My “Week in Review” Podcast Is Now Available on iTunes

The Week in Review podcast is now available on iTunes as well as through your browser or the “Mike Gantt app” (available through the iTunes or Android app stores).

The link above will take you to the podcast listing in the iTunes directory.  It will take a couple of days, however, before you’ll be able to search on my name and find it that way.  This lag is just an inherent part of their system.

(This post is not announcing a new episode – just announcing a new way that the podcast is available to you.)

“The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven” Audio Book Now Available

The audio version of the book The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven is now accessible on the “Mike Gantt” app.  If you already have the app, just refresh the episode list if its chapter titles are not already showing.  Look for the prefix “TIEGTH” at the beginning of each title and begin with the episode labeled “TIEGTH00” which is the Introduction.  There are 21 chapters following the Introduction.  If you don’t have the app, just go to the app store supported by your mobile device and search on “Mike Gantt.”  As with everything else I provide, there is no cost to you, nor will I seek donations or anything else from you.

You can also listen to this book using your browser, beginning at The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven.  You will find the written text for each chapter beneath the audio player for that chapter.

The total listening time required for this audio version of the book is 3 hours, 41 minutes, and 52 seconds.  Because I hope you are completing the audio book The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven, and that you will also want to listen to this book, I am going to continue holding off on publishing the weekly podcasts Scriptural Christianity and Scriptural Literacy…so that I am not found trying to give you water to drink through a fire hose.  I will, however, continue publishing the Week in Review podcast.  (It’s an audio review of all that I have published on my blogs and other social media during the preceding week.)

Sometime next week, this audio book should show up as a podcast in the iTunes and Stitcher directories.

That everyone is going to heaven is a truth that has important implications.  One of them, which may be counterintuitive for some folks, is that we should repent and live holy lives.  Be sure you understand that everyone is going to heaven, and be sure that you understand all that it implies and all that is required of us.

The “Heaven” Book Now Available as Podcast on iTunes

My book – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – is now published as a podcast and listed in the iTunes Directory.  Here is what the listing looks like: iTunes.

You can most easily find it by searching from your iOS device on “mike gantt,” where it will show up next to my other podcasts.  You can also find it by searching on the title of the book.

For those of you with Android devices, the podcast has been submitted to Stitcher but has not yet been listed.  That will probably happen in the next few days.  I don’t plan to send out an announcement about that, as it should happen as a matter of course.  If it doesn’t show up for you in the next couple of days, please post a comment to this post and I will follow up with Stitcher.

I remind you that whether you have an Android or an iOS device, you can download the “Mike Gantt app” from the app store.  With this app you will have access not just to this book, but to every podcast I have produced and will produce.  Moreover, every podcast episode I publish goes to that app before it goes anywhere else.  Therefore, no matter what your smartphone or other device, the best way to receive every audio teaching I release – and the moment I release it – is through the “Mike Gantt app.”  (By the way, I am not proud of the app’s name, but I am willing to take responsibility for what I say.)

 

Ministry Newsletter Covering All My Blogs, Podcasts, Books, Etc.

Since my ministry activities include multiple blogs, podcasts, and books, I have decided to produce a periodic newsletter which will cover all these and related activities – in case there are any of you who want to keep up with it all.  I’m calling it Mike Gantt’s Ministry Newsletter.  It won’t be fancy.  It will just explain my overall view of things from time to time – but a minimum of monthly.  You can sign up for it on the right-hand side of this About page.  (And this is the only place on all of my blogs that you will be able to sign up for it.)

Note that my various blogs will allow you to sign up for an e-mail notification of each new blog post, but this newsletter sign-up is different.  Although I allow anonymous comments on my blogs and anonymous sign-ups for the blog post e-mails, for this ministry newsletter I wanted it to be a little more personal, which is why I ask for a name.  It should go without saying that I’m not going to use your information for any purpose other than the purposes I just stated for the newsletter, and that I am never going to try to sell you something or obtain a donation or anything else from you.  I just feel that I should provide a way for interested people to know more about the thinking of the person behind these various forms of content I am providing.

I do not expect many people to sign up for this newsletter, but for those want to keep up with all that I am doing in this ministry, this newsletter will provide a cohesive view of my activities and make sure that I don’t take on anything new without your knowing about it.

Service Post-Mortem

It appears that the transition from my old web hosting provider to the new one is complete, except for the mopping up.  That is, I’ll probably spend the next few days or weeks refining the presentation of the pages because many of the settings were altered slightly, but the major problems appear to have been resolved.  If you notice any other problems, please bring them to my attention.

Anyone following the blog through the WordPress Reader were not transferred over.   Apparently, there was a technical obstacle to that which could not be overcome. Anyone subscribing by e-mail, however, should have been effectively transferred.  Again, if any problems, let me know.

As I complete the finishing touches on the transition, I look forward to working on the additional capabilities that this new environment provides so that I can bring you more awareness of His grace.  Thanks for your patience.

 

Service Update

We are in the midst of the migration from one web hosting provider for this blog to another that I announced a few days ago.  The only change you should notice from this change is that the web site address for this blog will change from

http://blogforthelordjesuscurrentevents.wordpress.com

to

http://blogforthelordjesuscurrentevents.com

That is, “wordpress” is being removed from the URL.  That should not create issues for you, because if you enter the old address you’ll automatically be forwarded to the new one.

Nevertheless, some issues have arisen.  For one thing, if you are signed up for an e-mail or RSS feed for each post you may not have received yours this morning.  They are working on that.  For another, some links are broken, such that if you click on a link, it may not take you to the proper page.  Also, you may run across duplicate posts or comments.  They are working on that, too.

If you encounter any other problems, please leave a comment about it below so that I can bring it to the attention of the folks that are working on this transition.

Over the past four years, I have written 6,733 posts and pages.  I should not therefore expect to transfer this much data, along with all the comments attached to these posts and pages, without a few issues.  I hope for your understanding.

Service Announcement

In order to be able to support some additional services I want to provide you, I am switching web hosting providers.  This change will be taking place over the next few days.  It may take as long as a week to complete.

We always hope transitions like this will be smooth, but there is a chance there will be some service disruptions.  For example, there may be an occasion or two when the web site is unavailable.  More importantly, there may be delays or omissions in the e-mail delivery of posts for those of you who are signed up for that.

Let’s hope for the best.  But if there are difficulties, at least you have been forewarned.  I will report to you when the transition is complete.

I need to send out this notice for each of my five blogs because I don’t have access to the e-mail addresses and therefore don’t know who is signed up for more than one blog.  Therefore, I apologize if you receive duplicates of this notice.

God bless you.

Mike

Adding Twitter to My Blogging

I’ve been blogging for four years, having begun the first blog in December 2009.  I don’t recall when I first began thinking about Twitter, but early on I learned that it was based on a concept of “followers” and for this reason I rejected it.  In fact, I’ve even written at least in once place on my blog that I did not want to be on Twitter because I don’t want followers.  Instead, I want to make followers for Christ.

In recent months, I have had more exposure to Twitter.  While still struggling with the “follower” concept, I began to see some potential advantages of adding Twitter and making it part of my blogging work:

  1. A lot of the content that I re-publish on this Current Events blog looks like it could be re-published more easily on Twitter.
  2. Twitter, since I began to see it as a broadcast platform, offers much more content for me to re-publish.  That is, I can survey more resources in less time using it than in scanning blogs with a browser.
  3. I reflected on how dependent I am on getting constant reinforcement to my faith (by reading and studying the Bible every day), so how can I expect those I’m trying to teaching through my blogs to practice faith without it?  Twitter would be a way to feed them additional scriptures and other encouragement through the day in addition to the resource content I re-publish to them.  That is, I can publish 140-character encouragements to follow Him at various points in a day.

So, to sum up, I came to see my resistance to “followers” was a well-intentioned but impractical position to maintain.  I want the message about Jesus Christ to be heard.  Therefore, if you look to the right you will see recent tweets and, for those of you who use Twitter, you will see how to connect with me on it.