Vyrso’s Top 5 Interviews of 2013

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This has been Vyrso’s best year yet. Throughout 2013, we featured some awesome interviews with top Christian authors. From seasoned pastors to new writers, our interviews ran the gamut from discussing Christians and homosexuality to examining what’s wrong with the modern church.

Top 5 interviews of 2013

1. One Way Love: An Exclusive Interview with Tullian Tchividjian

In this powerful two-part interview, Tchividjian passionately discussed what he believes is wrong with the modern church, how to overcome our society’s narcissism, and the real meaning of God’s good news. The interview is both revealing and intense, and speaks to the many church leaders, Christians, and lay people who long for relief in an increasingly exhausting world.

“. . . too many churches perpetuate the impression that Christianity is primarily concerned with ‘getting better’—however that is defined. The fact is that Christianity is not about good people getting better. It is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. The heart of the Christian faith is good news—not good behavior, good technique, or good advice.” —Tullian Tchividjian

2. Homosexuality and the Church: An Interview with Peter Hubbard

As one of the most hotly debated issues facing today’s church, it’s not hard to find a politician, billboard, or petition yelling at you to take sides on homosexuality. What’s much harder to find is a theologically sound resource that addresses the issue both biblically and compassionately. Hubbard manages to do both. His interview reveals his inspiration for his book, Love into Light, his hope for the church, and society’s biggest misconceptions about how Christians view homosexuality.

3. The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker

As a man leading the charge of developing young, Christian leaders, Brad Lomenick knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a strong leader. In his interview, he talks about the impact of Catalyst, his hope for future leaders, and the legacy he wants to leave behind.

“At Catalyst, we are crazy about gathering, inspiring, and releasing the next wave of leaders who love Jesus and have a burden to be Catalysts in their communities and culture . . . I’m incredibly optimistic about the next wave of leaders who are now stepping into leadership roles. It’s a generation of leaders willing to work their guts out for something bigger than themselves, willing to work together to accomplish the big vision.” —Brad Lomenick

4. Thrashing About with God: An Interview with Mandy Steward

At some point or another, we’ve all fought our way through spiritual turmoil. But few of us actually have the guts to talk about it as openly and honestly as Steward. In Thrashing About with God, Steward talks about closing her Bible, leaving the church, and the meaning of “messy grace.”

5. The Great Evangelical Recession: An Interview with John S. Dickerson

As an award-winning journalist and pastor, Dickerson’s heart lies in developing the modern church. In his interview, Dickerson talks about young people leaving the church, our rapidly changing culture, and the six factors that will crash the American church.

What to look forward to in 2014!

We’ve got an exciting year ahead of us. Look out for interviews with Mark Driscoll, Chip Ingram, Brian Hardin, and some of 2014’s biggest up-and-coming authors.

Subscribe to Vyrso Voice to stay tuned in to all the action!

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Just Announced: Bundles Extended through the End of the Month!

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Christmas came late this year! If you missed out on any of the 24 Days of Vyrso book bundles, then we’ve got good news: all bundles have been extended through the end of the month!

This means you can save 70% on works by top Christian authors like John Piper, Warren Wiersbe, J. I. Packer, and more! We’re also offering specialized bundles that suit your interests: choose from collections like the Healthy Marriage Bundle, Powerful Ministry Bundle, Personal Devotional Bundle, and others. Simply scroll through the bundles using the arrow buttons to choose which book collection is right for you!

Don’t wait: all bundles end January 2 at 10:00 a.m. (EST).

Savings galore!

Here are some of our best-selling bundles:

Day 3: get over $100 off the Focus on God Bundle

Enter into the daily presence of Jesus with a devotional by A. W. Tozer, learn to develop a thriving relationship with God, and discover how to worship Christ during the most difficult times. Get over $100 off nine inspirational books!

Day 4: get 70% off the John Piper Bundle

Learn from one of the most respected theologians of our time. Take 70% off six John Piper books, including Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, John Calvin and His Passion for the Majesty of God, Spectacular Sins, and more!

Day 16: get over $90 off the Healthy Marriage Bundle

This bundle is packed with practical tips for establishing a healthy marriage, spending time together, and growing closer to God. The Healthy Marriage Bundle is perfect for the recently engaged, newlyweds, and married couples—get over $90 off eight resources!

Day 10: get 70% off the Powerful Prayer Bundle 

Learn to be a powerful public speaker, defeat ministry-killers, effectively staff your church, and become a Christ-based leader. This bundle equips you with the tools, tips, and encouragement you need to establish a healthy, cross-centered church today. Get six pastoral resources for 70% off!

Day 6: get 69% off the J. I. Packer Bundle

J. I. Packer is one of the most influential evangelicals in North America—get three of his books for 69% off! The J. I. Packer Bundle includes Keeping the Ten Commandments, Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, and A Grief Sanctified.

There are plenty of other bundles to choose from! Explore all of the 24 Days of Vyrso deals by scrolling through the bundles—but hurry! All bundles expire January 2 at 10:00 a.m. (EST).

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Get 68% Off the Mark Driscoll Bundle

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Today we’re offering the last new deal for the
24 Days of Vyrso sale! Since December 1, we’ve been offering different 24-hour book bundles every day at amazing discounts. To wrap up this exciting sale, we’re offering 68% off four books by Mark Driscoll.

Mark Driscoll Bundle

Driscoll is possibly one of the most controversial pastors of our day. However controversial he may be, his ministry has been wildly successful in reaching thousands of people locally—as well as an innumerable amount of people globally—through his ministry with the Acts 29 Network and Mars Hill Global. Driscoll is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Real Marriage.

The Mark Driscoll Bundle features books that address difficult questions about the New Testament, God, and church leadership. These highly accessible books were written to give you a solid understanding of several major doctrines.

Here’s what you’ll get:

1. On the New Testament: In a book that can be read in about an hour, Driscoll answers the top nine questions about the New Testament—questions about authorship, different translations, trustworthiness of the Scriptures, and more.

2. On Who Is God?: Get clear biblical answers to the five most controversial issues about God over which religion and philosophies collide.

3. On Church Leadership: As the pastor of one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America, Driscoll is an expert on church leadership. Writing out of his personal experience and biblical conviction, Driscoll examines six important areas of church leadership.

4. Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions: Get solid biblical insight on the top nine misconceptions about Christianity, including birth control, predestination, grace, sexual sin, and much more.

Get the Mark Driscoll Bundle for only $11.99, saving you over $25. Download this bundle today: this offer expires December 25 at 7:59 a.m. (EST).

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3 Things I Learned from a Visit with the Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and Peyton Manning

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Today’s guest post is by Rod Olson, a highly sought-after speaker, author, coach, and leadership consultant. In addition to 20 years of experience as a collegiate football coach, Olson has trained over 100,000 leaders nationwide. Today only: get his book, The Legacy Builder—along with three other titles by top leadership experts—for 70% off with the True Leadership Bundle!

What if you could spend a day with the leaders of the Army Rangers, a day with the leaders of the Navy SEALs in Coronado, CA, and then be a fly on the wall in an informal meeting with Peyton Manning? I was blessed enough to be able to do just this.

Here are three gold nuggets of wisdom I picked up on my journeys this past month with some of these elite leaders.

1. Focus on facts, not feelings

As I found myself at the edge of a 75-foot cliff, I had a decision to make: succumb to my feelings of fear and doubt, or trust the facts and training that I received earlier and repel down the cliff.  It had been a long time since I was on the player’s side of things, and this cliff was forcing me to put my “leadership” teachings to the test.

Army Ranger leaders have their soldiers focus on the facts—not how they feel when performing difficult tasks. If we hope to get through trying circumstances, or coach others to do the same, we must focus on the situation’s facts, not our feelings.

2. Develop the person, not the title

“If we can’t trust you as a man, we won’t be able to trust you as a soldier,” said the veteran SEAL instructor. When I heard this, it reminded me of the importance of developing the person, not just the athlete, employee, or student.

The SEAL instructors believe it’s their calling to develop special people who do uncommon things.  If we hope to develop elite athletes, employees, or students, we must also develop the person. Excellence, selflessness, and discipline are ways of life—not something you can turn on and off. They must be lived and coached daily.

3. Expand your “court awareness”

“Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what you are doing.” —Peyton Manning

As I watched Peyton Manning enter the baseball manager’s office, the manager said to me, “Rod, years ago, Peyton came to take batting practice here and he’s the only celebrity that has ever asked me if I could take him underneath to the batting cages for a short coaching session prior to him taking batting practice on the field that afternoon . . . that tells you a bit about who Peyton is.”

Manning’s preparation skills are well documented, just as we see in the quote above; however, as I sat in the office with him that day, another quality jumped out: court awareness.  As I listened to Manning speak, his awareness of his surroundings and others was palpable.  He acknowledged others in the room and included us in the conversation.  He honored the differences and similarities of baseball and football, and most importantly, he didn’t do or say anything inappropriate.  And with great court awareness comes both maturity and humility—qualities that are integral to being a strong leader.

Going forward, here are some questions to consider:

1. In times of stress, do I focus on facts or feelings?

2. Am I development driven or results driven?

3. Would the people I lead say that I have great “court awareness?”

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Today only: get Rod Olson’s book, The Legacy Builder, along with three other titles for 70% off with the True Leadership Bundle.

Here’s what you’ll get:

Don’t wait: the True Leadership Bundle expires December 21 at 7:59 a.m. (EST)!

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Today Only: Get 70% Off the D. A. Carson Bundle

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D. A. Carson is one of the most recognizable theologians of the twenty-first century. He is well known for his work as a professor, pastor, author, and theologian, as well as being the founder of The Gospel Coalition. Carson has cowritten and coedited about 60 books, including Gospel-Centered Ministry, The Holy Spirit, and Can We Know the Truth.

Today only, take 70% off of the D. A. Carson Bundle.

Here’s what you’ll get:

As part of the 24 Days of Vyrso, get this bundle for $13.99—saving 70% off the original price.

D. A. Carson is a regular source of wisdom for Bible teachers, scholars, and pastors. These books cover a multitude of topics: the doctrine of the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the scandalous theology of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, and historical narrative on the ministry of Carson’s father, which suffered from persecution but later found revival.

Strengthen your understanding of scripture with the D. A. Carson Bundle. But don’t wait: this bundle ends December 20, at 7:59 a.m. (EST)!

This bundle is just one of the many bundles offered during the 24 Days of Vyrso. Through December 24, we’ll introduce a new 24-hour book bundle every day. Check Vyrso.com daily to take advantage of these awesome deals!

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Get Over $180 Off the Warren Wiersbe Bundle!

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Another 24 Days of Vyrso deal has arrived! For the next 24 hours, take $180 off the Wiersbe Bible Study Bundle! This bundle includes study guides to over 30 books in the Bible.

Warren Wiersbe is a renowned pastor and author of Christian works, including over 150 books. Integrating material from his popular “Be” Series, this bundle is the perfect way to start a Bible study that covers many books in the Bible. Wiersbe does an excellent job of organizing each book into logical order, making your personal or group Bible study more organized and meaningful. Each volume also offers discussion and reflection questions that will help you grasp the depth of Scripture, and develop your walk in faith.

Start the new year out right

This bundle is the perfect way to kick-start your Bible study in 2014. Whether you’re looking to form a small group or dive into a new guide for your personal devotions, the Wiersbe Bible Study Bundle is an awesome collection to study with—and for 24 hours, you can get it for 70% off!

Each title retails for $8.99, but because it’s the 24 Days of Vyrso, you can get each book for just $2.70 when you buy the Wiersbe Bible Study Bundle! With over 30 titles included, that’s a savings of over $180!

Don’t miss your chance to get this one-of-a-kind collection at an amazing price! But you only have 24 hours to act, so add the Wiersbe Bible Study Bundle to your ebook collection now!

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Make it Your Best Christmas Ever: 2 Tips for Newlyweds

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I love Christmas. I mean, like, really love Christmas. I’m the first person in line for a Christmas tree, I bake approximately five gazillion tons of Christmas goodies every year, and despite my complete inability to sing on-key, I belt out Christmas carols from Thanksgiving morning until the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Some call it obnoxious; I call it festive.

Fortunately, I married a tolerant husband who’s willing to indulge my oddities (and there are many). We’ve been married two years, and every Christmas has been awesome. In fact, it’s during the holidays that I really start to appreciate how blessed we are and how much fun we have together (I credit most of this to our mutual love of Christmas karaoke). God wants you to delight in your spouse (Song of Solomon 4:10), so why not start by celebrating one of the most delight-inducing times of the year?

Here are two tips for making your first Christmas together the best Christmas ever:

1. Break old traditions

So this is an obvious fact, but I’m going to tell you anyway: Douglas firs are the best Christmas trees ever.

You know what I mean—the super-plump gems hidden at the back of the tree farm? Sadly, my husband just doesn’t understand the beauty of a fat Christmas tree. Instead, he roots for the overgrown Charlie Brown trees that look both naked and embarrassed by their flimsy branches. We go back and forth on the Christmas tree every year—alas, this is a battle I never win. Much like the other things we disagree on (cough, how much chocolate to put in the hot chocolate, cough, cough), this is just something we have to meet in the middle on.

Breaking old traditions is all about compromising with your spouse. If he’s always had ham, but you’ve always eaten pizza on Christmas Eve, break the mold and make pancakes instead. If he’s convinced that all the ornaments should match, but you’re still in love with your Elmer’s-encrusted, noodle-adorned ornament from the third grade, then hang them both.

Getting married isn’t about clinging to the way things have always been (as comforting as that may be)—it’s about starting a new life with the one you love.

2. Make new traditions

Don’t you just love it when you and your spouse have a favorite restaurant or favorite song or favorite ridiculous hobby? (Please see the above comment about Christmas karaoke).

The same goes for sharing holiday traditions.

One of the most important traditions my husband and I started was promising each other we’d attend a Christmas Eve service. This was never a tradition in my family growing up, mainly because getting changed out of our sweatpants and trudging all the way to church seemed practically blasphemous. Fortunately, I married an ambitious, godly husband who isn’t afraid to hide my yoga pants long enough for me to brush my hair and get my butt in a pew.  And once I get there, away from our Christmas tree and Christmas fudge and Christmas presents, I’m reminded that Christmas isn’t about any of those things—it’s about Jesus. As simple as that is to say, there’s something really powerful about taking that 20-minute ride to church, singing Christmas songs with the congregation, and hearing the story of the Nativity.

Whether it be reading the Christmas story together, sharing how God has blessed you in the last year, or volunteering at a soup kitchen, make a new tradition that’s both unique to your relationship and puts the focus on Jesus.

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Want to learn more about establishing a loving, happy relationship all year long? Check out these helpful resources by the people who know best:

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3 Tips for Sticking With Your Daily Devotions

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With today’s fast-paced culture constantly invading our lives, we tend to dismiss seemingly “low-importance” items on our proverbial list of priorities. When my own life gets busy, one of the first items to hit the chopping block is my devotional time with Jesus. I know my relationship with Jesus should be my first priority, because he alone can sustain me, but I constantly put my devotional life on hold to do what feels more important at the time.

But what happens when we do this? We lose perspective on what’s important and become overwhelmed by the giants in our lives. Our eyes get ripped away from developing and maintaining a relationship with Jesus, and our gaze gets fixed on what’s seen through the lens of daily struggle.

Here are three tips I’ve learned in my efforts to stick to my daily devotions:

1. Schedule reminders

The point is not to be legalistic about how and when you do your devotions—the point is to stay consistent by reading daily. I found that setting a reminder or alarm on my phone, or creating an event in my calendar, helped me prioritize and schedule time for my devotions. Although, you don’t have to use your phone (mine never leaves my hip, so it’s the best way to keep me on schedule)—write it on your hand, leave a sticky note on the mirror, or put your Bible in your cereal box. Do whatever it takes so you don’t miss your reminder.

2. Get someone to hold you accountable

Tell those around you about your goals. Your spouse, family and friends, and pastor or mentor can all offer much-needed encouragement while you try to stick to your devotional time. Have them check in once in a while to find out how you’re doing, listen to your prayer requests, and offer encouragement. You can also get connected to a larger faith community where sharing your walk can become an encouragement to everyone, and vice versa. Faithlife is a great place to connect with Christians around the world, in your area, or from your church. You can even select and participate in topical reading plans to help keep you on track.

3. Use the power of prayer

Prayer is the most powerful tool a Christian wields, and it can play a crucial role in your devotional time. In prayer, tell the Father what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, and the desires of your heart. Prayer shouldn’t just be a part of your devotional life; it should consume and benefit your devotional life. Ask God to change your heart by directing your eyes toward him and developing the self-control to stick with your daily devotions.

Learn more about how to make spending time with God a daily habit: check out these three inspirational titles.

1. My Daily Pursuit: Devotions for Every Day by A. W. Tozer

2. Moments with You: 365 All-New Devotions for Couples by Dennis and Barbara Rainey

3Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young

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Win a MacBook Pro, Logos 5 Portfolio, and 10 Vyrso books!

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We’re kick-starting the 28th annual Pastors’ Conference in Jacksonville, FL with a special Logos giveaway. Through January 22, enter to win Logos 5 Portfolio, a 13” MacBook Pro, and 10 Vyrso books by conference speakers!

Running from January 23–26, this year’s conference theme is “Feed My Sheep: The Call to Preach the Bible,” and will feature speakers like Jim Cymbala, Tim Tebow, Dorothy Kelley Patterson, and more! This is the perfect opportunity to connect and learn from other passionate speakers and pastors, and return to your ministry feeling refreshed, energized, and with new ideas to help you lead a Christ-centered church. Learn more about the Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference by checking out their website.

Get 10 Vyrso books!

Enter the giveaway for your chance to win these 10 Vyrso books by Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference speakers:

Explore all of these books with the free Vyrso app—available for both iOS and Android devices. Check out all of the benefits of Vyrso today!

Enter to win!

Entry closes January 22. We’ll select and notify the winner January 23. If you win and you already own Logos 5 and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. The winner will need to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prize. By entering the giveaway, you’re opting to receive emails from Vyrso and Logos. 

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Today Only: Get 70% Off the Powerful Ministry Bundle!

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The 24 Days of Vyrso continues with the Powerful Ministry Bundle! For only 24 hours, get six pastoral resources for 70% off!

This bundle includes a well-rounded selection of titles that will help improve your ministry and establish a healthy church environment. Learn to be a powerful public speaker, overcome common ministry barriers, effectively staff your church, and become a Christ-based leader. The Powerful Ministry Bundle equips you with the tools, tips, and encouragement you need to establish a healthy, cross-centered church.

Here’s what you’ll get:

Regularly $96.95, get all six titles for just $28.99!

Don’t wait: the Powerful Ministry Bundle ends December 14 at 7:59 a.m. (EST)—download it today!

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This bundle is just one of the many bundles offered during the 24 Days of Vyrso! Through December 24, we’ll introduce a new 24-hour book bundle every day. Check Vyrso.com daily to take advantage of these awesome deals!

 

 

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