April 12th, 2017

There Will Always Be Three Brothers

During our Shaped by Suffering series in this Lent season Derek Johnson shares a personal story from earlier this year: David Eagleman, writer and neuroscientist, once stated, “There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, […]

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December 4th, 2015

A Story from the Winter Refuge

On November 12 of this year, actress Pauley Perette was attacked by a homeless man in Hollywood. After the assault, she said he “headed towards Hollywood Blvd with murder in his eyes.” Rolling back the calendar 10 months to January, I helped serve dinner to a group of homeless people as part of the Winter […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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July 29th, 2015

Season of Renewal

My wife, Amy, and I have been regular attendees of Ecclesia since 2012. As new creative professionals in a city loaded with a daunting stock of creative talent, we floated for a few months seeking a church with weekly bible-based fare and congregation somewhere near our demographic. We currently serve on the parking team and […]

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May 22nd, 2015

Ecclesia Turns 10 Years Old

Since 1993 I’ve kept a journal. Not a diary. A journal. The result is volumes and volumes of notes on my day: where I traveled, who I visited, what I ate for lunch and which games I played. Just the facts, not feelings. These records serve a practical purpose come tax season when I need […]

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May 13th, 2015

Returning to Kenya

Imagine yourself in a sea of smiles, hugs, and laughter. Now, test your imagination a little more and try to imagine meeting some of the most loving and resilient children – children that have dreams and aspirations. Almost instantly upon meeting these children, they welcome you with open arms and accept you as family. These […]

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April 14th, 2015

This Better Be Worth It

”This is a lot of work, it better be worth it.” “I AM the Vine and you are the branches.  My Father prunes every branch…so that it will bear more fruit. This is to my Father’s glory – that you bear much fruit, proving to be My disciples.” (John 15) In our post-Easter sermon series […]

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March 19th, 2015

Kenya Team: Christine Chaffee

Christine Chaffee was part of the 2014 Kenya Team.  In gearing up for this year’s trip, we wanted to share her experience. 1.  Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How long have you been at Ecclesia?  Have you traveled internationally a lot?  Was this your first time to Kenya? This was my first time in Kenya, […]

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