Podcast with Michael Dow http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/church-as-community-podcast-with-michael-dow/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/church-as-community-podcast-with-michael-dow/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:52:16 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13947 This week I was privileged to finally have Michael Dow on the show. He has spent his entire saved life in a few different types of ministries, one of which was a missional community called King's People in Charlotte, N.C. He now is apprenticing with Daniel Kolenda, of Christ For All Nations, doing massive crusade evangelism around the world. Shortly after having published the podcast interview/discussion I had with Eric Gilmour back in January, Eric sent me a message out of the blue suggesting [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/church-as-community-podcast-with-michael-dow/feed/ 0 crusade evangelism,discipleship,michael dow,missional community This week I was privileged to finally have Michael Dow on the show. He has spent his entire saved life in a few different types of ministries, one of which was a missional community called King's People in Charlotte, N.C. This week I was privileged to finally have Michael Dow on the show. He has spent his entire saved life in a few different types of ministries, one of which was a missional community called King's People in Charlotte, N.C. He now is apprenticing with Daniel Kolenda, of Christ For All Nations, doing massive crusade evangelism around the world. Shortly after having published the podcast interview/discussion I had with Eric Gilmour back in January, Eric sent me a message out of the blue suggesting that I need to have Michael on the podcast. I knew if Eric said so, then I should, but I delayed the invitation until I could read Michael's book and get an idea of what his message might be. I reached out to him a few weeks ago and we planned a Skype call but didn't wind up recording, and I was surprised to hear how much he has been involved with house churches and missional communities, and felt all the more encouraged that we needed to go forward and recorded something together. We discuss Michael's thoughts regarding both ends of the spectrum when it comes to small tight-knit community and seeing hundreds of thousands of people accept Christ in single meetings. Make sure to get a copy of Michael's book, Free Indeed: Free To Live a Life of Obedience. Also, here's the link to the sermons I mentioned in the discussion about Family on Mission together.   Also, this week only:  Starting today (Monday July 7th) my book Kindle Countdown beginning at 99 cents. Make sure to grab yourself a copy as the price will go up one dollar each day until $4.99 and then back to normal price on the weekend.       Subscribe to Fire On Your Head           If you’d like to subscribe to the Fire On Your Head Podcast, visit our directory in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or visit FireOnYourHead.com for more subscription options.   Like The Fire On Your Head Podcast on Facebook Steve Bremner clean 55:08 Would You Like a Scorpion? http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/would-you-like-a-scorpion/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/would-you-like-a-scorpion/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:51:45 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13920 I have personally heard some sincere believers propose that a person asking the Lord for a dream, vision, or word of wisdom can instead receive demonic visions or satanic revelations. This teaching has effectively stopped multitudes from asking God for spiritual gifts or seeking divine healing, and it has been a widely accepted teaching in some circles for years. This concept is not found anywhere in Scripture, and in fact it is a direct contradiction to Jesus’ very teaching in the Gospels: And [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/would-you-like-a-scorpion/feed/ 0 10 Top Misconceptions About Pentecostal Christians | J. Lee Grady http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/10-top-misconceptions-about-pentecostal-christians-j-lee-grady/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/10-top-misconceptions-about-pentecostal-christians-j-lee-grady/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:28:47 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13937 If you happen to tune into the Oxygen network's Preachers of L.A. or National Geographic Channel's Snake Salvation, you might be tempted to believe all Pentecostals are either money-grubbing charlatans or misguided rural bumpkins. But the truth is never in the media stereotypes. I'm a Pentecostal. I don't wear that label on my sleeve, but I'm not ashamed to admit to anyone that I'm a Christian who believes in the power of the Holy Spirit. Yet when I use the word Pentecostal to describe [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/10-top-misconceptions-about-pentecostal-christians-j-lee-grady/feed/ 0 What is your every? http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/what-is-your-every/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/what-is-your-every/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:31:27 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13918 I was reading Scripture the other day (which is a regular occurrence in my life), and this passage hit me like it does every time I read it: And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/07/what-is-your-every/feed/ 0 Revival = Normal Christianity | Phil Drysdale http://stevebremner.com/2014/06/revival-normal-christianity-phil-drysdale/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/06/revival-normal-christianity-phil-drysdale/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:33:53 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13890 Phil's Thoughts: Let’s turn to that famous passage in the New Testament about revival shall we for today’s devotional? Which one? Oh right… there isn’t one. Have you ever thought it weird that 99% of Christianity is waiting for revival and yet not one mention of the word occurs in the New Testament? In fact not only that but they don’t have any waiting language at all! The only time they waited was before the Spirit came. But guess what, He has come! From that day forth they [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/06/revival-normal-christianity-phil-drysdale/feed/ 0 discipleship,grace,jeff turner,normal christianity,phil drysdale,prayer,praying,revival Phil's Thoughts: - Let’s turn to that famous passage in the New Testament about revival shall we for today’s devotional? - Which one? Oh right… there isn’t one. - Have you ever thought it weird that 99% of Christianity is waiting for revival and yet... Phil's Thoughts: Let’s turn to that famous passage in the New Testament about revival shall we for today’s devotional? Which one? Oh right… there isn’t one. Have you ever thought it weird that 99% of Christianity is waiting for revival and yet not one mention of the word occurs in the New Testament? In fact not only that but they don’t have any waiting language at all! The only time they waited was before the Spirit came. But guess what, He has come! From that day forth they just had everyday normal Christian living. Not only that but it puts our Christianity to shame. You see much of the church wants to follow the same model. The Spirit would fall and then we would have a move like that in Acts. The problem is that the Spirit doesn’t fall and then leave and then fall again. Once the Spirit was poured out it was poured out. The last days are upon us and the Spirit has been poured out on all men according to Peter. And He should know right? I mean He was there. The reason we have this mentality is because honestly, we don’t see the same fruit that the New Testament church did. But this is not a problem on God’s end of the bargain, it’s a problem on ours. The fact that we aren’t walking in the normal christian walk does not mean we need a massive move of God to do something. Rather we need a massive wake-up call to the people of God. Read the rest of Phil's post here at Revival = Normal Christianity. ________________________________________________________ My thoughts: After posting a personal blog, and a podcast elaborating more on my thoughts on how we're wasting our time praying for revival when we're called to be that revival, I'm encouraged to see posts like this from Phil Drysdale and Facebook posts by Jeff Turner. It's just a confirmation for me that many other millennials are seeing through the as of yet future revival praying, and getting down to practicality. Though Drysdale doesn't specifically talk about discipleship like I've been advocating as a precursor or catalyst for eventual revival, I encourage you to check out this post and be encouraged. Steve Bremner clean 56:43 Disciple Multiplication & Slow burn Revival | Podcast http://stevebremner.com/2014/06/disciple-multiplication-slow-burn-revival-podcast/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/06/disciple-multiplication-slow-burn-revival-podcast/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:19:26 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13857 First, I share some updates about new editions in the Kingdom of God since having recorded today's show, and developments since last week's episode. Then we get down to business and I continue some of my thoughts from last week about making disciples and seeing the Kingdom of God multiply in our local context here in Peru. On top of the testimonies, I provide a framework for how we could see revival take place if each one of us were leading one person to Christ each year and discipling [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/06/disciple-multiplication-slow-burn-revival-podcast/feed/ 0 discipleship,house church,missions,organic church,podcast First, I share some updates about new editions in the Kingdom of God since having recorded today's show, and developments since last week's episode. - Then we get down to business and I continue some of my thoughts from last week about making disciple... First, I share some updates about new editions in the Kingdom of God since having recorded today's show, and developments since last week's episode. Then we get down to business and I continue some of my thoughts from last week about making disciples and seeing the Kingdom of God multiply in our local context here in Peru. On top of the testimonies, I provide a framework for how we could see revival take place if each one of us were leading one person to Christ each year and discipling them, teaching them to do the same. Links Referred to in Today's Podcast: What Do I Mean By "Organic Church"? Organic vs Organized Discipleship = Slow burn Revival 5 Things The House Church Movement is Getting Right 5 Things The House Church Movement is Getting Wrong. If you’d like to subscribe to the Fire On Your Head Podcast, visit our directory in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or visit FireOnYourHead.com for more subscription options. If you would like to subscribe to us using another podcatcher, please use the following feed: http://fireonyourhead.libsyn.com/rss   Like The Fire On Your Head Podcast on Facebook       Steve Bremner clean 56:43 Watchmen on the Wall in Los Cedros | Podcast http://stevebremner.com/2014/06/watchmen-on-the-wall-in-los-cedros-podcast/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/06/watchmen-on-the-wall-in-los-cedros-podcast/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 03:16:20 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13823 This week we do another "guestless" episode of Fire On Your Head. I share about some of the awesome ways God is bringing His Kingdom to Los Cedros, Peru, and exciting new opportunities we're making an impact on our neighbors. Then in the last segment I share about the impact of the late Steve Hill on my life. Enjoy! Blog posts referenced in today's show: Steve Hill's impact on my life (written shortly after hearing news of his passing) Oikos Cedros: Praying with and For Our Neighbors Praying [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/06/watchmen-on-the-wall-in-los-cedros-podcast/feed/ 0 los cedros,podcast,updates This week we do another "guestless" episode of Fire On Your Head. I share about some of the awesome ways God is bringing His Kingdom to Los Cedros, Peru, and exciting new opportunities we're making an impact on our neighbors. This week we do another "guestless" episode of Fire On Your Head. I share about some of the awesome ways God is bringing His Kingdom to Los Cedros, Peru, and exciting new opportunities we're making an impact on our neighbors. Then in the last segment I share about the impact of the late Steve Hill on my life. Enjoy! Blog posts referenced in today's show: Steve Hill's impact on my life (written shortly after hearing news of his passing) Oikos Cedros: Praying with and For Our Neighbors Praying For Revival in Los Cedros and Seeing God Move If you’d like to subscribe to the Fire On Your Head Podcast, visit our directory in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or visit FireOnYourHead.com for more subscription options. If you would like to subscribe to us using another podcatcher, please use the following feed: http://fireonyourhead.libsyn.com/rss   Like The Fire On Your Head Podcast on Facebook       Steve Bremner clean 27:35 Organic vs Organized http://stevebremner.com/2014/05/organic-vs-organized/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/05/organic-vs-organized/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 07:38:29 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=13737 Recently I was talking to our leader Mark who mentioned something to me about someone in our neighbourhood thinking that for an organic church, we at Oikos are too organized and not spontaneous enough. I thought about that for a moment and asked myself internally or out loud, I can't remember: What does that mean?  And why is it a bad thing? At first when I joined Oikos at the end of 2011, I did happen to think we were more organized and structured than I was expecting, since the meetings take [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/05/organic-vs-organized/feed/ 0