Category Archives: organic church

Religion/Grace/Church Without Laymen

Religion asks: “What’s the least I can do and still go to Heaven?” –Recipients of grace ask: “What’s the most I can do to love, honor, serve, and obey the One who died on the Cross to save me from … Continue reading

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Did Catherine Booth encourage Quaker-style meetings?

For almost 7 years, we at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center in Nashville, TN have (instead of a 1-man sermon) been having participatory, Quaker-style, Sunday morning worship meetings where everyday people show and tell what God has done. … Continue reading

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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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Man Up! (Participatory/Organic Church Reaches Men!)

“The typical U.S. Congregation draws an adult crowd that’s 61% female, 39% male. This gender gap shows up in all age categories.” –Churchformen.com.  Why does church in the U.S. not reach more men? “Men are hard-wired for risk taking—particularly young … Continue reading

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Preaching In My Dreams–Boy, I Miss It! (A Nashville Story)

I miss preaching . . . I woke up this morning dreaming that I was preaching. Although I haven’t preached a sermon in several years, I really miss it. When I preach, I feel the Holy Spirit surging through me. … Continue reading

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Spirit-Led Church–Where Ordinary People Are The Playmakers

Go with the best flows! –Life’s a flow show — currents streaming in us and around us — rivers flow, sap flows, blood flows, thoughts flow, emotions flow, time flows, information flows. But not all flows are equal — love … Continue reading

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30/11 (About 30 minutes in a secular used bookstore = 11 books about participatory church)

In September 2014, my wife and I stopped by The Book Cellar  in Crossville, Tennessee on our way to Gatlinburg.  Were were there about 30 minutes and I left with a stack of books. To my surprise, 11 of the … Continue reading

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