The Curse of Week 2

Nobody told me about the Curse of Week 2.

A couple of weeks ago my son, Calvin, and I started a new Experimental Collective at Vintage. This go-around is on the theme of freedom, and we are focusing on practical ways to experience greater freedom by taking head-on some of the stuff that has been bogging us down. Our collective is specifically focusing on healthy lifestyle choices – diet, exercise, etc.

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The Evangelism Project

This round of Experimental Collectives at Vintage Fellowship have been focusing on the idea of purpose. The way of Jesus invites us to realize that there is a much bigger world out there than we are used to seeing. So many of us spend all of our focus and energy on ourselves – what we are doing, what we want, what our needs are. Jesus modeled a much different life, a life that focused on the presence and perspective of others. As long as we live life selfishly, we’ll never find our purpose for living.

To get a better understanding of the other people around me and in my area, I joined the Evangelism Project collective. As a group, we visited gatherings at four other faith communities. We went to a Torah study at a Jewish synagogue, a vespers service at an Orthodox church, a Hindu temple, and a Muslim mosque (links below). The name “Evangelism Project” was tongue-in-cheek. We did not go to convert, argue, or protest. We went to watch and listen, to understand.   Read More…

Local, Organic, Pasture-Fed Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers: Killing Our Small Group Ministry

I can barely contain my excitement about our new round of Experimental Collectives at Vintage. (I’ve written about them before herehere, here, and here.)

A little background: We had a traditional small group ministry – 8 or 10 people doing a Bible study together every other week. We realized that it was just boring and not really connecting with where we were at. We came to think that what people in our community need is not more knowledge of the Bible. What we need is more opportunity to put our knowledge to work. We need more activity, practice, and doing.   Read More…

My Experiment with a Simple Diet

We have started new Experimental Collectives at Vintage. Right now, we are focusing on simplicity, realizing that Jesus invites us to find a whole new way to think about our money, our stuff, our clothes, our time, our anxiety, and our stress. Jesus invites us to a more simple life in which we find our security in God.

We decided to focus on simplicity in November and December very intentionally. If there is any season in which we need to experiment with less, it is the holiday season. And so, we’ve gone at our cultural pressures head-on. Read More…


I’ve been thinking about the past couple of weeks, and only one word is coming to mind – whirlwind.

Let’s recap what we’ve been up to:

  • I published a book. That’s kind of a big deal, right?
  • Vanessa and I took up all the tile in our kitchen. Well, mostly Vanessa because she’s just that awesome.
  • I did several media appearances. Though I haven’t been invited to be on The View yet. Read More…
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