Chris Backert

The travesties that have taken place over the last several weeks have been horrific and unjust. As a Christian, any amount of reflection on the matter should lead to a broken and contrite heart. Our fundamental identity is as a member of the one body of Christ. As a member of that one body, when […]

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The pandemic, as well as worldwide protests, continue to lay bare the fault lines of our culture. If we and our churches are going to continue to push forward in our part of the mission of God, it will require resilience. In this short introduction, Prof. N.T. Wright explains why we should look to 2nd […]

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It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Luke 13:21 It has been said that “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” There is debate about this proverb’s attribution, and yet experience undergirds […]

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We are now many months into this season of the pandemic and, like every other pastor I know, I feel the burden and panic of wondering what ministry in this new COVID world looks like and how to lead a church within such a time. But I think the first two weeks of realizing “no […]

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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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Kris Beckert

Maybe you remember them too. I remember the days of sitting in the places where my sermon-juices most easily used to start flowing. I remember the plastic booths and tables, background music and conversation, flavored coffee, and chocolate chip bagels. I remember the meetings and lunches and opening the Bible at tables. I remember the […]

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Gannon Sims

We’re coming down to the ground There’s no better place to go We’ve got snow upon the mountains We’ve got rivers down below… -Peter Gabriel, Down to Earth Mixing it up The Fresh Expressions movement advocates a mixed economy between inherited and new forms of church. The mixed economy of Church is a metaphor with […]

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Michael Beck

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

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Ann Marie Carley

Although doing church differently is something that always excites me, I have to be honest with you. Trying to land and feel settled about our new normal within the established church has been exhausting. Moving from trying to survive to finding a new normal As reality has set in, one thing has been crystal clear […]

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Susan Arnold

Connections were an important part of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus connected with each of the disciples in a unique way and was always connected with God. If we take time to think about it, most of what we and our congregations are missing right now are the layers of connections that we normally have in our […]

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