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30 Years of Swimming Upstream? Halloween, Culture and Church Life

For the last 30 years, I have been swimming upstream, but it seems that the tide is changing. Perhaps, I have not been swimming upstream after all. Like the tidal surge that reaches far upstream in rivers like the Amazon, the Severn and the Wye, and the Qiangtang it could be that the river was… Continue reading 30 Years of Swimming Upstream? Halloween, Culture and Church Life

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Festival Micro-Church Planting: UK 2016

One month until we head to the UK. The 5-6 week outreach involving three festivals, and preparations for future events in North Wales is now in its second year. An art installation at one festival, philosophy/theology discussions and debates at two others, dream interpretation and spiritual healing ministry at all events, and ongoing ministry to… Continue reading Festival Micro-Church Planting: UK 2016

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Celtic Missional Advent December 25th: Serve Where You are Stranded and Broken

December 25th: Saint Jarlath (Iarlaithe mac Loga) Luke 2:7 Serve Where You are Stranded and Broken “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” The first Christmas Day began as a small calamity. By… Continue reading Celtic Missional Advent December 25th: Serve Where You are Stranded and Broken

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When Coincidence and Magic Kiss: God is There

It’s Thanksgiving night, and a warm night for New England.  I walked through the empty park under the full moon. The street lights in the park lit the walkways, and seemed too harsh against the gentle glow of the moon. I spoke out loud to myself, “I wish the street lights would go out.” A… Continue reading When Coincidence and Magic Kiss: God is There

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Halloween for Christians: How to Respond to It

Halloween has become one of the largest, most influential holidays in America, and is gaining ground in other countries as well. It is a day filled with costuming, horror images, candy, and community openness. That combination seems strangely out of synch with sensibility at first glance, but those issues may not be as far apart… Continue reading Halloween for Christians: How to Respond to It