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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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John Chandler

Some of us memorized Micah 6:8, one of the great summary verses in the entire Bible.  The Lord tells us what he’s interested in having his people give their lives to – to do justice, love kindness, walk humbly.  Just before these three things, the prophet also tells us what God is not interested in.  […]

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Michael Beck

I’ve been speaking and writing about the need for us to “awaken from apostolic amnesia” for about a decade. For me, this means recovering a sense of mission or sentness in the inherited church. Is this the time we’ve been waiting for? Christians are breaking the internet with church live streams, engaging more new people […]

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Jon Davis

In this moment of the COVID-19 Pandemic, when we are forced to stay at home for weeks and months to bring an end to this deadly disease, there is an opportunity for a vibrant mission to be cultivated.

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Michael Beck

 “But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place” (Lk 24:21) For Christians who observe the liturgical seasons, we are in the midst of Holy Week, in which we journey through Jesus’ last days to the […]

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