A Theology of Poverty & Praxis Part II – Church Charity First, then Everyone Else?

We’ve got to take care of our own first before we can help anyone else.  If we don’t have a place, a base of operatons, a storehouse from which to distribute, how can we effectively give to those in need?  If we’re going to do a soup kitchen, we’ve got to have a kitchen. These […]

When Priests Became Disciples, and then Priests Again.

From Dogmatism to Discipleship… AND BEYOND! “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7 Imagine asking a modern day priest if he was a disciple of Christ.  To some, it may […]

A Theology of Poverty & Praxis – Part I

Defining terms: I like Richard Hooker’s definition of Theology: “the science of things divine.”  In fact, it fits well with the intention of this post and the series to follow. Praxis – “The process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied, or realized.”  Simply putting the words “theology” and “poverty” in the […]

"But, We live in a fallen world…" Do we really?

After the crucifixion of Christ and His resurrection, those who would lay hold of Christ have “been set free from sin and have become servants of God, producing fruit which leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”  Romans 6:22 “And, we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth […]

Remember the guy who Paul The Apostle "Delivered unto Satan for the destruction of his flesh so that his soul might be saved?"

In a section of the apostle’s letter to the Corinthian church, he deals with a gross example of immorality. A man had become sexually intimate with his stepmother. The church members were not offended by the sordid situation; rather, they gloried in it. Such compromise called for the sternest rebuke. Deliver the offending brother to […]

Kingdom Priorities, Which Comes First? Part II

Yesterday, I asked “which of these, do you think, comes first in God’s Kingdom?”   1. Making Something New. 2. Fixing Something That’s Broken. 3. Making Something Better. We’d invite you to take part in that discussion HERE.     Today, as a follow-up, I’d like to ask: “Based on your choice above, which do […]

Kingdom Priorities, Which Comes First?

The priorities in God’s Kingdom are almost always contrary to human thinking.  Purposefully remaining a bit vague on my part, which of these, do you think, comes first in God’s Kingdom?  Tell us why in the comment section.  1. Making Something New. 2. Fixing Something That’s Broken. 3. Making Something Better.

Are you ever more bothered by the phrase "Church Planting?"

“And this in turn has given rise to the belief that there are no dwarf women, and that dwarves just spring out of holes in the ground!” Gimli – Lord of the rings.   “Church Planting,” is one of those popular phrases in modern day Christianity.  The phrase itself, and propagation certainly rivals any the “movements” […]

Why We Call it, "Discipleship Group."

Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., in a small town in the middle of the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest, people from surrounding communities gather for what we call, “Discipleship Group.” There is a core group of attendees, an “inner circle” if you will, but we’ve seen folks come from all over the world. The group in this […]