My prediction–your milage may vary. As we read the book of Acts and the Pauline epistles, one of the things that becomes clear is that the Lord’s Supper seems to have been both pivotal and problematic for the health of the early church’s life together. It also seems to have been far different than almost … More A Lord’s Supper Reformation Will Lead to An Expansion of House Churches
I’m not interested in criticism of established churches. I am interested in what the house church experience of preaching is from both those who do it and those who hear it. via What does preaching look like in a house church?.
Weekend Links With all the snow here now, all the snow predicted for today and Tuesday, it is a little hard to get excited for some of us. But here’s good news for many. It is February 1 and pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in just two weeks. I can’t wait, hence the … More Cessationism vs Continuationism; Discussing Gay Marriage; Presidential Lies; Hobby Lobby, House Church Preaching and much more
Monday is for Discussion This is a discussion, I started over on LinkedIn. I thought it might be helpful to bring both it and the start of the discussion thread over here to the blog. Russell Wimberly • House churches will not penetrate anything if they are not evangelistic/missional minded. This is the prevailing problem with house … More Give three ways house churches might help penetrate our growing post-Christian culture.
Wednesday is for Prayer A forty-page paper for a doctoral class is due at the end of the week and I am only 20 pages in. I’m rushed but I want to make time for neighbors, even if it is brief. I come home and as I pull into the driveway, I notice that my … More A Windstorm, a Hatchet, and a Neighbor
Tuesday is for Preaching What does preaching look like in a house church? There isn’t just one answer to that question. In some, there is no preaching. In some, everyone preaches. In some, preaching is more conversational. In some, it is very much like the preaching that you would hear in a more traditional church … More What Makes Preaching in a House Church So Good? (or bad)
What I’m Reading This Weekend one thousand gifts, Ann Voskamp : The best devotional writer of our time. This book is about the transformative nature of life cultivating thanksgiving. Can’t recommend Ann’s words more highly or often enough. Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ, John MacArthur: Generally, walk away from every book … More thanksgiving, slavery, atheism, house churches and Vatican II
Monday Discussion “Suppose a newly planted first century congregation in Alexandria, Egypt wrote a letter to the apostles in Jerusalem.” So begins the first chapter of editor Steve Atkerson’s 2005 book, ekklesia: To the Root of Biblical House Church Life. He continues … Imagine that this church consisted of Jewish believers who had heard the … More Is Apostolic Tradition Obsolete?
Musing on Church Planting Lurching, Lunging, and Leaning into the Spirit of God What if all our (North American) church planting and multi-siting attempts and efforts of the last three decades were merely the reflection of God’s smile and blessing in the same way a parent smiles and blesses a five year old’s drawing of … More Arrested Development in Church Planting Methodologies
More for Wednesday Thoughts and Prayers With the great advance of the gospel in the rest of the world through house churches, why is it that the American Church seems to be so slow to pick up on the trend? It is hard to find a more pragmatic people than citizens of the USA, so … More Why Does America Seem to Have a House Church Aversion?