Growth of what?

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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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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On Church-Bashing The Francis Chan Conversation, part 6

By Jonathan Allen, Monday 18th June 2019 at 12:42pm Francis Chan has a very high view of the church.  He says that it is the way that God wanted to show the heavenly beings His wisdom.  Messianic Judaism, on the other hand is often less complimentary, sometimes being very disparaging.  Given that God has allowed…
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Opinions and Complaints The Francis Chan Conversation, part 5

By Jonathan Allen, Monday 3rd June 2019 at 8:23am Three things seem certain in this world.  What, three?  I thought there were only two: death and taxes.  No, there are three: death, taxes and complaints.  Why do we complain so much?  Chan offers this analysis: We live in a culture today where we are used…
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Part of the Fabric The Francis Chan Conversation, part 4

By Jonathan Allen, Friday 31st May 2019 at 2:21pm Francis Chan tells us that one of his favourite scenes in Scripture is the dedication of Solomon’s Temple in ” 2 Chronicles 7.  He wishes he could have been there to see it!  The priests could not enter the house of Adonai because the glory  of…
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