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June 28, 2011

While reading The House of the Lord, nestled on page 123 are the words The authority coming to the church … will be to restore the local, citywide church.
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This is an interesting concept.  Is it one that mirrors the New Testament pattern and practice?

How did we stray so far from what Jesus asked in John 17?  The first century church had it down pat.

The first century church met from house to house and had no church buildings for 400 years after Jesus ascended.

We, on the other hand, have buildings on corners in the City.  These buildings are not centers of ministry.  They tend to be empty most of the days of the week.

If Frangipane has it right, this will be an exciting time to be a Christian who worships as one body.  If he has it wrong, Jesus will not be happy to see the Church divided.

March 27, 2011

George Barna said during the Rediscover God in America webinar recently that Jesus died for none of the things the church measures.

He related how the church measures how many people show up, how much money they gave, what kind of programs there were, and how much the building is built out.

Did Jesus die for church buildings or the people?

That same day, Rick Warren tweeted “Jesus began his Church as a FAMILY! It became an institution in Rome,a political tool in Europe & a business in America.”

What’s the deal?   

Has the church world finally seen the light that Jesus prayed three times in John 17 that the world would be won because believers are one.

This is encouraging theology coming from various parts.  Can this be that believers are starting to act like they believe?

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We can hope.  What did Jesus tell YOU to do?

August 7, 2009

Outdoor baptisms, according to USA Today, are dwindling because of a number of factors.

It appears that one has been omitted. Maybe today, folks don’t see it as essential as the first church did.

While citing “indoor pools, mega-churches and modernization”, the story gives one pause, if the modern American church even believes what the first century church held about the topic.

Doing a search for baptism at BibleGateway.com, the results are overwhelming that the act was important then.

Leaving the topic on the mode, the timing, the candidacy alone, the importance alone is worthy of note.

Just in the Acts of the Apostles alone, six references to baptism (the word) show the one case of water baptism being administered twice. If once is good enough, then the record will reveal why it was done again.

In fact, read the entire Acts account. Never was the act put off, stored up, or delayed. THAT practice was enacted by the second and third generation christians, as revealed in the writings of the early church fathers.

Now, it’s not important where you are buried so that you can rise to walk a new life. Indoor or outdoor is fine. What is important is that you are. Given the choice of being buried inside or outside should be the choice of the one being buried. I’ve done both. The latter is a little chilly in the winter.

If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me.

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No one keeps statistics on outdoor baptisms, which are performed predominately by Baptists and Pentecostals. But officials at …

June 21, 2009

Communion was served at First Christian Church. THAT’s not news. It’s done that way every Lord’s day. What’s new is it was different. It was the congregation’s first service at the new location. The service was outside. If you can imagine, it was hot and windy.

That’s not going to stop Communion though.

The Fellowship meal is not one to take lightly. Paul described the potentially harmful side effects this way:

28But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

29For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.

30For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. I Cor 11:28-30

Because of the desire to do Bible things Bible ways, the Restoration movement has long been a fan of communion on the Lord’s Day, even if it’s in a vacant lot under a tent on a hot, windy Sunday.

Doing Bible things Bible ways, the congregation went back to the temporary building for Communion II, a pot luck dinner. an Acts 2:46 kind of communion.

This was an interesting Sunday in Altus America. It’s been an interesting communion event.

Yet, even this is not new. The Military has been observing communion in austere conditions for years.
Photograph credit: H/Major John W. Forth, Chaplain of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.), displaying his field Communion set near Caen, France, 15 July 1944. Aikman, H. Gordon., Photographer