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A Whole Lot More Than We Realize

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments
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A Whole Lot More Than We Realize

I got this email this morning from and friend of mine in England and I love it. This exactly how Jesus knits his family together. And wouldn’t that be the best way for him to do it? He doesn’t need facilities or long-term planning. He can at any moment bring two or three of his flock together and anything can happen that lightens a load, encourages someone’s journey, or just blesses them in a wonderful way even if they never cross paths in this life again. Here’s the story in Robin’s own words: I’m so thrilled and excited at what I’m learning about community that I had to share it with somebody, and as you understand some of these things, […]

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Sometimes It’s Right Under Your Nose

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 2 Comments
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Sometimes It’s Right Under Your Nose

I realize her experience does not speak for all congregations, but it does speak for many. Performance and guilt so easily replace love and grace, even if they still talk about love and grace. This is from an email I got a few weeks ago: I also would like to thank you for sharing your journey as your podcasts and books, especially Finding Church, have been such a relief for me. I have a somewhat amusing story to share about how Father led me to you. I had been unable to attend ‘church’ for a few years for health reasons and discovered that I grew closer to Father than ever before during that time away. When I recovered I spent […]

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Chapter 8: Won Into Love

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments
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Chapter 8: Won Into Love

As our FINDING CHURCH discussion continues, we’re turning to Chapter 8: Won Into Love. As best I could when I wrote it, this chapter is designed to get people to think through their own journey of living in the Father’s affection. We can’t even begin to share it until we first experience it from him. Loved people love well. If we don’t know we’re loved then we end up treating people out of our own needs, insecurities, jealousies, and fears, which makes our relationships manipulative. Learning to live in his affection is a personal journey and I believe the essence of discipleship. If we want to experience the church of the new creation, we have to live in it ourselves […]

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Discussion Moves on to Chapter 7

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment
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Discussion Moves on to Chapter 7

While most people look for a new “church” structure to emerge that will guarantee a better community, it will not work. Management systems are from the old creation and not one has ever been devised that cannot be exploited by selfish people for their own gain. If we’re going to experience the life of the new community we have to think different people who live in his love, not different structures that will protect us. And rather than looking for that in others, the challenged is to let Jesus create that in us first. You can join the discussion of Chapter 7: A New Kind of Person here. The first question we’re wrestling with is this one: “This is one […]

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Uitgeverij Shama Releases FINDING CHURCH in Dutch

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments
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Uitgeverij Shama Releases FINDING CHURCH in Dutch

Uitgeverij Shama, publisher of two of Wayne’s other books has just released Finding Church in Dutch. It is called, ZOEKTOCHT NAAR DE LEAVENED KERK: Wat als er nu echt meer is? I have no idea what that says, but it sounds close to the original. I’m always blessed when other publishers consider that one of my books will have value in their countries as well. I’ve worked with the Publisher there in the past and am excited about this new edition. Now Finding Church is available in English, Spanish, German, and Dutch and will soon be released in French as well. To order the book, or link to the publishers of any of these translations, please check our Order Page. […]

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Chapter 6: The Undeniable Longing

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments
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Chapter 6: The Undeniable Longing

Our Book Discussion on Finding Church continues at the Lifestream Discuss Forum.  You’re welcome to join us, or just read over our shoulder as we work our way through that book.  Discussion for the first five chapters are already there. Today we begin Chapter Six:  The Undeniable Longing. For some people the longing for “something more” seems so out of reach, and everyone else seems so content that they simply try to make the best of what is and fall into a spiritual stagnation that leaves them unfulfilled. For others, they can’t seem to abate the longing. Try as they might to ignore it, knowing the cost of following it is great, but it continues to grow and invite them down the […]

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What Jesus Taught About the Church

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 3 Comments
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What Jesus Taught About the Church

(Picture above taken from A Man Like No Other. Copyright 2011 and used with permission.) Our Book Discussion on Finding Church continues at the Lifestream Discuss Forum.  You’re welcome to join us, or just read over our shoulder as we work our way through that book.  Today we are beginning Chapter Four:  What Jesus Taught Us. Whenever people talk about “the church” all they an think of is the building on the corner or the the Sunday morning meeting and the institution that surrounds it. This idea of “church” arises from planning, organization, budgets, and leadership. This chapter is designed to shatter our images of his church as an institution and begin to see it as the fruit of a […]

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Book Discussion Moves On to Chapter Two

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 2 Comments

Book Discussion Moves On to Chapter Two

Two weeks ago I began a book discussion group that will work through Finding Church, hoping to spur people on not only to recognize the church Jesus is building in the world but to learn how to recognize it around them and participate as he desires.  Every two weeks we will take on a new chapter.  You can catch up on chapter one if you want, or just join us on chapter 2, The Community of a New Creation. The first chapter was about opening our eyes to the idea that a better church is in the world than the one most people see. The second chapter challenges us to look to relationships that reflect his glory to help us […]

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Book Discussion Group Starting

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments
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Book Discussion Group Starting

How would you like to discuss Finding Church, with the author?  Today I’m beginning an on-line Book Discussion through the themes of Finding Church, we are beginning a book discussion group on-line. We’ll begin with chapter 1 and take about two weeks on each chapter as we work through the entire book.  There will be questions to explore as well as the opportunity to ask me anything you’d like to ask from various chapters. You can find the forum here.  You can read entries without registering, but to participate in the forum you will need to register.  Grab a cup of coffee, or a cold drink and come join us every week or two and let’s explore the book together. Please sign […]

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My Heart for His Church

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 8 Comments
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My Heart for His Church

In my opening comments to the brothers and sisters who gathered in London a few weeks ago, I expressed my heart for the church Jesus is building, this incredible bride he is preparing for himself. For too many years we have tried to build a church for him, and we’ve done it according to the world’s methods and systems for managing power and conforming people’s behaviors. While God has been gracious to make himself known in our childish attempts, the result has been less than satisfying. Most Christians and Christian leaders are too focused on the church, when our focus in this incredible story is to be on the groom and let him shape his bride. How do we let Jesus build his […]

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Finding The Church Jesus Is Building

Posted on: April 13th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments
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Finding The Church Jesus Is Building

One of the greatest tragedies for the past 2000 years is that we’ve tried to build Jesus’ church for him instead of recognizing the way he is shaping his bride in the world. When we use institutional priorities to maintain or sustain the church we end up disfiguring her and using the term “church” to describe something that is not the church. During my recent trip to the UK, I was asked by Tim Nash and Dave Ward to join them on their Nomad Podcast. They wanted to discuss my latest book, Finding Church, and came at it with lots of interesting questions people ask who haven’t yet figured out that the church Jesus is building and the one humanity […]

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The Hunger for Real Community

Posted on: March 8th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 3 Comments
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The Hunger for Real Community

These are the Scriptures that make people hungry to see the expression of Jesus’ church on this earth, and why they are not satisfied with our human attempts to create it continue to fall far short of it: My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so […]

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Finding a Place in the Family

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments
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Finding a Place in the Family

Here is a question I get often. I love his hunger and the openness of his question. I thought others might appreciate looking in on our exchange: I recently graduated from college and started a teaching job at middle school near there. I am having a hard time right now, trying to figure out who I should be walking through life with right now. My closest friends have either graduated and moved away or are about to after this semester. I used to lead a college small group but I would feel awkward continuing going there. So I have been trying out a young adult group. On top of the transition, I am just feeling resistant to being committed to […]

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A Book Cover and a Book Discussion

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 1 Comment
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A Book Cover and a Book Discussion

I posted it at Lifestream, but forgot to post it here. We have selected the cover for Wayne’s upcoming book and you can see it above. It was a variation on the middle cover in our survey. If you want to know why, you can read my blog at Lifestream. Also, here’s a head’s up for those of you who would like to get into a book discussion of Finding Church. Later this month I’m going to begin a book discussion chapter by chapter through Finding Church. If you’re interested, stay tuned here for details.

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Which Cover Works For You?

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 10 Comments
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Which Cover Works For You?

I’m reposting this from my Lifestream Blog here, because I’d like your input as well. I’ve been writing another book online, this one a special report relating to the latest research on those being called the “dones”, those who are giving up on the traditional congregational model for church and are looking for more relational realities. This series is designed to help people understand what’s been going on for the past twenty-five years or more while inviting the body of Christ from all her expressions to an expanding conversation about the nature of the church and its unity in our day. Those are going to be combined into a book and since I’m getting toward the end we are working on […]

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