October 13th, 2015

Sunday Message Follow Up #1: Does God speak through sleep dreams?

“So I’ve been wrestling with this for a while but where do our dreams fit in?  I tend to hear sermons about how it’s all about Jesus and feel shame for having dreams and trying to figure out my dreams, but where do they fit in?  Is God with our dreams?” –From an Ecclesian First […]

Read More
September 29th, 2015

Small Batch Disciple Making

When you return to the US after living overseas for three years, your expat friends warn you about how you will react the first time you enter an American supermarket. Apparently, nothing is as disorienting in your reentry to American culture as the overwhelming number of choices in a typical grocery mega-store.   While I admit, […]

Read More
September 10th, 2015

The Pulse of Ecclesia

I often tell my nine-year-old daughter, Addy, about the night she was born. Kristyn was asleep in the hospital bed under the influence of an epidural while I sat by her side keeping friends and family up to date on our progress from my laptop. What I vividly remember was that the only sound in […]

Read More
August 20th, 2015

Tales from a Parking Lot

Landing a new job. Birth of a child. Wedding day. There are obvious events in our lives when we celebrate what God is doing. However, our eternal, omniscient Lord is present in every aspect of our lives. Even at the most mundane of activities, our God is there. Making toast, talking to satellite providers, parking […]

Read More
August 16th, 2015

Eyes Up

“Vulnerability” has been a buzz word in the social-ether that my wife and I have heard ever since our migration to Southern California. Over the past few weeks, however, the philosophy of vulnerability has appeared and reappeared at a noticeable frequency in dialog with our community group and elsewhere. So on Sunday when Pastor Jon […]

Read More
August 15th, 2015

August 15, 2015

By Paul Murphy, August 14 This trip has seen more progress – Ugandan trainers are being trained more fully, we have been asked to lay out a 3 year training manual with key topics. And most gratifying – I took time to listen to a number of their personal stories. Wow – pain, faith, care! […]

Read More
August 13th, 2015

August 13, 2015

By Paul Murphy Just completed final training trip to Kumi. About 25, dear, teachable people (see pictures). Three ugandans we trained did portions of the training today and did well. In the Morning we drive six hours to Entebbe airport. I wait seven hours, then my flight is seven hours to Amsterdam with a four-hour layover, arriving […]

Read More