Stan Jantz
"Eighty percent of success is showing up." (Woody Allen)
Huntington Beach, CA

Consider Jesus

You who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus…

Tucked into the Letter to the Hebrews are two words that provide the highest calling and most compelling mandate a Christian can have. These words comprise the central theme of Hebrews and perhaps the entire Bible. They also serve as a guide for living.

Consider Jesus.

We know Jesus, at least in the sense of knowing who he is: God’s only Son sent to earth to bring light and life and salvation to people living in darkness.

Consider Jesus.

But what do we do with Jesus? Once we have put our trust in Him and accepted Him, how do we live? Is there more to a relationship with the Son of God than trust and acceptance? We call ourselves Christians because of a relationship to Jesus, but have we truly considered Him? What does that even mean?

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The Best Book of the Year

It’s the time of year for those “Best of” lists. You know the ones. Best movies of the year, best technology gadgets, best books of the year, and so on. I work in the area of book publishing, so the book lists are the ones I follow closely.

There are so many book lists out there that it’s difficult to identify a single title as the undisputed Book of the Year. If you go by Amazon, which sells 42 percent of all the books in the world, the “most read” book in 2017was A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. According to Goodreads, the most popular book was Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.

Christianity Today named Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren as its Book of the Year, a selection I completely agree with. It’s an extraordinary book. In the world of Christian fiction, The Christy Award™ Book of the Year was presented to Charles Martin’s Long Way Gone. Another fine choice.

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So This Is Christmas

One of the wonders of Christmas is its light. In the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas Day comes just a few days after the winter solstice, the “bleak midwinter,” the longest night of the year. We should be depressed by the darkness. Instead we revel in it because of the glorious light all around—on trees, on houses, in stores and public places. We light candles and stoke fireplaces so we can enjoy their warmth and light.

When it’s the darkest, light is a gift from the one who created it. As recorded in Scripture, these are the first words God spoke: “Let there be light.” By that simple yet all-powerful command enough light came to brighten and give life to our otherwise dark and empty planet.

Since that first day of creation, darkness has remained, not only in the world but also in the human heart. When the prophet Isaiah described the people as “walking in darkness,” he didn’t mean they were physically in the dark. They were spiritually bleak and without hope.

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General
The details of my life are quite inconsequential. I love my wife, kids, and grandkids. Oh wait, I love God, too. He should probably be first.
Activities
I'm rhe interimtExecutive Director for the Evanglical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). I'm still writing with Bruce Bickel even as I do my best to find new young talent.
Interests
Running, reading, writing (at the same time...you should see me). I also have a passion for the local church and Christian higher education.
Music
All kinds: classical (big Beethoven fan), jazz (favorite station: KKJZ Long Beach), and some worship (right now I'm listening to Phil Wickham).
Movies
My wife and I stream movies or go to our local Cinelux (where they serve food and drinks and you sit in bit recliners). As long as the movie is good, we like it!
Books
Because I'm working on a new book series that explores the big questions about God and the Bible, I'm reading lots of books on theology.
Quotes
Whether these are the best of times or the worst of times, these are the times God has given us.
Education
B.A. Fresno State University (English Literature), M.A. Biola University (Christian Apologetics)
Work
Interim Executive Director of the Evangelical Publishers Association (ECPA) while continuing the important work of ConversantLife.com in Huntington Beach.