Ecclesiology Wrap August 15 – August 21

  • Brother Maynard: To Clarify This Journey: Paul Wilkinson reposts Brother Maynard’s article from 03.05.  Back when it was first posted, the concepts resonated, but now even more so.  It answers the question, what are we looking for? Very important read.
  • Into the future (of ecclesiology): Brian LePort considers the validity of virtual church.  Timely and important question these days.
  • The Pastor Problem: Steve Scott asks, “What are your thoughts about the ability of pastors to do their work, if they do their jobs, and what do you think hinders them or helps them?”
  • messy church: Lorna of See-Through Faith writes about a participatory, kid-friendly take on church in the UK.  Reminds me of some of the images that come to mind when I think about the NT house church.
  • My Church: Eric Carpenter notes that the first mention of the word usually translated “church” is in Matthew 16, where Jesus declares that he will build his church and asks what the implications might be.
  • Where is the pastor?: Eric Carpenter notes the utter lack of emphasis on the alleged office of pastor (my spin there) and the corresponding emphasis on a plurality of elders.
  • In his August 18 Thought for the Day, Arthur Sido suggests a powerful vocational goal for all pastors.
  • Some Things are More Important than Your Plans: J. R. Miller tells a particularly convicting story and asks two critical resulting questions (What are the most valuable things in your life?  Do your daily choices reflect your values?)
  • Why Church Growth Barriers are Good: The Loft questions the wisdom of pushing past church growth barriers, suggesting these numerical barriers may be a clue to plant a church.
  • The One Sine Qua Non of Church Health: Andrew Faris calls the Church and her leaders to abide in Christ.
  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Jonathan Brink discusses the power of crowdsourcing and its possible link to our work for God’s Kingdom.

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My name is Laura and I am on a journey, pondering the implications of God's glorious design of humanity and integrating every aspects of this design into a description of whole life health.
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