Category Archives: Amsterdam50

Sexuality and Spirituality: The Difference Between 2012 and 2021

Over the last couple of decades, I’ve thought and wrote a lot about the intersection of sexuality and spirituality. Most churches (and church leaders) seem to gravitate towards imbalance. Either they avoid the topic as much as possible, or they … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

I’ve been listening to a new podcast called The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. It describes the unique legacy of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, along with its pastor, Mark Driscoll. The entire life cycle of this church was … Continue reading

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The Last Week of January

The last week of January was a big week for our family back in 2003 — a week of miracles and transformations and shock. Looking back, eighteen years later, I can hardly believe that so much happened in such a … Continue reading

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The Four “I”s of Cultivating an Area for God’s Movement

How does a team start a new church from scratch? What does street-level missions look like? If we wanted to start a new H2O Church at, say, Youngstown State University (45 minutes east of Kent), where exactly would we start? … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Experience Northern Arizona (Or Anywhere, for that Matter)

I love seeing new places with old friends. It somehow enhances one’s enjoyment of both the people and the places to have familiar people with whom one can experience unfamiliar places. On the relational level: Sharing a new experience together … Continue reading

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Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City

I recently finished Russell Shorto’s book Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City. It was recommended to me by my friend Claire, and I’m thankful to her for the tip. I appreciated the book for its subject matter, … Continue reading

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