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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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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 Gospel In Up-Goer 5 Speak (Common English)

Posted by thethousandmarch on January 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

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 Would it Take to Convince Me I'm Wrong

Posted by thethousandmarch on September 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM

What would it take to convince me that I’m wrong? This is a question I’ve been thinking about lately in regards to my faith. Why? It is my belief that faith, particularly faith in Jesus the Christ is rational. It is not merely a subjective emotional response to my own experience, nor is it a complete leap. The Christian faith is built upon objective historical truth claims whi...

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Is the Church a Sucker for Political Buzz Words - The Three Languages of Politics

Posted by thethousandmarch on August 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I often find myself having political, or even theological conversations where I make an argument which I think is irrefutable, but which seems to fall on deaf ears. And I must admit that I in my own turn sometimes dismiss the concerns of those I’m debating because I feel they are irrelevant, or invalid. Why is it that intelligent, generally kind and honest people can argue over an issue, but don’t even seem to be...

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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 Plant Update: An Ending

Posted by thethousandmarch on October 7, 2011 at 7:20 PM

We’ve decided to put our Sunday night service on an indefinite hiatus. This doesn’t really mean our church has ended, because the church community we built will certainly still exist and we will still be involved in each others’ lives doing the work of the Church in informal ways. Also, we plan on starting up a Bible study soon. Still, our first chapter has come to a close.

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What Does it Mean to be Missional; or Is Being Attractional Bad

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM

     These days – at least in the “emerging church” subculture and amongst those reacting to the movement – there is a lot of fuss about being missional and incarnational. This is often contrasted with being attractional. All the cool pastors want to be missional, and they like to criticize the mainstream church for being attractional. Well I've come to the conclusion ...

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