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Drawing a Crowd

David Fitch shared a post over on Facebook that stirred up some things I’ve been thinking about off and on for the past 8 years. Fitch, of course, is writing this with North America in...

What Do We Mean When We Say “Missional Community?”

Over the past several years, I have written here and in our newsletter about missional communities. Liz and I have shared stories about trying to start a missional community here in Clontarf. And we have shared our hope of helping to start missional communities across the city of Dublin. That all sounds great...if you know what we mean when we say missional community.

So Why Did We Move Here? (5 years post 1)

This July marks the five year anniversary of our move to Dublin. I wanted to do a series of posts this summer about our journey; how it came about, what the process and the past 5 years have been like. Stuff like that. Next week we’ll share some news about the next step we are taking with church planting here in Dublin.

thinking about sundays

I have had a weird relationship with Sunday church services for a while. Up until the last couple of years in Ithaca, an ever increasing amount of energy, effort and people-hours went into putting on...

Starting with Church

During our first Forge weekend in January, a statement was made that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about: We have a hard time stopping starting with church. Out of context it’s a bit...

The Problem with Church Planting

I think the phrase church planting is extremely unhelpful. I am finding it to be more and more cumbersome all the time. We love the church. We think the church matters, and that is why we...

Why I Joined Forge (Part 3)

While I’ll probably post a lot more about Forge over the next several months, this is the last one I’m planning to write explaining why I decided to go through this training.  (You can check...

Why I Joined Forge (Part 2)

As I was writing this post, I realised that I should probably clarify something that came up in the previous post, and in this one. The adjectives “Attractional” and “Missional” or “Incarnational” get used a...

Why I Joined Forge (Part 1)

Over the past few weeks we’ve been asked by some of our ministry partners why I decided to take part in Forge training. Since I don’t think it is something I can sum up briefly, I thought I’d take up some space here on our blog to write more about how I got connected with Forge, why I’m going through the training, and what I am learning. This post is the first one addressing this.

At the Core

Each of us has ideas about which we’ll say, “Oh yeah that is definitely important to me.” However, I’m sure we’ve also noticed ourselves willing to discard things that we once listed as important, when doing so benefited us in some way. I’m not implying that we “sold out”, I’m saying there are things we claim to value, yet discover that when it comes down to it they really weren’t all that important to us after all.

Thinking About Soil

I spent most of my life in Upstate NY. It was a place full of farms, orchards, vineyards, and corn fields as far as the eye could see. I grew up in a village next store to where Thomas Welch built his first grape juice factory and simply had to hop over our back fence to grab all the concord grapes I could eat (or use in a grape war against my brother).

A Different Way to Live

This may sound strange, but the reality of it hit me recently. For the whole of our married lives…almost 25 years…we have worked with or for churches. For 17 years of those years, Liz and I have been in ministry...