Church Fellowship: Sharing Our Brokenness Together

Church Fellowship: Brokenness To Find Grace Finding acceptance and grace in the church Fellowship sounds like a ridiculous thought if you were to view the church in the spotlight of today's media. Yet for some of us that is what being a member of the church is all about. It's all too easy to to write the church off as an outmoded institution. But when, like Alcoholics Anonymous people get together in their brokenness, then and only then can grace abound. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of us Read more [...]

Effective Witnessing For Christ: Curiosity, Empathy, Sharing, Caring

Effective Witnessing For Christ: Not What You Think In my attempt at effective witnessing for Christ, I remember Amsterdam very clearly. With a Youth With A Mission Team I was out on the streets. I was also finding myself overwhelmed as the the drugs sellers were everywhere. Starting a conversation with one of the dealers, I could not help myself and out of shear curiosity I asked him all about his business. He was very happy to give me all the details. Eventually he asked what I was doing Read more [...]

What Faith is Not: The Struggle Between Doctrine & Faith

Doctrine Is Precisely What Faith Is Not If I were to talk to you about what faith is not, would you agree that "it is not doctrine"? I think that most would agree with that. Yet when I put forward the idea that doctrine is not as important to God as faith I am often confronted with Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. The implication Read more [...]

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts Is Christian Selfishness

It is very popular today, to promote the idea that you should go to God in prayer in order to be discovering your spiritual gifts. Historically it stems from the non Charismatic/Pentecostal churches trying to come to terms with the idea of spiritual gifts. The problem goes something like this: there is this theology about speaking in tongues, prophesy and healing. It is gaining power from it's popularity rather than it's soundness. There was a desperate need to understand it and even get on Read more [...]

Local Church Membership: Is it Biblical? – Scripture On Church Membership

"I don't need to have Local Church membership. I am a Christian I have been baptized into the invisible world wide universal church." This is a common refrain from a significant number, possibly a growing number, of Christians that I come across. Several from within my own congregation. The belief is that if only we would divest ourselves of the the bonds of individual membership then we would have the unity and the love that is so desperately wanting in the visible church. Read more [...]