Tagged: Church Life

Church Practices and Structures Re-imagined

This paper was written as a final assignment for my M. Div. program at Fuller Theological Seminary, for the class IS502 – The Practice of Christian Community. Introduction Three years ago, as part of my application to the M. Div. program at Fuller Theological Seminary,...

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The Three Conditions of Forgiveness

I admit it, the title of this post is misleading. In actuality, as Christians, we are to forgive others without condition. The relevant passages teach us that we are to: Forgive people as many times as they sin against us (Matthew 18:21-22) Forgive them because...

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My idea of a Sunday Church service

It’s no secret that I am discontent with the way we Christians do church. Sundays involve: passive listening instead of active participation education instead of training unidirectional communication no real time of significant fellowship People’s time is precious, and what little time we do have...

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Upward > Inward > Outward

All good visionary organizations have not only a vision statement, mission statement, and value statement, they also have a motto that encapsulates them all in a memorable, pithy statement. This past weekend at the Exponential West conference at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Irvine, CA,...

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Dreaming of a different kind of church experience

So, I went on my lunchtime walk today and had a ‘conversation with God.’ Do you ever wonder if such conversations are possible, or even if they are, how you can tell them from just conversations you are having with your self, perhaps your higher...

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