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The Boy and His Ship

by Jason Hess on May 7, 2014

Matt Mason is a singer/songwriter and I’m blessed to call him a friend. I’ve known him for most of his life. He’s a solid young man with a message to be heard. He has just launched an Indiegogo ( to get his album The Boy and His Ship off the ground. I wanted to take a moment to pass this opportunity on to you.

Matt has previously released [click to continue…]


For the past several years I’ve been wrestling with my vision of church. Often, pessimism wins out. And, although I still believe that the church is the hope of the world – when it is in Christ – I still struggle to see the beauty of the kingdom throughout the greater church at times.

I need to be careful here, because the temptation would be to act as though my church has it all figured out. In other words, it would be easy to talk up how “we are finally doing it the way Jesus wanted it done,” when in fact all churches are flawed all churches need additional grace.

Yet, because we have not entered the new age of the kingdom when Christ comes back to sit on the throne as king for all eternity [wow, that felt intense to read], it makes sense to discern which sort of community is best going to create space for people who are passionate about bringing the reality of God to their neighborhoods and world.

These days, although I am more interested in reconstruction than deconstruction, I find myself wanting to say a few things about the sorts of churches I personally would avoid (if I were searching for a new faith community). It is also important to know that I in no way promote the idea of “church hopping.” I think this reflects the unfortunate values of individualism in so many Christians today. It’s essential for followers of Jesus to in fact commit somewhere and invest their lives into something bigger than themselves.

With all of those caveats aside, I want to share 5 different sorts of churches that I personally would avoid if I were moving to a new city and were not a pastor of a church. [click to continue...]


I Made A Mistake But We’ve Found Our Way

November 7, 2013
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Ever feel like you jumped the gun and made a mistake? After realizing you’ve made a mistake have you ever hesitated admitting it for fear of appearing indecisive, double-minded, a leaf upon the wind? Well, confession time. I made a mistake. For the past three years my family and I have attended an independent, non-denominational […]

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November 4, 2013
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Today as I was out on my pest control route I was thinking about the faith walk and the following words starting bubbling to the surface. Since no one was home at my next stop I was able to jot this piece down. Enjoy.

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A Picture To Evolve Your Thinking

October 10, 2013
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Tonight while scrolling through my feed on facebook I stumbled across the above picture as well as a selection of verses from the The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation by N.T. Wright. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, perhaps this picture will evolve your thinking. If we would only look deeply […]

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A Guidebook to the Anglican Way

October 9, 2013
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While I don’t usually promote crowd-funding campaigns via eckSermonator I feel compelled to this time. Frankly it’s because my family and I would, and still could, greatly benefit from this project. Truth be told over the years my wife and I have found ourselves being drawn to the roots of the Christian Church (which is […]

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You’re Becoming A What? A Monk? (Guest Post: Bob Holmes)

September 22, 2013

Seriously, who in their right mind would want to become a monk? In this day and age? Isn’t that a thing of the past Dark Ages? Jason asked me to write a bit about becoming a monk, specifically a Franciscan. The fact that you’re still reading means you’re at least curious. So here goes. You […]

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Faith Is Bigger On The Inside

September 20, 2013
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Eclectic 1. Selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles 2. Composed of elements drawn from various sources Christian 1. One who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Eclectic Christian (eckSermonator definition) One whose belief in the teachings of Jesus are shaped by various doctrines, methods, or styles pulled from […]

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