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#Makechurchekklesiaagain

Theologian Emil Brunner taught that Christianity drifted away from ekklesia & into church. “A hashtag does not change anything. It’s a hashtag.” –Shonda Rhimes Here’s a fresh, new hashtag for those who want to go beyond church as usual:  #Makechurchekklesiaagain … Continue reading

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The Beatitudes backwards (“Don’t be” attitudes)

How unfortunate are the spiritually passive for they miss out on the greatest aspect of life. How unfortunate are those who act like they’ve got it together, for they are never comforted. How unfortunate are those who refuse to cooperate … Continue reading

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A hell of a shake down! Fresh view of Matthew 16–the rock, the kingdom, the ekklesia, the keys to lock and unlock.

In Matthew 16, Jesus talks about a hell of a shakedown. He proclaims a rock, His kingdom, His ekklesia, and the keys to lock and unlock as representatives of His government. Some things are beyond human reasoning. They are mysteries … Continue reading

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Kingdom thinking & inner theocracy

The kingdom of God is the only form of government that rules people from the inside out. Jesus announced: “The kingdom of God is within you.” Thus, the New Testament announces an inner theocracy and shows what it looks like when … Continue reading

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Home again? Home again ecclesiology!

“Ecclesiology” is a big sounding word. It also has a really big sounding definition: “theology as applied to the nature and structure of the Christian Church.” However, Christianity didn’t begin as formal church (needing an academic course of study), tightly … Continue reading

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Jesus said “Follow Me,” not “Follow a 501c3!”

Christian disciples turn the world upside down; but religious adherents are often swept along with the world’s viewpoints. Jesus said: “Follow Me!” Not: “Follow a 501c3.” The risen Jesus lives inside of all His followers, so He doesn’t need a hierarchy … Continue reading

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Spiritual paraplegics & pastor dependency

Instead of training and releasing people to follow and obey the living Jesus, churches tend to make people spiritual paraplegics. Perhaps sitting passively in church isn’t the kind of exercise that builds spiritual muscle. When people are made spiritually dependent on a … Continue reading

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