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Discerning the Seasons and Times

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted… Ecc 3: 1-2 In this text from the wisest man on earth– King Solomon– the Hebrew word… Read More

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A brief look at leadership in the NT church: “Who’s in Charge?”

In my last few newsletters I have tried to depict an ideal of the church as seen through the lens of the NT alone. I am deeply convinced that if we see “the Bride” living and functioning as she was intended to be – which I am confident means meeting in homes – we will… Read More

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“Now we know in part…”

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face…” Perhaps no message is more needed today than the realization that “for now we see in a mirror dimly”. We know in part, we prophesy in part, we function (as the body) in part, BUT someday this “partial living” will be done… Read More

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Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century

This Spring I spent 2 days with the authors of The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century (by Australians Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch).  A couple of major things stand out for me that I wanted to pass on.

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ONE BODY, MANY PARTS

Living with chronic back pain is a real pain! My life has been one continual struggle of pain management since re-injuring my back in November of 2003. Maria and I have learned a lot about the causes and prevention of back pain over these last few months.

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The Forum for Uniting and Equipping the Church for Spontaneous Expansion

Dear Friends, This is a web site we can recommend: http://xsorbit28.com/users5/spontaneousexpansion/index.php The way of spontaneous expansion is not easy for such as we are.  This does not justify us in rejecting it; neither does it justify us in saying that we are doing everything in our power to encourage it if we have not faced… Read More

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Kingdom Math: 12 + 13=14

Kingdom Math: 12 + 13 = 14 Can I stimulate your thinking with a riddle, not unlike Samson’s, “Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet”? The following thought came to me with some clarity recently as I was reflecting on Jesus’ Bride, the church. Here it… Read More

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The Greek Influences on Early Christianity

When Paul went to Corinth in 50 A.D., he said: “I am determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Please notice: into a Greek culture, which worshipped “knowledge”, Paul sought only to know Jesus! By divine direction, he preached a message void of “persuasive words of wisdom” but instead clearly… Read More

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Church in the House…

Journey into the “church  at Bill and Jane’s house” Come with me on a journey inside the “coming together” of the followers of Jesus that I dream about… “And on the first day of the week, when we gathered together to break bread” Acts 20:7 This is the main meeting of the week, when the… Read More

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Couples Retreat Announcement

Ok Couples, You are invited to a life changing adventure! We just couldn't offer this in a church setting. Or in the basement of a hotel. No, in order for a couple to get their hearts back, they've got to take a journey. One that involves risk, beauty, adventure and a point of no return.… Read More