Francis Chan—I’m tired of church

I’m not sure what Francis Chan is up to these days, but these videos tell me this former megachurch pastor understands that something’s wrong with the traditional forms of church and he is seeking the same kind of community and authenticity I—and many others—crave. Francis Chan goes into detail with Facebook employees about why he […]

Teaching the First Principles (Key Ideas)

The First Principles Series is no ordinary discipleship tool. And Teaching the First Principles explains why. If you grasp the key ideas behind this important resource, it could literally — no exaggeration — change your life. I want to lay out four key ideas that will help you get a handle on why The First Principles […]

Barry Liesch — “Back to the Fountainhead”

From an interesting book by Barry Liesch about worship. What interested me about this quote was that he wrote it in 1988. This idea of returning to the way of Christ and His Apostles and the simple meetings of the early church is not just a fad. “In periods of decline we tend to look back […]

Asleep in the Light?

On April 9, 1982, I very reluctantly responded to an altar call, putting my faith in Jesus Christ for eternal life. There are two things I want to highlight in that statement: “Very reluctantly” “Altar call” I say “very reluctantly” because I knew enough to know that believing in Jesus Christ meant more than just receiving an amazing, […]

The Problem of Wineskins

This quote from Howard A. Snyder’s now classic book, The Problem of Wineskins: Church Structure in a Technological Age, shows us a couple things: 1) Smarter people than myself (i.e., Howard) have been talking about what’s wrong with the church for a long time (published in 1977), and 2) It’s nothing new for the “wineskins” of […]

The Old Is Good Enough?

“And He was also telling them a parable: ‘No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new […]

The Gospel of Luke (RTBT)

The Jesus film, made in 1979, is the most translated film ever and possibly the most widely seen film ever! It could even be the most widely distributed story ever! Through some six billion showings, more than 200 million people have indicated that they have trusted Christ as a result of watching the film. The Jesus film is based […]

The Formal Introduction (Luke 1:1-4:13)

[Note: Before you read this post, we recommend you study the passage for yourself using this worksheet.] Look carefully. Luke tells us something beyond the wildest dreams of most earthlings. Something better than the most imaginative sci-fi ever written. Only, it’s not fiction. It is history: God visited Planet Earth. In these first four chapters, […]

“All I can say is, ‘This is the way of Christ and His apostles.’ If any man answers, ‘That is out of date,’ or ‘Times have changed,’… I can only repeat, ‘This is the way of Christ and His apostles,’ and leave him to face that issue.”

Roland Allen