Organic Church vs Church that is Organic

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 in Guest Post

Written by: Stephen Crosby

There is no inherent spiritual significance to moving a meeting out of a sanctuary into a living room. The question to be asked is not related to how we meet (form), but how we live life together in Christ (substance) and the values we embrace. Whenever love wanes, efficiently administered corporation ethics subtly and subversively displace family (kingdom) values. read more

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God told me…

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Guest Post

Have you ever known someone who is always saying: “God told me . . .? “

It’s a common practice among “spirit”-type believers. I am persuaded God is saying a lot less than what is being attributed to Him. Perhaps 99% less. I think the Spirit of the Lord says more with less (This is clear in our Lord’s life. He dealt very abruptly with people). When the Spirit legitimately does say something, it will have the fragrance of Calvary about it, normally with an invitation for you or I to enter into his death and resurrection life. I think it cheapens the privilege of hearing the voice of the Lord to think of it as a non-stop series of heavenly tweets. read more

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Signs, Wonders, and “New Breed” Believers

Posted by on Feb 19, 2011 in Guest Post

The issue of signs and wonders in the Church is like Goldilocks looking for porridge in the Three Bears cottage: it’s hard to find something that is neither too hot nor too cold. The body of Christ seems to gather at the extremes of denial and indifference or obsession and mania on this subject. Neither accurately represents Jesus’ kingdom. read more

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The Inevitability of Change

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Guest Post

A Warning Shot?

Part II

In my September 2010 article, “Warning Shot,” I quoted best-selling author Anne Rice’s reasons for leaving the church and why she would no longer identify herself with the brand “Christian.” Her actions caused her to be quickly dismissed by some as irrelevant, anti-church, and anti-god. read more

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