The Early Church and the Pagan Conversion to Christianity by Steve Crosby
Mar31

The Early Church and the Pagan Conversion to Christianity by Steve Crosby

Have you ever wondered why hundreds and thousands joined the early communities when it would cost them everything? Great grace, power, and fear were upon the ekklesia (church). We’re not too crazy about #3 these days-it’s not church growth seeker friendly. “None dared to join them,” doesn’t fit our “church growth strategies.” Yet even with great fear, people joined themselves. Why? What would motivate folks to join themselves to a...

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When Church Tradition And The Holy Spirit Disagree
Mar14

When Church Tradition And The Holy Spirit Disagree

Most of us young pastors in the 1940’s were taught that portions of the New Testament lost their validity when the Apostles died. For example, I was instructed to ignore teachings about the Holy Spirit’s miraculous gifts in I Corinthians 12 and 14. Chapters 11, 13, and 15, were o.k. but not the others. Had I disobeyed and taught them anyway, I would have been excommunicated. As a result, I lost nearly thirty years of precious...

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The Kind of Love that is Building His Church
Jan22

The Kind of Love that is Building His Church

In a world where morality is falling like dead leaves in the winter words just don’t carry the weight necessary to communicate properly. Our actions are our only guarantee to others of the definition we give to our words. We have tried adding descriptive words to the word LOVE like radical, raw, extreme and the new one “epic” to assure others that we offer a better product. But this society is tired of commercials. Just like those...

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Why do Bad things happen to Good people – a Response
Jan07

Why do Bad things happen to Good people – a Response

My Dear Brothers In the Lord, If I thought a christian band aid would help I would say to you (as” did Robert Schuller), “Tough Times don’t Last but Tough People Do….Hogwash!!!!!!!!!  Sometimes tough times are like the EverReady bunny..they go on and on and on…ad infinitum. I no longer subscribe to fairy tale Christianity where there is always light at the end of the tunnel or a happy ending to the story!...

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Reduced to Love by David Fredrickson
Nov20

Reduced to Love by David Fredrickson

In a conversation with a friend today I was recalling how many years ago I used to ask God to reduce me to love. It sounded really noble and spiritual. I’ve also often petitioned him for a baptism of love. Seemed like it would be a warm, cozy experience. Now, years later, if asked to draw a picture of the consequences attached to those prayers, I would probably use four frames to sketch a house with many rooms. The first frame would...

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