Over the years, my primary interests have shifted from physical health to spiritual health. Both areas are extremely important, however, of the two, the latter is primary. In the spiritual area, my interest is focused on the natural-to-fallen-man tendency to not measure up in experience to the spiritual knowledge available. My desire is to make available publications and truths that tend to be neglected, forgotten, or misunderstood.
· Some ten books personally authored or compiled, available in print and electronic versions;
· Numerous articles on religious and health topics, available free in pdf format at: http://vsdigitalinspiration.com/?mbt_book=creation-by-design.
· Some 32 different, unique, hard-to-find volumes of Ellen White and other SDA Pioneer material available through Amazon.com in print and electronic form. They may all be viewed together at: http://vsdigitalinspiration.com/.
Birth: July 19, 1935, Phoenix, Arizona.
Baptized: 1947, Phoenix Southside SDA Church.
Grade School—1950, Arizona Academy Elementary School, Phoenix, Arizona.
High School—1954, Ozark Academy, Gentry, Arkansas.
College—1958, Southern Missionary College, Collegedale, Tennessee. B.A. degree, Major in Chemistry, Minors in Math and Religion.
Postgraduate—1962, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, M.D. degree.
Staff Physician—1963-1973, Hospital Adventista de Nicaragua, La Trinidad, Nicaragua, Central America.
Medical Director—1969-1973, Same.
Health Director—1969-1973, Central American Union of Seventh-day Adventists, Central America.
Ordained—January 1973 in Nicaragua by Elder Alfredo Aeschlimann.
Health Director—1973-1976, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Miami, Florida.
Staff Physician—1976-1987, Several Hospital Emergency Rooms and Emergency Clinics in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.
Contributing/Associate Editor—1987-1997, Our Firm Foundation, Hope International, Eatonville, Washington.
Desktop Publishing—1997 to present.
With surprising candor and transparency pastor Andy Stanley explains how one of America’s largest churches began with a high-profile divorce and a church split.
But that’s just the beginning...
Deep and Wide provides church leaders with an in-depth look into North Point Community Church and its strategy for creating churches unchurched people absolutely love to attend. Andy writes,
“Our goal is to create weekend experiences so compelling and helpful that even the most skeptical individuals in our community would walk away with every intention of returning the following week...with a friend!”
Later he says,
“I want people to fall in love with the Author of Scripture. And while we can’t make anyone fall in love, we can certainly arrange a date.”
For the first time, Andy explains his strategy for preaching and programming to “dual audiences”: mature believers and cynical unbelievers. He argues that preaching to dual audiences doesn’t require communicators to “dumb down” the content. According to Stanley, it’s all in the approach.
You’ll be introduced to North Point's spiritual formation model: The Five Faith Catalysts. Leaders responsible for ministry programing and production will no doubt love Andy’s discussion of the three essential ingredients for creating irresistible environments. For pastors willing to tackle the challenge of transitioning a local congregation, Andy includes a section entitled: Becoming Deep and Wide.
If your team is more concerned with who you are reaching than who you are keeping, Deep & Wide will be more than a book you read; it will be a resource you come back to over and over!
“Couldn't be prouder of my son, Andy. And I couldn't be more excited about the content of this book. I wish a resource like this existed when I was starting out in ministry.”
- Dr. Charles Stanley, Founder, In Touch Ministries
“Deep and Wide pulls back the curtain for all of us to see what is required behind the scenes to build a prevailing church. I was both challenged and inspired by this book.”
- Bill Hybels, author of Just Walk Across the Room
“The most common question I get from pastors is, ‘How do I get the people in my church to be open to change?’ From now on my answer will be, ‘Read Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley’. Thanks Andy. Great book!”
- Craig Groeschel, Pastor, LifeChurch.TV, author, It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It
“No one has given me more practical handles for establishing a focused vision than Andy Stanley. Deep and Wide is a rich resource to help all of us stay intentional about the main thing - building a church that reaches people who are far from God.”
- Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church
Whether you're a leader or a layperson, this book will challenge the way you interact with others in the Body of Christ, and it will show you how to be firm yet Christ-like when dealing with people who are operating under the influence of this spirit.