The Joy of Having No Reputation – by Frank Viola
Sep30

The Joy of Having No Reputation – by Frank Viola

Early in my Christian life, I sometimes thought about how many of us Christians would follow Jesus if we lived during His time? I was mainly thinking about the possibility of being killed for our faith, just like most of the apostles were. However, after I began reading church history and got to know some people whom God was using mightily in my own lifetime, my question shifted from the threat of death to something else. Imagine . ....

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Abusive Pastors & the Crazy $(&*@#%! they get away with by Kathy Escobar
Sep17

Abusive Pastors & the Crazy $(&*@#%! they get away with by Kathy Escobar

I know some really amazing pastors in this world–dedicated and humble men and women who love people so well and truly care about their congregations and groups. Some have the official title “pastor” and some don’t. i wholeheartedly believe there are lots of ways to pastor that are not properly valued and so many people pastor and shepherd others without titles, money, or power. But there’s almost nothing...

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Until the Current Church Leadership Learns
Sep16

Until the Current Church Leadership Learns

Until the current leadership of the Church learns that the Word of the Lord can come from anyone, at anytime and from anywhere, the Body of Christ (His One Church) will remain divided and crippled by her ignorance. We have been messed up so long that some of the things the Lord is saying will actually sound strange to our American Christian ears. There are many things that the current leadership of the Church needs to learn so we can...

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Making Disciples or Making Clones by Michael Rose
Sep12

Making Disciples or Making Clones by Michael Rose

Have you ever experienced a situation where someone, in the name of Jesus, tried to fashion you into their own image of Jesus? As well-meaning leaders we want to help others mature in faith, help them grow in Christlikeness but unfortunately, we can sometimes have a narrow idea of what this Christlikeness looks like, and often it looks a lot like us or how we wished we were. Do you remember the story in 1 Samuel 17:38-40? How King...

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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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Confessions of a Controlling Church Pastor
Sep10

Confessions of a Controlling Church Pastor

What I am about to write I pray is birthed in my love for Christ’s Church. I pray that it is motivated by the holy zeal that rises up in me when I see church leaders abusing those whom God has called. I pray that it is said clearly, but with love- for what is not birthed in love is sin. Don’t be surprised by the accuracy of the assessment as I would not know so much about the problem if I myself had not been part of the...

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