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Post: Life from a Stump

    As I mentioned previously, our family always cuts down a Christmas tree. Each year, we leave a stump in the ground—something that was once growing is now dead. Stumps in Oregon are a part of life. In fact…


Post: The Kingdom that Divides

    Growing up, my family spent each night of the holidays sitting beneath the glow of the Christmas tree and watching Christmas movies. We watched the original Miracle on 34th Street and the “new” Miracle on 34th Street (which…


Post: Joy to the World, Good News!

      I’ll never forget where I was when I first heard the news: LeBron James was coming to Los Angeles to play for our Lakers. King James was going to come! After years of trying to read between…


Post: Peace on Earth

  At the center of the angel’s announcement on the first Christmas night is this phrase found in Luke 2:14; it’s what Linus quotes at the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas: “Glory to God in the Highest, and peace…


Post: The True Story of Hope

    On a December morning in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, children and teachers were likely gearing up for a day filled with gluing cotton balls onto Santa beards when a 20-year-old man came into the school shooting and killing…


Post: Why Did Jesus Have to Come?

    Christmas is a magical time for kids as they see the glow of lights, trees in the home, and packages accumulate. It’s also the season when we get to regularly articulate the meaning and nature of God coming…


Post: Lasting Redeeming Love

      On these last days of Advent, we turn our gaze to the love embodied in the crib. The incarnation carries into our world not just hope, peace, and joy, but Christ brings with Him a love of…


Post: Flourishing at the Table

  Hospitality is a practice to be cultivated for God’s glory, our good and the flourishing of others. It’s an invitation to worship the One who invites us in, feeds us, listens to us, knows us, and provides for our…


Post: Be With and Become

  Eugene Peterson paraphrased John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. Jesus fully related to everything we experience by fully becoming human and dwelling in our space.  I’ve been learning how to do…


Post: A Child and Big Government

  Wherever he reigns, His thriving and flourishing will be there, too! His law is peace. On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry of England married Meghan Markle in Windsor, England. The event was marked by the usual fanfare of such…


Post: Words Lived Out

  I broke down last night. Hunched over our kitchen sink and weeping, my wife told me it wasn’t silly to grieve a person I never personally met. On Monday one of my heroes had died. As a sixteen-year-old preacher,…


Post: We Need “Good Shepherd” Theology

  During our family meal last week, my five-year-old son Caleb perched attentively on the arm of the padded chair in which I sat––my Bible sprawled open on the coffee table in front of us. “What does it mean for…


Post: Loneliness is Poverty

  Early Death In 2010, Holt-Lunstad published a study on social relationships and mortality rates. The team’s research verified “that people with fewer social relationships die earlier on average than those with more social relationships.” They measured the influence of…


Post: The Orientation of a Strong Team

  Read part one, two and three of this series. Once you have understood yourself and your leaders, assessed your church’s seasonal needs, and have hired the right complimentary team members, you are ready to establish the new team in strength. Beginnings matter….


Post: Hearing Hope

My wife took our three young kids to her parents’ house this week to add some variety to the suddenly three-week spring break produced by coronavirus-related school closures. The kids are enjoying the longer break and playing with cousins, while…


Post: Humility is Better Than Rightness

Often we clarify our convictions hoping to strengthen unity—“Here is what I believe… Who’s with me?” But what if a doctrine becomes destructive or divisive not because of what it is, but because of how we hold it? Isn’t it…


Post: There Must Be Something More

  This is an excerpt of Chapter One from Ben Connelly’s newest book A Field Guide for Genuine Community, © Moody Publishers, 2021. Get your copy here or wherever you buy books. Most of the Bible’s commands that translate into…


Post: Following God on Mission in Queretaro, Mexico

The Story of Soma Queretaro "How are we going to do this?" my friend asked after agreeing to join me in planting a church in Queretaro City, Mexico. It was clear that this was not a simple move from one...

Post: The Call to Mission

  Regardless of which ditch we have a tendency to fall in, regardless if we are more like Child 1 or Child 2, God in His love pursues us and sanctifies us with His grace and His truth as He…


Post: Toss Your Net

  After working tirelessly only to see so many potential hopes, dreams, and plans for ministry fall apart, this past year has left many burnt-out and tempted to question their direction from the Lord. Additionally difficult, our culture has fostered…


Post: Reframing Where We Are

This blog is an excerpt from our recently released Leader Cohort Series.  We designed this series of videos and guides to help groups of pastors and leaders to meet together in cohorts for the purpose of growing in health, learning…


Post: His Endless Love

  A few years ago a lady who had lost her first husband to brain cancer came to me before she married her second husband concerned for her daughters.  She was worried that they would doubt her love for them…


Post: Pitfalls to Avoid When Planting in the Pandemic

  There’s no question the pandemic has dramatically affected church planting efforts. The Send Institute works closely with church planting organizations, and over the last year, we’ve seen newly launched churches revert back to pre-launch phases, teams indefinitely push out…


Post: We Must Kill Racism Before It Kills Us

  The legendary American poet and activist, Maya Angelou, once wrote, “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.” As we consider how our presuppositions affect our view of the world, it…


Post: Living on Mission in Lockdown

  One of my favorite things in my book A Field Guide for Everyday Mission is the “101 ways” we suggested, to help followers of Jesus engage not-yet-believing neighbors, co-workers and friends in winsome, tangible, and meaningful ways. In a…


Post: Family Tables

  The Backstory When we introduced missional communities to our church just over a year ago, the concept was new, not only to the members, but also to some of the leadership. People thought they had a basic idea of…


Post: What Do I Say?

  “Hey, I listened to your podcast.” My fictional podcast had been released for weeks, and I could count on my fingers how many local friends had listened to it. This had been a sensitive source of tears, anger, and…


Post: The No. 1 Threat to Pastors and Church Planters

  One of the (innumerable) benefits of reading through the Bible every year is that God causes me to notice different things than in previous years. As most pastors acknowledge, there is no end to the depths to which we…


Post: Our Father Comforts

  The Soma Family of Churches lost a leader, friend, brother, husband, and devoted father last week. Randy Sheets’ impact for Jesus’s kingdom will never be fully known until we are together again in the new heavens and new earth….


Post: Jesus Came Out to the Lawn

  “Dad, why do we have to do this? Why can’t we just sit inside the house?” My son was only eight years old at the time these words were uttered, and he didn’t want to meet new people on…


Post: Mission Resistance

  Someone once said nothing reveals sin in the heart like calling people to mission. Opportunities for a missional community to serve and bless others often come into conflict with our schedules, preferences, convenience, or comfort. How we respond to…


Post: Loving God through Word and Prayer

  What are missional communities supposed to do? They exist, primarily, to grow in love for God. Missional communities are groups of people learning to follow Jesus. Meaning, people are being renewed by the gospel through abiding in Christ. They…


Post: Gospel Clarity

  The story from Mark’s gospel goes like this, “And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told…


Post: Making Space for Your Heart

  We’re not outside-in people but inside-out people. When we feel that something is wrong with us, most of try to fix the problem by doing. We change our schedule. We tell ourselves we’ll eat better, exercise more, or spend…


Post: How Do I Grieve?

Evidently, it matters how we grieve. Paul mentions a godly grief and worldly grief (2 Corinthians 7:10). Believers are not to grieve “as those who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Not Alone in Our Grief was on open invitation to…


Post: Gospel Rooted | Day by Day

  MONDAY   Who is God? God is gracious. The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God…