Monthly Archives: January 2016

BLOG 1/31/2016. ‘WELCOME TO WORSHIP’ … WOW! WHAT IF … ?

BLOG 1/31/2016. WELCOME TO WORSHIP … WOW! WHAT IF …? A couple of times a week I pass a big, handsome Georgian colonial church building with its sign out front which says: “Welcome to Worship,” and that right across the … Continue reading

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BLOG 1/27/2016. THE CHURCH IS ALWAYS A MYSTERY

BLOG 1/27/16. THE CHURCH IS ALWAYS A MYSTERY In a running dialogue with some young conversation partners (which conversations are recorded in one one of my books: The Church and the Relentless Darkness), they decided that their role in understanding … Continue reading

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BLOG 1/24/16. “SELL YOUR CHURCH BUILDING, AND WE’LL SEE …”

BLOG 1/24/16. “SELL YOUR CHURCH BUILDING AND WE’LL SEE …” I think it was missiologist Howard Snyder, a few years ago, in his significant book: The Problem of Wineskins who suggested that if you really want to know how healthy … Continue reading

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BLOG 1/20/16. BEYOND FAUX EVANGELICALS … TO FAUX ‘CHURCHES’

BLOG 1/20/16. BEYOND FAUX EVANGELICALS … TO FAUX ‘CHURCHES’ The significant response to my last blog (which questioned the validity of politicians hijacking the designation of evangelical) means that I must have struck a chord somewhere. But it doesn’t end … Continue reading

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BLOG 1/17/16. FAUX ‘EVANGELICALS’: POLITICIANS AND CHURCHES

BLOG 1/17/16. FAUX ‘EVANGELICALS’: POLITICIANS AND CHURCHES In this political season in the United States, when the news sources are filled with more than we want to know about the presidential primaries, … it is inconceivable to me how many … Continue reading

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BLOG 1/13/16. THE CHURCH MUST BE VERY ‘THIS WORLDLY’

BLOG 1/13/16. THE CHURCH: VERY ‘THIS WORLDLY’ The church, which Jesus Christ calls out to be his embodiment in the world, has got to be, by its very nature, radically this worldly. The mistaken (and very subverting) notion that the … Continue reading

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BLOG 1/10/16. THE CHURCH: A COLONY OF “MOST MISERABLE OFFENDERS”

BLOG 1/10/16. THE CHURCH: A COLONY OF “MOST MISERABLE OFFENDERS” One needs a hearty sense of humor to engage in Christ’s church.  In my last blog (1/6/16) I spelled out my own algorithm of the four essential and very clear … Continue reading

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BLOG 1/6/16. WHAT ON EARTH IS THE CHURCH?

BLOG 1/6/16. WHAT ON EARTH IS THE CHURCH? I have sympathy for those curious observers out there who look at all the confusing entities on the scene that designate themselves as ‘the church’. I often get asked the question myself … Continue reading

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BLOG 1/3/16. WISE MEN: SEEKERS AFTER GOD ARE ALL AROUND US

BLOG 1/3/16. THE WISE MEN: SEEKERS AFTER GOD AND TRUTH What with all of the outrageous taking captive of the celebration of Christmas by the commercial principalities and powers, the actual celebration the entry of God into human flesh in … Continue reading

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