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Kingdom of God

Another wave rolls in

Arthur Wallis, a British “elder statesman” in the Kingdom wrote a fascinating foreword to a book by Frank Bartleman called Another wave rolls in: (formerly) What really happened at “Azuza Street?” The book describes from a first-hand perspective, the events at Azusa Street–the beginning of the Pentecostal Movement. In this foreword, Arthur described how the life of the early… Read More

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Kingdom of God

Why a Brit celebrates Independence Day

Photo Credit: ladybugbkt (Creative Commons) On May 23rd 2008, I became an American citizen. In a large gymnasium hastily converted into a courtroom, before a presiding judge and with all due pomp and circumstance, I pledged allegiance to my new country and was granted the rights and privileges that citizenship brings. It was a surprisingly moving ceremony punctuated by… Read More

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Kingdom of God Non-religious Christianity

A dream; a story; a challenge

A dream Two nights ago I dreamed there was a movement of Christians all over the country who had decided to pray in public.  They asked to pray in a secular context before business meetings. They prayed openly before meals asking the non-believers with them how they could pray for them. They refused to be… Read More

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Kingdom of God Kingdom Women

Japanese monkeys and spiritual barriers

Before Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile, everyone assumed it was a physical impossibility. Once he showed it could be done, it became a commonplace occurrence. I came across a fascinating concept in a video the other day. The video is from a charismatic viewpoint, and there are some questions about the information on… Read More

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Church planting Kingdom of God Kingdom skills

Multiplication tools: the bridge

Telling our story is only a bridge to an explanation of the good news of Jesus. Photo credit: Southernpixel Alby (Creative Commons) Another skill it is good to have in our toolbelt is the ability to explain the Gospel simple and concisely to a not-yet-believer. I'm not talking the Santa Claus Gospel here–invite Jesus into… Read More

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Kingdom of God

Being a disciple

We in the church sometimes live as though Jesus died to give us meetings, and meetings more abundantly.  Jesus died to give us life. Being a disciple of Jesus is not measured by how many meetings we go to–however informal they may be. It's measured by obedience to Jesus and his commands. It's demonstrated by what… Read More

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Church planting Kingdom of God

When it doesn’t matter who gets the credit: a story

While I was in the UK two weeks ago, a not-yet-Christian came to the church that meets in our home. She is friends with some of the students who attend regularly.  Apparently it was a very ordinary time. But at the end she was asked, "Would you like to give your life to Jesus?"  "Yes,"… Read More

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Kingdom of God

A lesson from my days as a physician: What are we building?

Are we building our own luxurious houses or are we building God's Kingdom? (Haggai 1) Are we more interested in holding a correct theological and ecclesiological position, or is our concern for the unity of the body of Christ? Do we believe that our way of being church is the right way and that everyone… Read More

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Church planting Kingdom of God

What might it look like when big and small work together?

Photo credit: brendan.wood (Creative Commons) The rabbit and the elephant have very different strengths. Different sized churches do too. Rabbit sized churches: Can penetrate into every nook and cranny of society reaching people who would never darken the door of a church building Have the potential to multiply rapidly along relationship lines Foster community and… Read More

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Kingdom of God

The Rabbit and the Elephant

There are two types of churches that seem to be growing more rapidly in the United States–the very large and the very small. A few years ago, Tony, my husband, felt very strongly that we should try and get some dialog between the two, and so we arranged a meeting for about 20 leaders from both… Read More