Category Archives: John Wesley

It doesn’t take an Einstein to experience ekklesia

You don’t have to be an Einstein to experience ekklesia. Ekklesia is: Two or more Christ-followers meeting under Christ’s control! –E = MC2– [E (ekklesia) = M (meeting under) C (Christ’s control) 2 (two or more Christ-followers)] We 21st Century … Continue reading

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6 shake up your religion quotes (from a retired Nazarene minister’s library)

Here are 6 explosive quotes I stumbled upon while browsing through a retired Nazarene minister’s library: “The church today is lamentably weak and therefore Christian homes are lamentably weak.” –Alan Redpath, Blessings Out Of Buffetings, 1965 (A weak church desperately needs … Continue reading

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There is none so bland as he who will not see . . .

Let the bland eyes see! Society hypes up the bland while suppressing and holding down life’s most exciting aspect — the splendor, magnificence, and creativity of God that surrounds us in nature and is suppressed in our minds and souls.  There … Continue reading

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4 Guides 2 Jesus (And 4 Real-Life Examples Of How They Work)

Guides 2 Jesus . . . –God has given us several guides to lead us to the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. Our purpose is not to put our primary focus on these guides, but to let them lead us to … Continue reading

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What Does Church Train People To Be?

Two ways a church service can train people: 1) Church could train people to be passionate, prophetic, Spirit-prompted participators. 2) Instead church tends to train people to be silent, sedentary, subservient spectators. What is the church you attend training you to … Continue reading

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Sermon-Free Church Rocked The Early Methodists

The early Methodists practiced a type of sermon-free church known as class meetings.  These were weekly, participatory meetings where every person present was given the opportunity to talk about their life with God.  The first Methodist class meeting was started … Continue reading

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Is America Violent & Alienated From God Like Jean Valjean In Les Misérables?

Les Misérables, the new movie musical staring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried, beautifully brings Victor Hugo’s 1862 French novel to life.  However, it made me wonder:  Is America violent and alienated from God like the main … Continue reading

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