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The promise of Easter

4/13/2017

"Jesus is calling you and me to move from weeping to believing to proclaiming," says Bishop Ough. May you have a blessed Easter!


#livesummeroutside

6/14/2017

What if we ask our church folk: What would be life-giving to you this summer—help you grow in mind, body and spirit—and how can we support you in that?


Not entirely in…not entirely out

6/14/2017

Pastoral leaders need to be designers of liminal space and experiences—thresholds for people to take one step toward Christ.


Getting Comfortable with the E-word

6/7/2017

Questions to ground our notions of evangelism: Why do I believe what I believe? How do I understand God’s character and purpose? What story do I have to tell?


The bold, exclusively inclusive truth

5/18/2017

There is salvation in no one else—this might sound exclusive, but putting it in biblical context shows us that it can also be viewed as an inclusive statement.


Mission-minded church-school partnerships

5/11/2017

At least 52 churches have partnerships with local schools—and there are several opportunities to help your church think about how you might form one.


A revitalization of relationships

5/4/2017

When we build relationships, we discover what we have in common and begin to see others as people, beloved children of God, and that is how we find our way forward.


Practicing resurrection

4/20/2017

For me, to practice resurrection is to keep an open mind and let God be God, which means doing radically impossible and improbable things.


The promise of Easter

4/13/2017

"Jesus is calling you and me to move from weeping to believing to proclaiming," says Bishop Ough. May you have a blessed Easter!


The practice of listening

4/6/2017

Listening is crucial in our relationship with God, in living an authentic life, in being part of a healthy community, in leading. But we aren’t very good at it.


Connection, cause, or Christ?

4/5/2017

To attract young families, we need to stop trying to attract them with social connections and social causes and start by offering them Christ.


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