With so many churches moving to hosting church services online there is a great need to figure out how to integrate singing into those services. The Acappella Company started a new streaming service called Praise and Harmony TV to help churches navigate this without having to learn a lot about copyright and through streamlining the fee structures so that this is manageable and inexpensive for churches who are trying to meet the needs of the congregation while away from the building on Sunday.
We have an identity crisis that bleeds over into a purpose/mission crises and a vision crises. How did we get here and how do we get on the other side? The answer isn't to keep doing more of the same - using our own wisdom to figure out the answer. We must lean into Jesus' example in Matthew 4 of the way to and through the wilderness.
An open conversation about acappella and instrumental worship in Churches of Christ with minister, songwriter, composer, and conductor DJ Bulls. What does the New Testament say about singing and what does that mean for us today? Has our view on this, in Churches of Christ, been accurate and biblical? Or is it a matter of preference?
The three previous videos referenced can be watched here:
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How do we come out of this pandemic spiritually formed? We sat down, cleared our minds, and tackled this and several related topics that you may find beneficial during this difficult and challenging time. Shane wrote a book in 2019 that I hope you will pick up a copy of and read...after hearing Shane, I believe you will be motivated to read more of his thoughts. You can buy it at amazon - "Between Two Trees".
You can also get more content from Shane at his website - www.shanejwood.com
If you prefer to watch these interviews, they are available on the Wineskins YouTube channel the same day the post on the podcast! Wineskins on YouTube.
I was deeply moved by a video I watched on Facebook of hundreds of Christians singing praise outside a hospital near St. Louis. Nurses came to the windows to wave. Christians gathered (while physical distancing, of course!) to praise God and encourage the community. Knowing the people involved, I wasn't surprised that they were doing this. Kerry Cox and the churches he ministers with are serious about mission. They are serious about mission because they love people...so much so that they find themselves in an unusual position of being mostly a church of the unchurched. They are making disciples who make disciples. It is a beautiful thing and I want you to hear his heart to be inspired and, hopefully, get more of our established churches figuring out how they can support efforts like these domestically.
If you would like to reach Kerry with questions or if you would like to support his ministry, his email is email@example.com and his cell is 636-497-5225.
Does God Still Give the Miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit Like He Did in the Bible? With Matt Dabbs
There are many who believe the gifts of the Spirit stopped when the New Testament was completed. Does this view hold up in light of scripture and history? The short answer is "no". The longer answer and the evidence for it is presented in this week's podcast. Thanks for tuning in. Let me hear from you!
Putting the Pieces Together on Women’s Roles in the Church: Constructing a Consistent View With Matt Dabbs
What does the Bible teach in regard to the involvement and public participation of women in the worship assembly? Churches of Christ as some of the most strict on this issue and, given the fact that women comprise over half our membership, it is understandable that we re-evaluate what the Bible actually teaches about women in the assembly to make sure our views match the scriptures rather than trying to match the scriptures to our view.
What is the biblically consistent view? Is our current practice consistent? Is there a path that better accounts for the scriptures we have?
This video explores Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 11, 1 Corinthians 13, and 1 Timothy 2 to see what is really going on in those passages to help us be biblically informed today.
Keener, "Paul, Women and Wives" - https://tinyurl.com/vd6bxgh
"Two Views on Women in Ministry" - https://tinyurl.com/rudfnrn
Witherington, "Women and the Genesis of Christianity" - https://tinyurl.com/waffbzp
Witherington, "Women in the Earliest Churches" - https://tinyurl.com/uhrsgpf
Cohick, "Women in the World of the Earliest Christians" - https://tinyurl.com/uvcr2f9
Koestenberger, "Women in the Church: An Analysis and Application of 1 Timothy 2:9-15" - https://tinyurl.com/yx8akxz5 Kroeger & Kroeger - "I Suffer Not a Woman" - https://tinyurl.com/t58drvd
With the Coronavirus shutting so many parts of our lives down it brings the gospel back into focus. What is the gospel? Is it getting our sins forgiven so we can die and go to heaven? Is it something more than that? We will let the Bible define the gospel for us rather than the other way around.
This video walks through uses of the word "Gospel" in the New Testament to see how the biblical writers themselves used this word and what it meant to them. What we find is that it has as much to do with here and now as it does eternity.
The Gospel has so much to do with here and now. How we live. How we love. How the good news is lived out in our lives and through our teaching and reaching the lost. The Coronavirus gives us opportunity to not just say it will all get better in heaven some day but to live as Jesus would live now and address the hurting people around us - that is gospel as well.
How does a church go about planting 60,000 new churches, ahead of schedule? Lord willing, that will be the case for David Young and the North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, TN! In this podcast we review the state of our church planting efforts and talk about how God is working to birth new churches that birth new churches. The hope and prayer for this podcast is that hundreds, even thousands of other churches, can begin taking steps in this direction and watch God give the increase.
There were a number of resources mentioned in this podcast including:
Leading Change by John Kotter
Kingdom Unleashed by Jerry Trousdale
New Generations Ministries - Disciple Making Movements
New Creation! It is where the whole story is headed. The bookends of the Bible - Creation to New Creation. We can have hope because we know where and what God is pressing the cosmos toward! Act 5 closes out the Theodrama. We appreciate you listening and hope and pray it blesses many to embrace a richer and fuller biblical theology.