How to Meet Your Neighbors (even when there’s a pandemic going on)

The plan: Move 300 miles away to help plant a neighborhood church. The method: Practice radical hospitality, reaching out to our new neighbors and inviting them to be part of our lives and our house church, which will meet in the pastor’s home a few blocks away. (“Come over any time…Share a meal with us…LetContinue reading “How to Meet Your Neighbors (even when there’s a pandemic going on)”

Where should we plant our neighborhood church?

We are moving to Southern Illinois five weeks from today. Only five weeks! I can’t tell you how excited we are. We’ve already shared that the Lord has led us to plant a network of house churches. Our focus is on the proclamation of the gospel, discipleship, hospitality and reconciliation in the neighborhoods. At someContinue reading “Where should we plant our neighborhood church?”

The Church in a Covid-19 World

A week ago, we held our first virtual house church. Did I ever think those words would go together? No. Virtual and house church may seem like oxymorons, but maybe that’s because we’ve been using technology wrong all along. So often technology is used in a way that draws people out of community. We moveContinue reading “The Church in a Covid-19 World”

COVID-19, our house church, and the table of the Lord

Everything is shutting down. Here in Illinois, public restaurants are closing seating areas tomorrow. All manner of other public places have been closed for several days. And school’s out for both my son (high school) and me (grad school) … I suspect for the rest of the semester. And Saturday morning early the announcement came:Continue reading “COVID-19, our house church, and the table of the Lord”