Stand Up, Church

Christ said, "On this rock, I will build my church." (Matt. 16:18) Paul wrote that, "His (God's) intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord." … Continue reading Stand Up, Church

Church as Family vs. Church as Healthclub

Christ taught us to pray, "Our Father." He wants us to be a family to each other. Not in our warped western sense of immediate family holed up in our houses in front of the tube but in the eastern sense of extended family sharing life day by day. In their excellent book, Misreading Scripture with … Continue reading Church as Family vs. Church as Healthclub

A Field to Plant

Years of life and ministry in a traditional church context had atrophied me into a missional paraplegic.  Strapped to my institutional chair, I looked out into a wider world longing to engage with it yet finding no means to do so.  When I read about the "Pockets of People" concept in Neil Cole's Organic Church, it … Continue reading A Field to Plant

Which Scriptures?

Paul told Timothy that all scripture is God-breathed and useful to make a person wise unto salvation.  At the time he penned those words, the only scriptures recognized by God's people were the 39 books of the Old Testament. The early church made its proclamation of the coming of Messiah by exclusively using the Old … Continue reading Which Scriptures?