Gannon Sims

Lyricist Charles Jennens picked these words from the third chapter of Malachi. George Frederick Handel put them to music in the oratorio Messiah: For he is like a refiner’s fire. And he will purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer the Lord an offering in righteousness. These words get to the core of […]

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Luke Edwards

  My favorite part of Advent is getting to dust off that old Book of Isaiah. Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming kingdom paint a picture of peace and harmony better than anything we could imagine. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The wolf will live with […]

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Travis Collins

One of the most popular developments in church life over the last fifteen years is that of churches having multiple sites, or campuses.  “One church in multiple locations” is the new by-word of growing numbers of churches. Congregations are multiplying their reach by launching smaller versions of themselves across their cities and, in some cases, […]

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For Christian leaders, especially those committed to established churches and denominations, it might be hard to be thankful these days. There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the media about the reality of the “nones and the dones.” There’re a lot of “old standards,” whether they be events, sermons or songs, that just don’t […]

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Travis Collins

I was twenty-two when I had a mystical experience which I remember vividly.  I was crossing a wide street, heavy with traffic, in downtown Caracas, Venezuela.  Somewhat similar to (albeit less dramatic than) Paul’s experience on the Damascus road, I had an awakening.  It hit me: “There aren’t many people who love this kind of […]

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Ken Carter

One of the key insights in the Fresh Expressions movement is the emergence of the power of networks in the western world at the beginning of the 21st century.  As the team writes in Mission Shaped Church (MSC), “networks have not replaced neighborhoods, but they change them”; and, at the same time, “community is increasingly being […]

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How do you “become a missionary?” Often, the process begins with getting a theological degree and learning a new language. As Christendom loses its hold on the West, we’re learning that all Christians must be missionaries, and all churches must be missionary churches. For the last year and a half or so, I have been […]

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Michael Moynagh

Do you feel called to the pastoral ministry rather than to start new types of church? If so, your pastoral gifts may be exactly what fresh expressions of church need. Most likely you are not the right person to start new Christian communities in the daily lives of your congregation. That’s because you are not […]

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Gannon Sims

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door and he preached the word to them. -Mark 2: 1-2 We don’t often picture Jesus at home. Most often, we picture Jesus on the […]

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Travis Collins

When we look out into God’s Creation, birth is seen as an indicator of health. When an organism gives birth to one, two, three, or more new organisms, it passes on new life to the next generation, to a new generation with different DNA and perhaps a different role in the world. When it comes […]

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