Luke Edwards

Some days it seems like the American church only knows how to relate to our neighbors by giving something away. Like an absent father who has lost touch with his kids, the only way he knows is bringing another toy back from another business trip. We’ve forgotten how to relate to our communities, so we […]

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Joshua Hearne

It always happens after we’ve already described the bounty on the table in all of its delicious variety. It happens while the welcome knowledge of a soon-to-be-full stomach mingles with the smell of macaroni and cheese over the promise of second, eighth, and seventeenth chances at a loving family meal. It happens with an assurance […]

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Everything changes when you add in kids. This goes for starting fresh expressions of church. Here, Joy French describes an approach that uses different types of learning that help families grow in discipleship together. It also sounds like a lot of fun!

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Travis Collins

At each end of Muddy Gut Road sits a church. At one end of Muddy Gut Road, near Tappahannock, VA, sits a brick church building the likes of which are visible along rural roadsides across the country. At the other end of the uniquely-named-road is a church, the likes of which are not often seen. […]

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 Corey Widmer and Steve Hartman share the story of East End Fellowship, a church community that developed out of the efforts of a very different church community.If you appreciate the podcast, please subscribe on iTunes, and give us a nice review. It’s the best way to get the word out. http://media.blubrry.com/fxus/p/freshexpressionsus.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Corey-Widmer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

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Travis Collins

How Marti Got Her Street Cred He was shot just a few feet from her back door. Nine times. A tenth bullet missed him, came whizzing through one of Marti’s walls, bounced off another, and landed on the floor. Marti was inside hanging out with two of the teenage guys from the neighborhood and a […]

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Travis Collins

I recently spent a morning with two of the most creative Jesus-followers I know—Jay and Lisa Smith. Lisa is Pastor, and Jay is Cultural Architect, of Convergence, a unique community of faith. “Convergence” is an apt name, for in this place and among these people there is a convergence of multiple expressions of art and […]

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Gannon Sims

by Travis Collins Turnaround Cowboy Church: King William County, Virginia “Reining” is a form of horse competition.  The routine takes a horse through a series of precise moves including the signature “slide.” Randy Newsome, pastor for more than thirty years of the Round Oak Baptist Church, loves reining.  For over five years, Randy has been […]

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Travis Collins

Steve Edwards and Charles Cheek look like something of an odd couple.  Steve is a Caucasian man with an earring. He looks like he is familiar with life on the street.  Charles is an African American man with no earring and the look of an executive manager.  Both of them have “regular jobs,” and both […]

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Travis Collins

I walked toward the building in (a former nightclub converted into the Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church building) with, I’ll admit, a little trepidation.  This would be my first worship experience at a Biker Church, and I’ve never been on a motorcycle in my life. As I walked up…and this is no exaggeration…the very first […]

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