Unity & Uniformity in the Local Church

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In yesterday’s helpful post Uniformity or Unity, Jason unearthed an important issue for every Christian to consider; exposing what I agree is a common tendency among Christians to equate unity with uniformity.

Truth be told, I have never met a Christian who denied the importance of unity among Christians.  Unity seems to be one of those things that all Christians see as important.  Yet, I agree with Jason that the picture of unity that many Christians are striving for includes all kinds of requirements that Scripture itself does not prioritize and ultimately amounts to a community of people that look and think almost entirely alike. … Continue reading

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Choose Your Own Adventure: The Dangers of Self-Directed Discipleship

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One of my favorite childhood book series to check out from the school library was the  Choose Your Own Adventure series. As the title implies, rather than be restricted (heaven forbid) to a storyline determined by the author, the reader is free to determine, on page after page, his own way forward in the book – resulting in many possible different endings via different paths. The story was more or less what you made it – you were in charge. And it was great!

What works in children’s fiction, however, may not be so great in the realm of Christian discipleship.

Two weekends ago I had the privilege of attending the Ekklesia Conference and Pastors’ Pre-Conference.… Continue reading

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Why I Embrace our Next President

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God is lightMy title probably leads you to guess, “Because God is still sovereign?” Yes true. The truth should not cause us to over-look this answer, give lip service to His reign under our breath, while we continue to worry or even complain about the elections. Either Ms. Clinton or Mr. Trump will be the President of the United States of America. God sits on His throne over the universe. Many of us need to swallow that pill, sit on it, smoke a pipe over it, then tell the world. No President thwarts His throne, the return of Christ, or the New Heavens and Earth.… Continue reading

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Back to the Basics; Reintroduction

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Back to BasicsOver the course of ParkingSpace23’s existence there have been a variety of posts published by our contributors under the heading “Back to the Basics.” It would appear the goal of these posts is to help provide a foundation for understanding topics which in many cases might be considered fundamental to the Faith. Having gone back to review many of these older posts I have discovered what a great resource they truly are to all folks who have questions regarding the topics addressed. Therefore, on behalf of my fellow contributors and our readers it is my desire to do a type of “reset” of this portion of the blog.… Continue reading

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Look to Youth Ministry, pt. 3

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I now come to the final blog post of my series on youth ministry as a mirror for your church. Thus far, my thesis has been: when you look at the youth ministry of your church, thatlook should give you a good idea what is going on in the rest of your church. So when you wander down the hall to Sunday school or show up on a Wednesday night or join a youth small group, you are going to find out what is most important to a church because those values have made their way into the youth ministry. In other words, if you have excellent Bible-teaching, Word-driven music, a maturity of leadership, and a heart for evangelism (all four I have already discussed here and here), then you can rest assure that the rest of your church is following the same pattern.… Continue reading

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