Chris Backert

When I was a junior in college, the car I had brought with me from high school gave up its ghost.  Driving along one day, the engine decided it had run too long. I was without a vehicle for several months until I mustered enough money to purchase a 1998 Dodge Neon with only 7,000 […]

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Jon Davis

I was speaking recently to a church congregation and made this statement; Fresh Expressions is not a church growth strategy, rather it is a Kingdom growth strategy. I believe there is a significant difference between these two perspectives. Throughout scripture, from Genesis to Revelation we read the theme of God establishing His Kingdom on earth, […]

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The Fresh Expressions movement is dedicated to helping people join in the work God is already doing. For many, discovering what God is up to around us sometimes means looking to our history and traditions and asking “what do we need to remember about the things God has done among us in the past in […]

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Michael Beck

I was recently working with one of our districts in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church to set up a district fresh expressions team. I was sharing about how the fresh expressions movement, alongside existing congregations, helps Methodists to become “more vile” again. One of the folks on that team looked at me […]

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Travis Collins

When we look out into God’s Creation, birth is seen as an indicator of health. When an organism gives birth to one, two, three, or more new organisms, it passes on new life to the next generation, to a new generation with different DNA and perhaps a different role in the world. When it comes […]

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Recently I found myself singing under my breath the repetitive chorus of a popular song: “How am I going to be an optimist about this?” In the midst of my daily crumblings, it did feel like the end of something, and I started to consider this song, which I’d seen performed on Saturday Night Live, […]

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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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