Less is More
Less is More – Smythe.TV
We recently decided to consolidate all of our content in one website. When we set out to create Breath, we emulated other independent publishers because we were so green. With our second issue, we stepped into more of our own groove. Breath is different from other magazines because it doesn’t follow the general-contractor format. Most magazine publishers act as general contractors, hiring various contributors such as writers and photographers to create content that they compile into a published package.
Breath follows more of an artist/album design. When you buy a record album, you’re buying the work product of an individual artist or band. You’d be miffed to find thirteen songs of various singers on a Josh Garrels album. Breath works the same way. And because it does, we thought it’d be smarter to consolidate it with the other content that we’re producing, such as podcasts, ebooks, online articles, and the like.
Interview of Stovall Weems
In Breath No. 1, we included an interview of Joe Morris in an article that we entitled, A Modern-Day Agabus. Agabus was a New Testament prophet who prophesied about Paul’s detainments by the Jews and by the Romans. He also prophesied about a drought which allowed the Christians to prepare well ahead of time. In our interview, Joe told us of visions that he had been given to help or to strengthen the body of Christ. One involved an airplane crash, and another a pastor’s purchase of a plane so he could reach younger pastors and help with their ministries. Joe told us that in yet another vision the Lord personally appeared to him and instructed him to preach that judgment was coming.
When we finished this first issue, we had no idea that we’d have another interview involving an open vision. But just a few months after we published No. 1, Jesus appeared to Stovall Weems, the pastor of a megachurch in Jacksonville, Florida. Stovall was gracious to sit down with us and describe his encounter with the Lord, which involved his participation in a Lord-led communion in the third heaven. Even then, we told Stovall that we weren’t so interested in him, but what the Lord’s message was for the church. We can tell you that the Lord’s presence was palpable during the interview.
Below is the video of a church service where Stovall first describes the vision. You’ll notice that he is completely overcome by it.
Smythe – The Podcast
Consolidating our content on one site, we had to resubmit our podcast to iTunes under the new feed. We decided to call it Smythe to make it easy to find. The new link is here.
We have published two new podcasts, The Renewed Mind, and Thessalonian Triad. The Renewed Mind reminds us of our translation from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son. Thessalonian Triad deals with the three prominent virtues that the Gospel instills in Spirit-filled believers. Both messages come with extensive notes. Once Apple revamps its podcast application, we will include transcripts of the messages as well. That should happen this fall.
Breath No. 3
Our first trip for Breath No. 3 is Chicago. These trips usually involve work from the crack of dawn until late at night because only about one in two hundred photographs make the cut. You can follow us at @peter.smythe on Instagram for some behind-the-scenes photographs that we’ll be posting as we put this issue together. We head to the Windy City at the end of July.
We jumped at the invention of ebooks way back in 2011 and 2012. Peter published eight books over the course of a couple of years, and we regularly took advantage of Amazon’s free promotions. Since then we’ve given away over 8,000 books.
But Amazon has changed over the years. There have been reports that it has delisted Christian authors. True or not, while smaller Christian writers and publishers might still be able to list their offerings on the site, all too often their books are pushed to the back of the online shelves. We decided to pull ours off the site and offer them exclusively here. We are updating the editions and plan to offer one or more for free for our newsletter subscribers, so stay tuned.
Site Tweaks and Newsletter
We’ve made some changes to the site to include the new materials, but we have a ways to go. We hope to have our ebooks listed by the end of the summer, and that will probably entail a few design changes here and there. We have been sending out our newsletter about once a month, but we are thinking of publishing it more often.