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The Seattle Freeze + Loving your Literal Neighbor

The Seattle freeze can be a bit disheartening.  It is known to breed isolation, loneliness, and yes, even depression.  No I’m not talking about the weather. I ‘m talking about the lack of hospitality and neighborliness that most refer to as the “Seattle freeze.”  We have all been a part of both sides, the receiving … Continue reading »

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Radical Invitation: Christianity a Barrier to Jesus?

Could God be in this, raising up a sub-culture of society who wants everything to do with Jesus, but doesn’t understand or use the title Christian? They read the bible, believe that their relationship with Jesus redeems them (rather than trusting in good deeds), experience a deep communion with God, and rely on Jesus as … Continue reading »

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Christianity a barrier to Jesus? Part 2

Are there people who are afraid or hesitant to follow Jesus because they think it means that they have to become a “Christian”?   It seemed to be a typical conversation between trusted friends at the neighborhood café.  We had spent three years taking care of each other’s kids, watching football games together, hiking together … Continue reading »

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Christianity a barrier to Jesus? Part 1

  Note:  This is the first of a three part series on Christianity a barrier to Jesus   I’m a pantheist,” the older man said with a smile. He then went on to tell me that he was an old hippy who once lived in an intentional community in San Francisco. Since then he has … Continue reading »

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From Explorer Deprivation To Experimentation….

When I (Matt) go into Starbucks, I know exactly what I want to order before I even step foot in the door.  I get the same thing every time (Grande Starbucks Double Shot with vanilla and soy) because it just works and tastes amazing. Exploring, experimenting, and discovery do not always come easy to me.  … Continue reading »

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A prayer for place…

  Not too long ago, our faith community began asking God to  show us the spiritual realities that exist in our neighborhood.  It was a time of deep listening as we spent time interviewing long time residents, local businesses, churches, and organizations. We also spent some time in our public library unpacking the history of our … Continue reading »

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Radically Local –Theology of Place (part 3)

  Dallas Willard, a theologian and philosopher, defined the kingdom of God as “life as it was meant to be lived in all its wonder, life as God intended it to be experienced, and the place where what God wants to happen actually happens and where God’s ways are lived and experienced.”  We all have … Continue reading »

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Place Matters (Theology of Place) Part 2

You know the question.  It’s the question you often get asked at socials, your kid’s ball game, or when you meet somebody for the first time.  Some of us are even a bit uncomfortable with the question for fear of being defined or put in a box.  “What do you do”?  This time, however, the … Continue reading »

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“Place” Matters (part 1)

  Something in my heart resonated with her tears; although, I myself had never felt that much care for the place I inhabited. This woman couldn’t hold back her tears as she pleaded with God for his reign to come on the city she lived (New Orleans). She was longing for life as God intended … Continue reading »

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What “Missional” Looks Like For Us

This is my third blog in a series of 3. Click here to start at the first one: Click here to read part two:  So what does the missional life look like for us?  When Amy and I lived in the Seattle area our lives were devoted to helping people live deeper into their commitment … Continue reading »

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