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A central feature of our culture is that we are relentlessly talked at––rarely listened to. Consequently, we have an aching hunger to be heard and noticed. Among the men and women with whom we meet, do we recognize their thirst to be heard and known and loved personally? Almost two decades after first planting the church […]

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At its simplest, VP3’s The Journey is a meaningful walk with a group of people guided by three primary questions: Who is God? Who am I? What does God want to do through me? I have been reminded recently of how powerful this process can be, helping men and women wake up to the depth […]

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“Give us this day the freedom to be amazed and to trust your way among us, even when the world seems closed to all futures.” Last week a friend sent me a brief video that captured the experience of a woman named Sheryl in his congregation who had recently walked through The Journey process with […]

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A few weeks back a friend texted me a link to a song that had been sustaining him amidst some major difficulties within his family. So I began to listen to it… then again and again and again. I am still listening to it. Meditating on it actually.  It has even entered the regular rotation […]

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God has ordained things that we grow in faith only through the frail instrumentality of one another.   St. John of the Cross Our growth in Christ does not occur in isolation; it takes place within the company of others who provide presence and perspective along the journey. One specific form of being “in the […]

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 No book we read, no conversation we have, no sermon we hear, no spiritual discipline we practice, no Journey process we take can be transformative unless we have a thirst for a deeper life with God—and are prepared to […]

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“Is it possible for people to miss their lives in the same way one misses a plane?” Walker Percy asks in his novel The Second Coming. With his character Will Barrett—a lonely widower, recently retired from a very successful business career—Percy confronts us with a person who has confused all the activity of his life […]

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Amidst all the chatter on Apple News and Christianity Today about leadership, I was struck this morning by Celestin Musekura’s* simple and compelling response to the question — Why is leadership important? Watch the short 2 minute video.  Why is leadership important? from :redux on Vimeo.     But not so with you … I […]

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Dr. J. Robert Clinton was a primary conversation partner and teacher of Randy Reese as he set out to do something that would help pastors and lay leaders pay attention and develop their people, the effort that would lead to the founding of VantagePoint3. Bobby Clinton has been one of our key teachers along the way. […]

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January 30, 2019

A cold day

So, it’s really cold. I woke up this morning thankful for a warm house. Most days I take this warmth and safety very much for granted, but not this morning. The kids are home, the cartoons are on, and as I sit next to Rosie, all wrapped up in her new mermaid blanket, I am […]

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A couple years ago now I pinned a poem to a wall in my office. It was sent from a woman named Kennette who was facilitating a group through The Journey and then A Way of Life. Her words remind me often of what is possible when a group of adults commit to having an extended conversation about God, themselves, […]

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One person has written that we never know enough about Jesus to know what he is going to do next. Jesus continues to show up in unimaginable ways amidst the most unlikely of circumstances.  On this Christmas Eve 2018—when certainly all is not well—let Madeleine L’Engle’s thoughtful words remind us of the reality of Jesus’ […]

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