Travis Collins

Rapid and dramatic changes are occurring in our world. More parents are rearing their children alone. More grandparents are rearing their grandchildren. Sons and daughters are living longer with their parents. Families are connecting via social media. People are marrying later and remaining married fewer years. Drones are patrolling the skies and companies are promising […]

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Travis Collins

In 2013, a document titled Report on Strand 3b: An analysis of fresh expressions of church and church plants begun in the period 1992-2012 was released (a summary of the report can be found here), providing very helpful data to Fresh Expressions church planters. The information, gathered over two decades, is encouraging. The Fresh Expressions movement wasn’t named until […]

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Travis Collins

A look at the biblical book of Acts helps answer the question, “Why plant a fresh expression of church?” For one thing, some have noted that today’s Western cultures look more like the world of the early church than has been true for almost two millennia. And then there is Acts 1:8: “But you will […]

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Travis Collins

Theology, the “Queen of the Sciences,” had its beginning in mission fields, not academic halls. The Christian faith’s most important theologian, the apostle Paul, was first and foremost a missionary.  His theological reflections, inspired by God’s Spirit, occurred on the front lines of the advance of God’s Kingdom. The Church is always at our best […]

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Travis Collins

Todd Watson did a 5-fold gifting survey and the results revealed he is an Evangelist. Todd didn’t see it. Yes, he acknowledged, he always has a bunch of people in his house. So maybe there was something to this “Evangelist” gifting. Just in case, Todd started cultivating the relationships that occurred so naturally for him. […]

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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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Travis Collins

A look at the biblical book of Acts helps answer the question, “Why plant a fresh expression of church?” For one thing, some have noted that today’s Western cultures look more like the world of the early church than has been true in almost two millennia. Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria And then there is Acts 1:8, […]

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Travis Collins

Three Buddhists began to visit one of the groups belonging to Bread Fellowship, a Christ-centered community in Ft. Worth, Texas. In open discussion time, these guys would offer their Buddhist perspective. One of the Christian participants came to Charlie Johnson, pastor of “Bread,” and said, “You’ve got to put a stop to that.” “No,” said […]

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Travis Collins

If you drive to Danville and want to find the intentional community called “Grace and Main,” logic would tell you to look for the intersection of Grace Street and Main Street. You’d not find them that way, for there is no such street intersection. However, where Grace—the unconditional, undeserved, unlimited, unrelenting love of God—meets Main […]

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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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