The Apostolic Age? Really?

      OK, I'm not doing this to start a theological debate, doctrinal fight, nor a "Roman Catholic" versus "Protestant" argument.  It really is just a question:  "Where did the concept of the 'Apostolic Age' come from?"  I've had the mandatory seminary classes on church history, and I know the traditional thought about this [...]

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Live In A Different Story!

“But my servant Caleb—this is a different story. He has a different spirit; he follows me passionately.” (Numbers 14:24 The Message) I absolutely love the Story of Caleb.  Read Numbers 13 and 14 and how can anyone NOT love Caleb?  I love this man so much I just finished a sermon series about him.  There [...]

Spreading A Bad Rumor!

21-25 With that they were on their way. They scouted out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob toward Lebo Hamath. Their route went through the Negev Desert to the town of Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, descendants of the giant Anak, lived there. Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan [...]

Should The Church Be Neat?

(Again, remember that my perspective is from observing the western church at large, listening to other pastors, and from reading about other's experiences and life lessons.  These musings are not about any single congregation.  Any resemblance to an actual church, currently in existence or now dead, is strictly a coincidence arranged by the Holy Spirit.)  [...]

Curb Shopping

Another one of my moments of random thinking this morning, and it seems I'm being afflicted with this more often than usual.  The thought?  Curb Shopping!  Now if you are not familiar with Curb Shopping, I will warn you that it may become addictive.  Simply put, Curb Shopping is watching for what people put out [...]

#1 The Worst One Of All

I have been addressing the decline in attendance, membership and community impact of the western church, primarily here in the good old U.S.A.  Just in case this is the first one you've read, a couple of things first.  In the first of this blog series I listed 10 conditions that I have observed that I [...]

#10: Choosing Religion Over Relationship

(This is the first of 10 blogs about The Top 10 Things That Are Killing The Church.  Number 9 will publish tomorrow) As I read about the Church, I am seeing two opposing experiences.  In places other than the United States the Church is growing and flourishing, but here in the good old U.S.A. it [...]

Top 10 Things That Are Killing The Church!

This morning I had another one of my moments of random thoughts.  It is a condition I am afflicted with regularly and I am learning to use it in ways that would be both inspiring and challenging.  This morning's random thought came out of a conversation I had in 2016 with someone at church.  Our [...]

On This Day After The Election, What If. . .

28 One of the religion scholars came up.  Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question:  “Which is most important of all the commandments?” 29-31 Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel:  The Lord your God is one; so love the [...]

Which Do YOU Prefer? Onions Or The Promise?

3 “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” Numbers 13:3-4 [...]

Programs, Missions, or Vision? Where Do We Start? What Do We Do? How Do We Do It? Part 1

Why We Need To Allow Church Programs To Die (Note:  This is the first of a 5 part series around the issue of Programs, Missions, and Vision of the local church) I know that the very title of this first of five blogs will offend many long time faithful members of local churches.  And if you [...]