Kris Beckert

 I didn’t want to go. There are times in our lives when we just really don’t want to do something we know we have to do. Some of them involve choices, some involve indecision and getting the last straw, some involve anticipating horrible outcomes, pain, or perhaps even boredom. Sometimes we feel like little children, […]

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Cheryl McCarthy

“Which way does Your wind blow? That’s the way we want to go.” – Andrew Ehrenzeller “The wind blows wherever it pleases.” – John 3:8 The question is, “How do we know where the wind blows in order to go that way? Jesus, where is Your Spirit moving and how can we join you there?” […]

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One of my favorite books of the Bible is Deuteronomy. I know…I know…this is an unusual way to start a piece of writing but give me a chance to explain.  Don’t run away yet. The book is a collection of sermons given by an amazing leader at the end of his life.  At a time […]

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‘Lord, give me what you have made me want; I praise and thank you for the desire that you have inspired; perfect what you have begun, and grant me what you have made me long for.’ –Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) What are you longing for today?  Are you aware of the stirring inside?  Every human […]

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Over my handful of years in ministry and half a life as a Christian I have had a lot of conversations with people who are either on the outside of Christianity looking in or on the inside looking out.  And I have found that there is a similarity between the obstacles keeping people from taking […]

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How to start explaining what a Celtic expression of Christian faith has to say to the Fresh Expressions movement? Why, with a story, of course. Oswald was a member of the Saxon royal family of Northumbria, a 7th-century kingdom covering a large part of northern England and southern Scotland. His uncle seized the throne, when […]

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If a living organism doesn’t in some way have a body, would we still call it living? If a church is meant to be an embodied witness of the gospel, but is only seen together in worship gatherings, is the church-as-body metaphor still appropriate? If the church is essentially a gathering for commuters, is there […]

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