It is common for people to think that church buildings are temples of God that manifest the glory of God. Because of this belief, through out church history, church building construction and architecture has never stopped to be the primary focus of many churches. Many magnificent churches were built. In North America today, many churches … Continue reading Is the Church Building that We Are Building the One that God Has In Mind?
On October 10th, 2014, the premier of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil, officially apologized to former orphans of Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, who were abused emotionally, physically and sexually at the hands of staff when put under their care. Such abuses took place for over several decades at the … Continue reading Ten Toxic Responses to Issues and Problems
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart and every keystroke, every click on my computers or any of my electronic devices be pleasing to You, my Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, Nothing concealed that will not be known or … Continue reading Holiness in the Digitized Realm
Note: Text in this color is quoted from the NIV Bible. The Act 6 Church Conflict [Acts 6: 1-2A] In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. Remaking of a Denial … Continue reading The Remaking of the Acts 6 Church
When I use the word “charismatic“, such as “this is a charismatic church”, or “I recently had a charismatic experience”, it almost guarantees to call for a reaction. Some looked at me as if it was cult. Others responded in skepticism, hostility, or even out right rejection. The term “charismatic” derives from the Greek word … Continue reading Why I Avoid the Word “Charismatic” Entirely But Use “Spirit-led” Instead
There are great spiritual dangers when a church is run as a community center [Please click the link to read the article]. How do we size up a church to discern whether it is Christ-centered, built with solid gold foundation or merely community-centered, built with hay and straw that has no chance to … Continue reading Sizing up a Church: Christ-centered or Community-centered?
Many churches want to reach out to their communities. In order to draw people from the community in, church programs are run to serve their needs. Over time, the distinction between churches and community centers has become more and more blurred, and churches operate more and more like community centers. I sampled a handful of … Continue reading Five Dangers of Running A Church as a Community Center