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Kingdom Life

My visit to Syrian refugee camps by Floyd McClung

The following is a report from Floyd McClung. It speaks for itself. It’s much longer than my usual posts, but don’t rush through reading it–let the Lord speak to your heart.  I just returned home from a two-week visit to some of the Syrian refugee camps in the Middle East. Several people have asked me… Read More

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Kingdom Life

Guest post by Sean Steckbeck: Demonstration of Power

Sean Steckbeck is a good friend who sees God working in power in the lives of unbelievers on an everyday basis. It’s easy for us to think, “God does it over there.” It’s time for us to expect him to do it here too. John Wimber used to say, “You spell faith, R-I-S-K.” Sean’s post… Read More

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Simple/organic church

Embracing diversity

It is said that truth has two wings. There is great  diversity in the simple/organic church movement–we come from every theological and ecclesiological background. As we embrace our differences, rather than being separated by them, the effect is synergistic–we become stronger. We can win an argument at the expense of losing our friend–it’s not worth… Read More

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Kingdom Life

Questioning one-on-one discipleship

One-on-one is a preferred method of discipleship within evangelicalism. I have no doubt as to its effectiveness (wish someone had been there to disciple me as a young believer). However, recently I’ve been questioning this. Presumably we all believe that the way Jesus worked with his disciples is the best pattern to use. So I’ve… Read More

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Kingdom Life

Hierarchy and discipleship

Some of our deepest theological conversations occur in our hot tub. This past weekend was no exception. Some close missionary friends of ours who work in Asia came to stay. We always have fun  debates with them, Here’s the gist of one of our conversations that took place late at night in our jacuzzi: Missionary:… Read More

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Kingdom Life

Some feminine wisdom

In the church that meets in our home, we’re studying through the book of Proverbs. We came across some interesting verses last Friday on the topic of wisdom. There was some lively and spirited discussion. At the end, someone commented, “I predict a blog post coming on!” They were right, and here it is. Here… Read More

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Kingdom Women Luke 10

Were there women among the “seventy”?

I’ve recently become fascinated by the life of a woman I call Mrs. Zebedee, mother of James and John, wife of a fisherman from Galilee.   Photo Credit: Hindrik S via Compfight cc This is what Matthew’s gospel says about Mrs Zebedee on the day of Jesus’ crucifixion: And many women who had come from… Read More

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Kingdom Women

The Easter women

Here’s the role of the women in the Easter story: A woman anointed Jesus for burial Women watched as Jesus died Women followed Joseph of Arimathea to see where Jesus was buried Women bought and prepared spices for his body Women were first to the tomb after the Sabbath A woman was the first person… Read More

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Kingdom Women

The life and times of Mrs. Zebedee

Sometimes the life of a minor character in the Bible suddenly comes into focus. Since I wrote a post on the female disciples of Jesus, I’ve been fascinated by “the women,” a group of women from Galilee who took care of Jesus. My imagination has been particularly captured by “Mrs. Zebedee,” a simple fisherman’s wife.… Read More

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Kingdom Women

If there had been women amongst the twelve…

It sometimes puzzles me that women weren’t included among the twelve disciples. How easy  it would have been for Jesus to have six disciples of each gender. But as I’ve been pondering it over recent days, I’ve come to a realization… Jesus never seemed to care too much about his reputation. In fact, sometimes it seems… Read More