Rethinking Church Discipline & Excommunication

In Reimagining Church (2008), I briefly discussed the topic of church discipline. Recently, someone asked me to expand what I said about the topic, asking for my opinion on how church discipline worked in the early church.

I’ve already dealt with the first half of this question in another post. See How (Not) to Correct Another Christian.

Excommunicating a genuine Christian is a “horrible” experience. I say horrible because excommunicating a true believer (putting them out of a local assembly) is one of the most horrendous, heart-wrenching, dreadful things that can happen to a person.

Anyone who is involved in excommunicating someone (who has half a heart, that is) doesn’t want to be involved in the process.

Excommunication is discussed in several places in the New Testament. So it’s not an issue that can be conveniently ignored.[Continue Reading...]

Survey Results & Watchman Nee Box Set

Stay tuned for Monday’s post. It’s another edition of my Rethinking series.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the survey.

Here’s a brief sketch of the results.

1. There are slightly more males who read the blog than females. But it’s almost equal.

2. The majority ages are 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s.

3. Most of you want challenging blog posts.

4. Most of you prefer conference messages and subjects that I talk about alone on the podcast.

5. Most of you use iTunes to listen to the podcast. (A 5-star rating would really be appreciated in iTunes and help others find it.)

6. This one REALLY surprised me:

60% of you have purchased God’s Favorite Place on Earth, which is my life’s work.

40% of you have not.

I have a question for those of you who haven’t gotten that book. Please look at the book page – God’s Favorite Place on Earth Landing Page – and let me know what is missing from that page that, if it were present would compel you to get the book?[Continue Reading...]

Should Christians Fall in Love?

The following was written by DeVern Fromke. It’s an excerpt from his superb book, Unto Full Stature.

DeVern’s chapter on this subject is about 3,000 words. I’ve shortened it considerably so that it’s more digestible for a blog post.

Has God intended that a Christian should fall in love?

It seems there are two false notions that dominate the world’s thought about love. First of all there is the fatalistic notion as expressed in the phrase “fall in love.” The very expression seems to suggest that love is a sort of trap into which one falls and, having fallen in, one is a hopeless victim unable to extricate oneself.

Second, love is thought of as an irresistible power that may overcome a person at any time. And, willy-nilly, you have to love a certain one regardless of circumstances and conditions. If things are such that you cannot get the one you have fallen in love with, then your fate is tragic. As the romance lyrics picture, you must pine away in regrets and unsatisfied longings. It is this warped notion of falling in love that has ruined homes and married couples. It accounts for the scandalous record of divorces in our nation.[Continue Reading...]

Last Day for the Discount

Sorry, no time for a real blog post. Busy weekend. Will crank one out on Wednesday.

Today is the last day for the discount on my Online Discipleship Course. Click the banner below to order.

The course closes on December 31st. It will not reopen again until March 2014.

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Help Me Pick a New Title for an Old Book

My first published book was The Untold Story of the New Testament Church (2005).

In 2014, I plan to rewrite the entire book from beginning to end. (God willing.)

There will be a lot of new content added, it will sport a new cover that matches my other books in the ReChurch series.

And it will have a new title. The subtitle of the book will be “The Untold Story of the New Testament Church.”

Update: You all gave me great input on a new title and the consensus was to put the NT Epistles at the end of the book in chronological order.[Continue Reading...]

Discounted Tools & Resources for Black Friday

If you want to stay home this weekend and get some great deals online, check out these 4 specials.

1. BlueHost has slashed their already-awesome prices. You can use their hosting service now for only $3.95 a month & everything site-wide is 50% off. 

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If you have a blog already, create a second one and put it on BlueHost in 5 minutes. Then move your already-ready existing blog over to their hosting service to save money and get great reliability and awesome service. The discount ends Monday, December 2nd.

Click here to take advantage of BlueHost’s awesome sale (instructions are listed on how to start a blog in 5 minutes).[Continue Reading...]

Black Friday is Here Early! This Offer Lasts Until Cyber Monday

When I released my first online discipleship course in September, I had no idea that it would explode the way it did.

Previously, I thought my books were the most influential resource I created – along with this blog and my podcast . But I’ve concluded that the most impact my ministry has had on the most people thus far is my new online course.

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The testimonials of changed lives continue to come in . . . and I’m both humbled and surprised by them.

For that reason, my team and I decided to run an early Black Friday special on the course.

The course will be discounted from today until next Monday (Cyber Monday), December 2nd.

ALSO: On December 31st, the course will be closed until March ’14.

So if you’ve thought about getting it, this week would be a great time since it’s discounted.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE COURSE ON DISCOUNT

This post has answers to question about the course.

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Only 2% of You . . . and BLACK FRIDAY Blow-Out Coming This Monday!

Just a reminder to please take our blog survey. It won’t take you more than 5 minutes and the results are important for the future direction of this blog.

Again, the survey is 100% anonymous.

That said, if you have a personal question for me, you need to write to PTMIN @ aol.com

Since the survey is anonymous, I can’t answer your personal questions there. Only 1 person wrote a personal question, but I can’t track them down to answer it. So if that’s you, please write the question to the PTMIN email address.

Click here to take the survey

Also, in keeping with the season, we will have a special BLACK FRIDAY blow-out sale that will begin this Monday (since most stores are starting Black Friday very early this year). So make sure you read Monday’s post.

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Help Me Improve This Blog – Take My Quick Survey

Thanks goes to my friend Ray Edwards for turning me on to Survey Monkey and inspiring me to start an annual blog survey.

Update: The survey window is over. Results will be analyzed. Thanks for participating!

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