Category Archives: reformation

What usually happens when Christians meet?

Here are three ways of doing church: 1) Lecture: Let me tell you what I know. 2) Facilitation: Let me fish out what a few other people know. And 3) Ekklesia: Let’s go beyond what we know & let the risen … 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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“Bride(zilla)”–A Radical Diagnosis Without Bold Answers

The Bride(zilla) of Christ — what a bold and radical assessment of church by authors Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin. Here are some of their observations about church as it is usually done in the Western world: “One of my most … Continue reading

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16 16s for 2016 (keys to a great year)

#2016 — Even when you don’t feel like you are trending, you can still have a great year! A sixteen quotation — Be enthusiastic about the new year! “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, … Continue reading

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Open Mic Sunday — A Church Experiment

Here is a wonderful experiment any church can try: Take just one Sunday and instead of having preaching, have an open mic service. Let anybody present share what God puts on their heart. If you have never experienced an open … Continue reading

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Protestant Reformation — A Half-Way Measure?

Did the Protestant Reformation only go 1/2 way?  Two of the main Bible doctrines that were brought to light by Protestant Reformers (Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, and others) were:  1) justification by faith (which was enthusiastically embraced); and  … Continue reading

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God’s Spiritual Sprinkler Systems

According to the New Testament, God wants church services to be spiritual sprinkler systems where the Holy Spirit freely flows from everyone present. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26.)  This is God’s powerful “prophetic activation” (a phrase made popular by Sandy Powell … Continue reading

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