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August 2017

Preparing for Peacemaking Post-Charlottesville

By | 2017-08-17T19:58:51+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Blog|

If you've spent any time in the Twitterverse, by now you've seen all sorts of responses and recommended responses for the church – and they don't all agree. I just want to highlight two things:

1. What we witnessed was nothing new – especially not for people of color – it was just overt. It was an extreme expression of the white supremacy and racism that people of color encounter and are harmed by every […]

The Church That Devours Its Young

By | 2017-08-14T16:05:04+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Blog|

“He called me into his office the day before I was supposed to make partner,” my friend recently told me. He had been an accountant at this firm for his entire career since he graduated college 14 years earlier. That day his boss told him that the budget for the coming year didn’t have room to add a new partner – “but probably next year!”

A young lawyer told me the other […]

The Four Essential Missional Practices of Neighborhood Church Planting

By | 2017-08-07T14:14:59+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Blog|

Most people who get involved in neighborhood church planting end up becoming failed missionaries. And I think you should become one too!

You see, once you “swallow the pill” of seeking to be the church in a particular place, you end up discovering that much of what you thought of previously as “missional” doesn't actually line up with the kinds of things Jesus calls his followers to be about. So, you fail at the conventional understanding […]

July 2017

#75 Wendy VanderWal Gritter on Faith, Gender and Sexuality

By | 2017-07-17T18:59:35+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Podcast, social change|

Wendy VanderWal Gritter is the Executive Director of Generous Space Ministries, a Canada-based organization that cultivates safe and radically hospitable spaces for conversation about faith, gender and sexuality. Generous Space is committed to eliminating the fear, division and hostility that so often mark the church’s engagement with these issues. She is also the author of Generous Spaciousness, a book that offers pastoral guidance to church leaders, […]

#74 Rev. Harriett Walden on Charleena Lyles & Police Accountability

By | 2017-07-03T08:02:45+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Local Spirituality, Podcast|

Rev. Harriett Walden is the cofounder of Mothers for Police Accountability, an almost 30 year-old Seattle-based organization that advocates for the dignity and security of the whole community against injustices in law enforcement and the criminal justice system; educates young people on their legal rights and responsibilities in relationship with the police; and organizes partner organizations to hold police accountable. She is a member of Seattle’s Community Police […]

June 2017

#73 Christiana Rice is Altering the World

By | 2017-06-27T19:22:04+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Innovative Community, Local Spirituality, Parish, Podcast|

Christiana Rice is the coauthor with Michael Frost of To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities. Christiana is an on-the ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving as a coach and trainer for missional leaders with Thresholds, based in San Diego, CA where she leads a neighborhood faith community in the Golden Hill neighborhood. A daughter and granddaughter of missionaries, Christiana grew […]

#72 Colleen Echohawk on the Resilience of Native People

By | 2017-06-22T19:30:02+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Local Spirituality, Podcast, social change|

Colleen Echohawk is the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, a non-profit dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and low-income urban Native people in Seattle. The Chief Seattle Club provides a sacred space to nurture, affirm and renew the spirit of urban Native people. Colleen Echohawk is an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of […]

5 Church Planting Lessons I Learned From A Startup Brewery

By | 2017-06-22T10:37:00+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Blog|

Last weekend I took a quick trip from Seattle to my hometown of Milwaukee, WI. My brother’s baby was turning one. Over 500 people came out to celebrate. There were live bands on a big stage, multiple food trucks and plenty of port-o-potties. And lots of beer.

A little over the top for a one year-old, don’t you think?

Maybe. But not if your baby is a brewery!

One year […]

#71 Habitats for a New Humanity

By | 2017-06-13T08:57:46+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Innovative Community, Podcast|

Is a worship gathering enough to form us in the way of Jesus? Or are there other ways we can gather? Do “good teaching” and thoughtful worship actually increase our longing for God's kingdom? Or is there another more powerful and formative way?

In this episode of RePlacing Church, I interact with my friend Matt’s mastery of Sonos sound systems, the work of philosopher James K.A. Smith in You Are […]

Where have all the young people gone?

By | 2017-06-09T12:22:21+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Blog|

“Where have all the young people gone?”

The pastors and parents and denominational leaders wondered and waited and researched.

But there they were, a crowd of twenty- and thirty-somethings, two hundred strong, streaming into the old church building. They arrived early, clutching their books, and fought for the front seats. They listened to stories and pondered textual insights. They wrote down words of their true belovedness that they vulnerably shared with the strangers next to them. They […]