Category Archives: Nashville

How To Have Genuine Revival & Spiritual Awakening

How to Prepare The Way of The Lord (And Make Room For Revival & Spiritual Awakening in Your Life And in Your Church) 1) Get tradition out of the way. (“You nullify the word of God by your tradition.” –Jesus.) … Continue reading

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Do Preplanned Church Programs “Ruin It” For People

If you tell people the storyline and outcome of a movie before they see it, many people will say that you have ruined it for them. They don’t want to know what happens in a movie before they see it. … Continue reading

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National Salvation Army Magazine Promotes Participatory Church

War Cry, the national magazine of The Salvation Army USA features this article on interactive church in the March 2014 issue (page 5). If you would like to go to the article on line, click on the link and thing … Continue reading

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Dezoc And Roll With The Rock

Many people refuse God because they can’t see Him and they rob themselves of life’s most amazing experiences! What would it look like If God ran loose Flowing filter-free From heart to heart? Perhaps church isn’t really People in pews … Continue reading

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March Madness Style Excitement In Church

March Madness boring?   If basketball officials acted like pastors; personally planned and programmed each play, prompted those present when to stand and when to sit, and then presented a 30 minute talk; March Madness would be boring. I’m glad that … Continue reading

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Church Is Like A Swiss Army Knife

A church service is like a Swiss Army Knife — full of spiritually gifted people.  It can use the same person to speak, week after week, while the others are closed down (pic 1).  Or it can allow everybody to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis & Participatory Church

Pope Francis has made several statements that indicate that he wants church meetings to be more than passively listening to sermons.  These quotes are from the book:  Pope Francis, Why He Leads The Way He Leads, Lessons from the First … Continue reading

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New Page Church = Purch/Participatory Church

Perhaps it is time for the 21st Century Western church to turn the page and flip through the Bible, stopping at the one place in the New Testament where we are told how to do church:  “When you come together, … Continue reading

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A Non-Charismatic Seminary Professor Speaks Out For Participatory Church

Charles H. Kraft, professor of anthropology and intercultural communication at Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, California speaks out for participatory church.  In in his book, Christianity With Power:  Your Worldview and Your Experience of the Supernatural, although he says that … Continue reading

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Church — A Flow Or A Show?

Is church more of a show or more of a flow?  Wind and rivers are symbols of the Holy Spirit. The wind blows, a river flows; but the church tends to show what it knows through programs and presentations rather … Continue reading

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