MINISTRY

A Cascadian Shift in Perspective

A Cascadian Shift in Perspective

Too often we are vulnerable to seeing G-d present only in our traditions, and not in their evolution. But in Cascadia, we are compelled to recognize that our traditions cannot contain G-d. Here in Cascadia, it is clear to me that G-d is present in the movement toward complexity, the burst of chaos. Here, I see G-d’s Spirit hovering over the waters. This kind of growth can be more difficult to discern. It looks so different from what we might expect. But Cascadia is indeed a place where theology is being explored and church is being done, but it is done in new and exploratory ways. The church here is not less than, just different.

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Local Ministry: A Cord of Three Strands

Local Ministry: A Cord of Three Strands

  How do we strengthen our local ministry efforts? By weaving together missional ministry, pastoral care, and spiritual practices. I'm sure most of us wouldn't immediately think of a gym as a form of local ministry or as an example of pastoral care. But in South...

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Getting Creative with The Bible Project

Getting Creative with The Bible Project

Local youth pastor interviews Jon Collins, co-creator of The Bible Project. Have you ever read the Bible and walked away saying, "I have no idea what this means!"? First, I just want to tell you that you're not alone on that journey. I've been and continue to be in...

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Can Seminary Survive Online?

Can Seminary Survive Online?

Online Education is Convenient, but Will It Destroy the Seminary Experience? Here at Fuller Northwest, we're grieving. Just last year the decision was made to close some of Fuller Theological Seminary's regional campuses, including ours. While we still have another...

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Why Are People Going to Yoga Instead of Church?

Why Are People Going to Yoga Instead of Church?

The Yoga culture in Cascadia might have a lot to teach the church. At the recent Christ & Cascadia Conference, Matthew Kaemingk encouraged us to consider this: “What are the questions that Cascadian culture is asking?” The rise of Yoga in Cascadia is just such a...

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How Not to Serve the Native Church

How Not to Serve the Native Church

Sometimes the right thing to do is ask for help, not give it. “What can we do to help the Native American Church?” That’s a question a lot of Cascadian Christians ask. Cascadia is home to many indigenous cultures, after all—and surely we should want to serve them,...

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Smoking Rock and Reading Scripture

Smoking Rock and Reading Scripture

Who is the person behind the addiction? A child of God.  Drug addict. Homeless. Prostitute. Criminal. Have you ever used these terms to label someone? We often use these sorts of words to objectify and disenfranchise those already marginalized within our society. We...

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Cut and Paste Faith

Cut and Paste Faith

The art of postmodern collage might seem disorienting, but it has something to teach the Church. Last April, I took thirteen students from Columbia Bible College to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see a show called MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture. The exhibit was...

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Walking Together

Walking Together

David Warkentin interviews Patti Victor about the hopes and challenges of Christian and Indigenous reconciliation. “I’m an Indigenous leader and a Pentecostal pastor.” This is how Patti Victor introduces herself. And many find it surprising. These two roles don’t...

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The New Landscape of Youth Ministry

The New Landscape of Youth Ministry

What one youth pastor learned about youth ministry by hiring a bunch of teenagers to help renovate his house. It might be odd to give thanks for “The Great Recession,” but sometimes I do. About three years ago my wife and I managed to purchase our second home after we...

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