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Ed Jordan: Discovering the Undiscovered

When you think of the word discovery, what comes into your mind? A new country, a new world, a new recipe? Does a discovery have to be big to be exciting? Suzanne K. Langer once noted: “Most new discoveries are suddenly seen things that were always there.” In other words, we are daily rubbing shoulders with things or ideas that have always been present, and yet one day our eyes or minds are opened to finally “see” them.

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V3: Lessons From the Field: A New Type of Missions

I no longer use the language “missions trips.” I choose to call these trips Serving and Learning Trips. Why? Because to use the language of “missions” has a lot of negative connotation surrounding the colonization of so many indigenous groups around the world.

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Sara Amos: A Portrait of My Table

I raised my glass to my lips and quickly noticed my sweet-faced friend across the table mirroring me. I looked to my right and gave a glance to my smallest companion realizing that he was in on it as well. Looking to my left I took note of the mischievous smile developing behind the glass of his sister as she …

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Ed Jordan: The Misunderstood Twins

Let’s think about two misunderstood twins that influence our lives and society. These twins are Justice and Righteousness, and they are often mistaken for one another. Looked at subjectively, these two concepts might be twisted and distorted to be perceived as identical twins. But objectively, they are more like fraternal twins; they are closely related, but not identical. They do not mean the same thing.

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Education Opportunity: Grassroots Seminary

The landscape is rapidly changing. Pastor and staff are key, but God is reaching laypeople to show them what God is doing in our world. He is calling us to be in neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and more.” He further explained, “The vision of Grassroots Seminary is to provide basic theological education to people who are responding to the call of God but cannot go to seminary.”

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Jonathan Davis: Rural Churches are on the Cutting Edge of Ministry

Rural churches and ministries face numerous challenges in the 21st century. At some point in a minister’s career, the likelihood of serving in a small-town church seems high, especially if the person transitions from the role of an associate minister to that of a senior pastor. I and many of my friends from seminary have made this kind of transition, and nearly all of us are serving in small-town churches. In many ways, there’s a ministry myth about where all the “action” is. I have heard many people (both lay and clergy) over the years refer to inner-city ministries or foreign missions as “the front line.” Besides this militaristic language of conquest, the reason I grate against such a notion is that rural ministers are on the cutting edge of several significant ministry trends. There are three emerging social issues and trends where rural churches may actually sit at the forefront.

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Kathryn Eckler: Finding Rest in Vienna

This summer has been a sixty-six-day long adventure. Working with Projekt: Gemeinde has been an eye-opening experience. Every day brings a new challenge and a new reason to celebrate the joy that comes with living.  The primary mission of Projekt: Gemeinde is to create community with fellow German, Farsi, Spanish, and English speakers. Different cultures collide in the grace an …

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Tony Brooks: Teaching: More of an Experience Than a Lesson

What we need more than anything is to provide an environment of seeing God’s word come alive and leading to an experience with the resurrected Lord which leads to life application and transformation.

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V3: Overwhelmed? Two Key Practices to Reinvigorate Your Life and Mission

On the V3 Church Planting blog, Michael Pumphrey writes: "The greatest joy in my life is my wife and 4 kids. I love being a dad and husband. I am always trying to be aware of how our involvement in planting churches and pastoring is affecting our family."

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Ed Jordan: Tomorrow is Yesterday

Jesus is the ever-present God. He is in the present tense anywhere along our human timelines, and yet not trapped in time. Though He exists in time, He also exists beyond time.

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John Upton: Summer and Youth – A Missionary Movement of Churches

Recently I had a good laugh with a group of energetic young people who were gathering to go on a mission trip leaving from the Baptist building. It was an energizing time. Those young people reminded me of why we need summers and why we need our youth.

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Eliza Green: No Words

Eliza shares a video about her experience serving as a Venturer in Romania.

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