Unleashed or in a cage?

Unleashed or in a cage? The Francis Chan Conversation, Part 15

By Jonathan Allen, Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 9:25 am Following trips abroad – to the Far East, China, the Philippines – Francis Chan comments on the difference between ‘church’ in the USA and ‘church’ in those countries.  In a chapter titled, Unleashed, he asks where there seems to be such a difference between what…
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Sin in the Assembly The Francis Chan Conversation, Part 14

By Jonathan Allen, Friday 25th October 2019 at 11:40 am We all know what apples look like when they are nicely ripe and have just been picked.  They have a slightly glossy sheen and seen to glow with health.  That’s why the boxes of apples in the store look so good and why the store-keepers…
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Growth of what? A counter-cultural look at what growth means

By Jonathan Allen, Sunday 17th October 2019 at 05:56 am Spurred on by our last blog post from the Francis Chan conversation, I have been debating with a number of sources what growth really means and whether we really want it.  The conclusion really seems to boil down to the inevitable Jewish response: yes and…
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Growth or Stagnation The Francis Chan Conversation, Part 13

By Jonathan Allen, Sunday 29th September 2019 at 12:06 pm Most people who have been around Tikkun for any length of time know that one of our key texts is this masterpiece of Paul, written to the Ephesians: And He [that is, Messiah] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to…
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The Traps of Ministry The Francis Chan Conversation, Part 12

By Jonathan Allen, Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 11:30am Francis Chan moves on to talk about the expectations that are placed on leaders that constrain their activities away from their real calling as the spiritual  leaders of the congregations.  Whilst many started ministry with hearts focused on God and a strong desire to serve Him…
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The Task of Gifted Leaders The Francis Chan Conversation, Part 11

By Jonathan Allen, Thursday 29th August 2019 at 1:30pm Francis Chan is very clear about the role of leaders: not to coddle, but to equip.  He cites one of Tikkun’s key-note passages, Ephesians 4:11-12, and emphasises just how gifted all of God’s children are and can be.  Chan sees leaders being strategically called and placed…
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What is the Attraction? The Francis Chan Conversation, part 10

By Jonathan Allen, Wednesday 24th July 2019 at 10:28am Why do we gather together?  Is it for worship, for prayer, for teaching, or for communion?  Francis Chan is concerned that, in many cases, the answer might just be, for entertainment.  This simply won’t do, Chan says, because “God desires His people to experience Him.” Chan…
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Experiencing God The Francis Chan Conversation, part 9

By Jonathan Allen, Wednesday 24th July 2019 at 9:42am One of our objectives as a family of charismatic Messianic Jewish congregations is that every one of our people should experience the power and presence of God.  Not, perhaps, for every person at every service, but on a consistent basis.  It is the experience of God…
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Devoted to the Word The Francis Chan Conversation, part 8

By Jonathan Allen, Friday 19th July 2019 at 12:29pm Chan moves on to talking about how seriously people are about reading the Bible and implementing it in their lives and the life of their congregation.  He notes how in the book of Acts, the early disciples devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and…
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The Order The Francis Chan Conversation, part 7

By Jonathan Allen, Friday 12th July 2019 at 12:59pm Francis Chan visualises a major disfunction in what ‘church’ or ‘congregation’ looks like and the blueprint he sees the Bible mandating. He likens this to ordering a steak in a restaurant, then being served a plate of spaghetti, with the claim that this is the best…
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