What if we replaced New Year’s Resolutions with a resolve to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength… and to love our neighbor as ourselves?
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Starting Fresh: Learning from Our Ghosts
Starting Fresh – Part II Don’t start the new year with a “Bah! Humbug!” attitude! Every year, Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella A Christmas Carol is reconceived and remixed in new forms of media. The protagonist, Ebeneezer Scrooge, is a cold-hearted cheapskate who despises Christmas. Scrooge receives a visit from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present,Continue reading “Starting Fresh: Learning from Our Ghosts”
Starting Fresh: Setting a Spiritual Intention for 2023
The new year is always an opportunity to reset and refocus. Setting a spiritual intention can provide a fresh start for 2023.
Church in the Wild: Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Planting for the 21st Century
Empower teams to be unleashed in new ways to join the Holy Spirit’s work of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
New People // New Ways
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”John 13:34 Fresh Expressions UM is a distinctly Wesleyan Spirit-led movement of new Christian communities that serve the present age. We seek to localize the Great Commandment to “love God and neighbor” (MattContinue reading “New People // New Ways”
Sharing – Week Four
“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”1 Thes 2:8 NIV The final rhythm as we receive, co-create, and simplify is to share. In the words of Wesley, we earn all we can, save all we can, so weContinue reading “Sharing – Week Four”
Simplifying – Week Three
While simplifying may seem confining, it is ultimately about finding true freedom. Freedom from the feelings of worry, guilt, and the anxiety inducing consumer culture in which we live.
Co-creating – Week Two
A central aspect of our primary work in the world is to be stewards of creation and co-creators with God in its maintenance and flourishing.
The Wounded Healer Grid
Spiritual Formation for Wounded Healers – Part 3 In the previous posts I introduced a framework that can help us “go together” on a journey towards becoming wounded healers. In Painting with Ashes, I describe the journey toward becoming a wounded healer in four movements. Here I want to offer a framework that can helpContinue reading “The Wounded Healer Grid“
Go Together: Healing in the Epidemic of Loneliness
While we are hyperconnected all the time, trapped in the individualism of the modern condition, never have we been more alone. Isolation and loneliness are the great soul wounds of our time. How can we heal from these wounds?