Michael Beck

Pioneering is tough! Not only do we face opposition from the inhabitants of the new territories into which we follow the Spirit to plant the Gospel, but when we are led to challenge defective or outdated systems, promote innovations, and catalyze movements, we can be attacked by people within the body of Christ as well. […]

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Tory Baucum

In just a few weeks, Truro will be co-sponsoring the Amore Project in conjunction with Fresh Expressions, and I encourage everyone to join us on Thursday, March 16, in Harrisburg, PA, for what I believe will be the heart of the three-day conference. In preparation for the conference, the Catholic Witness interviewed me, and I want […]

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Michael Beck

One of my friends, a health nut who loves Jesus, has the same smoothie for lunch every day. It’s a mixture of spinach, fruits, and yogurt. While I admire her discipline and dedication, I sometimes wonder how she can drink the same thing for lunch seven days a week. Doing that would drive me crazy! […]

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Michael Beck

Is grace something you can hear? Would you recognize it as a distinct sound if you heard it? On Advent Sunday, churches all over the world began telling the story leading up to the birth of Jesus. At Wildwood, we began that journey by looking closely at an encounter between a powerless teenage girl in […]

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Gannon Sims

A friend and I were recently discussing leadership skills and how to build a successful team. He’s an athlete. I’m an actor. We both know the occasional need to put on a game face to make a deal or to get the job done. Too often, however, we put strategies for success ahead of real […]

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Luke Edwards

Last week, I was telling a person from another church in town about one of King Street Church’s fresh expressions, where the word of God is read and proclaimed in the context of loving, Christian community. She responded, “So it’s a bible study?” “No, it’s a church,” I replied. “Then where is the worship?” What […]

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Shannon Kiser

I live in the nation’s capital. There is a badge of honor worn proudly around here, and it’s called “busyness.” The extent of one’s busyness is understood as being directly correlated to their value and purpose. “How are you?” “I’m busy; I’m extremely busy; I’ve never been so busy.” I confess that I, too, have […]

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Gannon Sims

At the 2016 Fresh Expressions National Gathering, we considered how to be Church at church, home and everywhere in between. We met Renzo Bonetti and learned about The Amore Project—a new movement helping married couples reimagine the family as the ‘domestic church’ and the ‘oikos’ or household as central to the abundance we share in […]

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Kris Beckert

Back in the 8th grade, I played softball. I played on two teams and loved every minute of my time behind the plate calling the pitches and getting dirty in collisions. I was the only member of my family who played a sport, and I couldn’t imagine playing anything else. Then one spring day in […]

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Gannon Sims

When we use the term pioneer, we mean someone who will pave a different way forward. Pioneers can’t help it. It’s in their DNA. Jonny Baker, a leader of pioneer mission training in the UK, says pioneers “have the gift of not fitting in.” He insists that they’re not “the awkward squad.” They just look […]

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