From Eternity to Here — Q&A with author Frank Viola

June 9, 2009

From Eternity to Here

Frank Viola has a new book out, From Eternity to Here, that looks like it’s designed to raise our sights and capture us with a larger vision of what God has been up to all along. I haven’t read the book yet, but I got the chance to ask a couple of questions in a virtual interview:

Me: You talk about how we cannot do anything for God, but that it is actually Christ living in us. How can I get more of this, and get out of his way? (Or is that the $6,000,000 question?)

Frank Viola: All of the exhortations in the NT to live by Christ are set in a corporate context. Most all the epistles are written to believing communities that had a shared life in Christ. They were not written to individuals. So the first thing is to be part of your native habitat … a local, living, breathing community of believers who are learning how to live by Christ. Some practical help from someone who has gained some experience in communal living in Christ is of great help as well. Paul, Peter, Timothy, etc. were people who served in this capacity in the first century.

Me: If it’s all about rediscovering an eternal perspective of God’s purposes, do church forms and models matter?

Frank Viola: Yes, very much so. The eternal purpose of God is expressed corporately. Thus those church forms and models that best express God’s eternal purpose should be encouraged and approved. Those that violate the eternal purpose or take away from it should not. I address this very question in detail in my book Reimagining Church.

A number of other bloggers are participating in the interview — kind of like a press conference spread across different blogs — and some have posted book reviews. I want to highlight two I met through Twitter and hope to meet in real life: Chad “Captain” Estes (@Chad_Estes) writes Captain’s Blog, and Joel Black (@JoelBLK) writes Irreligious Canuck. If you like me, odds are good you’ll like them.


Today (June 9th), the following blogs are discussing Frank Viola’s new bestselling book “From Eternity to Here” (David C. Cook, 2009). The book just hit the May CBA Bestseller List. Some are posting Q & A with Frank; others are posting full reviews of the book. To read more reviews and order a copy at a 33% discount, go to If you live in the USA, you can also visit your local Family Christian Store to grab a copy. They are having a special promotion this week.

For more resources, such as downloadable audios, the free Discussion Guide, the Facebook Group page, etc. go to the official website:

Enjoy the reviews and the Q and A:

Out of Ur —
Shapevine — (June newsletter)
Brian Berly — —
Greg Boyd —
Vision Advance —
David Flowers —
Kingdom Grace —
Captain’s Blog —
Christine Sine —
Zoecarnate —
Church Planting Novice —
Staying Focused —
Take Your Vitamin Z —
Jeff Goins —
Bunny Trails —
Matt Cleaver —
Jason T. Berggren —
Simple Church —
Emerging from Montana —
Parable Life —
Oikos Australia —
West Coast Witness —
Keith Giles —
Consuming Worship —
Tasha Via —
Andrew Courtright —
ShowMeTheMooneys! —
Leaving Salem, Blog of Ronnie McBrayer —
Jason Coker —
From Knowledge to Wisdom —
Home Brewed Christianity —
Dispossessed —
Dandelion Seeds —
David Brodsky’s Blog “Flip the tape Deck” —
Chaordic Journey —
Renee Martin —
Bob Kuhn —
Real Worship —
Fervent Worship —
Julie Ferwerda Blog — /
What’s With Christina?! —
On Now to the Third Level —
Irreligious Canuck —
This day on the journey —
Live and Move: Thoughts on Authentic Christianity —
Spiritual Journey With God —
Dries Conje — / /
Journey with Others —
Christine Moers —
Breaking Point —
Hand to the Plough —
Jon Reid — That’s here!
Weblight —
D. L. Webster —
Searching for the Whole-Hearted Life —

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.