Starting a New Church Through Criticism and Complaining

In the heart of every leader is this inevitable dissatisfaction with the status quo which drives him to lead. That’s normal. Some have even called it a “divine discontent.” It is part of God’s call on a leader. There is an ugly and sinful side to this, however, and it affects those of us who plant churches. This attitude is the desire to plant a church to correct all wrongs, excesses, and theological inconsistencies of our prior church experiences. Instead of setting out with a positive vision of a desired future, we end up starting an anti-movement and attracting a bunch of malcontented complainers who are great at diagnosing the problem but are much less motivated to trust God with anything positive and truly transforming. I’ve been reading A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards and he addresses this problem. He likens complaining church planters to Absalom. Absalom was…

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Baptism Song: “Water Free”

I wrote and recorded this song with my band, Sign of Jonah, back in 1997. Since we are doing baptism at Christ the King Church tomorrow, I remembered this song and decided to post it here. Water Free Water Free All of my friends gather closely As we celebrate life and death and resurrection We join hands to thank, the executioner A close circle all around Yes, I love them dearly And all this time I keep thinking about What will it be like when its done I keep thinking about The resurrection Chorus May we never forget His sacrifice, But God forbid we ignore That Jesus is still alive I open my eyes for a moment While bright sparkles of sun Tickle my face And I smile momentarily I could stay here forever Never let me emerge The warm light refracts Through the waves of life rushing over my…

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