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.