Category Archives: religious innovation

Fire Hydrant Church

Perhaps 2014 is the time for the church to open up like a fire hydrant and let the Holy Spirit flow! When I was a kid, the fire department in our neighborhood would sometimes open up a fire hydrant on … Continue reading

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“God talks” or “God talks”? (“Talks” as a noun or as a verb?)

What if Jesus intended church to be a community of loving believers, instead of a series of weekly lectures?  What if instead of listening to a man’s sermonic God talks, church was originally designed by Jesus for you to listen … Continue reading

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Realty TV / Reality Church . . .

Reality church? We have reality TV that features ordinary people. So, why not reality church, where everyday people show and tell why God has done? When church is scripted, the freedom to flow in the Spirit is restricted to the … Continue reading

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A notebook, a smartphone, and a person walked into a . . .

A notebook, a smartphone, and a person walked into a restaurant. The notebook said, “I’m getting on Wi-Fi!” The smartphone said, “I’m making some calls!” The person, feeling rather lonely and depressed, ordered drink after drink. –The moral of the … Continue reading

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From Independence Day to Dependence Day

Most people around the world know that the 4th of July is American Independence Day — when we relish the thought of being free from reliance on others.  However, perhaps we need to get beyond July 4th and acknowledge July … Continue reading

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Could Church Services Be Like A Handbell Choir?

Have you ever seen a group of people play a tune with handbells? Each person holds two bells and all the bells play different notes. As a director leads them, each person plays one of his bells at the proper … Continue reading

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Fire From God

Unless you hear it through the Spirit, the Bible will be boring. If the Word doesn’t burn in your heart your sins won’t depart! Without a Spirit-fire, you will drown in your own desire. So how do you start a … Continue reading

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