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Wine, Urine & Jesus

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“A drop of urine in a bottle of wine ruins the wine, but a drop of wine in a bottle of urine has no effect.”  –Rozin & Fallon, “A Perspective on Disgust” In “disgust psychology,” scientists have labeled some human thinking “magical thinking.” It is thinking that makes no logical sense, yet is profoundly powerful, creating boundaries that are often irreversible. An example is the statement above: A drop of urine in a bottle — probably even a swimming pool — of wine ruins the wine, but a drop of wine in a bottle of urine has no effect. Studies show that even if that wine was filtered, most people would still not drink it because “once impure, always impure.” Logically, in parts per million measurements, this doesn’t make sense and is scientifically beyond demonstration. But once our eyes see and minds determine, the label cannot be removed. “Magical thinking” also speaks to the one-way effect of disgust:  the urine has the power to ruin “pure”, but the wine has no power to change the state of the “impure.” While this disgust mentality might be beneficial at times with food, when we apply it to people and practice, it runs counter to Jesus’ intent and abilities. He reverses the state of impurity. He is the wine that changes the nature of the urine. His blood makes our invasive imperfection perfect. When we talk of impure worship, straining gnats out of musical style...

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A Positional Paper on ‘Sacramental’

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Blog | 3 comments

Over the past few months a number of people have requested information about FiveTwo’s use of sacramental, especially in light of the Lutheran Confessions.  Below is a paper the FiveTwo leadership has adopted as our positional statement, reinforcing the missional richness of sacramental. We share this to bring confidence to those inside and outside of our network, demonstrating our purposeful use of language and theology.  While diligently seeking new opportunities to reach Jesus’ lost people, we remain historically and sacramentally grounded.   While joining adjectives and nouns previously not found in the same thought, let alone same sentence, our intent is to reveal Jesus in ways that engage the listener, especially the listener outside of the Kingdom of God. ——————- FiveTwo is a sacramental multiplication movement devoted to starting new things to reach new people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. From time to time, we receive questions and hear objections about why we say and do certain things in certain ways. Thus, we thought it would be valuable to clarify issues around two topics that have recently captured some attention. What it means to be “sacramental” The first topic that has captured some attention is our use of the term “sacramental.” As a movement that originated in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we believe, along with Lutherans throughout the world, that a Sacrament is that which has a “command of God, and to which the promise of grace has been added.”[1] Traditionally, Lutherans have held up Baptism...

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A Letter To God’s Wonderful People of FiveTwo

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear FiveTwo, Six years ago, when eight men and I took the first steps in starting FiveTwo, I might have briefly thought of leading FiveTwo full-time one day. However, over the past few years and especially the past few months, the tug on my heart to give my full energy and effort to leading FiveTwo has become more than a tug, and the day has arrived. I have decided to step aside from leading CrossPoint Community Church, a ministry...

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A Letter to God’s Wonderful People at CrossPoint

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Dear CrossPoint, For the last 18 years, my family and I have called CrossPoint home. From the time we landed in Katy in January 1997 and joined 7 other families in launching this ministry until today, we have loved you, this community, and the Jesus who loves us all. It has been one of the most rewarding seasons of our lives. To see you get to know Jesus and grow in His forgiveness, to baptize many of you and...

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The #Sacramental Wok | Oct 9

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

A weekly Szechuan mix of spicy cultural happenings, sprinkled with 1st Article insights and a dash of theological musings, all geared to help the Sacramental Entrepreneur bring Jesus to his hood. Regardless of where you live, a fascinating — but sad — read on image, identity and plastic surgery.  Nip & Tuck in Brazil, by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro “Impact investing” in the social change arena.  A Look Into Entrepreneurial Approaches to Social Change, by Jean Case Excellent post on using social media to tell story....

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Community: Earwig, Big Bang Theory, & Bible

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Sacramental community is the petri dish for sacramental entrepreneurs.  It’s where the crazy idea of starting new to reach new infiltrates your brain, like that earwig from Star Trek.  It’s where you encounter a parallel universe of apostolic geeks, like Big Bang Theory meets the Bible. Sacramental community happens when a gaggle of geeks sold out for Jesus and growing in how His patented presence uniquely shapes them for kingdom-good, commit to walk together.  They are crystal on who Jesus made...

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It All Begins and Ends With Jesus

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

What does it really mean when we say "It all begins and ends with Jesus?" Find out by watching this video and please, share with your...

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Five Keys to Releasing The Sacramental Jesus in Others

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

If I spent a day with you, what would I discover?  If I took a 3-day train ride with you, how would I describe you when we arrived at the station? Sacramental identity is the unique presence of Christ in you, a God-combo of your Psalm 139 knitting together and your baptism-day-Holy-Spirit washing.  It is the predestined, divinely patented you, ordained by your Creator Father for His purposes in the world.  In sacramental terms, it is the sacramental Jesus...

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Five Q’s To Begin To Discover Your Unique Sacramental Identity

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Just how different are the answers to these two questions:  Who are you?  And, What do you do? Think about that for a minute. What’s really the difference? While one speaks to your nature, the reality is that when you know your identity, what you do flows more easily and naturally.  And if you know Jesus, well, you are who you are because of Jesus. And you do what you do because of Jesus. It starts with identity. Your Jesus...

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The Engine Under The Hood

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Here's a vid about the engine under our hood, the fuel for our movement.  Enjoy!...

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