Category Archives: unprogrammed meetings

Preachers interesting & ordinary people boring?

Church acts like preachers are interesting & ordinary people are boring. (It could be the opposite.) Protestants made church a classroom. Perhaps church would be more effective as a prayer closet! The body of Christ is a team ministering together; … Continue reading

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Let’s meet . . .

Let’s meet as a bouquet of Christ-followers, all radiating His glory together. Let’s meet like a box of chocolates, all sharing Jesus’ sweetness with one another. Let’s meet as a bunch of grapes, all clustered & connected to Christ the … 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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Cereal, cars, & church alternatives . . .

If for many centuries, almost everyone in the world who ate breakfast always had some brand of cereal, we would think it strange if a few people started talking and writing about having pancakes for breakfast. Breakfast cereal eaters might … Continue reading

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Beyond a church program into waiting on God’s presence

What if “wait upon the Lord” Literally means to set aside Our church programs, plans, and agendas, And for all present to wait and listen Until the living God, Himself, Tells someone to say or do something? “But they that … Continue reading

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SMS; smart man speaking? Or PGP; personal God prompting?

Since the Protestant Reformation, church has been built on a lecture format — one smart man speaking (SMS) to silently siting spectators. However, Jesus taught that His ekklesia (the word was mistranslated into English as church) would be built on … Continue reading

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Beyond laid back lectures to lively one anothering!

Learning by lectures while leaving out supervised, hands on experience, leaves learners unable to effectively do in real life what they learned in the lectures. Examples: Would you trust? 1) A doctor who make As in all her lecture classes, … Continue reading

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Could Church Can Can?

Could church can can? Here are some definitions of can — 1) to preserve in a metal container; 2) to prepare or script in advance in standardized form (a canned speech); 3) to fire an employee (The boss canned me); 4) to be able to … Continue reading

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Gg Meetings Make Men (And Women) Mighty!

I walked into a God-gathering (Gg) while in college and was instantly transformed as I heard ordinary people tell about their experiences with Jesus. I have never been the same. To this day I still get tears in my eyes … Continue reading

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Let God’s Geysers Gush! (A 1-man monologue or mosaic of many messages?)

How may people should be allowed to talk in a church meeting? Did God design church meetings to be 1-man monologue?  Or mosaic of many messages? Perhaps we need tag team time — time for taking turns talking in church meetings. … Continue reading

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