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Mistaking Uniformity for Unity

Mistaking Uniformity for Unity

We hear much in church about unity. Unity is key, a pillar of the Christian church-life, which serves as a dividing line between submission and rebellion. It is the goal of every church. It is believed that if you have unity, you have peace, Kum By Ya and that sort of thing. Well nothing could be further from the truth. That’s because unity as defined by church standards is, at best, a Trojan horse. It’s probably fair to say while we may be aiming…

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Sacrificing the Presence of God in the Name of the Lord

Sacrificing the Presence of God in the Name of the Lord

As an ex-radio talk show host, I have some experience in asking provocative questions. I learned from experience what stirs people up and what doesn’t especially when it comes to asking questions.  It’s actually a bit of an acquired skill – being able to be provocative whenever I want.  Which brings me to this question: Are we sacrificing the presence of God at church and doing it in the name of the Lord? Lately I have focused on freedom quite a bit….

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Graham Cooke on “Doing Church” in America

Graham Cooke on “Doing Church” in America

In 2001, Graham Cooke did a teaching on Church in America to leaders of the International Foursquare Church.  It’s not a well known or widely available teaching. In fact, I can’t find it anywhere. But it is one of the most anointed teachings of all time on church. Because of my passion and heart for healthy church, this teaching by Graham is probably the most inspiring and impactful teachings I have ever heard on the subject.  In fact, my spirit delights itself throughout the four hours of…

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Bill Johnson's Leadership Advance Conference & Bethel Church Deliver the Goods!

Bill Johnson's Leadership Advance Conference & Bethel Church Deliver the Goods!

I recently attended the Leadership Advance Conference at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. to see some of the things going there and find out for myself what I thought and discerned from the experience. My wife went to Bethel on a visit recently and came back describing of an amazing spiritual experience, prayer ministry like few she had ever seen and profoundly powerful worship. I was moved by her description of the happenings in Redding and vowed to go soon.  When my pastor called…

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The Ultimate Leadership Challenge

The Ultimate Leadership Challenge

I found this on Erwin McManus’ website. Author of the Barbarian Way, a book every church leader should read, muses over true leadership in and out of the church. True leadership affects the soul of the organization and the spirit of the people. The irony is that, while secular leadership has become blatantly spiritual, Christian leadership has become blatantly (and blandly) secular. We need to recapture the invisible aspects of leadership. We must focus our attention on the creating and shaping…

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A New Model for Submission to Leadership

A New Model for Submission to Leadership

In the last couple of months I have given quite a bit of thought to the notion of submission to leadership in the church. If you have ever had some exchanges with leadership I am sure the idea of submission goes through your mind. Every once in a while perhaps you find yourself disagreeing with a member of leadership, either because of a teaching, issue, or a position expressed in church? When I speak about these differences (those few I…

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