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Falling Into Place

An increasing number of Jesus followers are feeling compelled to join God’s renewal in the neighborhood. Many of us are landing in the neighborhood because we are captivated by Jeremiah’s prophetic call for God’s people to “build houses and settle down; plant gardens… and seek the peace and prosperity” of the neighborhood, guided by the localized nature of Jesus’ life and ministry, and inspired by the stories of neighborhood […]

By |2017-01-26T08:40:36-08:00April 18th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Falling Into Place

We Are the Seers. We Are the Seen.

Jesus had this incredible ability to see people at a level beyond the physical — at a deep, soul level.

Peter.

Zacchaeus.

The woman “who loved much” and anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume.

Jesus was a true Seer of the glory and giftedness of each person, and all they ways they give their energies to join in God’s renewal of all things.

I think that this seeing — this acknowledging and naming and encouraging and expressing gratitude — is a lost art that the church desperately needs […]

By |2017-01-26T08:40:36-08:00April 13th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on We Are the Seers. We Are the Seen.

Centering on Christ in the Neighborhood

In episode 13 of the RePLACING CHURCH Podcast I reflect on what it means to be Centering on Christ in the neighborhood:

To be Centering on Christ means we remain awake to the divine conversation that is happening in our neighborhood every day.

The main talking point of the conversation is the life-death-resurrection of Jesus, and we all show up to the conversation with different accents-contemplative, social justice, holiness, evangelical, charismatic, and incarnation (to borrow from […]

By |2017-01-26T08:40:36-08:00April 8th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Centering on Christ in the Neighborhood

What Is the Good Life?

Two days ago I had the incredible opportunity to have a conversation with the always-inspiring Tom Sine for Episode 14 of the RePLACING CHURCH PODCAST. Tom is an octogenarian futurist, author and consultant. We covered so much ground in our conversation — Tom’s forthcoming book Live Like You Give a Damn: Join the Changemaking Celebration, his come-to-Jesus moments, turning 80, stories of how churches are engaging their neighborhoods, ageism, creative housing […]

By |2017-01-26T08:40:37-08:00April 6th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Is the Good Life?

Tom Sine & the New Changemakers

If you are longing for new imagination around what it means to be a follower of Jesus in your neighborhood…

Or find yourself at a career crossroads…

Or are in need of some refreshing hope because of all the pain and Panama papers in the world…

Then you've got to listen to this conversation!

Yesterday I had the incredible opportunity to have a conversation with author, futurist, and consultant, Tom Sine on the RePLACING CHURCH Podcast (You can […]

By |2017-01-26T08:40:37-08:00April 5th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tom Sine & the New Changemakers

THIS: “Communities of faith are taking shape by letting go of the small story of church growth and…

THIS: “Communities of faith are taking shape by letting go of the small story of church growth and embracing the big story of joining God right where they are.” Whoa.

So happy to finally see this out there. Well done, my friends! I’ll be continuing the conversation on the RePlacing Church Podcast (www.replacingchurch.org/itunes). Episode 1 is live now: http://bit.ly/236DRQ7

By |2017-01-26T08:40:37-08:00April 1st, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on THIS: “Communities of faith are taking shape by letting go of the small story of church growth and…

Welcome & Meet the Aurora Commons!

Hello Friends! Welcome to my RePlacing Church site. Please take a look around. I hope to be writing regularly here soon, but in the meantime, please check out a story about something that will inform quite a bit of what I write about here. The Seattle Weekly recently did a feature story on the Aurora Commons, the neighborhood living room and resource center I started with the amazing and courageous people of

By |2016-04-05T09:53:19-07:00March 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome & Meet the Aurora Commons!