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Religion — a track for God to run on?

Church sometimes seems like going to a restaurant to hear a talk about food and then thinking we’ve been fed. Too many Christians have been taught that their primary role in the body of Christ is to sit and listen to … Continue reading

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A one-man talk or dynamic interaction?

Billions of Christians advocate for sermons. So why shouldn’t a few of us advocate for open sharing instead?  What God is doing inside of you is important. You need to be allowed to share it! If we don’t think the … Continue reading

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Lecture-ship or discipleship?

Church has replaced discipleship with lecture-ship. But no discipleship equals no New Testament Christianity! Jesus came to give you direct access to God. You don’t need a human go-between to lecture you once a week. Jesus said to make disciples. … Continue reading

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Sermons are not enough! We need more!

No sermon can ever compare to having your heart ablaze with the living Jesus! “Church shall have a sermon,” is not the 11th Commandment. In fact, it isn’t a commandment at all! Christianity isn’t about a man teaching a weekly religious … Continue reading

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What usually happens when Christians meet?

Here are three ways of doing church: 1) Lecture: Let me tell you what I know. 2) Facilitation: Let me fish out what a few other people know. And 3) Ekklesia: Let’s go beyond what we know & let the risen … Continue reading

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Movin’ beyond mountains of sermons

Do you ever take the time to ask, “Who or what am I following?” A lot of people talk about Christianity. What’s rare is to follow the risen Jesus wherever He leads. If you’re not looking for the living Jesus, you … Continue reading

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More than a Sunday soliloquy?

Everybody has a gift of insight when Christ-followers meet. Why do we silence them? “In the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Prov. 11:14 (Perhaps we need to let all the members share when we gather as the body of Christ.) … Continue reading

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