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Here’s JR Briggs explaining where the Fresh Expressions approach comes from and what it’s innovative idea is for the church and incarnational ministry. “This is God with flesh on him, physically present to those he sought to serve and save.”

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  One of the key passions of the Dinner Church Collective is to share the model of ministry that has worked to serve communities. If you’re a minister interested in learning how this fresh, adaptive approach to ministry might work, or if you’re just excited to learn more about this model, this news is for you. There […]

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Craig Williams

This is an excerpt of a sermon by Craig Williams, pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Thousand Oaks, CA. To hear the sermon in its entirety, please click here.  “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Other people have translated it differently. “And the word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood”–that’s Eugene Peterson. […]

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Verlon Fosner

There is a lot of talk today about being missional. But what does that mean? If a church group does an outreach once a year, does that make them missional? If a church gives $10 to a missionary during the course of a year, does that make them missional? Categorically, yes. But so many groups are […]

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Shannon Kiser

One of the principles behind fresh expressions of church is “bringing the church that Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves.” In other words, it is a form of church that emerges out of the context where people are.  It is about being in relationship with people, loving, serving, building community, all done in […]

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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the new territories into which we follow the Spirit to plant the Gospel, but when we are led to challenge defective or outdated systems, promote innovations, and catalyze movements, we can be attacked by people within the body of Christ as well.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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David Aikman

Throughout my many decades as a follower of Jesus I have found myself tremulously playing the role of a counselor, and—though never officially—that of a pastor, a teacher, occasionally even a prophet. I am so grateful for the many godly brothers and sisters who went before me and showed me the way. A few of […]

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Shannon Kiser

A friend of mine loves chemistry…actually majored in it in college. My daughter did not enjoy high school chemistry AT ALL. What’s the difference? It’s not just that one is wired to like science and the other to hate it. The difference is: my friend learned chemistry in an era of lots of hands-on experiments […]

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Kris Beckert

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will […]

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Kris Beckert

For our church, Advent was going to be a little different this year. While church people have been preparing themselves for the coming of Christ throughout the season of Advent, the reality is that there is another group of people who have been preparing themselves for the coming of something else this December—The Force Awakens. […]

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