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Whenever God is Moving Among a People, This Will Happen

April 7, 2011

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When the Lord is having His way in a body of believers, God’s enemy will be sure to attack. Nothing so threatens the enemy’s kingdom than the church of Jesus Christ being expressed and standing for God’s timeless purpose and Christ’s fullness and headship. Four things to keep in mind when such attacks occur (notice […]

You Don’t Know What You Have Until . . .

March 24, 2011

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You don’t know what you have until you no longer have it. Ever since I began living in organic church life, an observation I’ve made is that when people no longer have the experience of body life, they virtually always say: “I really didn’t know what I had! This is so rare. I long for […]

Farewell Church Buildings

March 8, 2011

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Farewell Church Buildings (some, at least). Click here to see what the Wall Street Journal is saying about it. The untold story of the church building is fascinating. And the astronomical figure that Christians spend on buying and maintaining them is astounding (the data is listed in Pagan Christianity, Chapter 2). Sometimes the economy has […]

A City Whose Builder and Maker is God

February 3, 2011

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Way, way back in the year 1998, I delivered one of my first conference messages. The subject was the developmental stages of an authentic church. The message : “A City Whose Builder and Maker is God.” “For he [Abraham] looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10) In that talk, […]

Guest Article: The New Testament is Plural Not Singular

January 22, 2011

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The New Testament Is Plural (Us) Not Singular (Me) by Jon Zens As folks listen to local and media Bible teachers, most miss the fact that Christ’s body is missing from their use of the New Testament. More often than not the approach taken is individualistic – “how can Christ help me live the Christian life?” […]

Following Your Spiritual Instincts Regarding the Poor

January 13, 2011

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Those who know me well are aware that helping the poor is something that’s very close to my heart. When I cut my teeth on organic church life over 20 years ago, our church began a ministry to the homeless. It was an enlightening experience for all involved, and God used it to teach me […]

Visiting an Organic Church: A Firsthand Report

October 20, 2010

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I’ve written extensively on organic church life (see the links below this post). Reimagining Church and Finding Organic Church are theological and practical treatments of the subject. Yet the term “organic church” continues to be used for any group of believers that meets in a home. (This is a misnomer as we’ve previously discussed.) The […]