Category Archives: institutional church

Unconventional thoughts about Palm Sunday, Holy Week, & Easter

Jesus didn’t sit in an office and study all week so He could preach a good sermon. He got out among people and served them. Bob Goff, author of the books, Love Does and Everybody Always, puts it this way: … Continue reading

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Some religious things Billy Graham didn’t do

Billy Graham didn’t go to seminary, but look how God used him. He wasn’t a pastor or an official in a church or denomination, but he sure let God him. Too many church leaders are grasping the throat of the body … Continue reading

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Jesus said “Follow Me,” not “Follow a 501c3!”

Christian disciples turn the world upside down; but religious adherents are often swept along with the world’s viewpoints. Jesus said: “Follow Me!” Not: “Follow a 501c3.” The risen Jesus lives inside of all His followers, so He doesn’t need a hierarchy … Continue reading

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Let’s run Christ’s plays as a team!

Christ’s body consists of all who have Jesus living within them, not just the members of the many organizations called church. Anybody can organize and run a church; but Jesus wants to build His body on the rock of supernatural revelation … Continue reading

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Pics beyond the church norm

Searching for living water? Check out Beyond Church. It’s beautiful to go beyond church as usual and let the risen Jesus be the One in charge of the meeting!

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Set a fire down in the church that we can’t contain, that we can’t control . . .”

Should a church meeting look like this? Or like this? The more wood you put on a fire, the brighter it burns. –The more people who are allowed to share burning words from their heart in a church meeting, the … Continue reading

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2 Models Of Church (The Organizational Model Or The Organic Model)

Historically there have been two primary models of church — the organizational model and the organic model. The organizational model has been the dominate of the two and has resisted (and often persecuted) the organic model. The organizational model sees … Continue reading

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