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

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 6, 2014 at 11:25 AM

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

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

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

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

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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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

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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Are Institutional Churches and Denominations Really Para-church Organizations?

Posted by thethousandmarch on June 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM

What do I mean by “institutional church”, “para-chruch” and “Church”? There is only one Christian Church and it contains all those who follow Jesus the Christ. The members of Jesus’ Church assemble together for various reasons. We usually call these assembled group churches; we refer to the building in which they meet and the events they organize church. But these communities are pro...

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Church 2.0, A Response in time for Advent

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 20, 2011 at 1:55 AM

In an article in the Washington Post entitled Christianity 2.0, the church consultant and Episcopal priest Tim Erich answers the question – “What will a fresh Christianity look like in America?” Now, I don’t disag...

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