Let’s just say this past week hasn’t gone exactly as planned. Last Saturday I woke up with no sense of smell. That has never happened before. I decided it might be wise to cancel my plans that involved other people that day and stay close to home. Over the course of the weekend, I felt… Continue reading What I am Learning from COVID-19
How well do you know any of your neighbors? A couple of years ago, Pew Research (https://www.pewresearch.org) released some data on neighbors in America. Here’s a quick summary of their findings or you can read the article at https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/15/facts-about-neighbors-in-u-s/: A majority of Americans (57%) say they know only some of their neighbors; far fewer (26%)… Continue reading What does it look like for you to love your neighbor?
In strange times like these, it’s easy to become paralyzed by fear, uncertainty or simply a lack of practical experience. None of us have ever lived through a pandemic before and none of us are able to pull upon the resources of “the last time we went through something like this.” There remains a lot… Continue reading The Gift of Apostles
Today we follow up last week’s post with part 2 of our interview with Chris Backert, National Director of Fresh Expressions US. You can find part 1 here: https://blog.cggc.org/enews/an-interview-with-chris-backert-of-fresh-expressions-u-s-part-1-of-2/. Chris will give information about the upcoming Future Church Summit and offer some perceptive insights into what the Lord might be up to through His post-COVID… Continue reading An Interview with Chris Backert of Fresh Expressions U.S. – Part 2 of 2
Through the challenges of these uncertain times, I find some encouraging signs that bring me hope. One of the greatest encouragements has been the fact that the Lord has raised up several groups who seem to be a step ahead of the rest of us and can help us navigate what the future of the… Continue reading An Interview with Chris Backert of Fresh Expressions U.S. – Part 1 of 2
This week we have a special guest blog and announcement from our friends with CGWM regarding the 2021 Flourish Conference. I’m grateful for the careful and prayerful deliberation from the leadership team of the Flourish Conference. Please read on for a special announcement from Lynn Kauffman, the director of the Flourish Conference. Christ’s Peace,Lance Hey… Continue reading Important Announcement Regarding the Flourish Conference 2021
I appreciate the raw honesty of the Psalms: “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1) I don’t know if this Psalm resonates with you today, but there are certainly seasons in my life where it has. What emotions are you experiencing these days? Anger?… Continue reading A Time for Prayer
Weeks like this are not easy. I, like many of you, was heartbroken by the events that took place at the U.S. capitol on Wednesday. I, like many of you have experienced a wide range of emotions as I’ve reflected on the state of our nation, our government and the evangelical church in the United… Continue reading How do we respond to a week like this week?
By the time you read this, 2020 will have ended! Happy New Year! I think we’re all ready to close the books on 2020. I’ve spent some time this week reflecting on my own journey through 2020. Remember back in March when we thought we just needed to make it to Easter and then “everything… Continue reading Reflecting on 2020 While Preparing for 2021
Merry Christmas faithful E-News reader! Normally, this edition of the E-News is a video from the Finley family bringing you season’s greetings! Since most everything else has been different in 2020, it seems rather fitting that this edition of the Christmas E-News take on a different shape as well. As we come to Christmas 2020,… Continue reading Merry Christmas!