7 Debilitating Lies Of The ‘Covering Doctrine.’

What is the “Covering Doctrine?”  To put it simply, it’s the doctrine that claims all Christians must be under the authority (covering) of a church leader or mother organization to act with ‘authority,’ be protected from the attacks of the devil, or receive God’s blessings. It came from the shepherding movment of the 70’s which was […]

Are You Unruly?

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) NASB I don’t know about you, but it bristles me to have the word ‘unruly’ tossed at me or others who are not ‘disorderly’ ‘unruleable’ ‘disruptive’ or ‘amenable to discipline or control.’ Granted, I may […]

Elders, Pastors, and Deacons are Not ‘Officers,’ Nor Do They to Hold an ‘Office.’

I think the word “office,” when used to describe the function of Elders, Pastors, and Deacons is unfortunate. I believe it’s an institutional imposition on scripture, and a word that has been chosen with ulterior motives. Let’s get to it then.  The Culprit, not Paul, but the translators of the King James Bible in 1 […]

The 'Deacon Language' of the New Testament is a Language of Mission.

To have a heart of  deacon-ship means to have a heart filled with the love of Christ, humbly serving others in a way that you see Christ in them, and they see Christ at work in you and in your mission. “And Yeshua sat down and he called the twelve and he said to them, […]

I Witnessed A Baptism, and it Made Me Mad as Hell.

Yesterday, while making my rounds in the small community of Mindo-Ecuador, I witnessed a baptism. The folks participating in the baptism were not from Mindo, but from Quito, one of Ecuador’s major cities.  They were using a public swimming area and there was many other activities going on there simultaneously.  They were dressed very well, […]

Doctrinal Deal-Breakers Dissociative Disorder in The Church

No, Doctrinal Deal-breakers Dissociative Disorder (DDDD), is not a real thing.  I just made it up.  But if one were to look at the sheer number of denominations, somewhere between 217 and 3300 (yeah, I know), and question the reason that Christ’s followers are so fragmented, then that one would be justified in asking”Why?” and likewise […]

What Mission Leaders Want From Church:

Not too long ago, in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador, we had a round table of sorts with mission leaders from multiple nearby communities to discuss these three questions: 1. What do you want from ‘church?’     2. What do you think people want from ‘church?’   And…   3. What does Jesus […]

When it Comes to Church, We're for these 26 Things…

1. A Church That Honors the Triune God 2. A Church That Cherishes Jesus Christ Above All 3. A Church That Follows the Lead of the Holy Spirit 4. A Church That Clings to Scriptural Truth 5. A Church That Holds Theological Convictions With Humility 6. A Church That is Most Notable for Its Love […]

Meetings or Mission, Which is the Better Path to Church Unity?

Having recently had multiple encounters with diverse sets of denominational church leaders, I’ve heard an interesting proposition more than once. The proposition is this: “If we could just have more cross-congregational church services/meetings/gatherings, we would have better unity.”   I cringe when I hear that. Not because striving towards unity is a bad thing, but […]

I might be willing to reconsider church hierarchies, if…

This post is a contribution to the April Synchroblog “Bridging The Divide”.  This month’s bloggers were encouraged to offer ideas on ways to heal divisions in the church.   If you’ve read any of my articles before, you know I’m sort of critical on hierarchical systems within the Church. There are many reasons for this, […]