Church (Ecclesia)

The Hard Road from Church to the Kingdom of God, Part 3 (The Way of Love)

The Way of Love

A Way to Live Jesus taught the way of love.  He told stories. At the center of these stories was a God of love and people in need of love. Jesus’ stories did not focus on belief but on behavior. Jesus had only two rules for life: Love God. Love your neighbor.  He said if…

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The Hard Road from Church to the Kingdom of God, Part 2

The Hard Road from Church to the Kingdom of God, Part 1

My Two Big Questions  Now that I lived on the outside of church, two questions mocked me.  The first was how to explain all the good things and good people in church. This was a problem for me because leaving was the kind of extreme step that would be in order if I had been…

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The Hard Road from Church to the Kingdom of God, Part 1

The Hard Road from Church to the Kingdom of God, Part 1

The Mysterious Presence Ever since I was a little boy, I have felt a mysterious Presence. I felt it traipsing across the hills of the Palouse with my dog, Brute. I heard it in music. I felt it in my family. I touched it in the wilderness of Idaho, where I spent summers backpacking with…

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A Tree Planted by the Water

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Last week I painted a picture of the Mountain of God. On this mountain we are warmed and energized by the same light. On this mountain, we move closer to God, closer to each another, closer to truth. There is no “us” and “them.” There is room for everyone. The mountain of God is not…

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The Mountain of God

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Question Anything But Church In case you missed it, I am making an outrageous claim. I am saying that the church is not a natural extension of the message of Jesus but a radical departure from it. If you haven’t questioned my sanity, I question yours. I am taking a swipe at one of the…

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