Kris Beckert

“You can tell that somebody is not from here if they talk to people in line at the grocery store.” We all laughed as we talked about the busy life of our metropolitan area’s culture while sitting in the living room of the small group leader’s home. “Yeah, we really don’t even know our neighbors’ […]

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Kris Beckert

wor·ship n. ˈwər-shəp : the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god : the act of worshipping God or a god : excessive admiration for someone Definitions are important. Without them as a reference to remind us of original meanings, it’s […]

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Kris Beckert

Fishing. My first real job out of college was to work as the Environmental Education Specialist for the Fish and Boat Commission of Pennsylvania. It was probably one of the most original, most interesting positions I’ve ever had—especially in the fact that when I started the position, I really didn’t know how to fish or […]

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Kris Beckert

Have you seen this new article from our very own Kris Beckert? It captures the heart of a Fresh Expressions pioneer! What if “taking a risk for God” were less about jumping off cliffs and going and more about examining our motives and opening our eyes to how God might be wanting to use us […]

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Kris Beckert

Where I live, campaign signs have become part of the landscape since mid-April. Just about all of the primary winners have allowed their yellow, flamingo pink, and multicolored corrugated cardboard representations to become regular décor in the middle of yards and on the sides of highways. Poor Mr. Hersey, who “borrowed” the trademarked candy bar […]

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Kris Beckert

Before being called into ministry and entering seminary, I was an environmental scientist by trade. Much of my job consisted of asking questions, forming hypotheses, designing how I’d test them, and coming up with results. Entering into the Church-world didn’t change the way my brain works—it merely changed the mission and subject of the experiments. […]

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Kris Beckert

We stood outside the room where dinner would be served and we heard it. Chatter. Laughter. Introductions. Conversations. The five of us leading the “She Moves” event on the Friday night of the Fresh Expressions National Gathering were about to pray when smiles found their way across our faces. God was already working in that […]

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Kris Beckert

“They’ll come back when they’re married with kids.” “Maybe if we have a contemporary service, we can get more young folks to come.” “If we don’t get more young people, we’re going to die.” “These young adults just don’t care about anything these days.” Church people seem to get all frenzied when they talk about […]

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Kris Beckert

You will say in that day: I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become […]

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Kris Beckert

Part I: Inevitable Outcome? Today most of us are more mindful of the effects of terrorism than we are about atomic bombs. But in the 1950’s, when atomic bombs became real to a world where nations were trying to one-up one another month by month, people devised ways to protect themselves in case of an […]

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