Category Archives: a new reformation

What usually happens when Christians meet?

Here are three ways of doing church: 1) Lecture: Let me tell you what I know. 2) Facilitation: Let me fish out what a few other people know. And 3) Ekklesia: Let’s go beyond what we know & let the risen … Continue reading

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The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is Oct. 31

My 95 Theses #22: When someone feels prompted by God to speak up in church, let the person speaking graciously step aside. “If a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all … Continue reading

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95 Theses for Reformation #1:

95 Theses 4 Reformation #1: Keep people’s attention focused on the living, resurrected Jesus. I’m celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation: –On October 31, 1517 a guy named Martin Luther posted “95 Theses” on a church door in … Continue reading

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Radical statements about the team Jesus builds

In the first century, Jesus built a team that “turned the world upside down.” In the twenty-first century, He wants to do it again! Why did Jesus build a team of disciples? Because teamwork makes the Gospel work! It’s amazing what Team … Continue reading

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“Bride(zilla)”–A Radical Diagnosis Without Bold Answers

The Bride(zilla) of Christ — what a bold and radical assessment of church by authors Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin. Here are some of their observations about church as it is usually done in the Western world: “One of my most … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t church let people take turns on Sunday morning?

Answers: All we have known is the clergy/laity system. We don’t like the idea of any other way of doing church. So we ignore the biblical doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. Martin Luther set up the focus on one man … Continue reading

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Getting real about Oct 31!

Calling all saints, we’ve got a mission! It’s All Saint’s Eve today–the day before All Saints Day. So who’s a saint? The Catholic and Orthodox churches call people who lived extraordinarily holy and Christ-like lives “saints.” However, the Bible definition … Continue reading

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