Gannon Sims

The following is an excerpt from a sermon preached on the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The story of St. Patrick is a lot more compelling than our celebrations of him. In some ways, Patrick’s situation was like ours today. The Roman Empire had become largely Christian; however, during Patrick’s time (as is the case now), Christianity was in decline. Patrick’s grandparents […]

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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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Chris Backert

Many of my friends know that, at best, I am a “low-church” liturgist.  A few years ago, most of the rigidity of the liturgical calendar was more binding than loosing to me – both as a pastor and as a Christian.  While I certainly still lean away from the fixed rigidity of the liturgical calendar […]

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Gannon Sims

Few writers are more widely read than C.S. Lewis. The Abolition of Man, his little book first given as a series of lectures in 1943, is a prophetic word to those of us seeking an understanding of our changing culture. He makes his case by explaining the role that modern education plays in favoring rational […]

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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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Imagine, if you will, a ‘Village of God.’ Over here is a quiet area, with simple cabins for personal retreats, a labyrinth, an inter-faith chapel. Over yonder, some ‘downsized’ business people are getting job application and resume coaching. In the lounge of one of the partner churches, some pastors are studying next Sunday’s readings together. […]

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If there were ever a time to party, we figure Easter’s it. From the beginning, one of our hopes for our church has been that we would be a community that, like Jesus’ first community, gathers around the table for meals and stories. Our sense is that these meals at All Souls’ table are an […]

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London, England, 1991. I was an awkward 16 year old seated by myself in my history class at school. My awkwardness stemmed not only from the turbulence of adolescence. To add to my agonies I was a Christian, a desperately unpopular choice in my world. Even my kindest friends thought I was weird. I agreed; […]

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Carey Sims

In the midst of overscheduled lives and increasing demands, how do we gain access into busy lives to share the good news?  As we think about Fresh Expressions of church and this idea of meeting people where they are – dare I say, interrupting their lives, I am reminded that sometimes people want to be […]

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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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