What I’ve Learned From Meeting With People

Over the last month, Allyssa and I have met with around 30 people one-on-one to talk about the new church we are launching in Grandview. Each time we ask them a variation of this question: What do you think a great church in this community would look like? (Thanks David Hood for introducing me to this question… it’s a … More What I’ve Learned From Meeting With People

This year my family decided not to buy presents and it’s drastically changed how I view this season.

A few months ago I stumbled on a box while I was cleaning out the room that would become Finn’s nursery. In it was a box of presents from last Christmas—mugs, trinkets, and stuff—lots of stuff. They were nice gestures, beautiful gifts—received warmly and given with love, but ultimately stuff we had lived without for … More This year my family decided not to buy presents and it’s drastically changed how I view this season.

The Questions We Ask: Reflections on Matthew 13:53-57

When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, … More The Questions We Ask: Reflections on Matthew 13:53-57

This Church Launched a Second Site That Should Have Failed, And Wants to Tell You Why It Didn’t

Tony Morgan just shared a powerful article written from the perspective of a growing church that tried launching a second campus and failed. As I was reading it, I realized that much of what was true about this failed experiment was also true for my church, Central, when they launched a second site, except for one detail: … More This Church Launched a Second Site That Should Have Failed, And Wants to Tell You Why It Didn’t

Play is Hard Work

I recently spent a week in Honduras on a mission trip. I’ve never worked so hard in my entire life. It was hot. We didn’t always have running water. And the work was using muscles I haven’t used since I was a teenager.  The general order of the day went like this: get up, eat … More Play is Hard Work