Part I: Inevitable Outcome? Today most of us are more mindful of the effects of terrorism than we are about atomic bombs. But in the 1950’s, when atomic bombs became real to a world where nations were trying to one-up one another month by month, people devised ways to protect themselves in case of an […]

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It’s a question we’re frequently asked, and for good reason. Is there a difference between church planting and Fresh Expressions of church? To answer the question, we need to look at the objective. Fresh Expressions are new forms of church for people who are not yet part of any church. Some people in a Fresh […]

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Imagine this: You grew up going to church. Your best friends were in youth group. Then you went to a Christian college where you met your Christian spouse. The bridesmaids and groomsmen in your wedding were Christian friends. You moved to a new city to start a family. You made your first friends at church […]

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The story of Vincent Van Gogh is familiar to many of us. In his early career, he was a pastor and preacher but his church thought he was overzealous, too spiritual, too much of a dreamer; so they kicked him out. Shortly thereafter, Van Gogh traded preaching for a paintbrush. The landscape in Van Gogh’s […]

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The following is an excerpt from a sermon preached on the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The story of St. Patrick is a lot more compelling than our celebrations of him. In some ways, Patrick’s situation was like ours today. The Roman Empire had become largely Christian; however, during Patrick’s time (as is the case now), Christianity was in decline. Patrick’s grandparents […]

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The day began gloomy and in a misty rain—just as it should. Driving in the freezing rain, Mumford & Sons consoled and convicted me with the reminder that I am indeed a Hopeless Wanderer. One prayer that would come that evening speaks to the fact that I lack concern for those who come after me. […]

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Many of my friends know that, at best, I am a “low-church” liturgist.  A few years ago, most of the rigidity of the liturgical calendar was more binding than loosing to me – both as a pastor and as a Christian.  While I certainly still lean away from the fixed rigidity of the liturgical calendar […]

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  I really don’t like anything dying. From the day my first goldfish died when I was five, to the last funeral I presided over as a pastor, I have decided I don’t like death much. Yes, I am glad I am one who stands on the hope of Christ and eternal life, but losing […]

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“Which way does Your wind blow? That’s the way we want to go.” – Andrew Ehrenzeller “The wind blows wherever it pleases.” – John 3:8 The question is, “How do we know where the wind blows in order to go that way? Jesus, where is Your Spirit moving and how can we join you there?” […]

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“To encounter crisis is to encounter the possibility of truly being the church.” So says South African Theologian David Bosh in his magisterial work: Transforming Mission. Bosh notes that the Japanese character for ‘crisis’ is a combination of the characters for ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’. So, in his estimation, crisis is not the end of opportunity […]

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