VIBRANT ArticleS

May 4, 2022

What are You Learning?

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 myself down and raising my curiosity. It has also been an effective way of…
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Taking fresh steps
to a God-given,
hope-filled
future!

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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

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Always Winter: Where is Aslan Part 2

March 22, 2022
Photo Unsplash Lucy’s brothers and sisters don’t believe her story about Mr. Tumnus and the land of Narnia. They accuse her of making it all up until one day when

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Always Winter – Where is Aslan? Part 1

March 15, 2022
Photo Unsplash Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy burst onto the scene 1000 Narnian years after the creation of Narnia. One hundred years earlier, the tree that kept Jadis (the White

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Always Winter – But the King is Coming

March 8, 2022
Photo: Unsplash Peter, Susan, and Lucy are with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver (Edmund is gone to find the White Witch). Mr. Beaver announces that Aslan is on the move, prompting

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Always Winter—Preaching to Ourselves

March 3, 2022
Photo Unsplash Lucy believes she has hidden away in a wardrobe. She has actually stepped through a door into the wonder-filled land of Narnia. Wandering in the winter, she encounters

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Always Winter: Promises, Promises

February 24, 2022
Photo: Unsplash Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are trudging through Narnia. The snow is thick, the air is cold, and Christmas is far away. In the face of this, they