The Parable of the Sower – Should we Just Let the Birds Come?

The parable of the sower is not supposed to be a critique of the one who sows seed or his agricultural methods.  It’s what happens to the seed afterwards that the parable is concerned with.  Let’s take a quick look: The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside […]

The Church Acquires its Real Nature, Unique Identity, and True Vocation from Mission. God's Mission.

“The church is a community of faith. Under no circumstances should we lose this very concept of the church. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not establish an institution that came to be called “church.” He gave a particular mission to his disciples: Go forth into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature […]

This Quote about Church was Good until…

I read a lot. Right now, I’m reading, amongst other things, “Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory”  I keep bumping into quotes in this book that make me want to stand up and shout “YES!” and then get a bit deflated when the quote, or the idea, boomerangs back to church as institution, […]

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 […]

Unity in Diversity – Global Perspectives On a Simpler Church

There’s a new book ready for publication, pre-orders are now being accepted by Redeeming Press and Amazon in Paperback and Kindle versions.  It’s called Simple Church: Unity Within Diversity. I am excited about this book because I know many of the authors who have contributed AND because ‘many authors have contributed.‘  Additionally, these authors represent practitioners from very […]

A Hothouse Tomato Discipleship Parable

I remember asking a bunch of agrarian Latino Christians if they would rather eat tomatoes grown in a hothouse, or those grown in under natural conditions, in their own soil. Most said they preferred the hothouse tomatoes. They were more flavorful, they looked better, and had a better texture. The I asked them, “If you […]

Minimalist Church?

No, I’m not talking about architecture, or interior design, I’m talking about the gathering of the saints, ekklesia, or what is commonly called “church.”  Mobile operating systems are getting “flatter,” “simpler,” and “minimal.”  Certain segments of the Church are doing likewise.  In fact, the idea of “simple” church has been around for some time.   […]

A Podcast About Church From The Cloud Forest Of Ecuador

It’s raw and unrehearsed, but this podcast takes an audio snapshot of the mission, culture, and church here in Ecuador.  It’s not too long, and you can listen to it here.  We answer the question, “Why isn’t the Disciple Making that’s happening where you are, happening where we are?” and others in this podcast.  Pay […]

1 Corinthians 14:26 – Encouragement or Exhortation?

One of the most referenced verses in the New Testament in support of a “Spontaneous Church” or a “Totally Participatory Church,” is 1 Corinthians 14:26. In that verse the Apostle says to the church at Corinth; “What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a […]

Organic Learning Within The Church.

You may have heard of “Organic Church.”  Most of the time it’s positioned or offered as something contrary to “Institutional Church.”  If that’s confusing, then let’s look at a couple of cursory descriptions of each, and take it from there.   Institutional church, at its core, is the most visible and culturally recognizable manifestation of […]