David Lantz shares, “Never before has life been in such a degree of flux. Our lives are lived at a rapid pace. Social structures like the family and the church, which once provided a sense of identity and community, have given way to internet chat rooms and spending significant time with our work associates. For many, life is empty, and because of that, people are exploring spiritual options. At the same time, there is a growing sense within the church that today, as never before, we need leaders. There are those who recognize the need to raise up godly individuals to provide leadership. What a wonderful opportunity for Christian evangelism!”
David Lantz continues, “As the Salt and Light of the message of Jesus has been removed in America, the culture has become more coarse. How can we redeem a culture that was once likened to a ‘City on a Hill’ that shed forth light in a dark world? If you’re at all familiar with the ministry of Jesus Christ, you know that He was fond of saying ‘Come, follow me.’
“In my writings – two novels, several non-fiction books, and a monthly newsletter. Conversations with the Culture – this is what I have tried to do. To follow Jesus as a disciple, but not just to ‘sit and soak,’ but to learn and apply.
“I have always enjoyed being a teacher. I have taught adult Sunday School classes and small group bible studies for the last thirty years. Outside of the Bible, I am an Adjunct Professor of Business Management, Economics and Political Science for the University of Phoenix, Indiana Wesleyan University, and several other Indiana colleges, including Ivy Tech. I teach both online and face to face courses.
“Over the years I have taken Proverbs 15:2 to be my life verse. It can be summarized as: The Wise Man Makes Knowledge Acceptable.’
The Gray Champion is a mythical hero who sprang from the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, an early 19th century writer. Heralded as a leader who appears in key moments in history to defend the American way of life, he comes in our darkest hour. The Gray Champion is not a monolithic figure. Rather, he is every man, or woman, who answers the call to stand up to inspire others in their local communities.
Do you feel called to leadership, to become a Gray Champion in your business, church, or community? Do you have fears about how taking a stand will affect your personal finances, or doubts that you can even make a difference? Then this book is for you. Transparent, challenging, courageous and personally engaging.
Think Like Jesus, Lead Like Moses: Leadership Lessons from the Wilderness Crucible takes you deep into the “head and heart” of the leader, Moses. As someone just like yourself who became a grass roots leader with the Christian Coalition in the 1990s, Lantz not only boldly shares his own learning mistakes in the crucible of leadership refinement, but also deftly illustrates key leadership principles via the life of Moses and modern film scenes.
This book is not just another leadership book; it is a call to get humble and to turn the world upside down as we learn to think like Jesus and lead like Moses.
In his Inaugural Address, President Washington peered into the future of a fledgling United States of America and identified the one thing that would hold our people together – or tear the nation apart. He said that the foundation of “our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality.”
Today, we see sexual bullying by Hollywood and Washington elites; racial unrest; a media war on traditional family values, and disregard for the Constitution by our political elites. We read on our money “IN GOD WE TRUST” yet ask, “So why don’t we?”
Instinctively, we know something has changed, and ask: What happened? That’s the question The Unraveling of We the People seeks to answer, and address. “The American Republic faces terrible challenges–and David Lantz tells us how we got here, and what we can do to start fixing matters. Anyone interested in America’s civic spirit and civic education should read this.” Dr. David Randall, National Association of Scholars
The Brotherhood of the Scroll is a fast-paced story of international intrigue and war set during the turbulent sixth century BC.
The story begins in 605 BC, when Jeremiah delivered a prophesy that Jerusalem would be carried into Babylonian captivity for 70 years. In that same year, Babylon defeated Egypt at the Battle of Carchemish, Nebuchadnezzar became King of Babylon, and within a year, carried the first of three groups of Jews into exile
Jeremiah, seeing his beloved Israel caught between these two superpowers, forms an inner circle of faithful zealots, including two future prophets of Israel, a teenager named Daniel and his friend, Ezekiel. Weaving the testimony of the Bible into the historical drama of this period,
The Brotherhood of the Scroll will captivate the attention of those who enjoy an international spy thriller, as well as anyone interested in how spiritual and political issues intertwine.
The year is 585 B.C., when kingdoms vied for world domination, and religion played a key role, just as it does in our day. On one side is the Old Testament Prophet, Daniel.
On the other is the prophet of a new religion, Zoroaster, who wages Jihad to spread Zoroastrianism world wide.
These two historical figures meet when Daniel, an emissary from Babylon, proposes a marriage of political convenience between the warring kingdoms of Lydia and Media following what history records as “The Battle of the Eclipse.” Set against a backdrop of astrological events, international war and political intrigue, the two are pitted against each other in a spiritual battle not fought with human weapons, but with The Sword of the Scroll.
The Spring Equinox. It was the time of renewal for so many pagan religions; when Baal, the god of the Underworld came back to life. When Osiris, the Egyptian god, was reborn. In Babylon, when it was the time for the annual Feast of Akitu and the rebirth of Marduk. Daniel reflected on the fact that even the Passover celebration of the Jews fell near this date in the celestial calendar. And now, Zoroaster would see “The Rising of Ormazd” coincide with the rising of the New Moon following the Spring Equinox. Daniel looked to the north and found the Constellation Draco, the snake, as it coiled about the pole star Thuban. Suddenly, Daniel’s thoughts turned to his Greek friend, Troas. How had he faired this day in his battle with Kurg’s army? Like himself, Troas had no doubt faced his own nemesis this day.
Troas … Greek.
A thought flashed through Daniel’s mind. Quickly, he searched out the constellation of the Greek god known as Hercules. There! Yes, there it was, above Draco on the horizon and to the Northwest. Daniel’s thoughts returned to the Psalm of David:
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
“Mag! Mag!” Daniel called excitedly, his mind struggling to comprehend the meaning of God’s message in the stars as he spurred his horse up along side the Babylonian captain.
In The Chronicles of Belteshazzar, a grandfather helps his grandchildren navigate the issues of peer pressure by telling stories. It wasn’t like his grandson, Isaiah Pierce, had gone to school planning to hurt someone. A girl had taken his bible, shouting “Separation of church and state,” as though he’d broken some law. Had he? And if so, what did others expect him to do – stop believing in God and just “get with the program?”
With the help of his grandpa, Isaiah discovers how the Prophet Daniel learned to live by faith rather than cower in fear. Babylon wanted to rob Daniel of his distinctiveness, forcing him to conform to the beliefs and values of the Babylonian culture. Instead, he remained devoted to God. Through tales of ancient gods, sword fights, assassination plots, the power of forgiveness & even romance, join Isaiah as he is transported into The Chronicles of Belteshazzar.