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 […]

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 […]

God Will Nebuchadnezzar-ize You In a Heartbeat!

Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylonia from approximately 605 BC until approximately 562 BC. He is considered the greatest king of the Babylonian Empire.  Secular history records Nebuchadnezzar as a brutal, powerful, and ambitious king, and the Bible, for the most part, agrees. He was a contemporary of Daniel and is one of the main characters in the […]

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 […]

Chucky Church – Exorcisms, Evangelism, and Exaggerations

Yeah, ok… Halloween just passed and I’ll admit it, I watched a horror flick. It wasn’t a typical horror flick in the sense of blood and gore, senseless mayhem, and the like, but it was interesting. The movie was called ‘Deliver us from Evil.’ Supposedly based on a true story of a police officer and […]

3 Questions About Bad Doctrine or Theology Thwarting Mission.

Over the past few months, our discipleship group has been having very lively discussions about those things that kill or thwart mission.  Specifically, Christian mission, the preaching of the Gospel, Making Disciples, and acts of justice & reconciliation. Early next year I plan to release a book with the tentative tittle “This Kills Mission,” where […]

What Does 'Condemned Already' Mean?

Everyone, or so it seems, knows John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Seems simple enough, but even Nicodemus, the Pharisee and Teacher of Israel couldn’t immediately wrap his head around it. (John 3:1-21) The next […]

So, What's Wrong With The Epistles?

“Key to encountering the biblical Jesus is a step that many Christians seem to find painful, that is, our preparedness to read the Gospels in order to emulate Jesus.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost in “ReJesus” (p. 17) I get it, I really do.  So much has been made, or should I say “derived” from the […]