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There is always a temptation for small groups of Christians who meet in their homes to become insular and ingrown. This can even happen with “organic” churches that come together around an epic vision of Christ as all in all.

I know, because I’ve been there.

For three years I was part of an intimate gathering of believers who struck out beyond the pale of institutional Christianity in search of life together in Christ. While we did discover a deeper fellowship than anything we’d experienced in traditional church, we also ran up against the roadblock of spiritual homogenization. Continue Reading…

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Last week on the podcast I talked about eating and drinking Christ. Today I’m talking about eating and drinking Christ in community.

Listen, brothers and sisters: The New Testament revelation of who you are in Christ has a certain context which, if you are missing, will frustrate all your efforts to realize the promises of God and walk in His Spirit.

That context is the community of Christ. Continue Reading…

Coffee, anyone?

February 21, 2015 — 7 Comments

Of all the articles I wrote for House2House magazine, this one generated the most response. It addresses one of my deepest burdens: How to practice the unity of the Body of Christ.

Scripture is replete with images of the Church as the Family of God.

For instance, God is our Father and we are all brothers and sisters in Him. The Jerusalem “from above” is our mother (Galatians 4:26), and Jesus, by implication at least, is our elder Brother (Hebrews 2:11).

There are many aspects of family, then, which can be applied to the Church. I would like to consider this from an angle you may not be familiar with, beginning with this question: When you were physically born, did you get to choose your family? More specifically, did you get to pick whom you would relate to as brother or sister? Continue Reading…

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Did you know that Jesus claimed to be “real” food and drink, and that those who follow Him would be able to eat and drink of Him?

Eating and drinking of Christ in the Spirit–that is the subject of this week’s podcast. Though this episode is over a full hour long, I feel like I only began to touch on a few important elements of the spiritual life. Therefore, please get back to me with any comments or feedback; depending on the response I may do a follow-up post next week. Continue Reading…

Two kinds of peace

February 10, 2015 — 3 Comments
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“I do not give peace the way the world gives peace.”

That is essentially what Jesus said in John 14:27. What did he mean? How does the world give peace? How does Jesus give peace? Are we to live by one in the good times and another in the bad?

All these questions and more are what I explore in the latest episode of the podcast. I hope you benefit from it, and that you share it with other people who will benefit from it as well.


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A little while back I wrote about the different kinds of fuel that Christians use to try to live the Christian life. I meant to immediately follow that post with an article about eating and drinking Christ, but other topics have called for my attention since then and obviously I haven’t gotten to it yet. Apologies.

Instead of an article I think I will devote an entire podcast episode to this matter. Look for it next week. In the meantime, here is a collection of old posts I’ve written about the spiritual life of the believer. Take some time to go through them and you’ll get a good primer on a few of the issues I’ll be talking about in the podcast.  Continue Reading…

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Alright, the new podcast episode is live.

If you are a student of church history, this episode is for you. In particular, if you are familiar with the work of Eberhard Arnold and the Bruderhof, you’ll find some interesting information here regarding his life and spiritual development.

Furthermore, if you’ve ever puzzled over the meaning of John’s vision of the “great whore”, if you wonder what the Christian position should be toward war, or if you’ve been following the firestorm of public opinion both for and against the new movie, American Sniper, then you don’t want to miss this episode. Continue Reading…

This week's podcast episode is being delayed since I've been sick the past few days. Here instead is another article I originally published with House2House magazine, which has now gone offline. Hope it helps.

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In a perfect world, every new believer in Christ would be baptized into a vibrant expression of the local church in which they were surrounded by brothers, sisters, mothers, and mentors who would help propel their growth in grace.

Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world.

In my case, I lacked many of these New Testament dynamics as a young disciple. I began my walk with the Lord in an independent Baptist congregation, where I recall far more country church politics and in-fighting than any serious attempt at making disciples. Continue Reading…

The Church & the Kingdom

January 27, 2015 — 6 Comments
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“Seek the Kingdom of God first, and everything you need will be provided for you.”–Jesus

In the latest episode of the podcast I explore the relationship between the Church and the Kingdom of God. Are they one and the same, or are they different? Can their relationship be traced throughout Scripture?

Better yet, did Jesus really mean all those crazy things he said about life in the Kingdom? Did the early Christians take him seriously? Should we?  Continue Reading…

What’s next?

January 26, 2015 — 7 Comments
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Back in the spring I posted a few excerpts from a study I was putting together for the people I was meeting with at the time. That meeting ended, but the study was completed and the final PDF version will soon be available free of charge to all subscribers and anyone else who would like a copy.

Unquenchable Flame is the title of the study. It is a brief overview of first century history, including a chronological ordering of the New Testament writings in the context in which they may have originally been composed. This study is a primer on a larger project I hope to begin soon with Bill Heroman, a brother from Arlington, Texas who has devoted the last nine years of his life to research on New Testament history and a slew of other subjects which will form what I believe will be the most valuable treatment of first century history that is currently availableContinue Reading…