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Is it Irrational to Believe That a Man Can be Raised From the Dead?

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus. Not simply to believe he was a wise man, a great moral teacher, or a significant socio-political catalyst. We believe this man is God’s Anointed One (Messiah) sent to redeem and restore the world. We believe this man is God; so we trust him to save us from the corruption of sin – to save us from death. How could we believe such a thing? Because we believe that Jesus...

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Community Without Institutions - The Church Without Institutions (part 5)

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 6, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

What I’ve attempted to do in this series of blog posts is to begin a justification for the abandonment and deconstruction of some or our church institutions. But not without understanding their benefits, so that we don’t destroy what is valuable, or what is necessary. What is essential is an understanding that those who are abandoning institutional churches are not doing so bec...

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In Support of Individualism - The Church Without Institutions (part 4)

Posted by thethousandmarch on March 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In this post I will discuss individualism, tribalism and church government.

 

A person’s response to the question – “is individualism bad?” – is very telling. Some people will of course say yes outright. Others will feel a need to qualify their answer; no but . . . . Their qualification then reveals a bi...

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Disorganized Religion - The Church Without Institutions (part 3)

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I suggest we refrain from using the term organic in relation to social institutions such as the Church. If we are speaking of gardening, organic means something very specific and measurable. But as a metaphor it can get rather tortured. So instead of stretching the metaphor past its usefulness, I think it is best to simply define organic as natural. But what would a natural community look like? When we ask this we may then d...

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The Church Without Institutions (part 2)

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In my last post I discussed the nature and role of institutions. In this post I will discuss the nature and role of the Church. The Church is a worldwide collective made up of every true Christian. I distinguish a true Christian from a person who merely professes to be a follower of Jesus. If I may be so presumptuous, the use of the terms true and professing are a better way of describing what Augustine described as the visi...

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The Church Without Institutions (part 1)

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It is claimed that young people are leaving the Church at an alarming rate. But this claim assumes that no longer associating with an institutional church equals leaving the Church. However abandoning a formal institution is not the same thing as abandoning the body of Christ, and some may feel it is necessary. I would like to consider whether this trend (if it really is something new) should be embraced rather than feared. ...

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The Gospel In Up-Goer 5 Speak (Common English)

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It can be challenging to explain the Gospel, especially if you need to speak simply and concisely. This is a challenge I’ve thought a lot about recently in relation to talking to my four year old daughter.

 

Language is meant to communicate. But something most of us don’t realize it...

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What's Wrong With the New Chipotle Commercial and Why Good Intentions Can Hurt

Posted by thethousandmarch on October 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

If you haven’t seen it yet take a moment to check out this new Chipotle commercial

 

I first saw this commercial on the Facebook page of a man I greatly resp...

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Seems to Think Porn Addicts Need More Judgment

Posted by thethousandmarch on October 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Is the Church too judgmental? Many people seem to think so. Yet in the new movie Don Jon it seems the Roman Catholic Church is being criticized for being not judgmental enough. Each week the main character Jon, who is addicted to pornography and usually manages to bed a new girl each time he goes to the club, confesses his sins for which he is “sorry”. The priest then tells him to say X number of Our Fathe...

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What Causes Me Doubt

Posted by thethousandmarch on September 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

There are two things that cause me doubt in regards to my faith. The first is the exclusive nature of my faith’s story. I must admit that when I hear people criticizing the belief that faith in Jesus is the only way to be saved from hell, I must admit it gets me thinking. It does seem a bit arrogant, narrow minded and foolish to believe such a thing. Yet this is the Christian story. “Salvation is found in no one ...

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