It was the end of class, and I was tired. We had just finished up the lecture for that day, and I was ready to pack up my books and wait for someone to conclude us with prayer, as was always done in seminary. But today was different. Today, the professor had an idea, an […]

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Imagine, if you will, a ‘Village of God.’ Over here is a quiet area, with simple cabins for personal retreats, a labyrinth, an inter-faith chapel. Over yonder, some ‘downsized’ business people are getting job application and resume coaching. In the lounge of one of the partner churches, some pastors are studying next Sunday’s readings together. […]

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For the first time in 13 years I was not serving as the pastor of a local congregation on Easter Sunday. It was a strange feeling to not be concerned about all the happenings on what some describe as the “Super Bowl Sunday” of the Church year! So, I had time to go to Starbucks. […]

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If there were ever a time to party, we figure Easter’s it. From the beginning, one of our hopes for our church has been that we would be a community that, like Jesus’ first community, gathers around the table for meals and stories. Our sense is that these meals at All Souls’ table are an […]

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Wet. We may have started out this year’s Fresh Expressions National Gathering talking about the uninhibited growth of sharks in the ocean, but we soon traveled to Ezekiel’s Valley of the Dry Bones. Yes, it was another analogy that gripped us well into Day #2—but this one resonated with most of us pastors and church […]

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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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