Simply Elusive

Being brought up in “Christian” Germany with churches everywhere, I always felt that there must be something exciting about the community that Jesus started in the New Testament—but somehow I could never discover what that was.” – Wolfgang Simson, The House Church Book

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Who is Doing the Work?

download (6)“There is a difference between “fruit” and “results.” You can get “results” by following surefire formulas, manipulating people, or turning on your charisma; but “fruit” comes from life.  Results are counted and soon become silent statistics, but living fruit remains and continues to multiply to the glory of God ( John 15:16)”  Warren Wiersbe, On Being a Servant of God
 
My friend Mike Wells used to say that when you walk through an apple orchard you don’t hear the apple trees grunting and groaning with all the effort of producing their fruit, but if you went to a factory making plastic apples it would be full of noise and smells…watch out for people claiming to work for God who are noisy and smelly.

Show Up

What does God require of us?  What is it that we supply to the One who creates all things, and who says to us  “If I were hungry I would not tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains.”?  There is one thing we can do and one thing only.  We can show up.  The church is nothing more than a group of people who show up before God freely while acknowledging it is the only thing they can do.  How we have been made free and what it means to show up before God is the area we need to explore together.SF Upper Haight Thank You for Showing Up

Why Most Church Meetings Suck

Most church meetings I’ve attended appear to be a group of believers attempting to maintain their belief and convince someone else to adopt that belief, rather than a gathering of followers mapping out their course and trying to convince someone else to come along for the ride as they go where only Jesus can go.

The first kind of meeting is not only boring it is intellectually offensive; the second is the only kind of meeting Jesus ever conducted.images (4)

Why Church Why?

images (5)There is a battle for the heart of any church.  The church exists for the mission.  It is born within an apostolic context; born on it’s feet moving out into the world with the message of Christ.
It isn’t a place to find security for your children.
It isn’t here to lend legitimacy to your social status.
It doesn’t exist to bless your marriage or to mourn over your death.
It is not here to educate you into a deeper spirituality.
It isn’t designed to be your support group.
It isn’t your holy hideout.
The church does not exist to enrich the lives of Christians, the church exists to enrich the life of the world.

Coptic Christians Suffer with Egyptians

images (1)What is happening is that all of Egypt is being targeted, not just the Christians,” said Fr. Dawoud, a priest at the Virgin Mary church. “Enough! People are getting sick and tired of this.” – reporting on a shooting at a Christian wedding this week

Religion cannot tolerate competition for its affections.  It will oppress, suppress, depress, or deny all people trying to live in its vicinity.