The CDC reported fewer than 7,200 total US overdose deaths in 1970 at the height of the heroin epidemic. Over 9,000 lives were claimed in the height of the crack epidemic in 1988. While overdose deaths are just one aspect of the deadliest year in US history (approximately 378,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 of more than 3.3 million deaths), Christians should be first responders rushing to the front lines of this crisis.

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“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4 Being a pastor these days is not easy! Even before the pandemic the phenomenon of burn-out was prevalent. Leaders were quitting the ministry in droves. The last 18-months have amplified these realities. One aspect of burn-out is […]

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I’m excited about my friend J.R. Briggs’ forthcoming book and accompanying master class, A Time to Heal. In the ashes of a pandemic world, what we need most right now, is healing. the church needs to reclaim a central aspect of our identity as a community of healing. In my latest book, Fresh Expressions in […]

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Missio Divina is an exclusive audio devotional, available only on the FX Connect App. Each week during Advent, we’re releasing a special edition of the devotional, designed to help you prayerfully consider your place in God’s mission this time of year.  Below is the text of a recent episode from our Director of Remissioning, Michael Beck. You […]

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This post concludes a mini-series of three reflections on why contextual intelligence is important at every level of church life. (Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here) Each of these stories has one thing in common: a failure of contextual intelligence. We believe that if these leaders knew Issachar’s secret—the ancient secret to frontline mission—a […]

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This is post two of a mini-series of three reflections for why contextual intelligence is important at every level of church life. (Read Part 1 here) Each of these stories has one thing in common: a failure of contextual intelligence. We believe that if these leaders knew Issachar’s secret—the ancient secret to frontline mission—a totally […]

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This post begins a mini-series of three reflections on why contextual intelligence is important at every level of church life. Each of these stories has one thing in common: a failure of contextual intelligence. I believe that if these leaders knew Issachar’s secret—the ancient secret to frontline mission—a totally different future may have been possible. […]

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The #1 Competency Pioneer Leaders Need Today This is part one of a series of posts highlighting the need for the cultivation of contextual intelligence in the local church. I’ll begin by reflecting on why Contextual Intelligence (CQ) is the #1 competency pioneer leaders need today. I currently serve as Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for […]

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In 1993, Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player who has ever lived, retired from the NBA following winning a third world championship with the Chicago Bulls as well as the murder of his beloved father. Quickly, he announced that he was going to play professional baseball and signed with the Chicago White Sox. As […]

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This is a moment to equip individuals and families for home-centered worship, discipleship, and service.

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