Pentecost Sunday

Its Pentecost Sunday – time for God’s breath to enliven new things. Here is my poem from last years Pentecost Grid Blog. Technorati Tags: christianity, pentecost

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Squirming into the Mission of God

“. . . And so I am praying healing for John Wimber, surrounded by charasmaniacs and Korean Power Rangers and space cadets of all kinds, and TV cameras are pointed at me and all i could think about were my fundamentalist friends and churches where i preached who were going to write me off forever…

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Dr Walter Martin and a New Kind of Preaching.

FLASHBACK: It was 1983. I think. 1984.The late Dr Walter Martin was in Perth, Western Australia where I was studying at Bible College. And I went to hear him preach at Thornlie Church of Christ where John Bond was pastoring at the time. Walter Martin was preaching on the foolishness of God and he used…

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Hacking Alpha: What Have You Done With It?

Just curious: What are you favourite Alpha hacks? What have you done with the Alpha Course to adapt it to your context? I see that there is already Catholic Alpha and Youth Alpha and Armed Forces Alpha as well as Alpha for the workplace, and prison. And I am sure each one of these has…

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40

I have to preach this morning at Stromness Baptist Church – they have been doing a series on Elijah and left off with his 40 day walk. I thought the 40 day fast of Jesus would add another dimension to the story. Yesterday I put together the images of “40” by Simon Smith. I know…

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Why You Should Plant a Church

“What will it look like?” I grew to love answering “I have no earthly idea.” All I could say was that if a bunch of cloggers and bluegrass musicians showed up, well… we’d be the clogging church. Bob Hyatt tells all in Why YOU should plant a church. Technorati Tags: church

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Slice of Nicolatia

Some thoughts on heresy from Dr Victor Choudrie, medical doctor and a big fan of simple meals in homes for believers as the best way to celebrate the Lord’s supper. Most new churches planted worldwide, Victor observes, are started by housewives. Technorati Tags: christianity, communion, home church, house church

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House Church Today: China

Today we are having a house church love feast with a Peking Duck that i marinated all night. I just downloaded the story of Gladys Aylward. There are some prayers at the end we might pray together. One of my daughters (Elizabeth) is fascinated with China so she is cooking up the chinese pancakes as…

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Church and Internet Study

“Presbyterian churches, at 92 percent, are the major denominational group most likely to be using the Internet.” (LifeWay Study, BP News) Technorati Tags: church, new media

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2 House Church Books

2 Books and 1 Conference call 1. The Global House Church Movement arrived a few days ago. Canadian Rad Zhero has done a good job is writing a well-rounded full-bodied yet compact little book on house church. He covers history, theology, practice, and almost everything you need to know. I feel the title of the…

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Major Trends Ten Years On

Steve Addison is talking with Howard Synder about the ten major trends he wrote about in 1986, including: 1. The coming of online global society (Internet, etc.) 2. Economic globalization 3. The feminist revolution 4. Environment at risk—global warming, species depletion, water, etc. 5. The genetics and quantum physics revolutions (DNA, superstrings) 6. Virtual reality…

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A Little Help on my Church 2.0 Article?

Help save my Christmas! I am really struggling with this article. And i need to write it before Christmas for Next-Wave because I SAID I WOULD. I want to locate the parallels between Web 2.0 and the emerging church (Church 2.0) because there is a lot that both conversations can learn from each other. I…

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Megachurches, Christmas and Video

A few decades ago, Willow Creek Community Church was in trouble with the critics for shifting the believers worship time from Sunday to Wednesday. Now they are generating an even greater amount of conversation with their decision to close for Christmas day. – BlogCritics.org is not impressed. – Neither are Ben Witherington or Tim Challies.…

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Skinny on China

The fifth most visited web site in the world is www.baidu.com, a Chinese search engine that resembles Google but offers MP3 and SWF file searches in addition to everything on Google (Wikipedia) Apparently, music is free and legal to download in China (makes you want to learn Chinese, dunnit?) which is why Baidu is being…

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My DAWN Homies

I met with my DAWN Europe buddies last week in Zurich. DAWN stands for Discipling a Whole Nation and I work part time for them as an Associate. We meet at least 3x a year and its always a great time of talking mission-geek stuff – strategy, numbers, trends, research, challenges, books . .. I…

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In Switzerland This Week

This week I am in Zurich, Switzerland for 4 days of strategic meetings related to DAWN Europe – getting serious, drinking coffee, talking shop, throwing snowballs, looking at counties on powerpoint presentations, drinking more coffee, thinking about one million new churches for Europe, wondering where the funds will come from, drinking coffee, getting hit by…

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Hammett on Emerging Church 6.0 (final)

Dr Hammett Thank you for the email that was sent to Emerging Church leaders. It was helpful to hear from you. I am writing this as an open post – not because you need to respond to it [you dont] but because my apology to you should be public and i want to honor those…

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Dont Pigeon Hole Me

Thanks for taking the poll yesterday. Sorry for pigeon-holing you into a modern construct – squeezy and cheezy and painful to try it on but sometimes you have to do your best to communicate to people who live in different worlds. Speaking of pigeon-holing, here’s a passionate apologetic called Emerging Church – A Response To…

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Hammett on Emerging Church 4.1

Intro, 1,2, 3 and now . . . I feel with many critics, the talking and arguing goes on and we keep missing each other because of the words we use and the different meanings behind them. Conversations can sound a lot like this . . . church? emerging church! ahhh . . . no…

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The Ajax Love of God

I had an idea for an article yesterday but it was too late to submit it to Charlie at Next-Wave. He says he will publish it on the Jan issue. Here’s the thought : The Ajax love of God. Londoner Rev. Mark Fletcher started me thinking about this a few days ago on my post…

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