Category Archives: congregations

Benched Christians

The purpose of teaching people about Jesus is so they can follow Him, not so they can be dependent on constant teaching. Church likes to bench Christians, however, Jesus wants to activate them, empower them, and fire the up! When benched … Continue reading

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When sermon-hearers aren’t allowed to make a peep, they easily fall asleep

When people fall asleep in church, instead of asking what church is doing to bore people, we make jokes about it. Church too often gives people this message: “If you don’t like the Sunday morning rap, you can always take … Continue reading

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God ideas or God demonstrations?

Participatory church presents God as a present reality as ordinary people are filled with wisdom, love, power, eloquence, faith, demonstrations of the Spirit, and the glory of God!  It moves beyond God ideas to God demonstrations. When hot coals are … Continue reading

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