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David Rogers and "Love Each Stone"…

Posted by on Feb 20, 2007 in blog links, definition | 4 comments

I am grateful to God for the many brothers and sisters in Christ that I have “met” through this blog. One of the brothers that encourages and challenges me regularly is David Rogers. His blog is called “Love Each Stone” (from Psalm 102:14). David’s blog is one of many “missionary” blogs that I read regularly. I’ve noticed that missionaries seem to be much more serious about studying issues related to the church. I also find that I agree with David much more than I disagree with him. More importantly, he is a great example for believers who want to learn how to live in unity with other brothers and sisters despite disagreements over issues not related to the gospel.

In the comment stream one of my blog posts (“Messy Meetings“), David suggested a “two-winged church” model that incorporates both small groups and large groups. He said:

Messy situations are best handled in small-group meetings. However, there are certain things that happen specifically in large-group meetings that, in my opinion, it would be a big loss to do away with.

In response to our continued dialog, David promised to re-read the book Assembling Together by Watchman Nee. Now, in order to keep him promise, David has begun to blog about his re-reading of Nee’s book in a post called “Alan Knox, Watchman Nee, and ‘Assembling Together’“.

I look forward to learning much from David (and Watchman Nee) as he studies this book. I hope that you will join this discussion as well.


4 Comments

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  1. 2-21-2007

    Wow, it looks like we’ve got a pretty good “mutual admiration society” up and running here. ;^)

    In any case, I think there are probably some interesting observations to be gleaned from both Nee in “Assembling Together” and his other works on ecclesiology, as well as Beckham’s “The Second Reformation,” in which he develops the concept of the “two-winged church.” I’ll continue to do my homework, and see what useful tidbits I might be able to add to the discussion.

  2. 2-21-2007

    David,

    I’m looking forward to what you find. I’m hoping to find a copy of Nee’s Assembling Together.

    -Alan

  3. 11-20-2007

    I work in Asia (Thailand/China). Our expat church is what I think you mean by 2-winged . Not a cell church, but a gathering of house churches in a large group every other month. It allows us to have some homogeneous aspects in HC without losing sight of the diversity and integration of the Church. It also provides a means of adjusting growth issues and inclusion (some HCs get too big for a living room and having options for pulling together a fresh HC from several others is sometimes better than dividing/multiplying a single HC.

    A pleasant surprise for me was when one of our Shan-Dai (upg) church streams took the basic principles of ecclessiology we taught them and develop a similar expression of church.

    These believers met in very small churches (often less than 10) that were real churches (Acts 2:42ff, Titus etc.). They were small because they were the first believers in an exclusively Buddhist village. They were ‘church’ because there was no need to wait for an arbitrary number. They had baptized believers, recognized leaders (elder/pastor) and a commitment/covenant to be church together to worship and grow in Christ-likeness.

    What they did was decide to have a once a month meeting hosted by a different small village church each month. This allowed them to be encouraged, share diverse gifts and resources and to declare to others that Christ is moving among their people.

    They were taught a few principles and developed the forms out of sensible options available due to challenges and opportunities. If not blocked by expectations of forms dictated by ‘legitimizing’ institutions or traditions, it can happen anywhere.

    - RussellM

  4. 11-21-2007

    Russell,

    Thank you for this sharing this testimony with us. I also believe that local congregations can learn to see themselves as the church instead of various churches. I noticed that David Rogers posted another blog today about city church. I’m looking forward to reading the articles that he links to.

    -Alan