The Naked Church Chapter One

The Naked Church Chapter One – Recorded with permission by Wayne Jacobsen. If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. —Matthew 16:24 The Naked Church Chapter One – I can’t say I was totally unsuspecting when the moment finally came. It had stalked me for months, … Continue reading “The Naked Church Chapter One”

The Naked Church Chapter Two

The Naked Church Chapter Two – 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 The Naked Church Chapter Two – America has begun a spiritual awakening. Faith and hope are … Continue reading “The Naked Church Chapter Two”

The Naked Church – Chapter Three

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 Three”

The Naked Church – Chapter Four

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 The Naked Church – Chapter Four – 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 … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter Four”

The Naked Church – Chapter Five

The Naked Church – Chapter Five The Naked Church – Chapter – 5. Of Course, I Love God These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. —Isaiah 29:13 She had called me 20 minutes before on a friend’s recommendation, needing to … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter Five”

The Naked Church – Chapter Six

The Naked Church – Chapter Six The Naked Church – Chapter – 6. Real Salvation The Naked Church – Chapter Six – The pastor could hardly contain himself as he told me about his church’s door-to-door evangelism program: “In the last five months we’ve had over 175 people give their lives to Jesus!” I was … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter Six”

The Naked Church – Chapter Seven

The Naked Church – Chapter – 7. When Did It Get So Complicated? Martha, Martha… you are worried and upset about many things. —Luke 10:41 The Naked Church – Chapter Seven – Even as I sit at my desk writing this chapter, a ravenous monster lurks not more than 12 feet behind me. He is … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter Seven”

The Naked Church – Chapter Eight

The Naked Church – Chapter – The Naked Church – Chapter – 8. Simple Intimacy The Naked Church – Chapter Eight – Simple Intimacy I am afraid that… your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. —2 Corinthians 11:3 The Naked Church – Chapter Eight – Perhaps some … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter Eight”

The Naked Church – Chapter Nine

The Naked Church – Chapter Nine The Naked Church – Chapter – 9. God in a box My people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols. —Jeremiah 2:11 The Naked Church – Chapter Nine – The dust of the battle still hung in the air, mingled with the smoke and smell of burning sacrifices. Overturned … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter Nine”

The Naked Church – Chapter Ten

The Naked Church – Chapter Ten The Naked Church – Chapter – 10. Learning to Depend on God My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. —John 10:27 The Naked Church – Chapter Ten – The funny look on my daughter’s face caught my eye as I walked through the … Continue reading “The Naked Church – Chapter Ten”