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Myself, Heroin Addiction, & The Church

May 27, 2011


Let me start this post off by saying that I am not a heroin addict. Actually, I have no experience with this drug. I can relate to heroin addicts however. As a matter of fact, I can relate with addicts of all kinds because I am a recovering addict myself. I am going to go […]

Church Member Mentioned In David Platt’s Book ‘Radical’ Responds To My Review Of ‘Radical’

May 20, 2011


A couple of months ago, I wrote a book review of a very popular book called ‘Radical’ by David Platt. This book has been causing quite a stir in some circles of the evangelical world. Out of all the articles that I have written, this book review has been the most widely read article by […]

The U.S. Civil War & The Conflict Coming To Your Own House, Friends, & Church Community

May 12, 2011


It has been said that the most bloody & defining conflict that America has ever faced was the U.S. Civil War fought from 1861-1865. I had no idea how true that was until recently. I have just finished watching a powerful nine part documentary put together by Ken burns about the American Civil War that […]

Parenting Adults Is Harder & Why Your ‘Pastor’ May Not Really Be Your ‘Pastor’

April 20, 2011


Next month my one and only child will turn 18! Yeah, that’s right, I said 18. Can you believe it? One of my favorite things to do is get reactions from people when I tell them this. When I take my daughter out for coffee or out to a restaurant, I have to prepare myself […]

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We Don’t Need A Model, We Need A Vision! (why the organic church model is NOT the solution)

March 23, 2011


After dialoging with a good friend of mine on our blog site last week about the church, it became apparent that there was a misunderstanding about what I was advocating for.  While he rightly assumed that I believe the institutional church system is a destructive system which causes many problems, he went on to assume […]

Exciting Changes To This Blog (please Read)

June 27, 2011


I am happy to inform you that because of the increasing volume of readers to this blog, the illuminate blog has ‘graduated’ to the next level! Without getting into too much technical detail, we upgraded the illuminate blog to a ‘standard’ theme that is better suited for professional blogging. This new theme allows the blog […]

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Who’s Trying To Kill You? (history of the Anabaptists & why it matters to you…important msg from Jon Zens)

June 21, 2011


None of us live in a vacuum. This might sound silly to say, but the world did not begin when we were born. Every context that we live in today has a history behind it that directly affects us. I’m talking about things like our nation’s history, and yes, even our context and understanding of […]

The U.S. Civil War & The Conflict Coming To Your Own House, Friends, & Church Community

May 13, 2011


Jesus makes many promises to those who are a part of His household. One of those promises is conflict. According to Jesus, most of this conflict will come from the ‘inside’, not the ‘outside’ as we might imagine. I recently posted an article about the U.S. Civil War, and the similarities that conflict had with […]

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I Wrote This Because I Love You (some things you may have missed)

April 11, 2011


I am a firm believer that there is nothing that we have that we have not received. I am also a firm believer that what we have received should be shared for the building up of the house of God. We do not live as islands unto ourselves. In January of this past year (2011), […]

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It Is Hard To Stay Mad At Beautiful People!

April 5, 2011


This has been on my heart for the last couple of weeks, and I wanted to share just a few thoughts about something we all may have to deal with at some point in our lives. What am I talking about? I am talking about being misunderstood, slandered, and even hated by those who claim […]