Category Archives: Christian history

Bible Belt question: “Where do you go to church?”

I grew up in the part of the United States called the Bible Belt where people in casual conversation would ask: “Where do you go to church?” Like church around the Western World, church attendance in the Bible Belt has been … Continue reading

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“Paul Apostle Of Christ” shows prechurch Christianity in action

Before there was church hierarchy and official offices, Christianity was more family than institution! Before there was established liturgy and religious programming, faith in Christ flowed spontaneously from the heart. That was prechurch Christianity! The movie, “Paul Apostle Of Christ,” … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Prechurch Christianity

Prechurch Christianity! There’s never been anything like it unleashed on earth! It came before organized Christianity and prechurch Christianity “turned the world upside down!” (See Acts 17:6) It can still “turn the world upside down.” Let’s re-experience it. Prechurch Christianity … Continue reading

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Are sermon points and systematic theology in the Bible?

Sermon points? Sermons frequently have numbered points. However, when you read through the New Testament, you can’t find even one incidence of number points. So how did such an unbiblical idea become so common in church services? (Perhaps it is … Continue reading

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Mother Teresa did this:

Mother Teresa traced the tracks of Christ with her feet and while doing so she transformed her life and the life of countless others. Now the Catholic Church has officially called her a saint. The truth is: All genuine Christ-followers … Continue reading

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7 6-word sentences 4 engracing your life

Grace is more than just a free gift. It’s freedom! Here are seven six-word sentences to help ingratiate your life: one — Grace is the place things change. two — Grace is the power to replace. three — Grace will erase sin’s … Continue reading

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Icons transport me beyond church

Icons in my favorite church building transport me beyond church. It’s an Orthodox church near Franklin, Tennessee. Icons are images dedicated, set apart, and anointed to reflect the glory of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. Icons, unlike ordinary religious art, … Continue reading

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Full Gospel–Salvation Army Style (“Others” or Jesus–Finding Balance)

The Salvation Army is off the race track. Check out my new book, Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color Kind at this link. Commissioner Israel Gaither says this about it: “The racial divide in America is real and it is deep. … Continue reading

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What I Learned From Corrie Ten Boom, Andraé Crouch, Dennis Bennett, David du Plessis, Chuck Smith, Kathryn Kuhlman, Jack Hayford, and Walter Martin

In the mid 1970s I attended Melodyland School of Theology in Southern California for a year.  While there I was blessed to be taught by many powerful men and women of God. Here are 8 powerful lessons that I learned from … Continue reading

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If there are no demons . . .

If there are no demons . . . then why are so many of us humans tormented by fears, worries, anger, bitterness, frustration, self-doubt, self-condemnation, distress, depression, and too many other negative emotions to list? If there are no demons … Continue reading

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