Q & A: Women and LGBTQ+ Leading Churches

Recently on an online, Christian community (the Unchurching.com Facebook page), I posted the following statement: When false, institutional positions/titles are removed from the Body, suddenly women can exercise pastoral gifting freely, as the Spirit leads. Imagine that! The responses to this statement were mostly affirming, and a few others posed very good follow-up questions. The …

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Reclaiming the Meaning of “Pastor” as Care Giver

I know hearing the word “pastor” can be a hot button for us, who have been victims of spiritual abuse. But, it is a real Bible term, and it is a real spiritual gift, as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11. Again, sadly, it is a term that has been twisted and abused to represent false, “authoritarian” …

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“Preacher” and “Preaching”: Some Lexical Observations | Craig A. Evans

[For the full, published article with its excellent compilation of the subject's biblical and usage data, see HERE (JETS)] Response to Article: I am enthused to learn that monologues by “bishops” did not become the mode for Christian meetings until the 4th Century A.D.. Until then, believers just communed in prayer together, ate together, worshipped …

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Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices – Frank Viola, George Barna

Description Product description Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, now in affordable softcover, makes an unsettling proposal: most …

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Podcast: How Does a Cruciform Hermeneutic Affect Your Reading of Homosexuality Passages? – Greg Boyd – ReKnew

Podcast: How Does a Cruciform Hermeneutic Affect Your Reading of Homosexuality Passages? - Greg Boyd - ReKnew — Read on reknew.org/2018/06/podcast-how-does-a-cruciform-hermeneutic-affect-your-reading-of-homosexuality-passages/

Seminary Education—Myth and Reality – Faithlife TV [Video]

Truth doesn’t need permission. Questions are important—and allowed. Dr. Michael S. Heiser discusses uncomfortable questions with cohost Johnny Cisneros. — View on faithlifetv.com/media/369485 ______________________ Dr. Mike Heiser brings some very strong arguments for churches training faithful people for ministry in-house, instead of the broken system of Seminary. This message could not be more timely, in …

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23 Ways Leaders Dominate Their People by Sam Storms | One Lord One Body Ministries

I thought Sam Storms listed some clear abuses of authority that would apply not only to church-world, but the family and the business world as well. Proverbs 28:16 states; "That a ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor." Many times these insecure alpha male/females types don't even recognize they are oppressive leaders. They think their assertiveness… …

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The Presbytery as Agency in Recognizing God’s Gifting and Calling

If the Church is not a hierarchical institution but an organism, as this blog asserts in previous articles, and if pastors are not authoritative rulers in that false professional paradigm, as this blog also claims; then what should one do about the biblical texts, which mention a Presbytery? Who or what---if anything---is responsible for producing …

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4 Major Hurdles of Building Organic Church Community & How to Clear Them

Pastors want their churches to be full of healthy and vibrant Christians. How to accomplish this goal is a seemingly insurmountable struggle. Here are 4 major hurdles of building relationally organic church community and how to clear them. 1. HIERARCHY: While a pastor is a gifting and a calling, which comprise a role of “equipper” …

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