Tag Archives: Quakers

The Kingdom of God & The Inner Light

I woke up this morning with a new definition of “the kingdom of God” (one of Jesus’ favorite subjects) running through my mind: –All humans are called to follow and obey the inward King who rules on a throne of … Continue reading

Posted in Christ in you, Christian doctrine, Earlham College, early Quakers, Friends, Guilford College, hearing God, hearing Jesus, John 1:9, listening to God, love, on earth as it is in heaven, Quotations, Robert Barclay, spiritual leadings, spirituality, still small voice, the living Christ, There is one even Christ Jesus | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Phantom Commandment Challenge — Church Without A 1-Man Sermon?

— The Phantom Commandment Challenge — The Phantom Commandment says: “Church shall contain a one-man sermon.” However, I can’t find it anywhere in the Bible.  Can you find the Phantom Commandment (or any statement that resembles it) in the Bible? It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Jonathan Hutton, Leonard Sweet, Meeting for Worship, ministers, ministry, one-man sermon, phantom, Quotations, Richmond P. Miller, Ryan Bolger, sermon, sermon-free, sermon-hearing, sermons, silence, silent worship, simple church, Thom Schultz | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Did Catherine Booth encourage Quaker-style meetings?

For almost 7 years, we at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center in Nashville, TN have (instead of a 1-man sermon) been having participatory, Quaker-style, Sunday morning worship meetings where everyday people show and tell what God has done. … Continue reading

Posted in aggressive Christianity, Friends meeting, Friends' worship, Nashville, Nashville church, Nashville streets, organic church, participation in church, participatory church, Quaker light, Quaker worship, Quotations, quote, street talk | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What Does George Fox Say? (About Organic Church)

George Fox encountered the living, resurrected Jesus Christ in the 1600s in England and began to realize that faith is not about religion, ritual, and rigid organization, but about an ongoing, real relationship with Jesus.  He and some of his … Continue reading

Posted in life together, listening, listening prayer, listening to God, parody, participation in church, participatory church, Quaker meetings, radical Christianity, silence, silent worship, simple church, Spirit-led, Spirit-prompted, spiritual, YouTube | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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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How To Regularly Experience The Inner Flow Of The Holy Spirit

Jesus promised His followers an inner flow of the Holy Spirit.  He said:  “Out of your inner most being shall flow rivers of living water.”  This is not just theology, theory, or doctrine, but an actual, ongoing experience. Believers have amazing spiritual … Continue reading

Posted in Anabaptists, Berry Street, Berry Street Worship Center, Bible, books, Christian history, Christianity, church history, English literature, Holy Spirit, house church, Jesus Christ, Jesus Movement, John Wesley, morality, morals, mysticism, Nashville, organic church, pentecostals, Philokalia, prayer, Quakers, reading, religion, revelation, salvation, simple church, spiritual, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Uh Hum . . . What The Bible Says About Interrupting Church

Interrupting a church meeting has been considered taboo for just about as long as church has existed.  I only remember two times being in a church service that was interrupted, prior to being part of an organic church. When I was … Continue reading

Posted in church history, freedom, history, Holy Spirit, house church, mysticism, Nashville, Quakers, simple church, What is church? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

My Top Five Christian Groups (Churches) Of All Time

I am an avid church history reader.  However, I don’t much enjoy the politics and religion of the institutional church.  Instead I love reading about the living faith of Christians in the past and about spiritural movements when multitudes came to … Continue reading

Posted in Anabaptists, ancient history, Bible, church history, God, history, house church, Jesus Christ, kingdom of God, lifestyles, mysticism, new birth, Oh my God, organic church, pentecostals, Quakers, The Salvation Army, Uncategorized, What is church? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

The Powerful, Lost Church-Format

Regardless of denomination, doctrine, or socio-economic group, church meetings follow pretty much the same format. This is true no matter where you go. You probably know the format. It begins with a Call To Worship and then includes some singing. … Continue reading

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Top Ten Christians After The New Testament

Here’s My Top Ten List — My Top 10 Christians After The New Testament 1) Francis of Assisi (Italian Catholic who fell in love with Jesus and followed Him with abandon — I think in the 12th century). 2) George Fox (founder … Continue reading

Posted in apologists, biography, black history, Creator, God, history, Jesus Christ, lifestyles, organic church, religion, self-help | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments