VIBRANT ArticleS

November 30, 2022

A Sabbatical for your Church

A few years ago, Evergreen Ministries, the congregation I was pastoring, gave me a sabbatical. Over the summer, I enjoyed rest, reflection, and study. The reflection and study led to an in-depth study called “Kingdom Dreams: Building an Alternative Kingdom Community.” The sabbatical of…
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Taking fresh steps
to a God-given,
hope-filled
future!

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Should you focus on Union?

September 27, 2022
The Heidelberg Catechism says that in the Lord’s Supper, we are united by the Spirit to Christ. Being united to Christ through the supper, by the power of the Spirit,

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Is Your Church Running at the Speed of Apple? Part 3

September 20, 2022
Running at the speed of Apple leaves a congregation gasping for breath while it may be missing the point of ministry in the 21st century. Let me begin by admitting

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Is Your Church Running at the Speed of Apple Part 2

August 15, 2022
Image: Unsplash.com Apple and Silicon Valley are the timekeepers of the 21st century (for other timekeepers, see part one of this blog). These timekeepers push us to move faster, to

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Is Your Church Running at the Speed of Apple?

August 8, 2022
Andrew Root’s book The Congregation in a Secular Age takes us on a journey in time – or, more accurately, who tells time. The Church as Time Keeper In the

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What are You Learning?

May 4, 2022
What am I learning? This simple but complex question is one that I ask myself a lot. It began as a way of reframing hard situations, a way of calming

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The Myth of Authenticity

April 22, 2022
“One of the struggles of our secular age as people experience it is the myth of authenticity. What I mean by this is… …this overwhelming burden to be singular and

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7 church conversations to listen for

April 19, 2022
Every congregation has conversations going. These conversations happen in council rooms, committee meetings, small groups, coffee after worship (covid permitting!), and many other places. When you listen to or take

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How to Handle Pastoral Burnout in a Covid-Plus World

April 15, 2022
This morning, a friend emailed me a message that he’s repeated often in the past two years: “Again and again, we see that the COVID experience has revealed underlying fault

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Gollum Has Some Part to Play in It

March 30, 2022
Photo Unsplash Kris Vos Pastor Sunlight Community Church & The Center for Church Renewal Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on