Category Archives: Roman Empire

Heroes left out of Memorial Day

Are there others who should be remembered on Memorial Day? Have we forgotten about some of the world’s greatest heroes? On Memorial Day we remember those who fought with violence, death and destruction. Perhaps we should also remember those who … Continue reading

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Democracy, Ekklesia, & Church (It’s Greek to most of us.)

An ekklesia was the governing body of an ancient Greek city-state and the world’s first expression of democracy.   It was made up of all of the adult, male citizens in a particular city-state and met 40 times per year to … Continue reading

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Kingdom-Come, King-God-Ruled Meetings

Through out the night I was thinking about “the Kingdom of God.” A kingdom is where a king rules, so the Kingdom of God is where God, Himself rules. God’s rule doesn’t happen much on Earth, because of man’s rebellion. … Continue reading

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Did Sermon-Free Church Begin At Pentecost?

Sermon-Free Church — Did It Begin At Pentecost?  Thoughts for Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013 On Pentecost Sunday (May 19) the church in the Western world celebrates the beginning of sermon-free church. The events are recorded in Acts, chapter 2 … Continue reading

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Reader’s Digest Acknowledges Participatory Style Of First Century Christian Worship

Contemporary society is moving toward more participation in management and meetings.  This can be seen in business management styles, the Oprah Show, and even Facebook.  However, the contemporary church seems stuck on sermons — non-participatory, one-person, lectures. However, early Christian … Continue reading

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The Movement

When people in America talk about “The Movement,” they usually mean the Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr.  This movement changed America for the better by breaking the terrible hold that 200+ years of blatant, legalized racism … Continue reading

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