Travis Collins

The Call to Worship was, well, the Cha Cha Slide. And I slid. Cha Cha style. Then we ate pizza. Then we did the Chicken Dance. Then, when we sang, “My God’s not dead, He’s surely alive. And He’s living on the inside, roaring like a lion!” I thought, “God must really be enjoying this.” […]

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Travis Collins

In a recent interview, Fresh Expression’s Travis Collins addressed an alarming dropout rate among Pastors. Being a pastor has never been an easy job, but relatively new dynamics — a postmodern and post-Christian society, a rise of incivility and a decrease in loyalties, to name a few — have increased the sense of isolation, and even persecution, among […]

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Travis Collins

I recently spent a morning with two of the most creative Jesus-followers I know—Jay and Lisa Smith. Lisa is Pastor, and Jay is Cultural Architect, of Convergence, a unique community of faith. “Convergence” is an apt name, for in this place and among these people there is a convergence of multiple expressions of art and […]

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Travis Collins

Some fresh expressions of church spring up on their own, independent of any existing congregation. Lots of those “independent” fresh expressions are thriving. Most fresh expressions of church, however, emerge out of a congregation with at least a handful of people who are passionate about God and about people far from Him. And there are […]

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Travis Collins

Steve Edwards and Charles Cheek look like something of an odd couple.  Steve is a Caucasian man with an earring. He looks like he is familiar with life on the street.  Charles is an African American man with no earring and the look of an executive manager.  Both of them have “regular jobs,” and both […]

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Travis Collins

When we look out into God’s Creation, birth is seen as an indicator of health. When an organism gives birth to one, two, three, or more new organisms, it passes on new life to the next generation, to a new generation with different DNA and perhaps a different role in the world. When it comes […]

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Travis Collins

I walked toward the building in (a former nightclub converted into the Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church building) with, I’ll admit, a little trepidation.  This would be my first worship experience at a Biker Church, and I’ve never been on a motorcycle in my life. As I walked up…and this is no exaggeration…the very first […]

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Travis Collins

A transvestite showed up one day and was welcomed, though he was not in the “target demographic.” A businessman sitting nearby overheard the conversation on another day and walked over to say how much he appreciated what was going on. A lady who is “up in age” drives forty-five minutes from her rural home to be part […]

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