The original purpose of this blog is more than just rambling about what is on my mind, although I occasionally do that. I became a believer in Jesus in the summer of 1968, the week after the Democratic Party’s convention inI have posted footnotes from where this information comes from. The research is important so one can see that the idea behind these statements isn’t just to be different, or controversial. It is to show that what Jesus taught the disciples, who as apostles taught the early church is different than what centuries of traditions have morphed the meanings of the words of the Bible. Over the Middle Ages and later, our previous brothers and sisters may not have been able to know better, but today there is no excuse to misunderstand the scriptures, just because it threatens what some persons (sometimes not necessarily believers) feel comfortable with.
, and concurrent protest over the Vietnam War and rioting. During the summer of 2008, I had a business that eventually turned into using every free moment of my time on Saturdays and Sundays, which didn’t work well with being involved with a fellowship of other believers. I tried to find a church that met on weekdays, and in the course of doing so, ran into books such as Barna & Viola’s Pagan Christianity and Simson’s Houses That Change the World. While that scholarship changed the way I approached following Jesus, I was aware that many of my fellow believers don’t read such serious readings, and that this flavor of what God is doing gets nearly zero attention in the Christian media (for obvious reasons—there’s minimal money and human power in it). To that effect, over time, I wrote a group of two minute commentaries, with the audience in mind as youth oriented Christian radio. At the time, I didn’t have the money to put them on a local station, and, as of now, still do not. In December, 2010, I posted the transcripts of these on this site, appearing with the title Simple Church Minute, numbered 1 through 100. During May through December 2011, I have posted five and one minute versions of the same subjects, which appear with numbers in the 1000’s for one minute versions, and 2000’s for five minute versions at the beginning of the titles. Chicago
Lastly, one reason I do not have as many five minute transcripts posted is that, over time, I have run across various writings of others who, from their journey with Jesus, have been able to write about certain issues far better than I could, so, if or when I ever get the commentaries on radio, I will read these writings (sometimes edited for time) in certain time spots, with their permission. The following writings fit the context of the five minute series:
Author blog (or writing) date title
George Barna georgebarna.com 5/8/2011 Measuring the fruit of wholeness
Felicity Dale simplychurch.com 7/1/2011 The financial transition from…
Felicity Dale 7/5/2011 Stories of financial transition…
Keith Giles subversive1.blogspot.com 6/7/2011 Sympathy for the Pharisee?
Keith Giles 6/21/2011 Now Open: The New Temple ...
Keith Giles 5/28/2011 Pitfalls of Organic Church 3
Keith Giles 5/30/2011 Pitfalls of Organic Church 5
Keith Giles 6/22/2011 Confessions of a Selfish Mind
Keith Giles 7/19/2011 We ARE the Church
Keith Giles 7/21/2011 Salvation is a Process, Not a …
Keith Giles 7/29/2011 When Should We Meet Toget...
Keith Giles 8/2/2011 Our Idea vs. God’s Idea
Keith Giles 8/29/2011 The Gospel: For Here or To Go
Milt Rodriguez miltrodriguez.wordpress.com 5/13/2011 River Crossers
Ross Rohde thejesusvirus.org 5/30/2011 I Don’t Want to Die
Ross Rohde 6/30/2011 Don’t Forsake Fellowship
Jon Zens searching together.org The New Testament is Plural, Not Si...Prelude to Jon’s book, The Pastor Has No Clothes
This writing also appears on frankviola.com, 1/22/11, as a guest writing
Also, about eight of the five minute talks are based on Steven S. Lyzenga’s dissertation, “Assessing the State of Simple Churches in the USA Regarding Releasing Resources Toward Finishing the Great Commission”. Go to any of the five minute commentaries numbered in the 2150’s, and in the footnotes is a link to that work.Lastly, the list above might make you think that I may be overly enamored with Keith Giles’ work. The reason for so many is that his writings happen to fit the five minute format I was working with, and his experience brings life to the subjects touched in those writings.