Meetings of the church have typically placed the consumption of carefully prepared and rehearsed sermons at the center of the time together. The preacher is the central figure in the time, and the sermon is presented and received as “the main meal” for the “feeding of the sheep”. In many gatherings, the words that the speaker says from the podium are treated as “the word of the Lord” – unquestionable and authoritative.
Is that God’s thinking, that a preacher would stand as the unique mouthpiece of God? For that matter, do sermons have any part in the Christian experience? Continue reading
What is God’s purpose for the church?
Is the church merely the earthly holding pen for those who are looking forward to eternal life, someday? Or, does God have other, current, intentions for the Bride of Christ?
In Titus 2:13, Paul talks about “… looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus …” (NASB)
What does that mean? Especially the part about the appearing of the glory of Christ Jesus? Continue reading
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I drew the above sketch a while ago in an attempt to work through and articulate the interaction of God with humanity, focusing on the transitions that happened when Jesus went to the cross.
Here’s what I see as the basic testimony of the Bible: Continue reading
“Church” is one of those words that has such a well-worn rut of usage that it may be useless to try to bring correction. But I’ll try. Continue reading
This is the third post, after Richard Jacobson’s, and Keith Giles’, in a blogalogue on the topic of “Encountering Jesus: Inside and Outside the Meeting”. Continue reading
Technology is pretty cool. Using the free Skype video conferencing system, the five of us who participated in the recent ‘blogalogue’ (who are scattered all over the country) were able to have a one hour conversation about decision making and leadership in the church. It was good to put faces and voices together. I don’t know if we had any entirely new insights, but stories were shared, and main points were discussed and refined. Continue reading
I didn’t invent the term ‘blogalogue’, but I like it. I like the idea of interaction – an exchange of ideas that goes somewhere. So, it’s been good to participate with this group of guys in pondering the nature of decision making in the organic church. Look back here for the last update, here for my post from last week, and here for the final post by Neil Cole. As always, feel free to chime in with your thoughts or questions on any of the participating blogs.
This is the fourth installment in a series of blog posts that seek to speak to the topic of decision making in the organic church. It seems good, before sharing my thoughts, to briefly summarize what has been brought out so far: Continue reading
I’m a white guy from Oregon. I grew up in a small town on the Oregon coast, where the main ethnic distinction was between those of Scandinavian descent and the rest of the white people. There was one black kid in my high school, the adopted son of a white family. Continue reading
I mentioned here that I was participating with some other bloggers in a ‘blogalogue’ – a rolling conversation that is bouncing from blog to blog, and which invites inputs from other bloggers or readers. We are in week three of the experiment! Richard Jacobson led off with his video and blog post, Jon Zens followed with a blog post, and Keith Giles just posted his contribution the other day. Well, one of his contributions. He also put together a podcast last week in response to some conversation he had with John White on his blog. In addition, Steve Simms linked to a couple of posts on his blog which were germane to the conversation. I’m up next!
So, how is it going? Continue reading