The Naked Church – Chapter 1 – The Day the Journey Started Podcast

The Naked Church – Chapter 1 – The Day the Journey Started Podcast If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. —Matthew 16:24 I can’t say I was totally unsuspecting when the moment finally came. It had stalked me for months, like a patient lion.  … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter 1 – The Day the Journey Started Podcast”

The Naked Church – Chapter 2 – Rise Up and Walk

The Naked Church – Chapter 2 – Rise Up and Walk Podcast The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way.  But what will you do in the end? —Jeremiah 5:31 America has begun a spiritual awakening. Faith and hope are being restored. Americans are turning … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter 2 – Rise Up and Walk”

The Naked Church – Chapter 3 – The Emperors New Clothes

The Naked Church – Chapter 3 – The Emperors New Clothes You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. —revelation 3:17 What an amazing paradox—while we were stripped of the vitality of our relationship … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter 3 – The Emperors New Clothes”

The Naked Church – Chapter 4 – Aren’t You Hungry?

The Naked Church – Chapter 4 – Aren’t You Hungry? Blessed are those who hunger and thirst  for righteousness, for they will be filled.—Matthew 5:6 Aren’t you hunnnnnngry? One of the most aggressive TV commercials for a fast food hamburger chain that I’ve ever seen began with that chant. To the driving background music a … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter 4 – Aren’t You Hungry?”

The Naked Church – Chapter – 5. Of Course I Love God

The Naked Church – Chapter – 5. Of Course I Love God She had called me 20 minutes before on a friend’s recommendation, needing to see a pastor. she was barely 20, a willowy brunette. “you have to help me!” the look in her eyes confirmed the desperation in her voice. “What can i do … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter – 5. Of Course I Love God”

The Naked Church – Chapter – 6. Real Salvation

The Naked Church – Chapter – 6. Real Salvation the pastor could hardly contain himself as he told me about his church’s door­to­door evangelism program: “in the last five months we’ve had over 175 people give their lives to Jesus!” i was there to do some guest speaking, and i knew that only about 50 … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter – 6. Real Salvation”

The Naked Church – Chapter – 7. When Did It Get So Complicated?

The Naked Church – Chapter – 7. When Did It Get So Complicated? Even as i sit at my desk writing this chapter, a ravenous monster lurks not more than 12 feet behind me. he is big— ten feet across and eight feet high. his name is library. in small doses he can be very … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter – 7. When Did It Get So Complicated?”

The Naked Church – Chapter – 8. Simple Intimacy

The Naked Church – Chapter – The Naked Church – Chapter – 8. Simple Intimacy Tim Stafford created a fictitious character named Joe, to describe what happens to too many people when they are invited to become christians. “he walked down front expecting a per sonal relationship with God. he left with the understanding that … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter – 8. Simple Intimacy”

The Naked Church – Chapter – 9. God in a box

The Naked Church – Chapter – 9. God in a box The temple represented God in a box, neatly packaged and removed from the mainstream of human experience. This is not what God intended when he gave moses plans for the tabernacle. he wanted them to know that he lived among his people. Jesus now … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter – 9. God in a box”

The Naked Church – Chapter – 10. Learning to Depend on God

The Naked Church – Chapter – 10. Learning to Depend on God –snip– “Contemporary Christianity has all but ignored this powerful work of the cross and sees it only as a sacrificial atonement to appease God’s wrath. But that misses the whole point. Jesus didn’t die to satisfy God’s anger toward sin; he became sin … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter – 10. Learning to Depend on God”