Biblical Prayers for Renewal

Often, our prayer lives can grow stale. We are wise to return to the scriptures, because they give us words we didn’t know we needed. God’s people have always prayed for and sought God for …

A Renewal Experiment: Messy Church

Three years ago, our youth pastor brought us an idea: Messy Church. It is a movement that started in England that uses all generations to reach children for Christ. Each Messy Church gathering lasts around …

Growth and Renewal

Craig Clemons is an entrepreneur who wrote a blog about growing his business 10X. I am always skeptical about such things, but decided to do some reflecting on something I would love to grow in …

Stages of Opportunity

There are so many stages of life in which God seems to get our attention. Many pastors and theologians have observed that it often takes a crisis in culture or in someone’s personal life before …

Spiritual Renewal Lessons From Eugene Peterson

Last week I read Winn Collier’s new book ‘Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene Peterson.”  It is a wonderful book about a Godly man.  Eugene’s life was all about spiritual growth, formation …

RENEWAL AND THE WORLD OF SOCCER

My family and I are obsessed with “the beautiful game” of soccer. I often find leadership and renewal lessons from the world of sports. Although change amongst billion-dollar sports franchises happens more quickly than in …

Let Love Rule!

We’re just coming off the Valentine’s Day weekend which can bring up a lot of feelings for people.  Hopefully for believers in Christ it causes us to reflect on how we have or have not …

Renewal…Three Years In!

In my first post for this newsletter, I wanted to share some of my own renewal journey. In October of 2017, my church – Parklane CRC in Portland, Oregon – joined the Renewal Lab. We …