Monthly Archives: May 2013

Enticements or Ethics / Cravings or Conscience / Passions or Principles

We live in a society that is big on enticements to follow and obey our desires, but little on ethical living — big on obeying cravings but little on following our conscience — big on surrendering to self-destructive passions, but … Continue reading

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An Anglican & A Baptist Describe Participatory Church

Anglican priest, Robert Wild, describes participatory church: “God can speak to each person through the others and guide the entire assembly toward a common mind, toward consensus.” Baptist pastor, Ed Stetzer describes participatory church: “In all of our research on … Continue reading

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Church of the Nazarene Leader Proclaimed Participatory Church

Early leader of the Church of the Nazarene, P.F. Bresee, proclaimed participatory church: “‘Pump handle’ religion has to give place to the ever-ready springing up and sending forth of testimony and praise. How often the ‘pump handle’ has to be … Continue reading

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Baptist Pastor Promotes Participatory Church

I “stumbled upon” a 1971 book by a Baptist pastor that describes a participatory style church service: “One winter morning I stopped for worship at a small East Tennessee rural church . . . The singing stopped and he (the … Continue reading

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What’s streaming in your heart? Raw desire? Or Spiritual Fire?

What’s streaming in your heart? Raw desire?  Or Spiritual Fire? Lust and disgust?  Or love from above? Thoughts that annoy?  Or real time joy? Spiritual blindness?  Or lovingkindness? What do you find flowing through your mind? So, what’s innernet streaming … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin & Sermon Free Church

I think Benjamin Franklin would have loved sermon-free church because it gets people actively involved and transforms them from passive pew-sitters to spiritual go-getters! Ben said: “I wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works. I mean real good … Continue reading

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Life Is Either . . . Or . . .

Life is a either a spiritual fight . . . To walk in the light; To overcome the night; To avoid spite; To think and do what’s right; To remove evil’s blight; To seek supernatural insight; To find God’s delight. … Continue reading

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