Evening and Morning

Let’s trace this principle throughout the Bible. Return with me to the creation of the earth. When God created the planet, it was formless and void, and darkness covered the waters. After the darkness, God said, “Let there be light.” Notice that the darkness preceded the light. This establishes an important principle. When God begins…

Deifying a Unique Contribution

Those who are captured by the same spirit they oppose tend to make their unique contribution more important than Jesus Christ Himself. One can talk a great deal about Jesus Christ, and even about the need for knowing Him, and yet betray Him by one’s actions and attitudes toward those who are His. One of…

The Quoter Spiritual Conversational Style

People who use the Quoter SCS hinge any meaningful conversation about God to a particular view of biblical authority. The Quoter SCS simply cannot tolerate a spiritual or theological discussion unless the other party shares his or her own assumptions about how the Bible is to be viewed, and more important, how it’s to be…

The Dangers of Hearing God’s Voice

Each form of God’s speaking has its own dangers if not attended to by the other forms. If a church is conditioned to recognize the Lord’s will through only the form of Torah, it will become ritualistic at best or judgmental, self-righteous, and legalistic at worst. It will need the prophetic word as well as…

Koinonitis

The leading cause of death among organic churches is koinonitis. I owe some of the language in this section to John Butler and Peter Wagner. Koinonitis is a spin-off from the Greek word koinonia, which means fellowship. Speaking of the church in Jerusalem, Luke reports, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship…