Communitas News

Echoes Of God’s Kingdom: The Multi-Ethnic Advantage

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I saw a headline recently that said “The Church is Too Generous to the Needy.” At first, it was hard for me to believe anyone could actually say there’s such a thing as “too much generosity,” particularly when in reference to God’s people. It seemed something akin to saying, “The Church is being too joyful…

Published 4 August 2017

Every Christ-Follower A Missionary

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As I’ve become more familiar with CA’s “Kingdom Seeking” value and the practices we embrace, I’ve come to realize that we are wrestling to implement a paradigm of church that makes every Christ-follower in a church a “missionary” whose unique gifting is fully engaged in God’s mission. (Granted, “missional activist” may be a better term than “missionary,” given…

Published 4 August 2017

3 Things I Learned From Community Service

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When my wife and I (Brandon and Kristi Wellcome) moved to Dublin to begin discovering how we might participate in God’s Kingdom, we were introduced to the work of Serve the City. As we sat in the kitchen of Alan and Sheryl McElwee (the legendary couple that launched Serve the City in Ireland) and heard story after story…

Published 4 August 2017

Seeing God’s Presence In The Everyday

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Whenever people from a certain background find out that I live and work among Muslims, and there is only a tiny percentage of practicing Christians in the country where I live, they always ask something like, ‘So, where does your spiritual nourishment come from? How do you get fed?’ It’s a great question. As I have been asked…

Published 4 August 2017

A Proper Place For Passion

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Within Communitas we value Kingdom Seeking, which includes a life of worship and passionate devotion to Christ.  I grew up in a denominational church. In so many ways I’m thankful for the rich Christian heritage this church passed along to me. I learned scripture from godly men and women in Sunday School, and came to…

Published 4 August 2017

World Vision & The Problem With The Faith-Based Label

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If you hadn’t noticed, the world of American Christendom/Evangelicalism is being rocked by the announcement by Richard Stearns of World Vision that they will not refuse to hire someone in a homosexual marriage legally recognised by the State of Washington. Leading Christian voices are sounding off left, right, and center. – John Piper and The Gospel Coalition have been fairly predictable and quick…

Published 4 August 2017

Jack Kerouac & The Use Of Labels

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Some time ago, I picked up the original scroll version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, “the legendary first draft – rougher, wilder, and racier than the 1957 edition,” as the front cover states. I’d like to say that I bought this particular edition because I wanted to glimpse the raw creative, literary genius of The…

Published 4 August 2017

A Bridge To Compassion

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“Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. Then when you do criticize them, you’ll be a mile away. And you’ll have their shoes.” (This quote is attributed to several sources, including Jack Handy and Justin Bieber) In my own life, a critical spirit surfaces on a regular basis. – When I see a…

Published 3 August 2017

Don’t Worry About The Dones

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The “Dones” are leaving church, reportedly, in droves. They even have their own website. One of them simply said, “I’m just done. I’m done with church.” But is this really what he meant? No clarification needed? According to the article, “John” has not abandoned his faith. Just church. Or, should we say, church the way he experienced…

Published 3 August 2017

Simple Missionality – Easier Than Baking A Cake?

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Sometimes when I read books or blogs on missional living, I get confused. All of the jargon, made-up words, and fancy metaphors trip me up. Might as well ask me to make your wedding cake. When it comes to loving the people who live nearby, it’s really not all that complicated. You don’t have to…

Published 19 July 2017