Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Faith — April 16, 2017
Simple Discipleship — March 13, 2017
Simple Church — October 23, 2016

Simple Church

​A local pastor introduced himself to me and asked about “my” church.

I shared how we don’t follow the traditional model of a sole-proprietor “pastor” who preaches and runs the “service” every Sunday.

Rather, my role is to be an elder who – with others – unassumingly insures a safe environment so everyone feels free to minister one to another, each according to their own gifts as prompted by the Holy Spirit  …

Just like it says in the New Testament.

He thought for a while, then said he guessed that was OK – after all, “God spoke once through a jackass.”

Seriously, he said that!

Simple Church — August 26, 2018

Simple Church

Don’t be bashful.

If someone insists on publicly telling everyone how to do church or be the church – whether organic, missional, traditional or whatever …

You can publicly ask why they are not part of one.


Simple Truth — August 25, 2018
Simple Truth — August 24, 2018
Simple Church — August 23, 2018
Simple Faith — August 22, 2018

Simple Faith

If we’re not about redemption, then what hope do any of us have?

This is my passion.

This is my cause.

But it ain’t neat, and it ain’t tiddy. It’s raw and sometimes ugly …

Because if Jesus doesn’t work for the worse of us, then He works for none of us.

Simple Faith — August 21, 2018
Simple Church — August 20, 2018

Simple Church

On Sunday, many will go hear their pastor and be part of his congregation.

In contrast, we gather as participatory congregations that include elders …

Without being distracted by those solo or monologue “pastor” things others do.

Interestingly, New Testament churches did fine without them also.

Simple Faith — August 19, 2018
Simple Church — August 18, 2018
Simple Truth — August 17, 2018
Simple Love — August 16, 2018

Simple Love

Guys in jail ask me how to find a good church when they get out.

I tell them that if they visit on Sunday and no one ever invites them home to share friendship and a meal after a couple of weeks, move on …

It’s just a meeting, not a church.

Simple Virtue — August 15, 2018
Simple Church — August 14, 2018
Simple Church — August 13, 2018
Simple Faith — August 12, 2018
Simple Truth — August 11, 2018
Simple Faith — August 10, 2018
Simple Truth — August 9, 2018
Simple Faith — August 8, 2018

Simple Faith

Jesus never told people they were saved by asking him into their heart …

But by repenting and submitting to his Father’s will and Kingdom.

If Jesus is truly in your heart, it’s because of the latter, not the former.

Those who proclaim otherwise …

Are preaching a lie.

Simple Church — August 7, 2018

Simple Church

How we measure “church” success:

Ministry by one gifted man to fifty others each Sunday morning …

That’s nice.

Ministry by one gifted man to hundreds …

Now you’re talkin’!

Ministry by one gifted man to thousands …

Mega success!!

How the New Testament measures church success:

Each using their gifts …

For ministry one to another.

Simple Discipleship — August 6, 2018

Simple Discipleship

The me-centered, overly subjective, need-a-high addiction to contrived intensity that many call “worship” these days …

Is an affront to God and His true holiness.

Fortunately, God is calling out those who want to serve Him on His terms, which is true worship …

Rather than feed their insecurities.

Simple Truth — August 5, 2018
Simple Truth — August 4, 2018
Simple Faith — August 3, 2018
Simple Faith — August 2, 2018

Simple Faith

A purely subjective Jesus without the plenary authority of Scripture as His written Word …

Leads to an inauthentic Jesus who is just Being and relationship but not Word and truth.

Likewise, the plenary authority of Scripture without Jesus alive in us …

Leads to an inauthentic Jesus who is just Word and truth but not Being and relationship.

Each extreme – born of an endless cycle of reaction to the other – chronicles two tragic trends of Church history.

Unfortunately, we still see these extremes all too evident today.

Maturity embraces the fulness of Christ – both His Person and what He has revealed in His written Word of Scripture.

Yet where my subjective perception of Him parts with His written self-disclosure and objective precepts, my perception must yield to Scripture.

There can be no maturity in Christ apart from these essentials of the faith.