Tag Archives: 1 Corinthians 14:26

Puzzle Pieces, Potluck, & Permitting Every Person (Not Just The Parson) 2 Participate

“Daddy, look at my puzzle,” said a little boy carrying a single puzzle piece. “That’s not a puzzle, son,” the father replied. “That’s just one piece.” When we focus a church meeting on the performance of one, single piece, week … Continue reading

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Hang & Praise Church

What is hang and praise church?  Hang-and-praise church is hanging out with a group of Christ-followers and sharing His praises with one another through song, stories, and Scriptures! It is based on this description of how Jesus’ earliest disciples met: … 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, Jesus, and the Father’s business

“I must be about my Father’s business.” –Jesus We’ve all been told to “Mind your own business,” but whose business should a church (or ministry) mind?  If a church (or ministry) is really dedicated to God, shouldn’t it operate according … Continue reading

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Could Church Services Be Like A Handbell Choir?

Have you ever seen a group of people play a tune with handbells? Each person holds two bells and all the bells play different notes. As a director leads them, each person plays one of his bells at the proper … Continue reading

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Two Questions About Human Leadership Vs. The Spirit’s Leadership In Church

Here are two questions about church leadership for pastors and so-called laymen: Question #1: Who is the most capable church leader in the world? Answer: The living, resurrected Jesus Christ present in our midst when we gather in His name. … Continue reading

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Is The Holy Spirit Shut Down In Church?

The Holy Spirit flows through people. If people are kept silent in a church meeting and only allowed to listen to a speaker (or read from a program), the Spirit is quenched (limited in what He can do). See 1 … Continue reading

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