The Letters to the Churches

The letters John wrote to the churches of Revelation are not churches in the future. They were real churches that existed at the time he wrote them and they were specifically written to them in their context. In this message I explain how each letter related to their particular environment. Check out this podcast episode…

Our Empowerment Houses in the News

“‘It gets disheartening to never have answers for people’s big problems,’ Bradley said. So 1208Greenwood is working to launch Empowerment Houses, which will provide transitional housing for the homeless and work with them to provide basic needs and help stabilize their lives.” Thanks to Marie for writing up this article for our #GivingTuesday campaign! Check out…

Should My Church Service Be Seeker-Sensitive?

It ends up that a seeker-sensitive model of the church has been practiced since the very beginning of the church, even though it looked nothing like our seeker-sensitive models today. Paul’s idea of being seeker-sensitive was that we don’t come across as raving mad in our supernatural practices at church and also that we prophesy…

Church VS the Mystery Cults

In 1 Corinthians 14:23-25 Paul tells us that speaking in tongues in our church services will confuse unbelievers, but that prophecy can minister to them. If a new person enters the church and everyone is speaking in unknown tongues (as the Corinthian church is pictured doing), that new person is going to leave as soon…

Should I Speak in Tongues at Church?

Right from the get-go of 1 Corinthians 14 we’ve got this understanding of a hierarchy within the gifts: Paul wants us to desire the gift of prophecy over the gift of tongues. However, it’s important to understand his reasoning for this as he is not actually downplaying the importance of tongues or trying to belittle…