Tag Archives: church

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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Fig Leaves Religion

On one of our recent podcasts I mentioned a conversation with a couple of teenagers that occurred years ago when I pastored an institutional “church.” I was concerned about their spiritual condition as they showed no interest in the “things … Continue reading

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Spiritual Nature

Young people are taught astral projection and communication with the dead. The spirit of Old Testament prophets channels through itinerant “spiritual giants” with unique anointings. A group of people repeat a single mantra for two hours. Sound like something out … Continue reading

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Playing Church

Lately it seems that Christian thinkers are becoming increasingly obsessed with the need to know what church should look like and how it relates to extraneous assumptions about God. Whenever the effort to understand the essence and function of “church” … Continue reading

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Just You

What is your value? Is it based on your performance in church, ministry, or practice? Have our perceptions of ourselves been misshaped from ministry expectations? Continue reading

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Father’s Eyes

During the years that I led an IC, I mentally placed people in categories according to their gifts, callings and commitment level. My list began with those who I perceived to have Ephesians 4 “callings.” Next were those who could … Continue reading

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Building Blind*

Just about everyone from casual ‘church’ attendees to those regarded as church statesmen would agree that what most people call church today is in serious trouble. There is no need to review the long and familiar list of alarming statistics … Continue reading

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Managing God with our Ministry Strategies

Often when I hear Christian leaders discussing ministry strategy, it sounds much like business men going over what has and hasn’t worked in their particular field. It’s all about operating in ‘proven’ principles and determining what infrastructure might best facilitate … Continue reading

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Priest or Pauper *

I was chatting with a friend who’s in his early 80′s. He was called “pastor” at one time before he was fired by the denomination for failing to submit to one of their rules. Although he’s long since given up … Continue reading

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Unfeigned Love

I remember impressing upon the greeters and leadership team in the “church” I “pastored” how important it was to make visitors feel welcome. They were to introduce them to friendly members who would chat with them while waiting for service … Continue reading

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