Attached is a 2016 Political Media Guide that I hope will help you make an informed decision at election time, by recognizing the important differences between the candidates.
A guest blog by John and Katherine Matthews.
Unfortunately we missed National Coming Out day on Sunday, October 11. Better late than never though, so in honor of that special day, it’s time to officially confirm that we are out of the IRS, aka the Institutional Religious System. Yes, it’s true.
I have been a Charismatic believer immersed in charismatic church culture beliefs, value systems, leadership modalities, and worship expressions for forty years. For thirty-five of those years I was a worship leader and “pastor” in a variety of charismatic constructs. Our train has jumped the track, there are fatalities all around, and prominent charismatic leaders seem to want to keep tooting the whistle and playing engineer. The carnage must stop.
I had the privilege of doing a podcast interview with my friend Loren Rosser concerning my new book. Part One of the podcast is available here:
The Kindle version of the book is available here:
Soft cover should be available in October 2015.
Book Release Announcement! Kindle, epub, and pdf are now available at www.stevecrosby.com. Soft cover is available October 2015.
This book lays out a grace-based and new covenant perspective regarding the function of the prophetic ministry in the New Testament era. It cuts a middle road between the unbelief and dismissal of Cessationism and the baloney, hype, and control of Charismaticdom. This is not a book about: Israel and the end times, predicting the future, the gift of prophecy, how to prophesy, or various other “spiritual gift techniques.”
This book is about relational wellness and integration AS prophetic people, WITH prophetic people, and AMONG the diversely gifted and configured body of Christ. The prophetic grace can be ministered in the earth for the glory of His Name in a way that is not occultic, not sensationalist, does not slander the Lord’s name and character, nor damage His people.
I recently had the privilege again of doing a podcast with my friend, Steve Bremner of Fire on Your Head. In this podcast we discussed the most sacred of all sacred cows–praise and worship. Touch this issue, and if people have either their identity, their money or both wrapped up in some belief structure about praise and worship, the long knives will come out! Praise and worship in this environments used to be a cottage industry. It is now big business. Touching these things is like stirring a bees nest, especially when the bees nest is full of twenty dollar bills.
It is my contention that in many evangelical, charismatic, and apostolic-prophetic environments, that we have degenerated into old covenant, if not pagan beliefs and practices. We erroneously believe ourselves to either be exercising our liberty, or “restoring” some lost truth about praise and worship, and its alleged importance in our “services.” I believe both our theology and practice need a complete new covenant, grace-based overhaul. I say this as someone who was a worship leader for 35 years in charismatic and apostolic-prophetic environments. I know the good and the bad.
This podcast is taken from my book, Praise Worship, and the Presence of the Lord: A Better Way to Worship. It is available here. It is also available in Kindle, epub, and pdf formats.
Here is the link to the podcast:
I personally know the individual in this news release, and his journey. Perhaps this story from The Fig Tree (an online journal in the Pacific Northwest) has more impact on myself than it might you. However, Mike’s story captures so much wisdom and so much of the essence of what being alive in Christ means, that I wanted to share it. So many think that the pinnacle of spirituality is to be the leader of a megachurch in the USA or to have your book become a best-seller and be in demand as a conference speaker. It is not. It is so much more than pulpits, sermons, and singing. Michael has learned what it means. Mike exemplifies what it means to be a “minister” in the grace of the new covenant. If you sometimes feel like your lot in life makes you “insignificant” in any way, I hope Mike’s story encourages you today.
I am often asked: When is it appropriate to challenge or confront my church leadership? There is a full spectrum of opinions about the definition and expression of leadership in the church. There is also a broad spectrum of opinion on if, when, and how to confront church leadership. Jesus is our example in this matter, whether we like His example or not. Take my little “Leadership Legitimacy” survey and discover what Jesus would have you do.