Healthy Church vs Toxic Church

toxicI started on Facebook on June 30, 2008.

In that time I’ve done a lot of posting and reflecting and decided recently to download everything I’ve posted to my wall and begin to organize it.  One of the very first series of related thoughts I put up were reflecting on what characteristics I see in a healthy church vs what I termed as a “toxic” church.  The use of that word is strong I know.  I chose to use it because it is a familiar term for me based in some of my studies in Organizational Leadership.  What is often there referred to as “Toxic Leadership” is when leaders in organizations of any form use their leadership positions and power to begin serving their own needs primarily as opposed to the needs of the organization as a whole or the individuals within the organization.  [Continue reading]

10 Things I’ve Learned Later in Life

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Bart Breen

Somewhat on a whim, I did a series of posts trying to put in simple terms some of the things that I’ve learned in the past 10 years as I’ve gone through some profound changes in my understanding of God, Christ and the world around me.  To my surprise, they seemed to resonate with many people and were shared and discussed.  Without comment, these are the 10 compiled and put together. [Continue reading]

Hell in the Old Testament

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OK.  Looking at the subject of Hell it seems to me a good place to start by looking at the Old Testament.  The only problem with that, is that there isn't very much in the Old Testament on the subject.  I've heard it said by some that there is … [Continue reading]

Thoughts About Hell

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I started writing a series back in 2012 about Hell and my thoughts about what the Bible has to say about it, where Church Tradition may have been influenced by outside sources and to consider what the Bible has to say about Hell if we approach it … [Continue reading]

Reformed Theology Part 22

If you wish to read this entire series of posts, the first post is here and at the end of each post there is a link to the next post in the series. I did a series of thoughts on Reformed Theology a while back at a website I used to assist with on … [Continue reading]

Reformed Theology Part 21

If you wish to read this entire series of posts, the first post is here and at the end of each post there is a link to the next post in the series. I did a series of thoughts on Reformed Theology a while back at a website I used to assist with on … [Continue reading]

Reformed Theology Part 20

If you wish to read this entire series of posts, the first post is here and at the end of each post there is a link to the next post in the series. I did a series of thoughts on Reformed Theology a while back at a website I used to assist with on … [Continue reading]

Church Discipline in an Organic Setting?

Church Discipline in an Organic Setting?Thanks to House 2 House Magazine for publishing an article of mine that scratches the surface of whether Church Discipline has a role or place within Organic Fellowship and relationships between other Organic … [Continue reading]

Reformed Theology Part 19

If you wish to read this entire series of posts, the first post is here and at the end of each post there is a link to the next post in the series. I did a series of thoughts on Reformed Theology a while back at a website I used to assist with on … [Continue reading]

What Put Christ on the Cross?

Christ on the Cross

You can tell a great deal about a Christian's view of God, Christ, Man and the Gospel by how they view the Cross and what put Christ there. In one sense there were many things that put Christ on the Cross. There wasn't just one thing per se. … [Continue reading]

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