Distance to Disruption

We wrote the first lines of Fresh Vine full of audacious dreams. Creating meaningful, intuitive, and powerful software. A tool designed to help communities decentralize their leadership and empower volunteers. This would activate resources towards their mission they had never been able to use before. Leaders loved our dream, our goal, and our approach. That…

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What Would I Say?

There is a website that will dig through your archive of Facebook Status updates and generate new potential status updates you could post by mashing together parts of old posts. There were some pretty good ones that were actually pretty accurate (though most were really weird). Below are a few of the ones I found…

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Your Church can’t become Missional

Missional is not another word for outreach, it is not a program you add, and it is not something you choose people to do. It is the ethos of a community. A driving force of a missional church is the belief that God has gone before them, is present, active, and inviting the church into…

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The 3 Biggest Challenges to Evangelicalism

A lot of very interesting things are happening right now in the evangelical movement in the western world. As far as I am able to tell, this movement has enjoyed a level of prominence over the last several decades as the growing voice of the non-Catholic church in the eyes of the media and public.…

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Evolution has space in Scripture

Very astute observations about how we can manipulate the Bible by asking questions that are assumed today, that the authors of the text weren’t addressing. This is part of the reason why many fundamentalists assume Evolution to be untrue, and why they mis-understand the beginning and end of time (in my opinion – obviously since…

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When the Bible Changed for Me

Over the past several years there was a subtle shift that occurred in how I see Scripture and the bible. It was so subtle that I only noticed it through conversations with family and friends. I think that I now have a bit of an understanding of what two key things changed for me. The…

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In Solidarity with Us

It’s almost incomprehensible that the cosmic God of all things could allow evil to be inflicted upon others. As bombs explode, buildings crumble, seas rush in, or bullets tear through streets we ask questions of a God who seems disinterested and distant. We’ve been told that we’re exceptional in Gods eyes and have taken this…

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The Life of my Discontent

Hope is contingent on discontentment. Though every aspect of life attempts to content me. Telling me that if I just do X, achieve Y or buy Z then some/all of that discontent will be taken away. But what if we were called to live into our discontentment so that we might long for an audacious…

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End Times and Djesus Unchained

http://www.hulu.com/watch/457671 Whenever SNL does a short it is going to be over the top satire. That is their style, and they have done a really good job with it over the last couple years. Last weekend they unveiled a new short (embedded below) called Djesus Unchained. It showed a vengeful Jesus who has raised from the dead, killing…

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Hope Abounds for those Bound in Fear

A hope abounds for those bound in fear, born from a love that chooses to dwell in the midst of fear and uncertainty. It is unknown to those who insist in the face of the mountain of life that they are capable and able to climb. It is unknown to those who suppress their knowledge…

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Of Course they will Judge You

Before we divulge or reveal something which pulses anxiety through our system we often prefixed by saying “Don’t judge me…” It’s interesting how quickly we devalue the other. Almost as if we assume they wouldn’t care to know us, so we do not even give them the opportunity to ask why we are quirky and believe something culturally unacceptable.…

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Mission Critical Data after Tragedy

In light of the recent attack on an elementary school out east it struck me just how disruptive those events are for a community. It got me thinking of the staff of the school trying to communicate with the families and share important dates, times, and information with the broader community. One of the hardest…

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Of the Monster Within Me

One of the hardest truths to accept is that a monster exists within me. It’s difficult because this monster hibernates most of my life. Nearly every step I take is done in my right mind during sane moments. There are moments when the monster feels as though it doesn’t even exist. As my heart is…

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Silence in the City

With the first sizable snowfall of the year we everything becomes muffled and silenced. The noise that normally ricochets off building and streets is brought to a stand still creating an eerie/foreign environment. Theses serene moments remind me that life must be more about creating places and moments of solitude and rest. As I walked the streets in…

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The Pope, Twitter, and Driving Culture

My 300 words for why you need to engage on twitter + even the pope is doing it. An interesting shift took place in the western church this past century. It is the same shift that pushed churches to the sidelines of culture and conversation in the west. We, as the leaders of the church, began to…

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The Whole Sweep of Scripture

Any recommendations on how we should read the bible? “A thousand things: Frequently and Throughly is the best answer. The bible was not written to be read in 10 verse chunks.” – N.T. Wright Love how NT Wright articulates reading/thinking about scripture. It seems like we only know the bits of passages, and there is…

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Changing for the God who doesn’t

As I look to learn more of God in scripture I come to discover that his character is unchanging. That there is no more room for Him to be loving, compassionate, patient, and graceful. It is in the very core of God this unchanging and undying reality that many find comfort and rest. Yet for his steadfast…

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Church is a Base Camp

Church is not the goal. To journey and be transformed is.  As a pastor my heart beats so that others may have their own intimate and exciting experiences with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. For the church to facilitate this,  we need to see ourselves as the base camp of life. Where we prepare others…

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