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What does God want?  According to Jesus: us.  God longs to live with you and me like a groom longs for his bride.  This metaphor runs like a river through scripture.  In the Prophets, God pulled a dirty and dying people from slavery like a man rescuing a hooker from a brothel.  He cleaned her up, built her back into a beautiful woman, and married her to give her the life she always wanted.  But the romance didn't last.  The bride got the itch and chased after other men.  But then Jesus came to call the bride back.  He rescued her again and now is waiting to finally make her his at the end of all things.  This is the church -- a rocky-road romance of the people of God trying to find their way back to him.

Keeping First Things First PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jared   
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
I've heard a sentiment expressed these days that there are many people in our society today who "want Jesus, but not church." Actually, my experience tells me that many people admire Jesus, but don't actually want him. He asks way too much of us. But in general, the sentiment does seem to be true. Much fewer people actually want "church," at least not as they've known it.

This evening, I was sitting in a family's living room for our regular discussion of God, faith, and the...
Original Content at: http://urbanekklesia.blogspot.com/2007/03/keeping-first-things-first.html.
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Messy Communities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jared   
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
It seems to be a recurring theme lately, but someone described to me recently just how "hard" organic church is. "But," she said, "do I return to what is "easy?"" I went on to explain that organic/house church settings are not at all church utopia, but rather they are environments that make transformation likely BECAUSE of the messiness. What happens when believers meeting in a living room or coffee shop get past the "honeymoon" phase of life together? Scott Peck is helpful here.
Original Content at: http://urbanekklesia.blogspot.com/2007/02/messy-communities.html.
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Literature Review on Organic Church Networks PDF Print E-mail
Written by jjlooney   
Wednesday, 07 February 2007

Read Jared Looney's literature review (pdf) on the development of organic church networks in the context of global cities. This paper is written as part of his doctoral studies with Fuller School of Intercultural Studies.

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Writing from Long Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jared   
Tuesday, 30 January 2007
Written: Jan. 28th
Here I am in Long Beach, CA writing from a coffee shop. Rob (a new son of God as of Easter '06) and I came out to the Organic Church Movements Conference. The first night Neil Cole, author of Organic Church, stood up and shared his heart. It wasn't polished; his video clips didn't even work! He just shared his heart. "'Doing church' organically is messy," he said. Hurting people hurt people. It's not coreographed. You can't control it. Most of all, as a worker...
Original Content at: http://urbanekklesia.blogspot.com/2007/01/writing-from-long-beach.html.
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Well, I was supposed to be in Texas today, but wea... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jared   
Sunday, 14 January 2007
Well, I was supposed to be in Texas today, but weather conditions forced me to turn back around at Houston and return to New York short of my planned destination. As a result, I had the opportunity instead to participate in one of our 'house church' meetings. It was one of those gatherings that represents what organic church is supposed to be. We started off (more or less on time) with meaningful prayer for one another and for outsiders. While still not of the highest quality, the singing...
Original Content at: http://urbanekklesia.blogspot.com/2007/01/well-i-was-supposed-to-be-in-texas.html.
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