Someone raised a point in a recent comment that touched an ancient chord of deep resentment that I once cherished as a "professional minister" and the pastor of several different churches over the years. My new internet friend and brother in Christ was simply trying to point out an inherent danger of small groups: the ease of false teaching being introduced into the church.
Unexpectedly he voiced what I now consider to be an unsubstantiated—but credible-sounding and serious—warning that the dynamics of Sunday School classes, cell groups, or house churches might create nothing more than a "pooling of ignorance." It's a very powerful argument that's been circulating longer than I can remember; and one that I quickly Continue reading
An excerpt from Christ Fellowship of Kansas City concerning Why do we meet in homes? CFKC is a network of four SBC house churches in the Kansas City area. There are six good reasons, according to Jim Elliff, why they have planted this relatively new congregation according to the house church model. Continue reading
We made a Starbucks run today—not a common occurrence in our household, as you will see why—and it reminded me why we no longer try to live an American lifestyle in the UK. Sometimes it's just not worth it, although it's nice to occasionally enjoy that rare taste of home here in Britain. Here's what it cost (are you ready for this?). Continue reading
My son, Matt, has become quite the keen photographer (a chip off the old block
some might say) over the past year or so. One of my favorite images from his Flickr stream:
an eerie evening mist settles down over the small village of Castleton in the Peak District of Yorkshire, England.
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Tags: Castleton, Peak District, England, Yorkshire, UK
Within a short time of publishing my latest post, I discovered that an article on "house churches" had appeared in Monday's Los Angeles Times. I have uploaded a PDF file for those who may be unable or unwilling to register online (free) in order to read the article.
HT: House Church Blog
Several people have asked, "How is your ministry in Wales funded?" I have created a new page that briefly describes our current situation and how you might be able to help, if God leads you in that direction.
Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to attend an ordinary gathering of the early church? I think about such things and I find myself longing for time travel, just so I could experience Christianity as described in the Book of Acts. Although I seriously doubt anyone will ever make such a mind-blowing breakthrough, God has given us the amazing faculty of imagination that can make use of descriptive narratives, such as the Gospels and the Book of Acts. Want to go with me on a quick journey? Continue reading
David Hayward (aka NakedPastor) writes an interesting article about his vision of shepherding sheep. Imagine a gently sloping hillside covered with thick nutritious grass, a bright blue sky, a couple hundred sheep, one lone majestic oak, an ancient stone boundary wall and a trickling stream running down from the upper elevations. David sees the shepherd as spending endless days under that tree with his favorite book or trusty guitar, watching the sheep graze peacefully or drink from a nearby stream. There are occasional menial tasks required of a good shepherd and, of course, making sure the sheep are safe from danger, but most days are long and lazy Continue reading
For those who are interested in installing & setting up WordPress on their domain hosting platform (like GoDaddy or 1&1), you will love this simple video tutorial.