Surviving Transitions and My Idiot Yesterdays by Steve Crosby
Aug11

Surviving Transitions and My Idiot Yesterdays by Steve Crosby

The Scriptures were written to an agricultural people who understood the ebb and flow of seasonal living. They understood the importance of spending appropriate energy in the correct season. By contrast, our modern industrial societies live by the clock and 24-7 productivity, not by seasons. Our “switch” is always turned on, unwisely so. What might be positive for making widgets, doesn’t translate positively into the kingdom of God....

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Church Services, Meetings, and Gatherings
Jul29

Church Services, Meetings, and Gatherings

Until we deal directly with issues like the difference between church services, meetings and gatherings the organized traditional systems will pass us off as a fad. We are all in agreement that Father God is transitioning His church for optimal effectiveness and impact in this darkened world. The problem comes when we make adjustments to how we do things without knowing where or why the Lord is moving us. Needless to say, for many it...

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Relationship in the Kingdom of God by Rolland & Heidi Baker
Jul28

Relationship in the Kingdom of God by Rolland & Heidi Baker

Our years in Pemba have been tumultuous, intense, filled with demonic attacks, violence, threats, opposition from the government, discouragement, theft, loss, disappointments, failures, staff turnover, and the constant, unrelenting demands of extreme poverty and disease all around us. It almost always seemed that our capabilities and resources were no match for the challenges we faced every day, resulting in a level of chaos and...

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Relational Wisdom for the Ekklesia by Steve Crosby
Apr14

Relational Wisdom for the Ekklesia by Steve Crosby

Many years ago, a poem of sorts called “The Actual and the Ideal” caught my attention while visiting a friend’s home. I cannot give original credit to the author as I do not know who wrote it, and different sources attribute it to different people. Its profound implications on all of life, within and without the Church, are worth considering. The terms “incarnate and incarnation” used in this article mean: to give flesh to, to embody,...

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Difference between Cultivating Community and Building a Church by Kathy Escobar
Apr11

Difference between Cultivating Community and Building a Church by Kathy Escobar

I originally wrote this post in 2010, and it’s part of down we go. but in the past couple of weeks I’ve had some interesting conversations that reminded me of it and i thought i’d pare it down and re-post it. it’s funny, still, after these years, my thought is pretty much the same except for adding one more point at the end. There’s a huge difference between cultivating community and building a church....

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