Dan Carlton

My sense is that most churches started as fresh expressions of church. At least that is what they want to believe. They started a church in order to reach people for the gospel who have not yet been reached. Over time that initial burst of missionary attitude gives way to a more formal, institutional expression of the […]

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Travis Collins

A transvestite showed up one day and was welcomed, though he was not in the “target demographic.” A businessman sitting nearby overheard the conversation on another day and walked over to say how much he appreciated what was going on. A lady who is “up in age” drives forty-five minutes from her rural home to be part […]

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Cindy Bolden

I have many “loves” in my life.  Persons, places, coffee, and sharing a good news word with others rank at the top of my “love list.”  It’s no surprise that I spend a good portion of my week in the community drinking coffee, sharing stories, and talking about love. Love takes many forms and can […]

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Gannon Sims

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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Our job is not to water down the faith so that the Gospel becomes credible to the modern world—our job is to make the world credible to the Gospel. -Stanley Hauerwas The week leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection surprised a lot of people, not least of all Jesus’ own disciples. Fittingly, our first […]

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Gannon Sims

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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Chris Backert

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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Kris Beckert

  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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