• Handsome was Hungry

    Handsome was Hungry

    I realize we’re all rightly focused on helping the people of Texas in this crisis. But we also have an opportunity close to home as children go back to school. A couple of years ago in a town far away, I volunteered at the nearby elementary school. One day I was asked to do pull […]Read More »
  • Meditation – Spiritual Disciplines for Touchscreens and Timelines

    Meditation – Spiritual Disciplines for Touchscreens and Timelines

    We’ve had ten years since the iPhone was first released and a dozen since Facebook became a thing.  They are icons of a continuing radical change in the way we communicate and interact with each other. In this series, we examine the practice of the spiritual disciplines in this age of touchscreens and timelines. Meditation […]Read More »
  • Creating Bells Groups

    Creating Bells Groups

    What rhythm of life helps us not only live as Disciples of Jesus Christ, but also engage others in the mission? Michael Frost offered this acronym a while back that is still relevant today: Creating B.E.L.L.S Groups B.E.L.L.S. stands for B: Bless – Bless three people a week; one from your group, one from outside […]Read More »
  • Designing a Pantry of Joy

    Designing a Pantry of Joy

    People who engage in helping ministries to meet human need often experience a sense of fulfillment and joy. It is a beautiful thing to be able to provide something in a moment of need. The experience of receiving and the experience of giving are two sides of the same coin. Yet sometimes the experience of […]Read More »
  • The Gospel Multiplied

    The Gospel Multiplied

    The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. – John 1:14 Don’t be satisfied with ideas and opportunities. The world is intoxicated with ideas and opportunities. We have a few hundred ideas to browse in this morning’s news feed. We have a few billion opportunities to entertain our mind with thoughts and […]Read More »
  • Is Your Church Playing the Stranger Lottery?

    Is Your Church Playing the Stranger Lottery?

    How does your church reach out to people in your community so that they start their journey with Jesus? Many churches wait for people to show up as their strategy, but as you’ll see when you open the video below, way too many churches are depending on a stranger lottery to accomplish the core mission to […]Read More »
  • Prayer and Presence Changes a Community

    Prayer and Presence Changes a Community

    What constitutes “success” in ministry? Meet Joy, a Christian leader in an at-risk area of Sacramento, California. Before her ministry began, Joy and her team prayed for 52 weeks. “Prayer has gotten us everywhere we’ve been,” remarks Joy. Watch as she and her team move in the power of prayer, finding the strength to stay […]Read More »
  • If We Aren’t the Church for Them, Who Will Be?

    If We Aren’t the Church for Them, Who Will Be?

    When your whole community has been devastated by a flood, where do you turn for help? Insurance and institutional help is important, but complicated, slow and often inadequate. Neighbors are in the same situation you are in. Volunteers are willing to come and help, but after the initial response the volunteer stream slows down dramatically. […]Read More »
  • Reaching Out to Schools in Your Mission Field

    Reaching Out to Schools in Your Mission Field

    Many churches have some sort of relationship with a public school in their mission field.  What can you do to improve the fruitfulness of that relationship? Assess the current state of the relationship. How many people from the church are actively relating with teachers, staff, children and their parents from the school?Don’t be discouraged if […]Read More »