Stephen Bennett, who used to be a song writer, composer and worship leader at CCC many years ago, has put this little video up on youtube. It’s a simple video about what church really is. Stephen Bennett points out that church is the people, and not a denomination, a building or any kind of organisation. … More A Short Treatise on Church
Many of us over the years have seen marriages fail within the pastoral teams leading church plants; often it is the senior pastors’ marriages. This is a painful tragedy when it happens; no one wants this. Often there are children involved as well. Most of us here I imagine would agree that these marriages are … More When Marriages are Sacrificed for the Church
Luke 16:13 KJV 13No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. The discussion that started about Rick Joyner video’s has turned to the topic of church ‘tribalism’, which … More Can You Serve Both God and Tribalism?
Eugene Peterson’s ‘The Message’ Bible is a favourite translation of many people I know in Pentecostal and other churches. Its accessible text is great for seeker sensitive services, and it is a popular devotional translation. Many of the megachurches seem to regard most denominational churches as ‘dead’, or at least look down on them for … More Life in the Institution
This is an old article, written by Rob McAlpine in 2003, which describes the process of detoxing from church. He looks at the outcomes of what can sometimes be a lengthy healing process, and demonstrates how for some Christians it can be an essential part of their journey to maturity in Christ. For brevity’s sake, … More Detoxing from Church
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:24-25) I don’t know of another Scripture that has suffered more abuse than this one. It is often quoted as the reason people must … More Does it matter where you sit on Sunday?
Some say it is a sin for a believer not to attend a church. Some well known leaders also make it clear that any questioning of their methods is invalid if the questioner does not attend a local church – they believe that person is outside the body of Christ and so not worth listening … More Leaving Church
I left my conscience like a crying child Locked the door behind me put the pain on file Broken like a window I see my blindness now And I need love not some sentimental prison I need god not the political church I need fire to melt frozen sleet inside me I need love Driving … More Sam Phillips – I Need Love (1994)