Author Archives: Beyond Church Walls

Knowing God vs Formulas

  A friend and I were recalling the season many years ago when a popular teaching on faith emerged that promoted a clear cut strategy for getting from God what you wanted. If your heart was set on a bicycle, … Continue reading

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The Winning Hand

Several years ago Stanislav Mishin, a blogger and columnist for the Russian newspaper Pravda wrote a very sobering article regarding “America’s decent into Marxism”. He first asserts that “the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system … Continue reading

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Free to be Small

A new podcast is up! There is such a drive in our old nature for fame and recognition. This often creeps into our lives as believers and causes us to view our actions and life in Christ as insignificant unless … Continue reading

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New Wineskins, Old Wine

The tendency to define and categorize spiritual truth stems from a purely humanistic need to control. Potentially transformative spiritual understanding can only be grasped through the agency of the Spirit of Christ. It is then lived out through an experiential … Continue reading

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God is Love: A Response

NOTE: This post is a response to a blog a friend of mine posted titled, “God is more than just love.” You can read his post for yourself here: http://agreaterpassion.blogspot.com/2014/09/god-is-more-than-just-love.html The reason I’m posting this is for two reasons: 1. … Continue reading

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Distracted By A Cause

A new podcast is up! There is so much injustice, mudslinging, political corruption, and religious obligation in the world today that we often find ourselves driven by anger, arrogance, or self-righteousness to take up a cause. Though some of these … Continue reading

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The Bad, the Good, & the Best

Christianity is full of celebrities today. Their mansions, private jets, flashy cars, personal attendants and exorbitant incomes easily match those of Hollywood film stars. They are the idols of countless followers who watch them on TV and send them their … Continue reading

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Disillusionment

When I quit my job as a landscape construction estimator many years ago to serve full time with an organization focused on the unreached, I had few expectations. I had been reluctant to get involved with what I knew would … Continue reading

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Beautiful Crackpots

A new podcast is up!  We are usually taught by this world to keep up an image of strength even when we are weak. This is how many are trained to minister to others. But interestingly, Paul spoke of glorying … Continue reading

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Authentic Christianity

Last week I had a few days when it seemed that everything I attempted to do failed. What should have been a twenty minute job replacing a wax seal on a toilet turned into a three day marathon that climaxed … Continue reading

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