Love is the Power of New Testament Leadership by Michael Rose
Sep12

Love is the Power of New Testament Leadership by Michael Rose

One of the things we like to do as human beings is to figure out whose in charge, who runs things or if you like, who has the power.  Once we get an idea of where the power lies we want to figure out what our position is relative to that power, and then, in some case learn what gets us closer to that power and what will take us further away.  This very human activity is learned early in life as we become socialized.  We soon learn...

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Beware of Christian Zionism by Steve Crosby
Sep12

Beware of Christian Zionism by Steve Crosby

The merging of right-wing geopolitics and a literalist/fundamentalist end-time teaching scheme, make for a very dangerous and unsound biblical worldview. The President’s recent comments regarding the situation in the Mideast has set the blogosphere aflame with apocalyptic denouncements of judgment against him personally, and America nationally for “not siding with Israel,”  as if arguing for basic human rights for all people (Israel...

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Crazy Charismatic Doctrine by Steve Crosby
Sep12

Crazy Charismatic Doctrine by Steve Crosby

If someone you loved dearly was engaged in behavior that was destructive to him self, and others around him, your love would compel you to do an intervention, even if the person didn’t like it. I’ve been a life-long charismatic believer. I am thankful for my heritage, my tribe, if you will. However, as the years have rolled by my heart has broken as I have watched that heritage drift further and further into self-destructive...

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Why I Quit Tithing by Steve Crosby
Sep12

Why I Quit Tithing by Steve Crosby

Nothing like talking about money to stir passions. I was a faithful tither to various institutions for over thirty years. I quit in 2005, and contrary to all the dire threats from mandatory-tithe-preachers, I have not been cursed by God. Rather, I have been blessed in every way. If there was ever an issue that stacking up proof texts for or against is ineffective in persuading someone of the opposite persuasion, this is it. So, I am...

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Dynamic Worship or Worship Manipulation? by Steve Crosby
Sep12

Dynamic Worship or Worship Manipulation? by Steve Crosby

Sometimes out of our innocence, and other times out of our naiveté, the church fails to exercise her God-given abilities of discernment, and ends up labeling things as “God,” just because they may be numerically or financially successful.  Jesus nor Paul would be “successes” under that measuring stick. Let’s consider some common “leadership” principles that can be effectively used  to accomplish great things, without the Holy Spirit’s...

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