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I want to tell you a story of something that happened recently. It s stories like these that keep me doing church the way I do, and why I pastor in my style. It was a small group setting. We were catching up with each other. A young woman started sharing how she was feeling tons of condemnation and judgment. She d grown up under a legalistic style of Christianity, and in her adult years continued to do the same. She'd been taught that if anything was going wrong in her life, the first question she was asked was, Are...

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Geez! I m saying this lots this week, but I m tired again. I ve painted a couple of really nice watercolors, if I must say so myself. Check them out and bid if you like (click on shop above, and you ll get there). All that to say that I m relaxing now with my wife with some single malt and ET television. Commercial right now. I m getting increased traffic on my blog and some interesting feedback, all of which I appreciate. Keep it coming. I am becoming more and more convinced that the job of the church...

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I appreciate all the comments I ve received from many of you. I get anything from I m not criticizing the church enough to I m criticizing the church too much. Right off the bat, I want to admit I love the church. I confess it. I believe in it. But what I love is the actual church, the actual fellowship of believers. What I try to criticize are the ideas of church that swirl all around her. They are not her, but thoughts about her. That s why I invite criticism of my ideas, because that s all they...

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Okay, listen... it's late, and I've had quite a day, and I'm very, very tired. On top of all that, my 13 year old daughter went to her graduation dance simply looking too beautiful, and I haven't had time to really focus on an intelligent blog entry today. But I have a thought: why can't we just be humane? Definition please: humane (hu mane adj) 1. showing the better aspects of the human character, especially kindness and compassion 2. without inflicting any more pain than is necessary 3. with an emphasis on respect for other people s views Encarta World...

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Stringfellow equates the biblical principality to modern-day ideologies or institutions or images . He talks about the principality of Hitler s image eventually possessing him where Hitler surrendered to his image in the struggle for control. Public image is a principality that can become demonic in proportion. He also talks about how invitations to serve an institution are often invitations to bondage. He calls them angelic powers . He asserts that demonic doesn t mean evil, but that it refers to death and fallenness. No man escapes enduring the claims for allegiance and service of the principalities. For a man...

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