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Hope That Changes Everything

I have been doing a lot of reflecting as we’ve been coming up on Easter. In a lot of church circles, people have rediscovered traditional ways of preparing for Easter…namely Lent. I’ve tried to do lent, but usually forget what it is I’m fasting from until I’m half way through some fries or a glass…

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Time is on God’s Side…thankfully

  One word spoken with a pure heart is worth thousands spoken in a state of spiritual turmoil. Time given to inner renewal is never wasted. God is not in a hurry. Henri Nouwen     I shared this quote in a recent letter to the many people who support and follow our ministry….but it’s worth…

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Out of Service

Ursula’s, the Edwards’, Mimi’s, my parent’s, and now Christine’s…these are the places we’ve lived over the past 92 days. 92 is the number of days it has been since Jen and I have lived in our own place. 92 is the number of days that we’ve been living out of suitcases. 92 is the number…

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Seedless Grapes

Today I was talking with a friend about church stuff…I’ve been thinking of this analogy for a while, but hadn’t really processed it much. I’ve been thinking a lot (a lot) about what sustainable movements look like and what it takes to be sustainable. In the process I’ve been thinking about what sustainable isn’t. The…

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Silence…

So, you may have noticed that there haven’t been many updates on here lately. Could be because I was tired of seeing my own blog as my home page and the whole ‘out of sight out of mind’ thing happened. But it could also be because I haven’t had much to say…but that’s not it…

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In a few days…

Fall is one of my top four favorite seasons. In Oregon there are a lot of evergreens, but there are the occasional leafy trees that will change color. Our neighbors’ tree had a few yellow leaves on it a few days ago, but today it is bright red and orange. It just reminds of how…

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Aged Adolescents

Today I went to the church that my great grandfather helped start back in the day in Mechanicsville, Virginia. It’s always a trip to go to this church after growing up in a pretty charismatic (for the non-denomination denomination) church-plant on the west coast.  Today I had a hilarious (in my opinion) observation. This church has…

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Spiritual Separation

Tonight I stood in an empty apartment that I called home for almost a year. As Jen wrote, we get a bit sentimental when life takes us from one place to another. I walked through the different rooms and thought of the memories that were made in that place…I could imagine seeing Maisie as a…

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Moving and thoughts on community…

Here are some random thoughts on moving and how it can teach us about living in community and with ourselves… So, we are moved out of our apartment. We’ve been packing boxes and getting ready (and stressed) to get our stuff into storage for the next few months. Yesterday some friends came over and we…

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Community/APEPT Influence Idea

Over the past six months I’ve been spending a lot of time reading. My two favorite books so far have been The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch and The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom. Both of these books really got me thinking about leadership and how it could be structured…

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My First Father’s Day…

I have decided I like Father’s Day better than my birthday. Here’s why… Everybody has a birthday. Every year on my birthday I spend the whole day trying to convince myself that I should feel special…because I exist just like everybody else. Birthdays are days that we celebrate our existence. But Father’s day is different…I…

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“You Should Have…”

One thing that continually trips me up is an inability to let go of the past. The phrase ‘You/they/I/we should have done this or that’ is one that has too often come out of my mouth. There is a lot revealed about our hearts in these few words. The things revealed in my own life…

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When even good foundations fail

In life we put build our faith on many different foundations. For some of us it is our faith that we put our faith in. Lately, I’ve seen in my life that I don’t have only one foundation, but other levels of foundation that I lay over the bottom. These are not always bad and…

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Anyone for a hug?

Frank forwarded me this video…the power of human affection…What if we all bursted our personal bubbles and chose to reach and hug people with the love of our God? Here’s the bit from the producers of the video: Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of…

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Not a matter of talk…

I love to talk about stuff like ‘strategy’/ministry/culture. In church culture around the world there are a lot of us who like to talk about this stuff. Part of life in a city where most people could care less about God is the fact that I have fewer and fewer conversations about the Church and…

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Media, Marketing, and Culture

I don’t know how, but since moving to Paris I’ve been had the chance to meet a lot of really cool people. People who I would have certainly never thought that I would cross paths with. Yet, God uses these chance meetings to encourage my faith and give me new insight into life as a…

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Trip to Rome

This past week we went on the first family vacation I have been on in years, but only this time it wasn’t camping (even though the five of us were all in the same room!). We went to Rome. My parents and brother are over visiting and we all were able to get away to…

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Passion

Passion is an interesting thing in our culture and in our generation. People want to follow people who are passionate. Since moving over to Paris I have been thinking about this a lot…so now I’ll unpack a little bit of my thoughts… Passion is like a steel marble that is put in the middle of…

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Acts 1 – God cares about gambling

I have decided to read through the book of Acts for a while and take some notes…I’m usually a fast reader, but I’m downshifting to understand the book better. In Acts 1 there is a really great scene…here’s the summary: The 12 Apostles had become 11 because Judas was no longer around. They decided that…

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Crisis of Trust

I’ll get to the point…this past weekend was terrible for me for more than a few reasons. I don’t want to go into all of those and make this post into a small novel. Instead I want to share the one that cuts the deepest. To put is simply, I had a crisis of trust.…

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Partner in Ministry…realized

So yesterday was a great day…Jen and I had language class in the morning and then went to lunch. After lunch Jen had a coffee meeting with our friend Talia (A really cool girl from California that we met through people from Adventure!). While she was gone I went home and cleaned the house…did the…

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What’s the biggest difference?

Ok…so it is a weird thing living in another country. It would be alright if it were only that language is different, the signs are different, the food is different, the people act different, the pace of life is different, church is different, the weather is different,…Those things I could handle. But lately I have…

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The times they are a changin’

I’m pretty sure that when Dylan wrote these words he wasn’t talking about the weather, but I am. We have not been in Paris much the past few weeks (Amsterdam and Nice) and while we were gone the weather decided to change. The sun, who decided not to hang out long in Paris this summer,…

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