June 26, 2019

There are a handful of modern worship songs that I genuinely enjoy, but more and more I find myself having to stop singing mid-verse once in a while because I disagree with certain ideas those songs communicate. Last Sunday we were visiting someone’s church service in Fullerton, California and they started to sing one of those songs. The part I really love in this song says, “You are good, good, ooooooh. You are good, good, oooooh” and that feels really… Read more

June 21, 2019

This is an imaginary conversation between an unbelieving Pagan in the first century and a follower of The Way of Jesus: Pagan: “I would like to know more about this Christ you speak of. Where is your temple?” Christian: “We don’t have one.” Pagan: “What? Then where does one go to meet with your God?” Christian: “We are all the Temple of the Holy Spirit, so God meets with us wherever we are.” Pagan: “Hmm…then where do you conduct your… Read more

June 19, 2019

A few years ago I received an email from someone who had a question for me regarding the mounting debt issues at their church. The email read: “Our church is in debt. We owe the bank thousands. We now need the debt to function. We have become dependent on it. My spouse challenged the finance person, in private, about this and got no where. We suggested we stop doing stuff and paying so many people to run the church. These… Read more

June 18, 2019

It’s something most American Christians have been waiting for, and praying for, their entire lives. Most thought they’d never live to see the day, but now that day has come. It’s true. The Temple that was prophesied to be rebuilt in the Last Days is being rebuilt as we speak. What’s even more shocking is that construction on this new Temple started nearly 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem and hasn’t stopped until this very moment. The shocking truth that most… Read more

June 14, 2019

In January of this year, I lost my job. It was devastating. I wasn’t sure what to do. We had moved away from our home in Orange, California and left behind friends we’d made over a 25 year period; not to mention our two sons who were still finishing up college. Here we were, in a strange place, with almost no friends or connections, and no job. It was terrifying. But, ever since, my wife Wendy and I have been… Read more

June 13, 2019

All my life I’ve been told by my Sunday School Teachers, Bible Teachers and Pastors that the only way to receive God’s forgiveness is to repent of my sins, confess my sins to God, and plead for forgiveness. Even then, that forgiveness expires the moment I commit the next sin, which according to them is in about thirty seconds after I’ve prayed and asked for forgiveness. So, obtaining, and maintaining, God’s forgiveness is essentially an endless merry-go-round of sinning, repenting,… Read more

June 11, 2019

  Here, time turns into space…and if time could turn into space, can space turn into time? – [VALIS, Philip K. Dick, pg. 32] As I pondered this, I realized something: Whenever I slow down and pause, and stop moving, then I become aware of the Universe, and of the Christ who fills all of space. Space is the expanse and Time is sequential. In other words, to experience Time we must be aware of motion [one thing after another], but… Read more

June 7, 2019

Here are six things you need to start a traditional church in America today: 1) Money – Lots of it. One church-planter suggested it would take as much as $100,00 to get started. Another pastor I know emptied his savings account and spent $50,000 of his own money to start his church, but some have suggested it could be as high as $8 Million if you want to do it right. Of course, depending on the size of your church,… Read more

June 6, 2019

I have a confession to make: I want to put the Church out of business. Here’s why: It was never intended to be a business in the first place. A family? Yes. An organism? Totally. A community. Without a doubt. But, an incorporated entity with a CEO, Board of Directors, Marketing Team and a logo? Absolutely not. See, what Jesus inspired was not only a movement, it was intentionally not a top-down, hierarchy. And how do we know this? Because… Read more

June 4, 2019

It’s one of the weirdest things in the book of Acts. One minute you’re reading about how love filled the community of Christ; how everyone shared what they had in common with people who only days before were total strangers; selling land and property to buy food for their hungry brothers and sisters in Christ, meeting daily in homes, breaking bread together; they “ate together with glad and sincere hearts,” and devoted themselves to the fellowship of the Saints and… Read more

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