Kris Beckert

This is the first in a series of posts reflecting on the Fresh Expressions National Gathering. “Take a sledgehammer to that tank.” No, that’s not quite the usual way we’d expect a church conference to begin—but the Fresh Expressions National Gathering is really not your usual church conference. The statement made by Fresh Expressions Northeast Regional […]

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic study of Christian community makes it clear that true community is not an easy thing.  In fact, it is not a human possibility, for only the Holy Spirit can produce a community that actually functions as the body of Christ.  One of the principal obstacles to embodying a biblical vision of life […]

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When people hear about the Tobacco Trail Church—our little community for runners and lovers of the outdoors in Durham, North Carolina, they are typically excited and intrigued.  “Wow, you worship outdoors?  Right on the trail?”  I see their eyes light up.  We talk theologically about concepts like Interruption.  Like when we welcome the biker who […]

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If a living organism doesn’t in some way have a body, would we still call it living? If a church is meant to be an embodied witness of the gospel, but is only seen together in worship gatherings, is the church-as-body metaphor still appropriate? If the church is essentially a gathering for commuters, is there […]

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