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Back to the Future: Sunday Morning Church Service circa 150 AD


In the movie “Back To The Future”,  17 year old, Marty Mcfly, lives a lousy life. His dad, George, a nerdy scaredy cat, and his mom, Larraine, is an alcoholic, who met George through pity, when her dad hit George with a car.   All he has ever known is this reality.  The only thing that he can do for fun, is hang out with the local scientist, Dr. Emmit Brown (Doc) who has created a time machine.  You know the story.  Marty goes back in time and changes how his parents meet.  In the process everything that was wrong with his life and family  is dramatically changed for the good.

When I contemplate the current state of the American Evangelical church, I wish we could get into that DeLorean and head back in time.  If we could, perhaps we would be able to intervene at just the right moment so that today’s church reflected God’s design rather than our own.  We can not time travel back to the first century, but we can read their documents to see how they understood “Church.”   It is good to look at history to observe how things “were”.  We often look at how things “are” and assume that’s this is the way things  are supposed to “be”… Read the rest of this entry

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Poll: What is the Most Important Element of Corporate Worship for you Personally?


Over the past few days, hundreds of people have read and commented on our post “Does God Care How We Worship?”  As a follow-up to that post, we have created an online poll asking the question:  “What is the Most Important Element of Corporate Worship for you Personally?”   We hope you will take the time to vote.  We will reveal the results in two weeks.  About the poll:  We understand that we are asking you to make a choice that in the real world you may not have to make.   However, for the sake of the poll, we want you to vote for the one thing you just cannot live without in a CORPORATE worship setting.  Feel free to comment, or to add an element that is not on the poll.  Following Him together,     Jim