So…I haven’t been publishing lately.  Things have been busy.  In reality time with Jesus has been a priority over blogging.  I may try for a while to keep up here with short posts about events instead of large posts about my soap box issues.  We’ll see if I can restrain myself. 

This weekend I took Bryan Hamilton with me up to Osage, Iowa.  We went because we heard about a gathering of house churches from around Iowa was going to happen and I’ve been looking for others in the area who God has been speaking the same things to. 

Well, the event was small, but it gave me a good chance to meet those people who did come.  I had some good conversations with Kyle from Omaha, Bryan from Des Moines, and Mike from Osage.  Hopefully we’ll see them all again some time.

The coolest thing that happened though was I was finally able to articulate the challenge before us as we transition from “Church As We Know It” (CAWKI) and into “Church As God Wants It” (CAGWI).  The challenge?  We have been simultaneously living with two masters…the yoke of religion and the yoke of Jesus.  The challenge before us is to simultaneously come out from under the yoke of religion and at the same time press in to God to be more closely yoked to His Son.  Only an increasing yoke of Jesus accompanied by a removal of religious yokes will free us from lawlessness to walk rightly with God.  Everything else is chaff.



About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

3 responses to “Weekend”

  1. Bryan Hamilton says :

    Reflecting back on that time when the house church idea was new and exciting. It is crystal clear that we want to be in line with the kingdom of God, specifically apostolic missions or we are just an institutional church without a building.

  2. traviskolder says :


    I agree. I keep coming back to the fact that what we have to offer the body of Christ and the world is a Jesus-centered faith, with a church rooted in the now and coming Kingdom, and an apostolic heart that is sent into the world. This is probably some fodder for future posts, but I love to hear your thoughts about it now.

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