Category Archives: the way we do church

Jesus came to revitalize us; not to ritualize us!

Jesus came to revitalize, revolutionize, and radicalize us, not to systematize, traditionalize, and ritualize us. The risen Jesus is radical, but church tries to make Him liturgical. Church programs are a poor substitute for the living presence of Christ and His … Continue reading

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New Page Church = Purch/Participatory Church

Perhaps it is time for the 21st Century Western church to turn the page and flip through the Bible, stopping at the one place in the New Testament where we are told how to do church:  “When you come together, … Continue reading

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Church — Spirit-Directed Team or Laid Back Audience?

Is church a Spirit-directed team that ministers to one another? Or a laid back audience that watches a religious program? (Search: “One another verses of the New Testament” and see.) If you live in the Nashville, Tennessee area, come and … Continue reading

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Church? Prevading Presence or Prearranged Program?

Church is the powerful and permeating Presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ; not just the mere presentation of a prearranged religious program. Church is a group of people actively engaging God; not a group passively listening to a talk … Continue reading

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What Rube Goldberg Machines Can Teach Us About Church

Rube Goldberg machines are complex contraptions that produce a sequence of what appears to be random actions that lead to a final result.  They are fun to watch.  You can find many videos of Rube Goldberg machines on YouTube. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Perhaps Church Is Much Simpler Than We Think It Is . . .

Maybe church is much simpler than we think it is? Perhaps church is just two or there or more believers gathered under the actual leadership and direction of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ in our midst? (In Matthew 18:20, Jesus … Continue reading

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Ideas to Tone Down the NBA, the NFL, and the Olympics

What if they made a new rule to tone down the Sochi Olympics by requiring all Olympic athletes to have one arm tied behind their back during competition?  Would you be okay with that? What if, in order to reduce … Continue reading

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A Video About How Church Can Be Like A Beach Party

Beach parties are fun.  Why do people love them so much?  Perhaps there are things the church can learn from a beach party . . .

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Alternative Names For Organic Church

In the last few years, many books have been written about organic church by people like Neil Cole, Milt Rodriguez, Tony and Felicity Dale, Frank Viola, Wolfgang Simpson, Jon Zens, and many others.  I have read many of the books.  … Continue reading

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Churches Are Shrinking–Is Christianity Fading Away Or Will It Come Roaring Back In A Creative Way?

In the Western world churches are shrinking.  A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that Millennials (American’s in their twenties) are increasingly turning away from religion.  More and more writers and experts are saying that America is now … Continue reading

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