And When the Gentiles Heard The Gospel… WHAT GOSPEL???

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.  And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region.” (Acts 13:48,49) Before getting into the point of this blog, I think it’s important to unpack these […]

What’s So Wrong with Calling the Church to End its Temple-ish Behavior?

*This is an updated post from March 2015* “The “temple model grants extraordinary power to sacred men in sacred places who determine the meaning of sacred texts.” (sarcasm) Andy Stanley The megachurch pastor was passionate about taking the Church back to what he feels Jesus called it to be, or better yet forward to what […]

Is The ‘Cross in the Crack’ Gospel Sufficient? Was it Ever?

The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia summarizes the gospel message this way: The central truth of the gospel is that God has provided a way of salvation for men through the gift of His son to the world. He suffered as a sacrifice for sin, overcame death, and now offers a share in His triumph to all […]

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 Institution of Church,” according to religion anthropologist Miguel Labrador, “has outlived its usefulness.”

“The institution of church,” according to Religion Anthropologist Miguel Labrador, “has outlived its usefulness.” He makes that forceful claim in his new book, “I love discipleship, I hate church”: A Cultural Analysis, which offers a comprehensive indictment of the institutional church model of today. Many of us who do research and write about discipleship and institutional […]

Is the Church’s Foundation Still Being Laid?

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden There’s a lot of talk in the church about foundations and founders, especially when it comes to local churches or ‘ministries.’ I find it a […]

Towards A Gospel Based Ecclesiology

The word ‘Ecclesiology’ comes from two Greek words meaning “assembly” and “word,” and combining them to mean, “the study of the church.” At least that’s the most common definition.  I’d suggest that it might be better understood by combining the words “assembly” and “word” (logos) so that the meaning would be significantly changed from “the […]

Helping Institutional Church Implode, So We Can Start From Scratch

An implosion is simply the opposite of an explosion. In an explosion, matter and energy fly outward, but in an implosion, matter and energy collapse inward. All implosions will need some sort of pressure from the outside pushing in to cause the object to collapse. Articles like this one: “Another Mega Church Implodes” Are not […]

Which of These 3 Views on Mission and The Church Do You Hold To?

For a very long time, Christians said, “The Church has a mission.”  They believed it so firmly that they sought to build bigger buildings and better programs to have more effective mission.  The local church, or so it was assumed,  would be the springboard to reach the world.  Build a church, attract people to it, make […]

Let’s Talk about Un-Intentionality

“Intentionality,” is apparently on it’s second or third loop around Christendom. “The key” to effective ministry, this week anyway, is being intentional.  Intentional in discipleship, intentional in seeking out community, intentional in being… yeah, blah blah blah I can remember hearing Propaganda talk at a Christian conference a few years back where he concluded by […]