Amore, the Family, and the Gospel

In college, I attended a church where the pastor and his wife really reached out to students on my campus. He would always greet students by name at church, even if he had only met them once before. She came and taught a Bible study on campus every Tuesday night for students who wanted to [...]

By | Jun 10, 2015|

Learning To See Jesus

Jesus is present and active in our daily lives. Our job is to learn to recognize Him and follow His lead. We practice this through the Amore question by asking each other, "What did Jesus do for you this week? What did you do for Him?" In other words, how did Jesus work in or through [...]

By | Apr 26, 2015|

Making Room

Community changes lives. To be known, loved, and enjoyed just for being you goes further to help us understand the love of God than perhaps anything else on earth. And so it’s only natural to want to protect community when you find it—to keep your group from growing too large, to prevent any changes that [...]

By | Apr 5, 2015|

Community AS Mission

Last week on the blog, we talked about mission and community—how they aren’t opposing values, because having a strong sense of mission together actually builds community. But the inverse of that is also true: having a strong sense of community actually builds mission. Have you ever known a group of people that loved each other [...]

By | Mar 6, 2015|

Community v. Mission?

Sometimes in the church we assume that “community” and “mission” are diametrically opposed values; that as Christians, we have to pick one or the other to focus on, or figure out how to balance the two. But what if there was another way? At our wedding, someone gave us a card that I still remember. [...]

By | Mar 5, 2015|