Category Archives: church meetings

got God’s glory? (Let the Spirit steer it!)

got God’s glory? (Let the Spirit steer it!) With despair everywhere, we desperately need a perspective that peers past the pain that persistently pounds us and beholds the glory of God! But flesh and blood cannot reveal God’s glory to … Continue reading

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Soccer church? Or American football church?

  American football style church = the quarterback (pastor) is responsible for getting the ball (the Gospel) to others. Soccer style church = any player can move the ball and/or pass it to others.

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Is a 1-Man Sermon Like A Centipede With Only One Functioning Leg?

A church where 1 man does all the talking is like a centipede where only one leg does all the walking.  (See 1 Corinthians 14:26)

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9 Questions About Church (Ecclesiology)

9 quick ecclesiastical questions . . . 1) Do we want God to actually show up in church meetings? 2) Are we willing for Him to interrupt, override, and change our program, agenda, and structure? 3) What if many people … Continue reading

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Safe Church — Unlocking God’s Glory!

In the New Testament church was awesomely filled with the Presence of God.  How can the 21st Century church recover the lost combination for God’s glory in our meetings? While thinking about this, a scene suddenly came to my mind.  I … Continue reading

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Democracy, Ekklesia, & Church (It’s Greek to most of us.)

An ekklesia was the governing body of an ancient Greek city-state and the world’s first expression of democracy.   It was made up of all of the adult, male citizens in a particular city-state and met 40 times per year to … Continue reading

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The audience of One — (Who should be on the church platform?)

The audience of One!  Most churches have a platform or stage that lifts one person (or a few people) above the rest of the people and creates the atmosphere of an audience watching a performance.   However, the New Testament … Continue reading

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