The Love (Agapé) Feast is the Eucharist is the Lord’s Supper is Communion BUT is not a Ritual

When Paul refers to the Bread & Cup in 1 Corinthians 11:20-27, he hails its definitive, guiding principle of self-denial (as opposed bigoted self-indulgence) for the sake of others (even traitors), not that it is a rite to be performed exactingly, as magic incantation. #Paradosis — Lamb's Harbinger (@LambsHarbinger) August 15, 2019 Eating & drinking …

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Didache – Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Didache (Koine Greek: διδαχή), also known as “The Teaching,” or, “The... — Read on http://www.ancient.eu/Didache/ As the above article indicates, scholars disagree about the date of authorship for the Didache, but scholars do agree external evidences (quotations by Eusebius) show a probability of 4th C. To me, this accounts for the prescription of a …

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Q&A: How Do We Avoid the Draw toward Toxic Power, to Institutionalize Egalitarian, Organic Faith Community?

Another way of asking thos question is, “What does egalitarian, organic faith community even function; and how do we keep it that Non-institutional?” “I was involved in a study group for about 15 yrs and one rule we had was everyone at the meeting was equal and not welcome if they felt they had to […]

A Crystal Clear Statement on Gay and Lesbian Marriage

Precursory Statement on LGBTQIA Shaming/guilting and shunning LGBTQ+ within reparative and conversion therapies is always wrong. Instead, we all should focus on identity exchange and spiritual health (See also, HERE). I firmly and clearly state that LGBTQA persons can be/are born with their sexual orientation latent. Also, although there are only two biological sexes (male …

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Bill Hybels: The Emaciated & Very Bony Fish — Part 2

Once again, institutional, corporate Christianity reels with groans and the grief that comes from exposure of high level corruption, this time from one of its seemingly untouchables---Willow Creek and Bill Hybels. It is no small stir. News publications such as the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times have covered the story. Colleagues figuratively shook …

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Articles – Searching Together | Jon Zens

Searching Together: About Jon Zens is an American author, speaker, scholar and theologian on Christian topics. Zens is best known for pioneering New Covenant Theology, which sees the entire Bible as a revelation of the gospel of grace fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Christians are no longer under the Law of Moses, but under grace. According …

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Q & A: Women and LGBTQ+ Leading Churches

Recently on an online, Christian community (the Unchurching.com Facebook page), I posted the following statement: When false, institutional positions/titles are removed from the Body, suddenly women can exercise pastoral gifting freely, as the Spirit leads. Imagine that! The responses to this statement were mostly affirming, and a few others posed very good follow-up questions. The …

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Reclaiming the Meaning of “Pastor” as Care Giver

I know hearing the word “pastor” can be a hot button for us, who have been victims of spiritual abuse. But, it is a real Bible term, and it is a real spiritual gift, as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11. Again, sadly, it is a term that has been twisted and abused to represent false, “authoritarian” …

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“Preacher” and “Preaching”: Some Lexical Observations | Craig A. Evans

[For the full, published article with its excellent compilation of the subject's biblical and usage data, see HERE (JETS)] Response to Article: I am enthused to learn that monologues by “bishops” did not become the mode for Christian meetings until the 4th Century A.D.. Until then, believers just communed in prayer together, ate together, worshipped …

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Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices – Frank Viola, George Barna

Description Product description Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, now in affordable softcover, makes an unsettling proposal: most …

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