Dean's Blog

Get Ready: Megatrends of the New Era

To enable the ekklesia to prayerfully anticipate the present course of civilization for the sake of strategizing bold and effective Kingdom responses across every sphere of society, I’ve compiled a brief list of possible megatrends that will dominate the next decade. This list represents a distillation of research…

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The Seventh Greatest Spiritual Platform Shift in History

History-altering, spiritual platform shifts are rare. Many powerful revivals could be considered, but true revivals, while seismic and often possessing powerful shockwaves, rarely transform the landscape beyond religious vectors into the non-religious. Revival is what God does, but a spiritual platform (in my usage) forms the paradigm for us to process what He is doing. I contend that a seventh great platform shift is coming, and none too soon…

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Ancient Blueprints for a New Era

Most people don’t realize that Jesus leveraged the organizing principle of a revolutionary advance in human government to announce His plans to take over the planet. He said He would build something very specific, with a specific meaning as defined by Greek culture for hundreds of years. In that context, He said the Kingdom had drawn near, and that His disciples were to expand it to every corner of the earth…

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Six Upgrades Demanded by the Necessary Future

“Discernment systems” that actively cultivate the gift and leverage it in a leadership context are lacking from the corporate infrastructure of many otherwise strong movements, leaving their flank exposed. Glaring anti-christ agendas are being wrapped in incredibly subtle, sophisticated and satisfying social justice sentiments. The net effect is so emotionally persuasive it’s hard to argue with…

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Five Perils the Church Must Confront

We cannot restore culture by falling into the mud with it. There is a lightness of spirit, an impervious joy, a stubborn hope and astonishing testimony brought to bear when a person finds no need to respond like-for-like, eye-for-eye, tooth-for-tooth…

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A Pneumatic Metaphor for War

Every revival cycle is fundamentally a “breath revival.” By that I mean, every historic revival is about a fresh move of the spirit of God. And that’s where it gets interesting…

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The Hopeful Silence of Our Divine Upgrade

At minimum, Covid-19 has forced a sort of time-lapse effect, condensing years and decades of hindsight into weeks and months of real-time updates, causing us to see the vast tapestry of international, political and economic processes normally invisible to analysis by virtue of their ponderous pace. While normal life will certainly resume in many respects, history itself has tilted, and we can’t go back. It is pointless to try…

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Hindsight 2020: Perilous Path. Ditches on Both Sides.

The fact that Christians rejoiced with a sense of semi-patriotic relief when the COVID-19 shutdown finally caused the president and other government officials to declare the church an “essential service” does not make us truly essential, it just makes us feel better.

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Hindsight 2020: We Thought Zig. God Zagged.

PART ONE OF What We Should Have Seen, Where We Go From Here (1 of 8) In the days of Ahab and Jezebel, God scheduled an encounter with His prophet—an encounter that necessitated a disruption of expectations. With astonishing poetic economy, this brief story manages to produce what every good …

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IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC, ONLY ONE CAN SAVE: THE MOST IMPORTANT LITTLE BOY IN THE WORLD

Call it “prophetic fiction” I suppose, but 20 years before the coronavirus, in 2000, I wrote a medical thriller about a far more deadly pandemic involving a virus called “Sleeper.” Sleeper had been bioengineered by ecoterrorists to kill. It was highly contagious and extremely virulent…

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