Imagine this: You grew up going to church. Your best friends were in youth group. Then you went to a Christian college where you met your Christian spouse. The bridesmaids and groomsmen in your wedding were Christian friends. You moved to a new city to start a family. You made your first friends at church […]

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Gannon Sims

“To encounter crisis is to encounter the possibility of truly being the church.” So says South African Theologian David Bosh in his magisterial work: Transforming Mission. Bosh notes that the Japanese character for ‘crisis’ is a combination of the characters for ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’. So, in his estimation, crisis is not the end of opportunity […]

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“Mom, all your stories are about you talking to strangers. How embarrassing.” This is what my ten-year-old son said as we talked about our day around the dinner table. I laughed because it was true and it seems better than saying, “My mom walks the streets!” I do that too, but not in the way you […]

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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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Gannon Sims

“We owe the Gospel to others. This is the debt we owe.” These hard-hitting words were delivered by Bishop Graham Cray in a sermon at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia. You can listen to the sermon here. In the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans, Paul writes of his service to […]

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Gannon Sims

Anyone familiar with the statistics of church decline knows that statistics don’t mean much unless they also show the story behind the numbers. And the words we use must be subjected to what a former U.S. Senator famously called the Dickey Flatt test. Dickey Flatt was a print shop owner in Mexia, Texas. And he […]

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Kris Beckert

“Waffle House,” he said. “What I miss most from living in the South is Waffle House. You don’t know how many times I’ve visited that place—sometimes in the middle of the night since it was always open.” That’s how the conversation went as a group of us were expressing our breakfast food convictions while packing […]

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I have lived in Fluvanna County since 1987.  We’ve bragged that we’re one of the fastest growing counties in Virginia, but that’s because we were so small to begin with.  The entire county houses about 25,000 people – about half the size of nearby Charlottesville.  But hey, we did get our first stop light in […]

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