Mike Howerton Interview

Mar 15

Mike Howerton is lead pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, page Washington, medical and served for six years as the college pastor at Saddleback Church. Mike is the author of Miles to Cross and Glorious Mess: Encountering God’s Relentless Grace for Imperfect People.

Listen to previous interviews here.

Congratulations to the winners of Glorious Mess!
Chip A. from CO, check Jason M. from MA, Todd W. from CO, Jon O. from CA, Dan M. from IL, Mark P. from CA, Chris T. from MT, Jeff P. from OR, Mike C. from OR, Jeff S. from FL, Rich K. from CA, Joe L. from TX, Jaylynne F. from Canada, Janai B. from TX, Heidi R. from AZ, Scott N. from MI, Trey C. from CA, John H. from KS, Dave A. from CA, Steve T. from NV

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Mark Batterson Interview

Mar 13

Mark Batterson is the author of several books including, case In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, capsule Wild Goose Chase, Primal, and his latest The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. Mark serves as the Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. and is on the creative team of the Origins Project.

Check out the interview here!

Congratulations to those who won The Circle Maker book giveaway!
Ryan G. from CA, Christopher B. from TX, Ryan B. from PA, Todd H. from NE, Tyler B. from OR, Candi W. from AZ, Stephen N. from MI, Richard M. from PA, Daniel L. from Southeast Asia, Ross B. from WA, Alberto M. from CA, Matthew S. from CA, David C. from CA, Cory H. from OH, Mike L. from MN, Josh D. from TX, Lisa R. from TX, Ken M. from CA, Howard S. from AZ, and Gretchin A. from IN

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Not Like Me: A Discounted Offer

Dec 11

If you’d like to purchase copies of Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World, prescription you can do so at $7 each (postage not included).

Email me at eric.bryant@gatewaychurch.comwith the number you’d like to order and your U.S. mailing address. Include your phone number if you’d like for me to call you before mailing your order once I find out how much the postage will be for the shipment.

I’ve had people order the books for a sermon series, those in their small group, their small group leaders, their pastors, and their ministry staff.

This fall “Tearing Down the Walls” Small Groups helped us get so many people connected!

Tearing Down the Walls Small Group Material by Eric Bryant

Sep 15

Our new “Tearing Down the Walls” Small Groups started this week, stomach and so many new people have gotten connected!

One group went from 2 people to 11, visit this site one from 6 to 28, and many more had new people connect with them. We had 14 new people at our place in Barton Hills next to downtown Austin on Tuesday night and 17 people at our new East Austin small group last night!

Here is a brief explanation of what we are doing (feel free to use the material and adapt it to your area):

“Churches across the Austin area will join together to tear down walls that separate us from one another. More than a Sunday morning message series, Walls is a journey for those who are ready to explore and live the life God intended. No longer will
spiritual barriers keep us from trusting God and the promises He has made. We long to see the church of Austin love God, each other and our surrounding neighbors.

Invisible Walls (Sept. 11th) – Not Like Me: Introduction & chapter 1
Naming Our Walls (Sept. 18th) – Not Like Me: chapter 2 & Conclusion
The Walls Between Us (Sept. 25th) – Not Like Me: chapters 3, 6, & 7
Walls Between Church and Community (Oct. 2nd) – Not Like Me: chapters 4 & 9
Breaking Down Walls (Oct. 9th) – Not Like Me: chapters 5, 8, & 10

Week 1: Invisible Walls

At times we struggle to reach our potential because of walls (unseen and spiritual barriers) that hold us back.

1. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
2. Can you describe a time in your life when you had high expectations about an event, experience, or a person that ended up leaving you disappointed? How did you respond to the disappointment?

Read Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
1. How does the world teach us to respond to painful experiences and disappointment?
2. Have you ever seen someone create a wall as a way to protect himself or herself after having a painful experience?
3. Have you ever done this? If so, what happened?
4. If we are supposed to examine every thought (and wall) that we create by the truth that God reveals, how can we do that?
5. How do God’s ways in handling difficult situations differ from the ways the world teaches us?

As we go through this Walls series together, we are asking each person to make this a season of spiritual reflection and preparation. We have created a “Spiritual Exercise” to guide you in the process. Each week there is a brief scripture reading and time of response to God. This is a critical part of the Walls experience. Please join us!

Supplemental Spiritual Exercise Part I and Part II

Bonus Questions:
• What insights did you gain from the Gateway Inspire service and what action steps can you take?
• What insights did you gain from Not Like Me (Introduction & chapter 1), and what action steps can you take?”

For the rest of the materials, go here: Tearing Down The Walls weeks 1 – 5

Not Like Me Free Chapters Plus…

Sep 07

With the Walls series about to begin in 20+ churches in Austin, ambulance I wanted to provide some free chapters and other resources for those using Not Like Me in your groups. Feel free to send those in your group to this page for more details on the book and for these free chapters.

Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World helps people of faith effectively love, viagra serve, and reach people overlooked by the church. We are called to move past the barriers that stand between us and those who may be different from us morally, spiritually, ethnically, or socio-economically. Published by Zondervan, Not Like Me is a revised, re-titled, and updated version of Peppermint-Filled Pinatas.

Not Like Me includes a brief article after each chapter with practical ways to apply the principles presented in that chapter. The contributors include: Ed Stetzer, Amena Brown, Margaret Feinberg, Kevin Harney, Dr. Gerardo Marti, Kim Martinez, Lon Wong, Mark DeYmaz, Princess Zulu, Dan Kimball, and Erwin McManus (Foreword).

Sneak Peek:

Table of Contents

Foreword by Erwin McManus

Introduction – The Art of Woo: Overcoming the Christian Stereotype

Chapter 1 – Curry Favor: Winning People and Influencing Friends

Chapter 3 – Peppermint-Filled Pinatas: Partying to Expand Your Influence

Chapter 9 – “Lots of Sex in the City: Engaging Others in a Post-Sexual Revolution World” Field Notes by Ed Stetzer

Chapter 10 – The Mosque Next Door: Building Relationships with the Religious (audio version)

Purchase the book here.

Website with resources such as articles, short films, small group materials, and messages: www.notlikeme.org (Have something to contribute? Send it to me at eric.bryant@gatewaychurch.com)

Also, you can find related articles at www.ericbryant.org.

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Finally, if you are not connected to a church or part of Gateway Church in Austin, click here is a list of small groups.

Not Like Me Giveaway (original version)

Aug 25

Would you like a free copy of the original version of Not Like Me?

Here’s how – email me at eric.bryant@gatewaychurch.com if you are one of the following:

  • a pastor in Austin wanting to use Not Like Me in your small groups
  • a pastor with a U.S. mailing address considering Not Like Me for a sermon series and for your small groups

Want to contribute a message, sale video, page or article to the Not Like Me site? If so, go here!