Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru http://stevebremner.com Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:52:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Join Steve Bremner, author, blogger and missionary to Peru as he interviews authors, bloggers and missionaries who'll challenge, encourage and strengthen you to burn for Jesus and increase your faith. Steve Bremner clean Steve Bremner steve.bremner@gmail.com steve.bremner@gmail.com (Steve Bremner) Fire Press Productions Kicking Christians out of the upper room to spread the fire Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/black-1024-x-1024.png http://stevebremner.com TV-G Chorrillos, Peru Pretty often Do You Know What Your Missionaries Are Actually DOING? http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/do-you-know-what-your-missionaries-are-actually-doing/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/do-you-know-what-your-missionaries-are-actually-doing/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:58:34 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=15088 I recently read an article about a public works official in India who was fired after not coming into work for twenty-four years, Shri A.K. Verma, an executive engineer with India's Central Public Works Department (CPWD), took an earned leave in December 1990 and never came back to work. Now, after 24 years and one month, he has been fired by the CPWD "for unauthorized absence from duty." Verma sought extensions of his initial leave, but they were not granted; however, he still refused [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/do-you-know-what-your-missionaries-are-actually-doing/feed/ 0 Supernatural Community http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/supernatural-community/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/supernatural-community/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:04:10 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=15063 As some of you know, the title for our podcast, “Fire On Your Head” comes from the second chapter of the book of Acts when the Holy Spirit came down on the believers in the upper room and they were baptized in the Holy Spirit for the first time, spoke in new tongues, and Peter got up and preached to those who came out to see what was going on, and the result was that 3000 onlookers got saved and the community of believers [ who were not yet called “Christians”] grew. They multiplied, they [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/supernatural-community/feed/ 0 Where the power of the Holy Spirit collides with extended family on mission I've noticed oftentimes there's two camps of people in the church, at least when it comes to the goal of "getting back to New Testament Christianity". There's the one that focuses on the supernatural aspect of how the early church flowed in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, healed the sick, performed miracles, signs and wonders and like in the book of Acts, thousands of people were added to the Kingdom of God. But often times those who focus on the early part of Acts 2, neglect the end of the chapter, which says, And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47, ESV) Then there's the camp that focuses on having "community", but practically balk at the idea of the supernatural and have little interest in flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit like earlier in that same chapter. Today we're going to start talking about combining the two and how we need a supernatural community amongst believers if we're to see results like the early church did in terms of a disciple-making movement in our day. Enjoy! Steve Bremner clean Why You WANT To Be Left Behind | Interview with JM Smith http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/why-you-want-to-be-left-behind-interview-with-jm-smith/ http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/why-you-want-to-be-left-behind-interview-with-jm-smith/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:06:14 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14988 This week we finally have James-Michael Smith on the podcast. James is the author of the blog Disciple Dojo and the book, You WANT To Be Left Behind: Essays On The Bible and Popular End Times Teachings, which is the specific reason I invited him on the show. If you have the Stitcher Radio app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. We had fun, and we covered: Matthew 24 and whether a third temple needs to be built in order to [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2015/01/why-you-want-to-be-left-behind-interview-with-jm-smith/feed/ 1 This week we finally have James-Michael Smith on the podcast. James is the author of the blog Disciple Dojo and the book, You WANT To Be Left Behind: Essays On The Bible and Popular End Times Teachings, which is the specific reason I invited him on the... This week we finally have James-Michael Smith on the podcast. James is the author of the blog Disciple Dojo (http://jmsmith.org/) and the book, You WANT To Be Left Behind: Essays On The Bible and Popular End Times Teachings (http://amzn.to/1qGx0Nx), which is the specific reason I invited him on the show. If you have the Stitcher Radio (http://stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head) app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. We had fun, and we covered: * Matthew 24 and whether a third temple needs to be built in order to fulfill Bible prophecy. * What are the strengths and weaknesses of the different end times views * And most importantly, why you WANT to be left behind and how those "taken" in the Bible were never raptured or spared terror. I thoroughly enjoyed today's discussion and it's my prayer you will too. About Our Guest JM Smith is an Artist / Author / Speaker / Martial Artist / All around Bible Geek Why the name "Disciple Dojo"?? Anyone who knows him knows that one of his lifelong passions has been studying the martial arts. And the place where martial arts are learned is a Dojo. Discipleship is similar to martial arts training (if you don’t believe me, just ask Paul – he says so himself in his letter to Christians in Corinth [1Cor. 9:26-27]!). We have a Sensei (teacher): Jesus. We have a katana (sword): Scripture. (http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/jms.png)Therefore, you can think of Disciple Dojo as a virtual Dojo–where students of the Master can sharpen, challenge and encourage one another as we continue becoming more and more like the One whom we serve…minus the Tiger Balm. James-Michael Smith's ministry, Disciple Dojo is an inter-denominational discipleship ministry whose purpose is to enrich the soul, equip the Body, engage the culture and encourage everyone to go deeper in their relationship with the Lord, particularly in the area of understanding and applying the teachings of Scripture. This is accomplished through free online audio/video resources, DVD/CD curriculum, blogs/articles, live speaking/teaching engagements, and the arts (both visual and martial!). Visit the dojo at http://jmsmith.org (http://jmsmith.org/). Related Reading       Subscribe to Fire On Your Head (http://www.fireonyourhead.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/itunes-logo-300x110.jpg)(http://www.fireonyourhead.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/stitcher-300x173.jpg) If you’d like to subscribe to the Fire On Your Head Podcast, visit our directory in iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fire-on-your-head/id255587390), Stitcher Radio (http://stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head), or visit FireOnYourHead.com (http://fireonyourhead.com/) for more subscription options. Like The Fire On Your Head Podcast on Facebook James-Michael Smith clean My Most Widely-Read Blog Posts In 2014 http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/my-most-widely-read-blog-posts-in-2014/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/my-most-widely-read-blog-posts-in-2014/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:31:32 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14941 We have reached the last days of 2014, and of course, like every other blogger on the internet I'm taking a moment to go over posts that were the most impacting on my blog's followers, or that drove the most amount of traffic to my site. Or got shared the most. One of the things I find myself doing each year when I make a post like this, is that I compare the list to the posts I wrote about in the year before. Last year I started publishing Kindle books, and though I didn't continue to publish [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/my-most-widely-read-blog-posts-in-2014/feed/ 0 Most Important Books I Read in 2014 http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/most-important-books-i-read-in-2014/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/most-important-books-i-read-in-2014/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 21:20:20 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14951 For those of you who have similar taste in books as I do, here's a short list of the books that stick out in my memory after having read them this year. You may already know I read a lot. My "to read list" has over 600 books on it, and in my Kindle I've got an "anxious to read" list of those whittled down to 60 out of those. I'm always reading 8 or 9 books at a time, and only recently have shed any guilt that just because I start a book doesn't mean I have to read it, especially in lieu of how [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/most-important-books-i-read-in-2014/feed/ 0 How To Get Audible’s Audio Books for less than $5 each http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/how-to-get-audibles-audio-books-for-less-than-5-each/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/how-to-get-audibles-audio-books-for-less-than-5-each/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:19:17 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14912 Want in on a little secret? I don't actually read all the free books I download. The hundreds of them. "Well Steve, neither do I." Right, but I have a point in WHY I download a lot of them anyway even though I know it's highly unlikely I'll ever read them. Because I might LISTEN to some of them on Audible.com. I've been hoarding Kindle books and seldom getting around to them because I've only got the same 24 hours in a day as everybody else does. So, the solution has become [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/how-to-get-audibles-audio-books-for-less-than-5-each/feed/ 1 Free Kindle Books — 13 Places to Get Them http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/free-kindle-books-13-places-to-get-them/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/free-kindle-books-13-places-to-get-them/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:59:45 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14909 Since I like to read a lot, and I read books fast enough that I've always felt they aren't cheap enough for how often I read them, I've always been looking for deals or quality free Kindle books I can add to my collection. So, I am excited to have found some good reads for under $3 from time to time. There's also great tools and sites out there for finding free books and discount deals. I posted this exact post around this time last year, but since Kindle eReader sales spike around Thanksgiving [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/free-kindle-books-13-places-to-get-them/feed/ 1 Which podcast guest should we invite back on in 2015? http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/which-podcast-guest-should-we-invite-back-on-in-2015/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/which-podcast-guest-should-we-invite-back-on-in-2015/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:18:58 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14814 In the past year we've had quite a few interesting guests on Fire On Your Head since I opened started inviting authors, bloggers and anybody else I think should be on the show. The ones that have come on are a small percentage of the ones I've invited. Many don't answer, while others do but then we never pin a recording appointment down. So I'd like to ask YOUR input and find out which of my past year's guests do you want to see back on the show. You can vote for as many as you'd like! Purposely [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/which-podcast-guest-should-we-invite-back-on-in-2015/feed/ 0 Information, Imitation and Innovation | Podcast http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/information-imitation-and-innovation/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/information-imitation-and-innovation/#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:52:00 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14868 This week I continue with my flow of thoughts from last week concerning making disciples. We hold discipleship as one of our main core values in our ministry Oikos, and seek to reproduce reproducers. Which is why we have a balance of informal and formal discipling. We spend time hanging out and goofing around with our disciples and those we’re mentoring through things like movies, games, and eating meals together. Likewise there’s also formal stuff like teaching and Bible study, one [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/information-imitation-and-innovation/feed/ 0 This week I continue with my flow of thoughts from last week concerning making disciples. We hold discipleship as one of our main core values in our ministry Oikos, and seek to reproduce reproducers. Which is why we have a balance of informal and forma... This week I continue with my flow of thoughts from last week (http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/why-i-harp-on-discipleship-podcast-episode/) concerning making disciples. We hold discipleship as one of our main core values in our ministry Oikos, and seek to reproduce reproducers. Which is why we have a balance of informal and formal discipling. We spend time hanging out and goofing around with our disciples and those we’re mentoring through things like movies, games, and eating meals together. Likewise there’s also formal stuff like teaching and Bible study, one on one times of mentoring, and so forth. To properly disciple, I don’t believe you have one without the other. For example, pastoring a large mega church can result in you having 5000 tithing members who attend your event every Sunday morning but that does not mean they’re your disciples. They’re attendees. So let's unpack the image inside the seed of the Word of God and how discipleship goes from just passing on information, to imitation and innovation. If you have the Stitcher Radio (http://stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head) app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. Get Mike Breen's book, Building a Discipling Culture on Amazon or directly from 3DM Ministries (http://3dmovements.com/). Subscribe to Fire On Your Head (http://www.fireonyourhead.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/itunes-logo-300x110.jpg)(http://www.fireonyourhead.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/stitcher-300x173.jpg) If you’d like to subscribe to the Fire On Your Head Podcast, visit our directory in iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fire-on-your-head/id255587390), Stitcher Radio (http://stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head), or visit FireOnYourHead.com (http://fireonyourhead.com/) for more subscription options. Related Articles Broken Views on Discipleship (http://stevebremner.com/2013/09/broken-views-on-discipleship/) The original Information, Imitation and Innovation (http://stevebremner.com/2013/09/information-imitation-and-innovation-in-discipleship/) blog post Innovation in Discipleship (http://stevebremner.com/2013/10/innovation-in-discipleship/) Steve Bremner clean Why I Harp on Discipleship | Podcast Episode http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/why-i-harp-on-discipleship-podcast-episode/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/why-i-harp-on-discipleship-podcast-episode/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:47:11 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14837 There’s really ONE specific thing Jesus commanded us to do: MAKE DISCIPLES of the Nations. Yet, depending on who you talk to, this is viewed as optional, or something only special people like pastors or missionaries do. Today I share from my heart a personal 'kairos' moment that changed everything for me: my ministry focus, how I use my time on a weekly basis, who and what I focus my energy towards. I personally don't want to wait until I've gone a few decades in life and say "you know, I [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/12/why-i-harp-on-discipleship-podcast-episode/feed/ 1 I share from my heart a personal 'kairos' moment that changed everything for me. There’s really ONE specific thing Jesus commanded us to do: MAKE DISCIPLES of the Nations. Yet, depending on who you talk to, this is viewed as optional, or something only special people like pastors or missionaries do. Today I share from my heart a personal 'kairos' moment that changed everything for me: my ministry focus, how I use my time on a weekly basis, who and what I focus my energy towards. I personally don't want to wait until I've gone a few decades in life and say "you know, I wish I did this instead". I feel like I'm on the cusp of being able to make that my focus and learning from those who've gone before me, and take heed as to what they say is the most important thing to be doing with the short life we have to make an impact for the Kingdom of God. Whether that's on the mission field in Peru, closed places in Asia, or as a millennial in the workforce in North America. Take the initiative and make disciples of those whom God has put in your path right now in your life. Not much else will last. If you have the Stitcher Radio (stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head) smart phone app, click the "listen later" button below and save this show for later. Related Posts Why I Harp On Discipleship More Than I Did Before (http://stevebremner.com/2012/05/why-i-harp-on-discipleship-more-than-i-did-before/) Why I Drastically Changed My Ministry Focus This Year (http://stevebremner.com/2012/12/why-i-drastically-changed-my-focus-this-year/) (post from 2012) Steve Bremner clean No, God’s NOT Going to Change His Mind In The End http://stevebremner.com/2014/11/no-gods-not-going-to-change-his-mind-in-the-end/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/11/no-gods-not-going-to-change-his-mind-in-the-end/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:22:44 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14774 I started to write the following blog post over the past weekend before I saw an article show up in my news feed that basically gave me pause for thought. Or at least pause for concern, to say the least. It was for an article on the Huffington Post called You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right? by Mick Mooney. I'm seeing a lot of my friends in the "Hyper Grace" camp -- of which on certain specific points I consider myself apart of -- champion a lot of his [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/11/no-gods-not-going-to-change-his-mind-in-the-end/feed/ 0 I started to write the following blog post over the past weekend before I saw an article show up in my news feed that basically gave me pause for thought. Or at least pause for concern, to say the least. - I started to write the following blog post over the past weekend before I saw an article show up in my news feed that basically gave me pause for thought. Or at least pause for concern, to say the least. It was for an article on the Huffington Post called You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right? by Mick Mooney (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mick-mooney/you-know-gods-going-to-ch_b_6138596.html). I'm seeing a lot of my friends in the "Hyper Grace" camp -- of which on certain specific points I consider myself apart of -- champion a lot of his writings and articles. I've downloaded three of Mick's books to my Kindle and haven't gotten around to reading any of them yet, so I don't know if there's more to be said about his thoughts on hell and ultimate reconciliation. That being said, having written articles for larger websites before, I'm aware that sometime editors change content and certainly the headline of your articles to get more attention. The title is very attention-getting, and upon re-reading the entire post a second time, I realize Mooney is pretty much saying "what if" God were to change His mind in the end. Asking these what if questions are helpful for determining our own prejudices and hatred for others that may cause us not to evangelize or be annoyed when they come in the Kingdom of God. Suffice it to say, I strongly disagree with the premise. God's not going to change His mind in the end. How do I know? Well, God's already told us so. For one thing, the author uses the story of Jonah to show how on one occasion in the Old Testament, Jonah went to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria at the time and preached destruction but all the hearers repented and God's judgment was averted. For some reason Mooney uses this as a proof text that God's going to do the exact same thing with regard to eternal damnation. There are many reasons why I could start a list of reasons why we already know FROM God's own word that He's not going to change His mind about this and has already spelled out how future history unfolds concerning His judgment. Not only that, but the implications of "it's all good in the end" remove any sense of urgency for sharing the Gospel of GOOD NEWS in the first place. But, just using the text Mooney uses, let's ask some other questions. How does the fact that while Jonah did preach to them and they repented, God did eventually destroy Nineveh as He said He would 100 years later? It surprises me that some of the people going all out in to universalism would tell you on the one hand "I am the Lord and do not change" (Mal 3:6) when it comes to, as but one example, proof that God healed in the New Testament and will continue to do so today because He doesn't change. But yet, all of a sudden when it comes to eternal damnation "who are we to complain if he DOES change His mind in the end?" Huh? Do You Want ISIS To Get Saved or Destroyed? In our ministry school we've been going through the Old Testament prophets in our first year classes, and even though it didn't fall on me to teach the book of Jonah, I had Nahum. You've probably never heard of it. OK, forgive the hipster attitude, but maybe you have, but it might be in the part of your Bible where the pages are still stuck together. I'll admit that before preparing to teach, there are no markings or highlights in those pages of my well-used Bible. Anyway Nahum, just like Jonah, was called to preach destruction was nigh to Nineveh, about a hundred years after Jonah did. The only difference is that this time it actually happened, just as Nahum prophesied. I've covered this in another post I wrote about this subject called Was Jonah a False Prophet (http://stevebremner.com/2012/07/was-jonah-a-false-prophet/)? Everybody knows Jonah was the guy who spent three days in the belly of a big fish, and that he was too chicken to go preach to a people God sent him to. Steve Bremner clean 59:26 The Manifest Presence of God is Birthed in Intimacy http://stevebremner.com/2014/11/the-manifest-presence-of-god-is-birthed-in-intimacy/ http://stevebremner.com/2014/11/the-manifest-presence-of-god-is-birthed-in-intimacy/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:36:10 +0000 http://stevebremner.com/?p=14764 This week we finally release an interview I've been sitting on for a couple of months with Brian Guerin, itinerant minister with Bridal Glory International, and author of the new book God of Wonders: Experiencing God's Voice Through Signs, Wonders, and Miracles. This episode flows nicely with what we've been talking about concerning the collective Bride of Christ and we get back to "the upper room" again. We started off today with learning a little bit about Brian and his testimony, and [Continue reading...]]]> http://stevebremner.com/2014/11/the-manifest-presence-of-god-is-birthed-in-intimacy/feed/ 0 This week we interview the author of God of Wonders: Experiencing God's Voice Through Signs, Wonders, and Miracles. (http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/stairway.jpg) This week we finally release an interview I've been sitting on for a couple of months with Brian Guerin, itinerant minister with Bridal Glory International (http://www.bridalglory.com/), and author of the new book God of Wonders: Experiencing God's Voice Through Signs, Wonders, and Miracles (http://amzn.to/1zCzOic). This episode flows nicely with what we've been talking about concerning the collective Bride of Christ and we get back to "the upper room" again. We started off today with learning a little bit about Brian and his testimony, and specifically his experiences cultivating an intimacy with God and experiencing signs and wonders on a regular basis and we discuss God's supernatural provision. Make sure you stick around for the prophetic word Brian has for his nation toward the end of the show. If you have the Stitcher Radio (http://stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head) app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. About Our Guest (http://stevebremner.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Brian-Guerin-e1415979355455-236x300.jpg)Brian Guerin, Founding Director of Bridal Glory International, is a friend of God. As a prophetic mouthpiece and itinerate speaker, he is sent out all over the world to ignite lovesick passion and abandonment for Him alone. He carries the kingdom of heaven, as his ministry is marked by unusual signs and wonders, powerful miracles and healing, and the very fingerprints of God. His passion is the presence. He recklessly pursues the very face of God with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength. He wants to go where no man has ever gone in God and carry a generation with him home to heaven, as His Bride equally yoked in love. Brian ministers from the depth of that intimacy with the Love of his life, releasing an overflow of revelation, impartation, and an undeniable demonstration of the Spirit's power. His greatest desire in life is to love Jesus like no man has ever loved Him before, to intimately know and be known by the King of Glory, being transformed into His likeness, while watching this pattern repeat itself in others. Get Brian's book, God of Wonders: Experiencing God's Voice Through Signs, Wonders, and Miracles (http://amzn.to/1zCzOic) on Amazon. Check out this clip from an interview with Brian that Eric Gilmour did Subscribe to Fire On Your Head (http://www.fireonyourhead.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/itunes-logo-300x110.jpg)(http://www.fireonyourhead.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/stitcher-300x173.jpg) If you’d like to subscribe to the Fire On Your Head Podcast, visit our directory in iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fire-on-your-head/id255587390), Stitcher Radio (http://stitcher.com/podcast/fire-on-your-head), or visit FireOnYourHead.com (http://fireonyourhead.com/) for more subscription options. Like The Fire On Your Head Podcast on Facebook Brian Guerin clean 1:00:17