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Miscreants for Jesus

There used to be a theory in youth ministry that said you wanted to approach a school and win the captain of the football team, the head cheerleader and the other upper echelon members to Jesus and the masses would follow. It made sense, in…

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As Zoe Turns 8

photo by Shelley Paulson Photography 4:30pm, Tuesday, October 3, 2006, my world changed forever. That’s precisely the time that I received a phone call about a newborn girl in Las Vegas who needed a mom and a dad.   The story has been told a hundred…

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Relief is in sight.

We would be amiss to pretend that life is not hard. It would be cold and calloused to fail to concede that most of us go through difficult times, and some people encounter almost insurmountable difficulty.  Jobs and loved ones lost.  Friendships ruined by jealousy….

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What sort of experiment is this anyway?

As you may have heard, Kelsey and I are hosting a little experiment this fall.   One evening each month, we’re going to gather people for worship, teaching and prayer, just to see what might happen. Some have asked “What is the theory you’re trying…

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Location, Location, Location!

We just did a quick walk through of the space we’ll use for our Big Experiment this fall.  And yes, we wanted to share…. We’ll walk through these doors at Covenant Chapel.  Find dates, times and map here.   Personally, I’m jazzed about the coffee…

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Call Now

The Lord meets with me in that fuzzy place between awake and asleep. It doesn’t happen every day, or every week for that matter, but it has happened enough that I know He likes to meet me then, and when I feel like I hear…

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Think Like a Startup

Having served in churches that ranged from thirty people to six thousand (those are real numbers, and back to back experiences), I have observed a tendency for small ministries or churches to pretend to big ministries or churches, as if there was some strange correlation…

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Here we go…

It would appear that some of you are as interested in The Big Experiment as we are.  That’s awesome. Here’s the skinny. For three nights this fall, we’re going to gather to see what the Lord has for us and what might happen if we…

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Our So-Called Prayer Life

Jesus gave instructions that were predicated with “When you pray….”.  Jesus chose His words carefully.  He didn’t say if…not because He wasn’t aware that people might struggle with the idea of a regular prayer life, but because He wanted to give them less wiggle room….

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In Support of Struggle

Struggle is a dirty word in the modern vernacular. Thirty years ago,  those who became celebrities were noted because of their overcoming struggle. Today, many celebrities are simply famous because they’re famous. They’re known for the silver spoon in their mouths, not the struggle that…

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