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 […]

Which of These 10 Types of Missionaries Are You?

There are lots of different kinds of missionaries.  The wonderfully diverse nature of God and His infinitely creative design move people to mission with Him in peculiar ways unto the reconciliation of all things.  (Colossians 1:20) This is not hard science and is not for the purposes of peg holing people into a role, but […]

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 […]

Where are the Forensic Pneumatologists?

First things first. Let’s define our terms. What is Forensics? At its root, it simply means an argumentative exercise. The plural ‘forensics’ is the art or study of argumentative discourse. Don’t be put off by the negative connotation of the word ‘argumentative,’ because in forensics the outcome is usually for the better. The examination of […]

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 […]

We can’t Make Disciples like Jesus Did.

It’s not odd to hear someone say, “If you’re going to  make disciples, you should make them like Jesus did.  At first thought, it almost makes perfect sense until we realize that we can’t. While there may be some who have actually left their homes, vocations, and families, chosen a dozen followers who would also leave their homes, […]