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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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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Seminary Education—Myth and Reality – Faithlife TV [Video]

Truth doesn’t need permission. Questions are important—and allowed. Dr. Michael S. Heiser discusses uncomfortable questions with cohost Johnny Cisneros. — View on faithlifetv.com/media/369485 ______________________ Dr. Mike Heiser brings some very strong arguments for churches training faithful people for ministry in-house, instead of the broken system of Seminary. This message could not be more timely, in …

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Lamb’s Harbinger on Clement I

Clement (I) of Rome is regarded by scholars of early Christianity as one of the earliest post-Apostolic Christian leaders, being supposed to have received appointment as an elder/overseer of the church at Rome by the Apostle Peter. Clement's only letter (1 Clement), composed (logically speaking) sometime during his service to the Church of God at …

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Ignatius of Antioch: a Bloody Diotrephes

Ignatius of Antioch wrote c. 98-117 A.D., and only the collection of his writings, called the Middle Recension, is considered authentic. All others are forgeries. Still, one must remember that the topic of Ignatius’ letters’ authenticity is still much debated! The Texts: https://www.loebclassics.com/view/ignatius-letters_ephesians/2003/pb_LCL024.215.xml SUMMARY: In his writings, Ignatius openly concedes that his teachings should not …

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Why Church Members Dislike Church Growth – Rainer on Leadership #128

Why Church Members Dislike Church Growth – Rainer on Leadership #128. Today on the podcast, we discuss why church members dislike change and ways that pastors and church staff can help ease this tension when a church begins to grow. This comes from a recent blog post entitled Seven Reasons Some Church Members Don’t Want Their …

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The Consolidation of the Covenant Community

When I visited Rome this summer, and as I ambled up and down its most touristy streets, I spotted a prominent Anglican church on Via del Babuino and told my wife, "That's ironic for Rome. Let's go in just for giggles." As we looked around the walls of that sanctuary, I spied a 2 part …

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Book Recommendation: “Great Evangelical Recession”

   Official Caption:In 2006, few Americans were expecting the economy to collapse. Today the American church is in a similar position, on the precipice of a great spiritual recession. While we focus on a few large churches and dynamic leaders that are successful, the church's overall membership is shrinking. Young Christians are fleeing. Our donations are …

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