Category Archives: Protestant

Church without community is like spaghetti without sauce.

Church without community is like spaghetti without sauce. Church without unity is like unconnected chain links. You can’t organize or hype-up genuine Christian unity. It comes through surrendering our agendas to the Holy Spirit. If church meets around a prearranged program, … Continue reading

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Reformers wanted:

Reformers wanted: Learn more about the Greek New Testament concept of ekklesia at http://amzn.to/2lSpYsF. Could a church where only 1 person speaks be like a choir where only 1 person sings? Perhaps a meeting of the body of Christ, like a … Continue reading

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Sermons have been greatly used by God

The Protestant Reformation (which began in 1517, back in the day when the priest was the smartest person in town) made some very effective changes in the way church was done. Those changes helped to create a spiritual revolution and … Continue reading

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Are You Lost In A Lonely Crowd

We don’t have to be lost in a lonely crowd — feeling alienated and alone! In this crowded world, we can experience heart-to-heart unity with other people. One could make the claim that a ball of yarn is an example of unity. … Continue reading

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Alive to be a difference-maker — called to be a saint! (Answering life’s call to all, yall!)

Life is a call to all, yall!  When God gave you life, He called you (yes, you — the person reading this)! We often think of a calling in life as something super special that other people get (the talented, the important, … Continue reading

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1 Man Can’t Reflect The Body Of Christ — It Takes A Village

1 man can’t reflect the body of Christ.  That takes a village. Christ-followers are puzzle pieces, each picturing a particular part of Christ. When a group gathers and each person present is allowed to openly participate and share his/her part, … Continue reading

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Beyond Spectatorship To Discipleship

Every Christ-follower is called to preach. Every believer is a minister ordained by God. The clergy/laity concept is not in the New Testament. Instead all believers are expected to minister to one another, to openly testify about their faith, and … Continue reading

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The Right Way To Have Church

Is there only one, correct way of doing church?  Sometimes it seems so. For five hundred years there has basically been only one, right way of doing church. Regardless of denomination or doctrine, church has almost universally contained a central, … Continue reading

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Holy Spirit Surfing–A Fresh Wave Of Churching

Holy Spirit surfing is a fresh, creative way of doing church — an innovative style of churching.  However, it’s not new — it was written about in the New Testament (see 1 Corinthians 14:26) and was the common practice of … Continue reading

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12/12/12 — 12 Out Of The Box Thoughts About Church

Here are 12 out-of-the-box thoughts about church on 12/12/12. 1)  Church is not God in a noose, but God on the loose! 2)  Church is not spectators sitting, but believers battling the forces of darkness! 3)  Church is not a … Continue reading

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