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Dan Kimball has been shared in 7 public circles

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Jessica Clark-McDowell11,942I haven't shared a circle in a while so I'm going to share my 2 favorite (this one is my Christian one) circles for my friend +John Stinnett who is new to G+... And, all of you should add him too :)2013-05-25 14:07:01327405CC G+
Midas Gordon-Farleigh0A public circle of Christians on G+. Share and encourage each other! #Christian   #sharedcircles  2012-12-06 18:48:34501211CC G+
Mark Smith (Marcus T)4,213#Christian  Christian Group 1 of 2Good morning everyone!  I hope you already have all of these wonderful folks in your circles... but just in case you don't... here you go!Please reshare if you like it!2012-08-04 13:37:57401643CC G+
Mark Spencer435Made some updates to my circle and thought I would share it with all of you. If you would like to be added to the circle, let me know.2012-05-19 14:11:39500401CC G+
Mark Smith2,765Yay! Here is circle one of the Christians I know of here on G+. I have a second one I'll post in just a minute. If you are reading this, are Christian, and are not in this OR the second circle that I'm about to share... then my apologies. Please reply and let me know and I'll get you added right away. I'll be sharing both of these circles a couple more times over the next couple of days!2012-05-04 14:38:02401616CC G+
Jessica Clark-McDowell4,517It's been a while since I've shared a circle so I wanted to share this one for those who are new to my page and would like to get connected with other Christians on G+2012-02-26 03:43:39378537CC G+
Ryan Bitters268Here is my favorite circle "Christians" that I felt needed to be shared with everyone who is looking for some more believers to add to their own circles.2011-12-12 13:32:52500603CC G+

Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 9

2012-03-16 05:24:22 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

3 days until I take a 7 week break from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, all emails, blogs....

Most reshares: 4

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2012-02-16 23:35:25 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)

The day we put faith in Jesus we become missionaries, whether we realize it or not. We are starting a new teaching series this Sunday called "Everyday Missionary". We will address myths about what evangelism is or isn't and teach how every day of our lives we are on mission as missionaries.

I think we need to reframe how we define "missionary" though, as well as reframe what "evangelism" looks like. So that will be this what this series is about. Charles Spurgeon has a blunt quote about this saying “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor”. Here's the full context of that quote from 1873:

“If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself. You will be whispering it into your child’s ear. You will be telling it to your husband. You will be earnestly imparting it to your friend. Without thecharms ... more »

Most plusones: 11

2013-03-30 22:14:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

I think we may be living in a time where 18-30 year olds know more about the Walking Dead television show of zombies coming back to life than they do about Jesus and the resurrection and His coming back to life. Tomorrow on Easter Sunday, with great passion and zeal, let's teach the wondrous story of Jesus and His resurrection and how our lives are changed eternally as a result.

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2013-04-05 01:26:12 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

had a super encouraging Easter Sunday with Vintage Faith Church meeting at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. I taught about Peter's life pre and post-resurrection. So many volunteers from the church made it a wonderful Jesus-focused gathering in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. 

had a super encouraging Easter Sunday with Vintage Faith Church meeting at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. I taught about Peter's life pre and post-resurrection. So many volunteers from the church made it a wonderful Jesus-focused gathering in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. ___

2013-03-30 22:14:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

I think we may be living in a time where 18-30 year olds know more about the Walking Dead television show of zombies coming back to life than they do about Jesus and the resurrection and His coming back to life. Tomorrow on Easter Sunday, with great passion and zeal, let's teach the wondrous story of Jesus and His resurrection and how our lives are changed eternally as a result.

I think we may be living in a time where 18-30 year olds know more about the Walking Dead television show of zombies coming back to life than they do about Jesus and the resurrection and His coming back to life. Tomorrow on Easter Sunday, with great passion and zeal, let's teach the wondrous story of Jesus and His resurrection and how our lives are changed eternally as a result.___

2013-02-12 10:33:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

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2013-02-12 10:32:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

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2013-01-21 18:56:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

finished speaking 3 Sundays in a row at Imago Dei in Portland. What a wonderful church and mission they are on there. Very thankful to have been there with them. 

finished speaking 3 Sundays in a row at Imago Dei in Portland. What a wonderful church and mission they are on there. Very thankful to have been there with them. ___

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2012-12-31 20:37:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

2012 Vintage Faith Church Leaders Christmas Party

2012 Vintage Faith Church Leaders Christmas Party___

2012-12-31 09:50:47 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)

I never seen the national debt and financial situation framed in a way that is so easy to grasp its enormity. I don't know where this below explanation I am pasting here originated from, but if it is accurate it is overwhelmingly overwhelming to even try to comprehend how to get out of this situation. I stared at this for several minutes and now just want to eat ice cream and watch reruns of the A-Team to try and forget about it. Yikes. 

National figures:
* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

Let’s remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:
*Annual family income: $21,700
*Money the family spent: $38,200
*New debt on the credit card: $16,500
*Outstanding balance on the credit card:$1... more »

I never seen the national debt and financial situation framed in a way that is so easy to grasp its enormity. I don't know where this below explanation I am pasting here originated from, but if it is accurate it is overwhelmingly overwhelming to even try to comprehend how to get out of this situation. I stared at this for several minutes and now just want to eat ice cream and watch reruns of the A-Team to try and forget about it. Yikes. 

National figures:
* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

Let’s remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:
*Annual family income: $21,700
*Money the family spent: $38,200
*New debt on the credit card: $16,500
*Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $380.50___

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2012-11-08 21:06:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

in today's Good Times Santa Cruz paper they wrote about "Adventures In Churchland" which talks about the confusion regarding Christianity and the church. http://bit.ly/RXTmDU I'm happy that a positive article was written in Good Times which highlights church and Christianity.

in today's Good Times Santa Cruz paper they wrote about "Adventures In Churchland" which talks about the confusion regarding Christianity and the church. http://bit.ly/RXTmDU I'm happy that a positive article was written in Good Times which highlights church and Christianity.___

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2012-09-10 13:43:55 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)

Video that we showed yesterday during the "We dream of a church..." sermon that I taught from Acts chapter 2. I had people write out on 3 x 5 cards their collective dreams for what the church could be which were so encouraging to read. After we record what everyone wrote, we will be turning all the cards into an art piece called "We dream of a church...". 

Next Sunday in week two of this series we are baptizing a bunch of people and I met with several of them yesterday. It was so incredibly refreshing listening to their stories as some recently put faith in Jesus.

Video that we showed yesterday during the "We dream of a church..." sermon that I taught from Acts chapter 2. I had people write out on 3 x 5 cards their collective dreams for what the church could be which were so encouraging to read. After we record what everyone wrote, we will be turning all the cards into an art piece called "We dream of a church...". 

Next Sunday in week two of this series we are baptizing a bunch of people and I met with several of them yesterday. It was so incredibly refreshing listening to their stories as some recently put faith in Jesus.___

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2012-09-09 21:17:02 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

So thankful for this very cool article - two local articles in one day! (A little side-note about the title is that while I provided vision for it, The Abbey has been a team endeavor from the beginning. Just didn't want the solo credit for that.) http://santacruz.patch.com/articles/would-jesus-go-to-church-today-asks-abbey-founder-dan-kimball

So thankful for this very cool article - two local articles in one day! (A little side-note about the title is that while I provided vision for it, The Abbey has been a team endeavor from the beginning. Just didn't want the solo credit for that.) http://santacruz.patch.com/articles/would-jesus-go-to-church-today-asks-abbey-founder-dan-kimball___

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2012-09-08 17:47:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

our local Santa Cruz Sentinel wrote this article in today's paper which covers our vision as a church, The Abbey and about the "Adventures in Churchland" book (Saturday, September 8th paper). Cool to see The Abbey coffeehouse mentioned as they did in being known in our community.

our local Santa Cruz Sentinel wrote this article in today's paper which covers our vision as a church, The Abbey and about the "Adventures in Churchland" book (Saturday, September 8th paper). Cool to see The Abbey coffeehouse mentioned as they did in being known in our community.___

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2012-09-08 01:27:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Sentralized Conference in Kansas City will be a wonderfully fun event with very good kindred friends there which I greatly, greatly look forward to. A double greatly in that last sentence is no exaggeration. 

Scot McKnight who is on the core team of The Origins Project is speaking there too and we soon will be launching the Origins Project next month. At Sentralized I also will be doing my first formal talk in a main session on "Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Midst of Organized Religion". The formal launch of the book is happening soon as the book videos are filmed (which is happening next week) and the book web site finished. 

As I am sitting here thinking of Sentralized I am very joyful and thankful for such a trusted, wonderfully diverse in opinions on some things but all together on mission group of people that will be there. I love, love, love beinga... more »

The Sentralized Conference in Kansas City will be a wonderfully fun event with very good kindred friends there which I greatly, greatly look forward to. A double greatly in that last sentence is no exaggeration. 

Scot McKnight who is on the core team of The Origins Project is speaking there too and we soon will be launching the Origins Project next month. At Sentralized I also will be doing my first formal talk in a main session on "Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Midst of Organized Religion". The formal launch of the book is happening soon as the book videos are filmed (which is happening next week) and the book web site finished. 

As I am sitting here thinking of Sentralized I am very joyful and thankful for such a trusted, wonderfully diverse in opinions on some things but all together on mission group of people that will be there. I love, love, love being amidst friends like that and meeting new people and learning from them all at Sentralized. 

The web site for Sentralized Conference is http://www.sentralizedconference.com/ which is happening on September 27-29 in Kansas City___

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2012-09-03 17:46:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Very thankful for Josh Fox and Kristin Jensen. We have been up at Donner Lake for a couple days (which is near Lake Tahoe) with our families before things all start on Tuesday which will be pretty intense for the next couple of weeks at church with 8 interns starting, staff training and launching into the Fall season. 

In 2004 Josh, myself and Kristin were the three that were on staff that planted Vintage Faith Church with a core group of people. It was a risk and scary having served on the staff of a megachurch for 13 years and then leaving the security and comforts of that to plant a new church. But 8 years later, we still are together and the church is going strong (thanks to God). 

Kristin started off as our office person and administrator and now is the one who leads our entire staff and on the Sunday teaching team. Josh was the musical worship leader and then became the staffl... more »

Very thankful for Josh Fox and Kristin Jensen. We have been up at Donner Lake for a couple days (which is near Lake Tahoe) with our families before things all start on Tuesday which will be pretty intense for the next couple of weeks at church with 8 interns starting, staff training and launching into the Fall season. 

In 2004 Josh, myself and Kristin were the three that were on staff that planted Vintage Faith Church with a core group of people. It was a risk and scary having served on the staff of a megachurch for 13 years and then leaving the security and comforts of that to plant a new church. But 8 years later, we still are together and the church is going strong (thanks to God). 

Kristin started off as our office person and administrator and now is the one who leads our entire staff and on the Sunday teaching team. Josh was the musical worship leader and then became the staff leader for the church (which Kristin nows does most of that as Josh is focusing on music more). I have served with Josh Fox for 19 years - first in high school ministry, then we started a young adult ministry and then planted a church. Kristin was someone who became a Christian during her college years and was part of the young adult ministry we led. We saw her giftedness and passion for Jesus and when we planted the church we felt she was the right one to join us on staff. It is fun serving with people and knowing them for so long. 

Just a post of thankfulness for them both - and being here enjoying some relaxing and fun before the Fall starts.___

2012-08-30 00:46:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

I am on Pinterest now http://pinterest.com/dankimball/ 

Quite fun looking at what others put up. Love thinking visuals. I read it is primarily females on Pinterest and perhaps I am not fitting in the categorical development of it, but really enjoying the medium Pinterest is providing.

I am on Pinterest now http://pinterest.com/dankimball/ 

Quite fun looking at what others put up. Love thinking visuals. I read it is primarily females on Pinterest and perhaps I am not fitting in the categorical development of it, but really enjoying the medium Pinterest is providing.___

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2012-08-10 22:00:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

the Great White Shark is back today by the beach near us. It is interesting and spooky thinking they are always there but we just don't see photos of them like this.http://on.fb.me/QmJVMH

the Great White Shark is back today by the beach near us. It is interesting and spooky thinking they are always there but we just don't see photos of them like this.http://on.fb.me/QmJVMH___

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2012-08-07 15:07:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

sermon for Sunday includes Bible verses which allegedly command us not to eat shrimp or touch a football, God telling a prophet to preach naked for 3 years, 2 bears who kill 42 youth for making fun of a bald man, a dead body which comes back to life after touching the skeleton of another man in a grave, a talking serpent, a talking donkey, killing 1,000 people with a donkey jawbone, an image of dinosaurs going into Noah's ark and a movie clip from Mary Poppins. 

This is for the message called "Crazy Bible?" that I am giving 4 times this weekend at the "Reasons To Believe" apologetics conference at South Valley Community Church in Gilroy, CA.

sermon for Sunday includes Bible verses which allegedly command us not to eat shrimp or touch a football, God telling a prophet to preach naked for 3 years, 2 bears who kill 42 youth for making fun of a bald man, a dead body which comes back to life after touching the skeleton of another man in a grave, a talking serpent, a talking donkey, killing 1,000 people with a donkey jawbone, an image of dinosaurs going into Noah's ark and a movie clip from Mary Poppins. 

This is for the message called "Crazy Bible?" that I am giving 4 times this weekend at the "Reasons To Believe" apologetics conference at South Valley Community Church in Gilroy, CA.___

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2012-08-04 20:08:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

‎"Crazy Bible?" message preparing today for speaking at South Valley Community Church's apologetics conference next Sunday in Gilroy, CA. Speaking 4 times and really enjoying preparing for this message. It is a brand new one that I believe that we need to be pro-actively teaching as more and more understandable criticisms of the Bible's content and how it is often used. 

Without looking at the whole narrative of the Bible and then looking at individual parts in their very specific context in relation to the whole, you can at a surface level make all kinds of accusations about the contents of the Bible. Or who the God of the Bible is and what God is like. Or what Jesus likes or doesn't. Without looking into the whole, you can draw almost any conclusion to prove your point or personal belief about something that you may want to use the Bible to back up. It is sad seeing onFa... more »

‎"Crazy Bible?" message preparing today for speaking at South Valley Community Church's apologetics conference next Sunday in Gilroy, CA. Speaking 4 times and really enjoying preparing for this message. It is a brand new one that I believe that we need to be pro-actively teaching as more and more understandable criticisms of the Bible's content and how it is often used. 

Without looking at the whole narrative of the Bible and then looking at individual parts in their very specific context in relation to the whole, you can at a surface level make all kinds of accusations about the contents of the Bible. Or who the God of the Bible is and what God is like. Or what Jesus likes or doesn't. Without looking into the whole, you can draw almost any conclusion to prove your point or personal belief about something that you may want to use the Bible to back up. It is sad seeing on Facebook and even in national news, the Bible being used in this way. 

For many, this approach to the Bible isn't anything new - it's just basic biblical hermeneutics. But I am not surprised anymore, not seeing basic biblical hermeneutics used as people (both Christians and non-Christians) in media, journalists and a lot of people commenting on blogs and web sites use the Bible. So very fun to be putting this together and hopefully this is a message I will be developing and I could easily see this a book one day. Perhaps it shall be. Crazy Bible.___

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2012-08-01 19:51:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

review of "Adventures in Churchland" in Christian Post today and why I believe we should never give up on the church http://goo.gl/7KbkQ 

Starting mid-August is when the book and web site is launched and I will be posting about the contents and ideas beginning then and asking for feedback about concepts presented. 

This is my first book not specifically written for church leaders which cover questions about church being "organized religion" and about the widespread impressions of Christians being judgmental and if Christians should ever judge others or not - and a theology of what is "church" and whether someone who is a follower of Jesus experiences the life Jesus intended if we aren't part of a local organized church (whether house or mega) and actively involved (not just "going").

review of "Adventures in Churchland" in Christian Post today and why I believe we should never give up on the church http://goo.gl/7KbkQ 

Starting mid-August is when the book and web site is launched and I will be posting about the contents and ideas beginning then and asking for feedback about concepts presented. 

This is my first book not specifically written for church leaders which cover questions about church being "organized religion" and about the widespread impressions of Christians being judgmental and if Christians should ever judge others or not - and a theology of what is "church" and whether someone who is a follower of Jesus experiences the life Jesus intended if we aren't part of a local organized church (whether house or mega) and actively involved (not just "going").___

2012-07-22 07:29:40 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

update on August 15th new book launch and web site - Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Mess Of Organized Religion

update on August 15th new book launch and web site - Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Mess Of Organized Religion___

2012-07-18 22:14:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

a video interview I did yesterday http://goo.gl/E7Hhn and Churchland book review from a intriguing and well-informed reporter from examiner.com - the article is linked from the video.

We met yesterday after he visited our Sunday gathering the day before and he recorded a few bits on video in addition to what he wrote. We had an interesting discussion from creation account/The Epic of Gilgamesh to Bart Ehrman/Dan Wallace debates on Scripture to hair cuts.

a video interview I did yesterday http://goo.gl/E7Hhn and Churchland book review from a intriguing and well-informed reporter from examiner.com - the article is linked from the video.

We met yesterday after he visited our Sunday gathering the day before and he recorded a few bits on video in addition to what he wrote. We had an interesting discussion from creation account/The Epic of Gilgamesh to Bart Ehrman/Dan Wallace debates on Scripture to hair cuts.___

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2012-07-07 23:30:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

beginning a 4 week teaching series at Vintage Faith Church on Sundays going through the New Testament book of Titus. I'll be teaching all 4 weeks since I was gone on sabbatical and now back, so teaching a bunch this month. 

Fascinating little letter Titus is, as it is Paul encouraging Titus who was a protege of his, on how to be a church leader and a healthy church on the island of Crete which was known for its non-Jesus like living. So the series was names "Contrast" as it is looking at the contrast generally needed for this to happen as Christians live out their faith differently than cultural norms if they aren't in alignment with Jesus' teaching and non-hyprocritically in the world as there is too much hypocrisy and non-loving attitudes by the church and Christians then understandably get a bad name.

In doing research for it, I could not find too many... more »

beginning a 4 week teaching series at Vintage Faith Church on Sundays going through the New Testament book of Titus. I'll be teaching all 4 weeks since I was gone on sabbatical and now back, so teaching a bunch this month. 

Fascinating little letter Titus is, as it is Paul encouraging Titus who was a protege of his, on how to be a church leader and a healthy church on the island of Crete which was known for its non-Jesus like living. So the series was names "Contrast" as it is looking at the contrast generally needed for this to happen as Christians live out their faith differently than cultural norms if they aren't in alignment with Jesus' teaching and non-hyprocritically in the world as there is too much hypocrisy and non-loving attitudes by the church and Christians then understandably get a bad name.

In doing research for it, I could not find too many churches who have taught through Titus on Sundays interestingly. A few... but not too many. In studying I did read John MacArthur describe the book of Titus: "Titus is an evangelistic letter whose ultimate purpose was to prepare the church for more effective witness to unbelievers on Crete". I think that is a big reason why I am looking forward to this series. And that Johnny Cash is going to be our weekly Scripture reader on mp3 from his New Testament reading he did that we will be playing.___

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2012-07-02 23:39:23 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

Johnny Cash is going to be our weekly Bible reader for the 4 week New Testament book of Titus series I begin teaching this Sunday. We often have readers on Sundays who read out loud the passages of Scripture being taught that day before the sermon start. Since I am teaching through the whole book of Titus, I wanted the whole thing read out loud throughout the 4 weeks. In our planning meeting today we remembered Johnny Cash has a recording he made of him reading the entire New Testament - and as Titus is a charge for the church to be strong, take their faith serious, not be hypocrites, take doctrine seriously, guard against false teaching etc. that Johnny's strong voice would be appropriate as our reader to start each sermon with. So glad that Johnny will be with us for the month of July

Johnny Cash is going to be our weekly Bible reader for the 4 week New Testament book of Titus series I begin teaching this Sunday. We often have readers on Sundays who read out loud the passages of Scripture being taught that day before the sermon start. Since I am teaching through the whole book of Titus, I wanted the whole thing read out loud throughout the 4 weeks. In our planning meeting today we remembered Johnny Cash has a recording he made of him reading the entire New Testament - and as Titus is a charge for the church to be strong, take their faith serious, not be hypocrites, take doctrine seriously, guard against false teaching etc. that Johnny's strong voice would be appropriate as our reader to start each sermon with. So glad that Johnny will be with us for the month of July___

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2012-06-29 22:28:59 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

one of my columns for Outreach Magazine that came out while I was on sabbatical.

one of my columns for Outreach Magazine that came out while I was on sabbatical.___

2012-06-28 20:27:42 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

"Crazy Bible: A Look at the Disturbing and Weird Parts of the Bible (And why I still believe it is 100% true and follow it for my life…)" --- is the name of a message I am giving at South Valley Community Church in Gilroy, CA next month in their 4 Sunday gatherings. I just got the email where the title was figured out based on what I am teaching about that day. It is in an apologetics conference event they are having at the church. I could easily see this developing into a book as I am fascinated with the weird passages in the Bible and it is also very important in today's culture to be responding to the understandable claims that what is in the Bible is "crazy" and that Christians don't even know all the bizarre things written in the Bible or how to explain it when passages show the violence, alleged genocide and other weird and strange stories within it.

"Crazy Bible: A Look at the Disturbing and Weird Parts of the Bible (And why I still believe it is 100% true and follow it for my life…)" --- is the name of a message I am giving at South Valley Community Church in Gilroy, CA next month in their 4 Sunday gatherings. I just got the email where the title was figured out based on what I am teaching about that day. It is in an apologetics conference event they are having at the church. I could easily see this developing into a book as I am fascinated with the weird passages in the Bible and it is also very important in today's culture to be responding to the understandable claims that what is in the Bible is "crazy" and that Christians don't even know all the bizarre things written in the Bible or how to explain it when passages show the violence, alleged genocide and other weird and strange stories within it.___

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2012-06-26 23:29:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

This was a cool award to see that happened while I was gone over the sabbatical with The Abbey. The dream of The Abbey was to have a coffeehouse/music venue/art gallery that built trust in our community being a "church" run coffeehouse in our building open to the community. The Good Times is our local entertainment weekly. 

I remember when I first heard of a church (it was Ecclesia in Houston) who started a coffeehouse that wasn't simply a church coffeehouse for mainly Sunday usage or mainly for the people of the church, but one open during the week mainly for the local . Then I was at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse in Washington DC (National Community Church) and saw that one too and learned from them both - and took those ideas and then birthed The Abbey here, but contextualized the space and feel of it to fit Santa Cruz. I walked in The Abbey today and it was full, even though the... more »

This was a cool award to see that happened while I was gone over the sabbatical with The Abbey. The dream of The Abbey was to have a coffeehouse/music venue/art gallery that built trust in our community being a "church" run coffeehouse in our building open to the community. The Good Times is our local entertainment weekly. 

I remember when I first heard of a church (it was Ecclesia in Houston) who started a coffeehouse that wasn't simply a church coffeehouse for mainly Sunday usage or mainly for the people of the church, but one open during the week mainly for the local . Then I was at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse in Washington DC (National Community Church) and saw that one too and learned from them both - and took those ideas and then birthed The Abbey here, but contextualized the space and feel of it to fit Santa Cruz. I walked in The Abbey today and it was full, even though the local university is out for summer and our church is 36% college students. So cool to see it active even in summer when students are gone. The Abbey team is doing a great job and so fun to see this coming back. ___

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2012-06-25 04:25:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

the view from my cell phone sitting on the stage as I am about to give the commencement speech at +Western Seminary San Jose. Interesting speaking again after 3 months of no teaching on the sabbatical. I love Western Seminary and their commitment to the Scriptures and the mission of Jesus. You heard mentioned repeatedly from the students who shared at the graduation that they learned theology and Bible, but more importantly their passion for Jesus grew while a student there. Several of our interns and staff are students at Western Seminary and I'm so happy our church has a partnership with them. Thank you +Gary Tuck, Randal Roberts,+Marc Cortez and others who lead Western's vision. 

In the commencement speech I got to show a photo of pastor/teacher John MacArthur which identically matched a Saturday Night Fever photo and it would be too difficult to explain here, but I doubt in anyco... more »

the view from my cell phone sitting on the stage as I am about to give the commencement speech at +Western Seminary San Jose. Interesting speaking again after 3 months of no teaching on the sabbatical. I love Western Seminary and their commitment to the Scriptures and the mission of Jesus. You heard mentioned repeatedly from the students who shared at the graduation that they learned theology and Bible, but more importantly their passion for Jesus grew while a student there. Several of our interns and staff are students at Western Seminary and I'm so happy our church has a partnership with them. Thank you +Gary Tuck, Randal Roberts,+Marc Cortez and others who lead Western's vision. 

In the commencement speech I got to show a photo of pastor/teacher John MacArthur which identically matched a Saturday Night Fever photo and it would be too difficult to explain here, but I doubt in any commencement speech happening this graduation across America there was another John MacArthur/Saturday Night Fever comparison made with visuals. ___

2012-06-22 18:27:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

preparing to give the commencement speech at Western Seminary's graduation this Sunday. In the talk I will be mentioning: William Shatner and Star Trek, the origins of why we wear these robes at graduation, a John MacArthur connection to Saturday Night Fever, a story of a "creepy pastor" and how all our theological studies, language memorization and degrees should ultimately be about how we as church leaders should "be in the world". The text I am using from Scripture is John 17:14-15. 

preparing to give the commencement speech at Western Seminary's graduation this Sunday. In the talk I will be mentioning: William Shatner and Star Trek, the origins of why we wear these robes at graduation, a John MacArthur connection to Saturday Night Fever, a story of a "creepy pastor" and how all our theological studies, language memorization and degrees should ultimately be about how we as church leaders should "be in the world". The text I am using from Scripture is John 17:14-15. ___

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2012-06-22 00:13:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

spent the afternoon at Apple main headquarters in Cupertino with Bennett Gibson and Nick Nell and got to see a private Matisyahu performance in an Apple office lobby which was quite fun. He was performing some new songs on new album being released for some Apple iTunes employees. The Apple campus and offices certainly are nifty looking and feeling and Bennett gave me a magnificent tour.

spent the afternoon at Apple main headquarters in Cupertino with Bennett Gibson and Nick Nell and got to see a private Matisyahu performance in an Apple office lobby which was quite fun. He was performing some new songs on new album being released for some Apple iTunes employees. The Apple campus and offices certainly are nifty looking and feeling and Bennett gave me a magnificent tour.___

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2012-06-08 22:43:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

not back from sabbatical for another 3 weeks and not really coming back on Google+, Facebook or checking emails - but posted on blog about schedule, new blog, book and web site launching on July 31 http://goo.gl/ghzDu

not back from sabbatical for another 3 weeks and not really coming back on Google+, Facebook or checking emails - but posted on blog about schedule, new blog, book and web site launching on July 31 http://goo.gl/ghzDu___

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2012-03-20 00:59:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

beginning my first ever sabbatical tomorrow - and signing off all Facebook, Twitter and emails for the first half of it beginning in the morning. I posted a blog about it here http://goo.gl/dRn7B This shall be my last Facebook post... for 7 weeks....unless I cave in and post once more before I leave tomorrow. But I don't think I will. So no more Facebook for awhile as I disconnect entirely for this first half of this sabbatical to focus on resting, reading, prayer, thinking and family....and watching reruns of the 1970's Dukes of Hazzard television show.

beginning my first ever sabbatical tomorrow - and signing off all Facebook, Twitter and emails for the first half of it beginning in the morning. I posted a blog about it here http://goo.gl/dRn7B This shall be my last Facebook post... for 7 weeks....unless I cave in and post once more before I leave tomorrow. But I don't think I will. So no more Facebook for awhile as I disconnect entirely for this first half of this sabbatical to focus on resting, reading, prayer, thinking and family....and watching reruns of the 1970's Dukes of Hazzard television show.___

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2012-03-19 08:07:01 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

the secret is out about us.

the secret is out about us.___

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2012-03-18 01:31:23 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

remembering cutting high school in Paramus, New Jersey and going to New York City several times for the St. Patrick's Day parade. Then it was all the green beer, parade and leprechauns. Now I so appreciate what we know of St. Patrick as a missionary who escaped slavery, but then because he cared for people knowing Jesus, he went went back to the very people who held him as a slave as a missionary. http://goo.gl/WlcX0

remembering cutting high school in Paramus, New Jersey and going to New York City several times for the St. Patrick's Day parade. Then it was all the green beer, parade and leprechauns. Now I so appreciate what we know of St. Patrick as a missionary who escaped slavery, but then because he cared for people knowing Jesus, he went went back to the very people who held him as a slave as a missionary. http://goo.gl/WlcX0___

2012-03-16 05:24:22 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

3 days until I take a 7 week break from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, all emails, blogs....

3 days until I take a 7 week break from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, all emails, blogs....___

2012-03-14 00:50:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

posted on blog the Sunday teaching schedule for Vintage Faith Church while I am away on sabbatical.

posted on blog the Sunday teaching schedule for Vintage Faith Church while I am away on sabbatical.___

2012-03-09 19:37:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

experienced great joy last night seeing the youth ministry at Vintage Faith Church and getting to pray with the leaders before the meeting. So very, very thankful for what they are doing. If I wasn't in the role I am in at church, I would be a volunteer in youth ministry and college ministry.

experienced great joy last night seeing the youth ministry at Vintage Faith Church and getting to pray with the leaders before the meeting. So very, very thankful for what they are doing. If I wasn't in the role I am in at church, I would be a volunteer in youth ministry and college ministry.___

2012-03-04 01:44:49 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

decided it shall be the New Testament book of Titus that I will teach for 5 weeks straight after coming back from my 3 month sabbatical/study break at Vintage Faith Church. It will be the month of July and a fine one for going through the whole book of Titus. I have never taught through Titus before so should be a fun one personally and hopefully encouraging and challenging for our church. Summertime Titus it shall be.

decided it shall be the New Testament book of Titus that I will teach for 5 weeks straight after coming back from my 3 month sabbatical/study break at Vintage Faith Church. It will be the month of July and a fine one for going through the whole book of Titus. I have never taught through Titus before so should be a fun one personally and hopefully encouraging and challenging for our church. Summertime Titus it shall be.___

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2012-03-02 22:37:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

"Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion" book cover has been designed. It comes out in June. This is my first non-church leaders book and is a pro-church book sharing how we have understandably deconstructed church but now we can create the future church. Jesus loves the church despite the messiness, and it is messy because we are messy. We shouldn't however use that for an excuse and continue to make messes though. I will be blogging and posting about the book in June when it comes out, but the cover is now designed and happy Wanda Jacksom wrote the foreword. For those who don't know who Wanda is, here is a clip of her on David Letterman http://youtu.be/GzDfYidKU5c

"Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus in the Mess of Organized Religion" book cover has been designed. It comes out in June. This is my first non-church leaders book and is a pro-church book sharing how we have understandably deconstructed church but now we can create the future church. Jesus loves the church despite the messiness, and it is messy because we are messy. We shouldn't however use that for an excuse and continue to make messes though. I will be blogging and posting about the book in June when it comes out, but the cover is now designed and happy Wanda Jacksom wrote the foreword. For those who don't know who Wanda is, here is a clip of her on David Letterman http://youtu.be/GzDfYidKU5c___

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2012-03-01 21:02:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

here's an article I wrote for Outreach Magazine called "Small Church Advantage - Big Church Challenge" http://goo.gl/A26Ra. I love megachurches and I love small churches. My question for both is if true community is able to happen and if people are placing faith in Jesus who didn't know Jesus before and new disciples are being made - no matter what size the church. I wrote this last year for the print magazine, but they just posted it online today.

here's an article I wrote for Outreach Magazine called "Small Church Advantage - Big Church Challenge" http://goo.gl/A26Ra. I love megachurches and I love small churches. My question for both is if true community is able to happen and if people are placing faith in Jesus who didn't know Jesus before and new disciples are being made - no matter what size the church. I wrote this last year for the print magazine, but they just posted it online today.___

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2012-02-28 21:13:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

in Sydney airport and picked up the prominently displayed "Best Pick of the Month" book called "Religion For Atheists" - should be a interesting read for the way home. In addition to my Bible. Had a wonderful time in Australia and learned a lot. It truly is a post-Christian world here much more than the USA.

in Sydney airport and picked up the prominently displayed "Best Pick of the Month" book called "Religion For Atheists" - should be a interesting read for the way home. In addition to my Bible. Had a wonderful time in Australia and learned a lot. It truly is a post-Christian world here much more than the USA.___

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2012-02-28 11:26:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

about to start teaching next section of this 2 day class at Morling Theological College and have some fun with Play-Doh, colored pencils and artwork. God is the ultimate creator of beauty and how can we avoid bringing in creativity into any discussion of theology? I will be going over learning styles as part of the next section of class.

about to start teaching next section of this 2 day class at Morling Theological College and have some fun with Play-Doh, colored pencils and artwork. God is the ultimate creator of beauty and how can we avoid bringing in creativity into any discussion of theology? I will be going over learning styles as part of the next section of class.___

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2012-02-27 06:26:35 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

had my first Vegemite experience today in the Morling Theological College cafeteria here in Sydney. I spoon ate it and didn't just spread it on bread like you are supposed to. I took a couple of the little packets of Vegemite to bring home for my Australian gifts for Katie and Claire. I only know of vegemite because of the Men At Work "Down Under" song with the lyric "He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich".

had my first Vegemite experience today in the Morling Theological College cafeteria here in Sydney. I spoon ate it and didn't just spread it on bread like you are supposed to. I took a couple of the little packets of Vegemite to bring home for my Australian gifts for Katie and Claire. I only know of vegemite because of the Men At Work "Down Under" song with the lyric "He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich".___

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2012-02-26 09:21:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

had a wonderful day in Sydney, Australia after a day speaking at the Ten Conference - went to Small Boat Big Sea church this morning for a refreshing and inspiring time of worship and teaching from Mike Frost, then took the ferry to Sydney and walked around more than I have in many years. Got to go to pubs, a indoor Australian zoo which had a monster crocodile, visited a historical area and now watching the sunset from the 36th floor of a downtown building. But I miss Becky, Katie and Claire....... tomorrow teaching at Morling Theological College.

had a wonderful day in Sydney, Australia after a day speaking at the Ten Conference - went to Small Boat Big Sea church this morning for a refreshing and inspiring time of worship and teaching from Mike Frost, then took the ferry to Sydney and walked around more than I have in many years. Got to go to pubs, a indoor Australian zoo which had a monster crocodile, visited a historical area and now watching the sunset from the 36th floor of a downtown building. But I miss Becky, Katie and Claire....... tomorrow teaching at Morling Theological College.___

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2012-02-24 07:09:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

was in a lunch discussion at Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia today with +Ed Stetzer who is speaking here too. Ed is a rock star of church statistics, information and studies. He is a missiologist and church planter and I could listen to him talk about what he learns for hours. He sat underneath this painting the whole lunch time, so couldn't help but capture a pose of him underneath it.

was in a lunch discussion at Morling Theological College in Sydney, Australia today with +Ed Stetzer who is speaking here too. Ed is a rock star of church statistics, information and studies. He is a missiologist and church planter and I could listen to him talk about what he learns for hours. He sat underneath this painting the whole lunch time, so couldn't help but capture a pose of him underneath it.___

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2012-02-22 17:27:28 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

leaving today for Australia and speaking at the TEN Conference with Ed Stetzer happening at Mike Frost's church http://goo.gl/Mx5RX Also teaching at Morling College while there. I miss home and church terribly already. With travel there is great joy in meeting people, hanging out with friends and learning so much from others - and there is angst in not being home.

leaving today for Australia and speaking at the TEN Conference with Ed Stetzer happening at Mike Frost's church http://goo.gl/Mx5RX Also teaching at Morling College while there. I miss home and church terribly already. With travel there is great joy in meeting people, hanging out with friends and learning so much from others - and there is angst in not being home.___

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2012-02-22 04:22:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

so fun to see Efrem Smith today, he is speaking here too and he is part of Origins (more on that in couple of weeks). I have been to Efrem's church he planted in Minneapolis and he is now a California resident... Efrem is such a gifted communicator, author and passionate about evangelism. I gave my second main session message after Efrem spoke without any theological debate this time - and had dinner with Randy McWhorter and his family. Randy leads the Southern Baptist Evangelism department for California and is such an inspiring fellow. This is the third event I have spoken at that Randy has put together. Very refreshing being around this group here today with their love for Jesus and the people Jesus loves.

so fun to see Efrem Smith today, he is speaking here too and he is part of Origins (more on that in couple of weeks). I have been to Efrem's church he planted in Minneapolis and he is now a California resident... Efrem is such a gifted communicator, author and passionate about evangelism. I gave my second main session message after Efrem spoke without any theological debate this time - and had dinner with Randy McWhorter and his family. Randy leads the Southern Baptist Evangelism department for California and is such an inspiring fellow. This is the third event I have spoken at that Randy has put together. Very refreshing being around this group here today with their love for Jesus and the people Jesus loves.___

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2012-02-21 21:10:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

just gave a message to several hundred Southern Baptist pastors and leaders. I give another message in a few hours about the role of church being mission and not only having a missions department. I love Southern Baptists and being amongst this group as their heart is so passionate about evangelism. It is challenging days today of rethinking what "evangelism" looks like today, which is what I am speaking about. But such inspiring and wonderful people here.

Everyone here is super encouraging, but out of the hundreds there was one older pastor who came to me after my message to tell me I was incorrect and it offended him to say that Jesus said to be fishers of "people" and it should only be men we evangelize. He told me that we shouldn't be making female disciples of Jesus, only male disciples. It was fascinating listening to his thinking and he was a kind and dear hearted... more »

just gave a message to several hundred Southern Baptist pastors and leaders. I give another message in a few hours about the role of church being mission and not only having a missions department. I love Southern Baptists and being amongst this group as their heart is so passionate about evangelism. It is challenging days today of rethinking what "evangelism" looks like today, which is what I am speaking about. But such inspiring and wonderful people here.

Everyone here is super encouraging, but out of the hundreds there was one older pastor who came to me after my message to tell me I was incorrect and it offended him to say that Jesus said to be fishers of "people" and it should only be men we evangelize. He told me that we shouldn't be making female disciples of Jesus, only male disciples. It was fascinating listening to his thinking and he was a kind and dear hearted person (and he even said to please let others know that he believes what I said was wrong, so I am). But I gently did tell him I believe he is wrong about that. Then he told me I was wrong. The I told him he was wrong. Then he told me I was the one wrong. So we stood for three minutes telling each other the other person was wrong. Then I left and am now drinking a fine bottle of Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water and prepping for the next message.___

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2012-02-20 16:10:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

off to speak in two main sessions at the Southern Baptist Evangelism conference in Los Angeles. http://goo.gl/koRuS Look forward to being around those with a passion for mission and learning from them.

off to speak in two main sessions at the Southern Baptist Evangelism conference in Los Angeles. http://goo.gl/koRuS Look forward to being around those with a passion for mission and learning from them.___

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2012-02-16 23:35:25 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)

The day we put faith in Jesus we become missionaries, whether we realize it or not. We are starting a new teaching series this Sunday called "Everyday Missionary". We will address myths about what evangelism is or isn't and teach how every day of our lives we are on mission as missionaries.

I think we need to reframe how we define "missionary" though, as well as reframe what "evangelism" looks like. So that will be this what this series is about. Charles Spurgeon has a blunt quote about this saying “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor”. Here's the full context of that quote from 1873:

“If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself. You will be whispering it into your child’s ear. You will be telling it to your husband. You will be earnestly imparting it to your friend. Without thecharms ... more »

The day we put faith in Jesus we become missionaries, whether we realize it or not. We are starting a new teaching series this Sunday called "Everyday Missionary". We will address myths about what evangelism is or isn't and teach how every day of our lives we are on mission as missionaries.

I think we need to reframe how we define "missionary" though, as well as reframe what "evangelism" looks like. So that will be this what this series is about. Charles Spurgeon has a blunt quote about this saying “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor”. Here's the full context of that quote from 1873:

“If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself. You will be whispering it into your child’s ear. You will be telling it to your husband. You will be earnestly imparting it to your friend. Without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent: your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of His sweet love.

Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love Him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about Him. Of course I do not mean by that, that those who use the pen are silent: they are not. And those who help others to use the tongue, or spread that which others have written, are doing their part well: but that man who says, ‘I believe in Jesus,’ but does not think enough of Jesus ever to tell another about Him, by mouth, or pen, or tract, is an impostor.

You are either doing good, or you are not good yourself. If thou knowest Christ, thou art as one that has found honey. Thou wilt call others to taste of it. Thou art like the lepers who found the food which the Syrians had cast away: thou wilt go to Samaria and tell the hungry crowd that thou hast found Jesus, and art anxious that they should find Him too. Be wise in your generation, and speak of Him in fitting ways and at fitting times, and so in every place proclaim the fact that Jesus is most precious to your soul.”___

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2012-02-14 23:51:07 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

wrapping up a great meeting walking through an upcoming 6 week Sunday teaching series using "Hole In Our Gospel" as the guideline for it. We will be showing the Journey to Jamaa film one week as well as a bunch of holistic church participation, fasting and other projects we will be doing. Nathan George from Trade As One, will be kicking off the series teaching and closing it up. Nathan is part of Vintage Faith Church and someone who inspires me to think of the gospel holistically.

wrapping up a great meeting walking through an upcoming 6 week Sunday teaching series using "Hole In Our Gospel" as the guideline for it. We will be showing the Journey to Jamaa film one week as well as a bunch of holistic church participation, fasting and other projects we will be doing. Nathan George from Trade As One, will be kicking off the series teaching and closing it up. Nathan is part of Vintage Faith Church and someone who inspires me to think of the gospel holistically.___

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2012-02-13 20:55:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

very pleased that today we got permission for using the Hermey and Rudolph image who sang the "We're a couple of misfits" song. We are using it in the Adventures in Churchland book (coming out in June). I wrote about the feeling of being a misfit when I was entering into evangelical churchland in the book and the song was something I related to. I think there are a lot of church misfits out there - it's OK to be a misfit.

very pleased that today we got permission for using the Hermey and Rudolph image who sang the "We're a couple of misfits" song. We are using it in the Adventures in Churchland book (coming out in June). I wrote about the feeling of being a misfit when I was entering into evangelical churchland in the book and the song was something I related to. I think there are a lot of church misfits out there - it's OK to be a misfit.___

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