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Posts by Brian Nixon

On Earth As It Is In Heaven…

Dallas Willard was a notably significant spiritual leader for the church, who was also a mentor to many significant spiritual leaders… Many have commented on how he lived life with such integrity, such spiritual connection with God, that he was a profound blessing to be around. He once said that “I think that, when I…

Taming the Tongue

We’re doing a short study of the book of James in our Wednesday night Life group right now. And this week is James chapter three, which is, in a large part, about taming the tongue. It happens to be a lesson, I think probably most of us could stand to here again now and then.…

Hallelujah

This past week I watched a video online of a Flash mob in the mall singing the Hallelujah Chorus. And it was, unexpectedly, a moving thing for me to hear and to watch. Shoppers, all milling about at the mall, doing their last minute Christmas shopping. And then over the hustle and bustle of the…

Great Thanksgiving

I went to a church for a time, that whenever they had communion, once a month or so, they would say together this thing called the Great Thanksgiving. I never remember how it goes, but there’s this one part I really like, that says “it is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and…

The Church

Right now, as I write, it’s about 10am on a Tuesday morning. And we have about a dozen or more people buzzing around the church working on various mission projects for the church and community. The men of Fellowship of Carpenter’s are in the back fixing and polishing up beds for those in the community…

Community

People need people. There’s a Streisand song in there somewhere, but it’s truer than we may know. I can recount a number of times in my life, where if it weren’t for the church, I don’t know how we would’ve made it… Maybe you’ve experienced the same. And if you haven’t yet, come, and see.…

Liminal Space

The trusty Dictionary says that “liminal” means “of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition.” I looked up this word “liminal” just to be sure I was using it right, and I may or may not be. But I wanna think about this in-between space anyway. This space after something has finished…

Bethany Fellows

This past week I was able to step away from the office and attend a Continuing education/Spiritual retreat for young ministers throughout the United States. It’s called Bethany Fellows, and it is so wonderfully good for me and my soul. You can go to www.bethanyfellows.org for more information about it, and even contribute to this…

Freedom

The meal that became “the Last Supper” for Jesus, the Gospel of Mark says, was to be a Passover meal. The Passover celebration is to be a reminder that God’s people were freed from slavery. At Passover the people have said for generations, “Why is this night different than other nights?” And the response is…