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Using Focus Words

mediation scripture
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways (Psalm 119:15 ESV)

While meditation is a tenant of Eastern religions, Christianity also embraces the practice. The difference is the “goal” of meditation. We’re not seeking to blend our minds and souls into some cosmic force. Instead, God instructs us to meditate on his Word in order to become more like Him.

Getting still enough to meditate is difficult for most people given our distractions and hurried lifestyle. It’s also difficult “not” to think about something as we try to quiet our minds and hearts. Recently, I’ve experimented with a practice I call “Focus Words” in my daily quiet time. Continue reading

Defining the Church

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Some of you wholeheartedly agreed with my last blog, “Will the Real Church in America Please Stand Up!” and others disagreed with the position I took.  In this blog I will explore the issue  from another angle. 

Perhaps there is a place in today’s culture for the megachurch that appeals to a more youthful generation. The loud praise bands on stage, the coffee bars and casual atmosphere of these churches may draw in those youth who would never darken the door of the traditional denominational church with its organ music and robed choirs. These churches are often referred to as “seeker-friendly.” Perhaps they could also be viewed as “evangelistic outreaches.” Continue reading

Will the Real Church in America Please Stand Up?

Charleston Church“Religion is what you have left when the Holy Spirit has left the premises”–Bono

When someone uses the term religion,  they are usually referring to a belief system based on a set of man-made rules and traditions often devoid of God’s Spirit. But might we also apply the term to our Sunday morning rock concert services where high decibel music and caffeine are needed to pump life into what we now define as church?

With our popular seeker-friendly mega churches topping the charts in church growth, it would be a stretch to describe the atmosphere on Sunday mornings as “holy, reverent, pregnant with expectation and full of the power of the Holy Spirit.” Instead, multi-media presentations and strobe lights excite our visual senses while ushers pass out ear plugs for an older generation not quite “with it.” I dare say, if God actually showed up in awesome power and holiness, I fear there’d be a lot of lattes spilled all over the church carpet! Continue reading