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Pat Summitt on family

House churching, or whatever your preferred terminology, presumes a (hopefully somewhat stable) family. After all, church is family. And family is the cradle of society, too. Here is a short audio clip released earlier this week by my fellow Tennessean… Continue Reading →

Home meetings restricted in VA

The Commonwealth of Virginia was once the bastion for ideals such as freedom of religion and the right to assemble. Now look. Will your state be next to require permits and ┬álimit the number of attendees? Virginia Beach has agreed… Continue Reading →

Classroom size with respect to intimacy

Colleges and universities are rated on a number of criteria. A high rating comforts parents as they write out the checks each semester. One criteria is the faculty to student ratio, supposedly a measure of teacher/student interaction and intimacy. Another… Continue Reading →

Charles Finney on formless church

Charles Finney (1792-1875) is a hero claimed by the likes of far-righter Jerry Falwell and left-leaning Jim Wallis of Sojourners – and all sorts in between. The following extract is from Finney’s Revival Lectures, chapter 14. He popularized, I believe,… Continue Reading →

Jimmy Carter as a role model

I can’t be too hard on this guy – he’s from the South. Excuse me – ‘da South.’ Actually, he’s not one of my favorite statesmen. Politics aside, he is a true model with respect to eldership in a couple… Continue Reading →

Pagan Christianity? Hope or Hype?

Pagan Christianity? is a win-win for the “co-authors” and the “co-author’s publisher. A well known pollster discovers a book written several years ago by a lessor known, touches it up, and uses his name to promote it. Ultimately though, all… Continue Reading →

Spontaneous Expansion of the Church

Rowland Allen published a fine book by this title in the early 1900’s based on his experiences as a foreign missionary. I dig that title. Bring it on, Lord. I found a text version of the book. In it, the… Continue Reading →

Tracking house church growth in the USA

From the Editor of Joel News and a similar account on the home page of Dawn Europe, etc: The organic church guys from North America broke the rules again: instead of a Powerpoint with numbers they took a collective time-out… Continue Reading →

the ministry of moneychanging and merchandising

The Temple moneychangers and merchandisers, more than anyone else on record, angered our humble Saviour. They and everyone else, no doubt, saw their “ministry” as a very useful one. Jews from all over the world visited the Temple and inevitably… Continue Reading →

William Wilberforce and “the ministry”

He was in his twenties when converted to Christianity and felt led to enter “the ministry.” John Newton, his song-writing friend, forbad such a course and encourgaged him to remain in politics where he eventually had huge influence with regards… Continue Reading →