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    slide06.jpgLet us begin with a very important fact. The goal of the site is not to criticize traditional or institutional churches. Yes, some of the articles make comparisons and some of the writers do strongly question traditional practices. However, those of us who have created this site did so for several reasons:

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    bestartikle.jWe have over one hundred articles available on our site, so if you are a new visitor, you may be overwhelmed. Where should you start? Here you will find some of our best articles that we have posted since the s...

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    slide05.jpgYou are church before you do church. This is one of the fueling insights of the missional church movement. This isn't a new idea...but it is pretty provocative, especially when one considers its implications. If we take Jesus at his word when he says (as recorded in John 20:21) "as the Father has sent me, I am sending you," then we realize that our being sent is the basis of our "doing" church. In oth...

  • What is an Organic Church?

    slide04.jpg Organic Church. I've been using this term for around fifteen years now. Today it's become somewhat of a clay word, being molded and shaped to mean a variety of different things by a variety of different people.

    T. Austin-Sparks is the man who deserves credit for this term. Here's his definition:

Principles of Simple Church
Letters to Nicolay 7 PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 13:01

writing_a_letter168h.jpgDear Nicolay,

Greetings, dear brother!  Here is the first practical idea for you to consider.  Hang on because it will seem radical to you.  I begin with I Cor. 14:26 where Paul encourages everyone to participate.  Compare that to your services where only a few participate.  Nicolay, allow me to suggest one way for you to encourage participation of all of your people is to change the way in which you handle God’s Word – to go to participatory learning and participatory teaching of God’s Word.
In all honesty, monologue preaching is less than effective in making disciples or transforming lives.  Evaluate this for yourself.

Can Women Baptize? PDF Print Write e-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2008 17:31
baptism.jpgSo here we go again...

Can a Christian eat pork ribs or a ham sandwich? Not many of us who confess faith in Christ would have too hard a time answering that question. Yet, for first-century believers this was one of those "tough issues" that had to be worked through. Just ask Peter. In Acts 10 Peter tells the voice from heaven, By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean. Yet he is corrected, What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.

Can a Christian drink wine? Believers in Argentina would think, what a silly question! Of course you can. Jesus did. There is even a miracle in the Bible about Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding feast.
Thriving Outside the Box PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 07:16
birdcage1.jpgI have never been able to enjoy looking at a bird in a cage, even if it is a nice cage. While it may provide a safe haven and contain all the food and water she will ever need it also prevents her from doing the one thing God made her to do. A bird that cannot take wing and soar to the heights misses the best part of being a bird.
Over the last decade I’ve communicated with thousands of people whom God has awoken to the fact that they have grown up in religious cages that have stunted their growth and robbed them of God’s life. Some were thrown out for questioning the sanctity of the cage, while others escaped when they noticed the door was not closed as tightly as they’d been led to believe.
Letters to Nicolay 6 PDF Print Write e-mail
Friday, 14 November 2008 09:31
writing_a_letter168h.jpgDear Nicolay,

Before I get to the practical ideas that you asked for – let me first talk about the nature of change.

The decision about change often centers on not the need for change, but the rate or speed of change.  There are those who favor gradual, systematic change and there are those, like myself, who propose significant, radical change.
The second Reformation PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 09:54

luther.jpgWhen we speak of the Reformation we all think of Martin Luther, of justification by faith and
of the beginning of the Protestant Church.  What do we mean by “The Second Reformation”?  Luther
began a reformation of belief but not necessarily of structure, ie, of how we do church once we believe.
How we express church ultimately shows what we really believe!

What is religion?
  • Special people, at a special time, in a special place doing special things for me while I watch.
A Mega-Church Fish in a House Church Ocean PDF Print Write e-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2008 10:08
mega-church-fish.jpgI am used to being different from people whom I  connect with. In college I was the lone protestant getting a degree in Theology from a Roman Catholic/Charismatic university. I was one of two non-episcopalians getting a Masters degree from an Episcopal seminary. So being possibly the only mega-church staff member at a national conference for  house churches does not freak me out in the least. I am comfortable enough in my own skin and calling to know that God uses the differences to make a more perfect whole. That is evident at this conference in ways I never expected.
Who has the Authority to Baptize? PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 15:00

crechenie-m.jpgNote: This article is written by Guy Muse, a Southern Baptist Missionary serving in Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador.

One of the issues continuing to resurface again and again in Baptist circles is the variance in interpretation of the baptism portion given in the Great Commission. Does baptismal authority rest with individual believers or with a local church congregation?

What was Jesus intent when he gave the Great Commission?

How to Have a Participatory House Church Meeting PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2008 16:58
bible-study-group.jpgPDF file for the English version of article
From Seating Capacity to Sending Capacity PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 14 October 2008 03:29
red person in black crowd.gifIf we think that a model of church is our solution to reaching the world we are already in a bad place, whether that model is a mega church or a micro church.

There is a vast difference, however, between an attractional posture and an incarnational/missional understanding of church. The difference is not in the organization, but in the release and flow of God's kingdom. The church is not meant to be sedentary but sent-"one holy, apostolic (sent) church."
Как не пускать Иисуса в Церковь PDF Print Write e-mail
Friday, 10 October 2008 07:50
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Letters to Nicolay 5 PDF Print Write e-mail
Monday, 06 October 2008 10:04
writing_a_letter168h.jpgDear Nicolay,

Greetings, dear brother!   Let me continue my thoughts on change.  Here is something from David Olson, which caught my attention about how we need to change our behavior.  David is author of “The American Church in Crisis”. 

“If the world you live in is largely Christian, then you can focus on buildings and maintaining Christian institutions.  The needs of the insiders are very important, so focus on church membership, doctrine, and institutional maintenance.
Letters to Nicolay Part 4 PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 15:54
writing_a_letter168h.jpgDear Nicolay,

It has been a long time since I heard from you.  I know that spring is such a busy time in Ukraine.  I remember fondly driving through all of Ukraine and watching the people planting their gardens.  I would often say, “Ukraine is one big garden”.

In one of your last emails you asked if we in America also faced similar problems as you do in Ukraine.
Your Christ Is Too Small PDF Print Write e-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008 15:19
faces7.jpgThe promise of the New Covenant is this: “„I will put My laws into their minds, I will write them upon their hearts. I will be their God and they shall be My people. And they shall not teach every one his fellow-citizen, and everyone his brother saying, „Know the Lord,‟ for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. I will be merciful to their
iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.‟”
The Christian Ghetto PDF Print Write e-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 02:35

evangometer.jpg(also known as The Christian Bubble or The Holy Huddle)

For those unfamiliar with the term, the Christian Ghetto is a slang term used by many Christians to describe much of popular, mainstream Christianity. As the word ghetto would imply, Christians have isolated themselves from the world, and have created a distinct Christian culture, with its own language (Christianese), its own music, its own clothing, etc. The Christian Ghetto results from a mentality that sees any exposure to the non-Christian world as defiling. But perhaps most of the Christians stuck in the Christian Ghetto are there unintentionally - they simply spend too much time with Christians, and take in only Christian music, television and media.

Who's In Your Simple Church? PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 08:11
facial_expressions_book_cov.jpgJ.D. Payne has done a study of house and simple churches, specifically those that he calls “missional house churches.”  Many interesting tidbits are found in this study.  For example…

Payne identifies four types of people who are typically involved in house churches.  I think looking at these categories of people can be very informative and provoke some excellent conversations about our own simple/house churches.
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