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Re-Thinking How We Do Church: The Next Leg Of Our Journey

Posted by nbarnes on December 13, 2010 in Church, My Life |

We decided that to solve the problem, we wouldn’t stick with “church as usual,” but we would employ a little divergent thinking to come up with a different path. So, here’s what we’re planing to do. Instead of trying to find a facility where we can do everything we feel necessary in one location, we’re going to come at it from two different angles.

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I Think Jesus Laughed At Farts

Posted by nbarnes on October 23, 2010 in Church, God Thoughts |

The other day, I realized something about my own particular Christology (that’s the fancy word for the stuff I believe about Jesus). I think Jesus laughed when people farted. It’s funny! Even grown-up, mature business men will laugh when someone farts in the men’s washroom. I think Jesus laughed at farts.

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Up For The Challenge

Posted by nbarnes on September 15, 2009 in Church |

One of my favorite podcasts is the video podcast from TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design). I find the different topics and ideas presented to be incredibly stimulating, and I love learning how to be a better presenter from some of the incredible communicators that show up at the TED conference.

This past weekend I was watching some of the latest postings to the podcast and came across a fascinating talk by a guy named Lewis Pugh. Lewis Pugh had a concern. He watched as the polar ice cap kept creeping back and how the ice at the North Pole kept getting thinner and thinner and he decided to do something about it. He wanted to do something that would grab the business and political leaders of the world by their “collars and shake them” to make them aware of the problem of climate change. So, what Lewis did is arrange to take a little dip, only he decided that he would take his short, twenty minute, one kilometer swim at the North Pole.

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An Awesome Book Summary by Robin Dugall

Posted by nbarnes on September 7, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church |

I have been enjoying my friend, Robin’s, chapter summaries of “The Tangible Kingdom” by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, so I thought I would point my readers to his blog as well. He’s done such a nice job of capturing the essence of each chapter that I thought others would enjoy it, and hopefully it will encourage you to get a copy of this book for yourself.

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Missional Children’s Ministry – Part Deux

Posted by nbarnes on August 29, 2009 in Church, Practical Advice on Faith |

Yesterday, I started writing about some of the conclusions, or ideas that came from a brainstorming session we had in our church community about children’s ministry in a missional context.   Much of this comes from my fear that my children will grow up thinking that church is a place you go on the weekends, [...]

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Re-Thinking Missional Children’s Ministry

Posted by nbarnes on August 28, 2009 in Church, Practical Advice on Faith |

I have been wrestling, as a pastor, and church leader, with some of the missional concepts and also with some of the questions that need to help us understand how we got here in the first place. As I’ve been reading, and talking with others on the missional journey, I have noticed a disturbing gap in the thinking and theorizing that’s been done so far. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of talk about what children’s ministry might look like in this missional paradigm. In fact, it seems to me that a lot of the churches that might be considered to be missional are actually undermining themselves in their children’s ministry.

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“Image”ine That

Posted by nbarnes on July 27, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church, God Thoughts |

The chair you’re sitting on has never gossiped about someone, or flipped someone off in traffic. It has never been jealous of other chairs, or lusted after someone that walked by. According to a lot of sermons I’ve heard over the years, the chair under your but right now is a better Christian than I am. Does that make sense?

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A Really Cool Kingdom Idea

Posted by nbarnes on July 10, 2009 in Church |

I just got an email from my friend Robin about a project he’s been involved with for a little while now.   I have been very excited for what he is trying to see happen, and I love seeing people within the church trying new ways to remove the walls that seem to keep the [...]

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Blessed For Blessing

Posted by nbarnes on June 25, 2009 in Church, God Thoughts |

To often we miss the purpose of the blessings in our lives and get myopic rather than outward focused.  Why is that? Watch \”Blessed For Blessing\” on YouTube.

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My Expression of Church

Posted by nbarnes on April 25, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church |

So I’m sitting on a plane reading the new book by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost called “ReJesus” and I started thinking that from time to time I would like to describe to you the expression of church that I am a part of.  I should be honest and tell you that I hesitate to [...]

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