Cake My Ass.

I read a blog post today that compared being a pastor to “cake.” The claim (made by a house church advocate) is that “a professional pastor’s job is mostly cake… By “cake,” I’m referring to the fact that his job is easy.” The basis for this claim is “2.5 years” as a pastor while sitting in Read more about Cake My Ass.[…]

A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 3

Guiding Theological Themes As we attempt to live out this life in the Spirit communally, here are some of the theological themes and principles we hope will guide us. 1. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our Community– The Apostles placed great emphasis on the role of the Spirit in the life of the Read more about A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 3[…]

A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 2

Personal Context One of the earliest decisions we made as a community was that we would not have “formal” membership. In those early days, many believed that the desire to be a place where people could belong before they believed superseded the need for formal membership. This meant, though, that we were for all intents Read more about A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 2[…]

A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 1

Introduction When I look back on the beginning of our church plant eight years ago, the things which stand out to me in terms of significant turning points for The Evergreen Community all have to do with discernment. As we set out to start a new church community, without benefit of sending church or denomination, Read more about A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 1[…]

What Does Community Look Like? The Biblical Answer is…

What does community look like?—— John 13:14 “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 15:12-13 “This is My commandment, that you love Read more about What Does Community Look Like? The Biblical Answer is…[…]

Anne Rice and the Not-Yet-As-Beautiful-As-She-Will-Be-Bride

A number of years ago, Anne Rice, author of Interview with The Vampire and other books, became a Christian. For her it was a rediscovery of a childhood faith. The writer of numerous books of erotica and dark, occult fiction had found a home again in the Catholic church. But, apparently a short-lived home. She’s Read more about Anne Rice and the Not-Yet-As-Beautiful-As-She-Will-Be-Bride[…]

Should the Church Meet My Needs?

‚ÄúIn a recent survey of 1,000 church attenders, respondents were asked, ‚ÄòWhy does the church exist?‚Äô According to 89 percent, the church‚Äôs purpose was ‚Äòto take care of my family‚Äôs and my spiritual needs.‚Äô Only 11 percent said the purpose of the church is ‚Äòto win the world for Jesus Christ.‚Äô‚Äù – Greg Laurie, senior Read more about Should the Church Meet My Needs?[…]