10 tips for starting your blog

I get this question a few times a month: I’m thinking about starting a blog. Any tips I should keep in mind? After almost a decade of doing this blog thing, here’s how I answer: Be consistent. Few people will come back to your blog if you only blog once every three months. Keep the…

Leprosy: reflections on touch and the gift of pain

On Sunday in our Renew Gathering, we had one of our global partners, Pastor Britto Joseph from the Independent Church in India, come and share with us. Britto has become a friend to our church and his life of faith is inspiring to me personally. He’s a 33 year old pastor who intended to start…

The 4 expressions of Kairos Partnerships

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m developing a new initiative with the other half of my time called Kairos Partnerships. It is an initiative seeking to walk alongside of and partner with leaders, pastors and church planters as they experience the significant kairos moments of their lives. (A special thanks to my friend and graphic designer…

Would Jesus actually do this?

My friend Caleb posted this painting on his blog a week or two ago and I can’t get it out of my head. What emotions are you feeling as you see this painting?

[Doubt Night]: a safe place to ask dangerous questions about faith

Our faith community is hosting another Doubt Night next Wednesday September 28 at 7:30pm – and you’re invited. Our friend Regina is allowing us to use her shop, Virago Bakery (322 1/2 W Main Street Lansdale, PA) for the event. If you haven’t attended one of these unique events yet – or you have no idea…

A wake-up call for the North American Church?

As I’ve been ruminating over the implications of discipleship in the North American church the past several months, a few things are aligning in eerie fashion over the past week. First, I mentioned some thoughts by Dallas Willard in an earlier post. Speaking of Dallas, I keep stumbling across another one of his quotes –…

Tozer’s Questions for Self-Examination

Discipleship continues to become one of the most important values we embody in our faith community. In fact, it should be the most important thing we become and do – because it is our charge. A few years ago I heard a clear definition of discipleship:  an irreplaceable and lifelong task of becoming like Jesus…

What I’ll be doing with ‘the other half’ of my time

We’re encouraged about the support and grateful for the excitement from many people since the significant announcement of our transition was made public. One of our leaders within Renew said it reminded him of Acts 15 when the people said, “It seemed right to the Holy Spirit and to us.” We sense this as further…

What two day old baby sea turtles taught me about how I’m wired

When we were in Mexico last month celebrating our ten year anniversary, Megan and I noticed a cordoned-off area on the beach with a sign on the fence that read: “Keep out. Sea Turtle Protection Project in Progress.” Because sea turtles are protected species, the Sea Turtle Protection Project helped to hatch the eggs, keep…

Incredibly exciting (and ridiculously scary) changes for the Briggs family

I have some significant news to share with you: news that makes my heart race, because its incredibly exciting and ridiculously scary at the same time. We announced these changes yesterday morning at the gathering of The Renew Community. No, we are not leaving Renew. But my role within Renew will be changing significantly. Over…