Category Archives: participatory church

Emil Brunner Quotes about ekklesia

Ever since I encountered the risen Jesus in a Spirit-led meeting on a college campus, I’ve wanted to go beyond the formal way of doing church and meet the way Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 14:26. In 2008, The Salvation … Continue reading

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Humility & equality in church services . . .

 

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Y’all-worship (1 Corinthians 14:26)

  An Observation About 1 Corinthians 14:26: Beyond the status quo We could all listen to Jesus And then go with His flow! Church consists of people passively listening to one man on a platform. 1 Corinthians 14:26 is people … Continue reading

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Mr. Potato Head all ears? Or the Body of Christ?

Are you familiar with Mr. Potato Head — a Playskool/Hasbro toy that originally came out in the 1950s? Mr. Potato Head was so popular that he was included as a character in the Toy Story movies. He has also been … Continue reading

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There’s no room for bullying in democracy (or church)

Want to go beyond the bullying and 1-man control that can be common in church? There’s no room for bullying in democracy or in church! –Modern democracy depends on decisions developed by deliberation, diplomacy, and consensus; not on the dictatorship … Continue reading

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Gloria Gaither reviewed “Beyond Church”

In the current issue of Homecoming Magazine, Gloria Gaither reviewed Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible — Ekklesia. Here are some excerpts from Gloria’s Library column: “The way we worship and get our souls fed is changing. Oh, I … Continue reading

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416 unprogrammed worship meetings @ Berry Street

I am amazed and deeply moved to be a part of celebrating 416 unprogrammed worship gatherings at The Salvation Army Berry Street this Sunday! What a joy it has been to go beyond church with so many dear brothers and sisters … Continue reading

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The Salvation Army’s “Southern Spirit” reviewed “Beyond Church”

The Salvation Army’s Southern Spirit reviewed Beyond Church. Here’s their review: New book explores true meaning of what ‘church’ is In his new book, Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible, Sergeant Steve Simms writes about the original … Continue reading

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Blessed are the “pour” in spirit . . .

Blessed are the “pour” in spirit, Who share from their heart For they will be healed. You can listen to lectures Full of points and principles Yet your pain will persist. But when you’re allowed To openly pour out your … Continue reading

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More than church (Jesus conducts His ekklesia)

–More Than Church– Ekklesia is A group encounter Where people allow The living Jesus To direct the meeting Like a symphony conductor. Ekklesia engages, encourages, empowers, and enthralls everyday Christ-followers. (Learn more about how the living, resurrected Jesus Christ wants … Continue reading

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