The Criticism Sandwich - The Jesus Trip

Posted Jul 18th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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The Criticism Sandwich
How to Deliver a Spanking
In a day and age of social media battles, outrage and a lack of healthy conflict skills - it may be helpful to look at the apostolic method for offering correction. A recurring theme in the letters of the Apostle Paul was his method for delivering constructive rebuke. Paul was the master of the “criticism sandwich,” wherein he...

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Evangelizing Evangelicalism - The Jesus Trip

Posted Jul 11th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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Evangelizing Evangelicalism
Putting Jesus Back into the Good News
The term “Evangelical” which describes the bulk of all Protestant Christians, is based on the word “evangel” which means “Good News.” Evangelicals are supposedly Gospel believers. However, there are countless “foundational” doctrines which undervalue not only the finished work of the Gospel … they also starkly deny the very Person of Jesus Christ. Evangelicalism itself, as a...

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The Book of Revelation - The Jesus Trip

Posted Jul 4th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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The Book of Revelation
A Better View of the Apocalypse
It seems everyone is fascinated by the Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation. But literalistic interpretations are a dime a dozen of how the events of Revelation are supposedly going to play out (or have played out historically) on a linear timeline. Is it possible that all the major camps have been reading Revelation completely wrong? What...

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What is Ministry Success? - The Jesus Trip

Posted Jun 27th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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What is Ministry Success?
Numbers, Building, Burnout and Joy
So often, ministry success has been determined by human standards: numbers and the degree of influence a person has over others. And while preachers generally know that the most important priority is not ministry, but their own relationship with the Lord … ministry itself can become a detrimental idol that impedes authenticity in this area, bringing burnout...

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When Mystics Get it Wrong - The Jesus Trip

Posted Jun 20th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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When Mystics Get it Wrong
Returning to a Christ-Centered Mysticism
The rich contemplative tradition of Christian mysticism - the practice of the presence of God - has in many ways been forgotten. But in other ways it is finding great resurgence in the church today through renewal and worship movements. A renewed value on intimacy and personal experience with God is growing. But together with this...

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The Orthodox Church: Part 2 - The Jesus Trip

Posted Jun 13th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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The Orthodox Church: Part 2
Why I'm Not Orthodox But Love 'em
This week, enjoy the second of a two-part overview on the Eastern Orthodox Church. John Crowder covers more nuanced issues in Orthodoxy such as the Sacred Mystery, the role of "works" in salvation, the adoration of Mary, icons, the cloud of witnesses and more. After largely sharing his positive thoughts toward Church beliefs in...

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The Orthodox Church: Part 1 - The Jesus Trip

Posted Jun 6th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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The Orthodox Church: Part 1
Learning from the East 
This week, John Crowder gives the first of a two-part series overview of the Eastern Orthodox Church. What is Orthodoxy? In the Western Church, many Christians are not aware of the practices and beliefs of 260 million Christians, living mostly on the other side of the world.
In this week's extended message, John shares where he has drawn...

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It is Finished - The Jesus Trip

Posted May 30th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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It is Finished
Christ the Telos 
“It’s all about Jesus!” say millions of Christians whose doctrinal confusion and dead theological ideas looks nothing like Jesus at all.
We have not even begun to scratch the surface of how the Person and finished work of Christ invalidates our human understanding of God, flipping the entire religious apple cart on its head. The unspeakable joy is that our own...

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Annihilationism & Conditional Immortality

Posted May 23rd, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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Annihilationism & Conditional Immortality
Do Unbelievers Cease to Exist After Death? 
Annihilationism is a teaching among some that after death, unbelievers are destroyed, cease to exist, or else they are merely not given "immortality" or eternal life - perhaps not raised from the dead at all. While this seems a nicer alternative to burning forever in Hell, is it really the right way to view things?
This...

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God is Hell - The Jesus Trip

Posted May 16th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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God is Hell
Hell is Not Separation from God 
Your understanding of the nature of Hell will be conditioned by the nature of the God you preach. What motivated Paul’s ministry? “The fear of Hell compels us” or “the love of Christ compels us?” What if we’ve missed the boat altogether … what if CS Lewis and so many of the Orthodox fathers and Catholic mystics...

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What is Religion? - The Jesus Trip

Posted May 9th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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What is Religion?
How God Closed Shop on Religion 
We can make a religion out of anything. But what is religion exactly? There's a general sense in which people ask, "are you religious?" often suggesting a mere adherence to or belief in God. But why do many Christians often cringe at the use of this word "religion?"
This week, John Crowder breaks down the concept of religion,...

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How to Talk to an Atheist - The Jesus Trip

Posted May 2nd, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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How to Talk to an Atheist
And the Limitations of Apologetics
This week, John Crowder shares several thoughts on interacting with atheism. While there is a place for apologetics - defending the faith - very often Christians lean upon argument and debate in an attempt to force something that comes by revelation alone. And defensiveness is not the flavor of faith.
So if revelation is personally needed,...

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Go to Africa with John Crowder!

Posted May 1st, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


Respond to the Call: Africa Mission Trip 
Signup by June 14 ... Be a Gospel Bliss Carrier!
Do you have a heart for missions? Love the intoxicating Presence, the straight Grace Gospel, flowing in the miraculous and want to bless the poor? Then you’re a candidate to be part of our ministry team to Africa this coming November. This will be a smaller team, so you’ll have lots of one-on-one time together with John Crowder as you hit not one,...

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Creation and Incarnation - The Jesus Trip

Posted Apr 27th, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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Creation and Incarnation
One Seamless Act of God
In the Western church, God’s creation of the world is normally taught as a “separate” act from the incarnation of Jesus Christ ... it is hardly ever thought to connect together God's creation and redemption of the cosmos. But for ages past, the Eastern church fathers have taught something quite different. Creation and redemption are one, unbroken seamless...

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Do Not Cling to Me - The Jesus Trip

Posted Apr 21st, 12:00 by The New Mystics - John Crowder on Healing


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Do Not Cling to Me
Mary at the Garden Tomb 
He is risen! As we feast on the Paschal Mystery of the Resurrection, we celebrate the very foundation and heartbeat of the ancient faith: God the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
In this week's video, John Crowder shares insights into the resurrection, primarily focusing on the peculiar words of Jesus to Mary Magdalene in the Garden ... Why...

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