The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…

The Goal

When I’ve talked about organic church, I’ve struggled to define it well. Even after reading much, it’s difficult to articulate what I mean. Thankfully, I no longer need to worry about this. I’m reading Frank Viola’s Finding Organic Church, and he gives the perfect definition:

This is a living, vibrant, face-to-face community that has no other pursuit but Jesus Christ Himself. Members are being “built together” into Christ the Head, the are experiencing the cross of Jesus, they are discovering how to live by His indwelling life, and they are fleshing out the biblical vision that the church is the family of God. Such churches are a testimony to the world, to one another, and to principalities and powers that Jesus of Nazareth is indeed alive – alive enough to be Head over His own church. Christ is the church’s centrality. He is her passion. He is, as it were, her obsession. Members specialize in nothing – except Christ. Their goal is to make Him visible in their community. Their hallmark is their growing knowledge of the Lord. Their testimony is their openness to all of God’s people, their humility, and their unmistakable love for one another. (p.119, Kindle Edition)

It seems idealistic, but I can do no less than to strive after this, no matter what situation I inhabit. Whether I accept a call to a traditional church, or go on to plant a church, this is the ideal goal of the kind of community I have longed after for some time.

The “Christian” sub-genre within music and movies needs to end

For as much music and art I enjoy from the "Christian" genre, and as much as I am (what I HOPE to be a good example of) an "evangelical" Christian, our tribe tends to be a little self-absorbed and weird. Speaking from an ancient tradition of "critique from within" (thanks NT Wright for turning me…

Eucharist

From Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus: “If your church stopped celebrating communion, what difference would it make to your life?” (p.102) What a telling question. Communion should be at the center of our worship time, and it should make bold statements about the inclusion of people in the family of God. Should we not…

Songs for Advent, December 2

Looks like SME blocked the Youtube link. Here’s the song on Soundcloud. http://soundcloud.com/leonardcohen/show-me

Songs for Advent, December 1

How church might respond to culture shift

Carol Howard Merritt argues that five shifts in our culture ought to challenge churches to respond in ways that could help people continue to pursue Christ together. Especially among the younger generations, changes in finances, work hours, family, the Internet, and politics give rise to opportunities for churches to connect – if they are willing….

Hebrews Recited from Covenant Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Replacing Programs With THE PROGRAM

Read: Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church by Chaplain Mike at Internet Monk Chaplain Mike goes beyond our shared criticism of program driven church ministries with proposed actions for ways churches can better reflect mission in their communities. Rather than creating a new Temple, drawing everyone in to sanitized substitutions for community activity,…