Category Archives: Restoration Movement

Progressives, Conservatives and a Restoration Agenda Above the Labels

I was trying to explain to someone the other day how if I am progressive it is only in the sense that I believe progressivism and biblical overlap. I am not a camp, tribe, or side person as best as I can pull it off. I am interested in two things: God (and what HeContinue Reading

Churches of Christ and the “Restoration Institution” – Part 1

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Restoration Movement, of which I am a part, it started in the late 1700s in an attempt to bring unity to Christianity. The Restoration ideal was that if we all just went by the Bible we could restore New Testament Christianity and bring unity to theContinue Reading

The Authority Cycle and Finding Our Way Back

“Always without fail, the thing that gets lost early in the process of a reconfigurations is any clear and general understanding of who or what is to be used as the arbitrator of correct belief, action, and control. So long as that question remains unanswered, the lens of the common or shared imagination through whichContinue Reading

Pepperdine Lectures 2014

We are leaving tomorrow for the Pepperdine Lectures. It is always a great time to learn, hear how God is at work and get our batteries charged up. Hope you have a great week and if you are going to be out in Malibu, hope to see you there!Continue Reading

New Feature At Wineskins – Scripture Index/Commentary

We continue to add new features to Wineskins. The next major feature to go in is a Wineskins Scripture index. We have taken the post Wineskins posts along with the blogs of our featured writers (Patrick Mead, John Mark Hicks, Bobby Valentine, Sean Palmer, Naomi Walters, Jay Guin, Sara Barton, and more) and indexed anythingContinue Reading

Adapting the Churches of Christ to a World that Has Changed: How Do You Replace CENI?

One of the questions that results from posts like the last one that we can see that our old way of interpreting the scriptures had some weaknesses but what do we replace it with? This post is going to address that question. Before I do, though, I want to point out two previous posts onContinue Reading

New Feature Coming to Wineskins – Old and New Testament Commentary

One of the things we are working on as a new feature to Wineskins is an index of posts by scripture from our Featured Authors (people like Jay Guin, John Mark Hicks, Patrick Mead and more). If you want to get a preview of the Old Testament portion (still a work in progress) you canContinue Reading

Finding Our Way Out of Our Identity Crisis – Simon Sinek & Alan Hirsch Connected the Same Dots

In Simon Sinek’s TED Talk, “Start with Why” he talks about how organizations that thrive don’t just answer the “what?” and “how?” questions but also answer the most important question of all, “Why?” Why does the organization exist? That question drives what they do and how they do it. The organizations that thrive are theContinue Reading

Alexander Campbell Sounds a Lot Like N.T. Wright on the New Heavens, New Earth and Resurrection Body

This quote is from Alexander Campbell’s book “The Christian System” published in 1839, “The Bible begins with the generations of the heavens and the earth; but the Christian revelations ends with the regenerations or new creation of the heavens and the earth. This the ancient promise of God confirmed to us by the Christian Apostles.Continue Reading

Wineskins Update

We continue to work on the Wineskins.org site. The archives are going in. Featured author blogs are getting hosted. The servers are getting dialed in. The forums are up and content is being added. The first new issue is being written with several articles in and more on the way. Forum moderators are being selected.Continue Reading

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