Communion of the Saints

Worship cannot be reduced to the pragmatic – nor can prayer. Leander Keck reminds us that, “making worship useful destroys it.” Why? Keck explains, it “introduces an ulterior motive for praise. And ulterior motives mean manipulation, taking charge of the relationship, thereby turning the relation between the Creator and the creature upside down.”[1] To be…

Four Prayer Streams

We have been discussing the importance of a disciplined personal prayer life. Yet, there are four prayer streams in the life of the people of God that are critical. The congregation gathered in and for prayer. Not preaching. Not teaching or training, but in prayer. Smaller prayer groups. Not the entire congregation gathered, but slices…

ReThinking the Church!

THE CHURCH SOWN We know the Church ecclesia – called out from the world and separated unto God. Every Sunday, we exercise this aspect of church. Driving out of our neighborhoods, we pass hundreds of homes with families not connected to a life-giving congregation. We pass the super-centers and schools where we work, hospitals and…