Searching for Authentic Relationships in Church by Steve Crosby
Oct30

Searching for Authentic Relationships in Church by Steve Crosby

There is a God-impulse in the hearts of millions of believers around the world for what could be called “authentic relationships” in contrast to the relational sterility common in religious constructs. This pursuit is, in my opinion, birthed of God’s Spirit. However, there is no limit to the creative capacities of our carnal religious nature to ruin a beautiful thing! Some are following this impulse by removing themselves from...

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The Fellowship of His Sufferings: Jump in, Don’t Toss a Life-Saver! by Steve Crosby
Oct29

The Fellowship of His Sufferings: Jump in, Don’t Toss a Life-Saver! by Steve Crosby

In a materialistic Christian culture that has been brainwashed by a prosperity-bless-me false gospel, the idea of suffering as part of normal Christian life, is as foreign as finding bacon served at a bar mitzvah. It seems like on the one extreme we can glorify suffering like medieval flagellants, wearing adversity like a spiritual merit badge. On the other hand, we can think the devil is after us if we experience anything that dares...

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Life Worth Dying For by David Fredrickson
Sep12

Life Worth Dying For by David Fredrickson

When I resigned as senior pastor of an IC (Institutional Church) 10 years ago, the fresh revelation of Father’s love and the opportunity to shrug off heavy burdens that come with serving a system of religious obligation made the resulting challenges seem small. False accusations, rejection by long time friends and the unknown future were simply the expected costs of choosing the road less traveled. But I didn’t realize that my wife...

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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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