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Third Places

Recently a friend of mine, Dan Desrosiers, shared some thoughts with me about the concept of "Third Places." Sociologist Ray Oldenburg has been credited with writing about this concept of creating community by focusing on what he defines as "Third…

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Because He Lives

We love Easter weekend! It's one of our greatest attended weekends in the year but it's more than a ministry opportunity - it's the heart of our Gospel message. Jesus died and 3 days later He really rose again! Easter…

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Let’s Be The Church

Recently I've been discussing with several pastors about how we define our ecclesiology in Europe as IC's. What distinguishes us as The Church? What should The Church look like in today's Europe? I want to share a few words that…

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Encourage One Another Daily

Hebrews 3:13 reminds us to "encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today..." Recently I spent time in pre-marital counseling with a sharp young couple who will be getting married this summer. As we talked about communication…

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For Darkness is as Light to You

It's that time of the year again.... our clocks spring forward and we lose one hour this weekend! The purpose of daylight savings time is to take advantage of the daylight hours. We change our clocks during the summer months…

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Days Like This

Many years ago I remember a friend and I were talking about the surprises of life. He said to me, "My mother told me there we be days like this... she just didn't tell me there would be this many…

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Passing the baton

Thursday night at the PEF Leadership Conference, Pastor Juan Carlos Escobar from Spain shared a powerful message about the empowerment of leaders. He used the illustration of the art of passing a baton and how it requires both runners to…

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Inspirational Leadership

We love international church ministry! I had lunch today with interim pastor Jack and Donna Richards who is filling in for Pastor Sheldon at Bratislava International Fellowship. We had a great conversation talking about the unique identity of internationals God…

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A New Name in Heaven

We met Amir a few weeks ago. He left his oppressive, Muslim country for the first time and traveled to Vienna for a temporary work assignment. His heart was full of fear, mistrust and hopelessness so why not accept the…

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