On February 27th 380 AD Christianity became the official state religion of the Roman Empire and many would say in that moment the era of Christendom began.  We can make a long list of all of the consequences of this historical moment.  One of the outcomes was the church began to build buildings in every […]

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Just over a year ago, the world changed dramatically as we entered a pandemic landscape with masks, social distancing, staying at home, and more. We had a year of social and political unrest, injustice, riots, a contentious election all dividing us and beckoning us to take sides on a variety of issues. For me, this […]

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Believe it or not, Mary has a lot to say to us about mission and discipleship.  We can have a number of focal points in telling the Christmas story; prophecies (especially from Isaiah), Joseph, and the trek to Bethlehem, shepherds, angels, a star, Wise Men (the Wise Men are a separate story from the birth […]

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In this moment of the COVID-19 Pandemic, when we are forced to stay at home for weeks and months to bring an end to this deadly disease, there is an opportunity for a vibrant mission to be cultivated.

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I have heard it said by many and I have said it myself in recent weeks; We are living in unprecedented times!  Coronavirus / COVID-19 has brought us a new vocabulary of Sheltered at Home, Social Distancing, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and more. It truly is a global event. I agree with the term unprecedented, […]

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It’s a new year and I am starting a new ministry having answered a call to serve a congregation. It is exciting and wonderful. I am energized and ready to get things going.  Working with Fresh Expressions, training and coaching people, I have watched many come with great enthusiasm to try this new thing, join […]

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God makes unusual and surprising choices because ultimately He is not concerned with a person’s ability but rather their availability, their willingness to say yes.

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I watched with sadness and awe on Monday April 15th in Holy Week as Notre Dame Cathedral burned for hours.  I have never been there but I have sat in other magnificent cathedrals around the world beholding their beauty.  There is something about entering an ancient and massive structure that breathes deep reverence in my […]

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Church can be nice and neat, decent and in order, even formal and rigid.  Missions on the other hand can be quite messy, nimble, shifting to a changing context.   How do we bring something as theologically and spiritually rich as the sacraments into a dynamic changing environment of a new type of mission?  There will […]

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Ultimately Fresh Expressions is about cultivating thin places of encounter with God in the third places of our culture.

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