Category Archives: Western religion

Bible Belt question: “Where do you go to church?”

I grew up in the part of the United States called the Bible Belt where people in casual conversation would ask: “Where do you go to church?” Like church around the Western World, church attendance in the Bible Belt has been … 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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An Idea Whose Time Has Come: It’s Time For The Church To Step Up!

Open sharing and participation in church services is an idea whose time has come.  It’s time for the church to step up! *  We are living in an age when communication, entertainment,  and education is becoming more and more participatory … Continue reading

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Church — In Sync or Spontaneous?

During praise and worship an image came to my mind. I saw a group of people, all neatly facing the front of the room, sitting at banquet tables with full plates in front of them. Then I saw a man … Continue reading

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Silence of the Lambs

In the Western church the lambs (members) are too often silent.  Ordinary believers have allowed others (the clergy) to speak for them (and often to think for them) and they have too often remained silent. We sit back and listen … Continue reading

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Why Some Christians Don’t Want To Be Called Christian

Some people of faith who follow Jesus Christ don’t want to be known by the word Christian.  They prefer other names such as Christ-follower or believer.  Why? *  Some people feel that the word Christian has been so compromised that it … Continue reading

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The Amazing Anointing of An Agendaless Assembly

There is an amazing anointing on an agendaless assembly.  It’s the very presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, Himself.  The First Century Church knew this, not as a doctrine, but as a powerful reality every time they met together … 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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Nashville & The Coming Move Of God

The public forums in America and the Western world have been all but swept clean of references to God, faith, and religion.  Many are ready to label America and the West as post-Christian.  But don’t play taps yet.  God is … Continue reading

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A Brief (Alternative) History Of Western Christianity

An alternative history of Western Christianity . . . The early Christians were passionate and obedient followers of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.  The government didn’t like them and put many of them to death. However, the love, lifestyle, and … Continue reading

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