This past week we tried something new: a Jesus-centered art camp for thirty kids in Burlington’s Old North End. A volunteer team from the River Community Church partnered with Burlington City Church and the Kids Alive ministry to make this happen… which included watching a college student from Tennessee teach Burundi African kids Irish folk dance in Burlington, VT Continue reading
A lot has happened the past few weeks with our church-planting and nonprofit endeavors in Burlington Continue reading
I’m super pumped about this new eight week pilot program we’re launching through Serve Burlington at Bike Recycle VT. Starting next week, Mike Bazemore (Serve Burlington’s soon to be director) and UVM student Alex Holt will start mentoring four men from local transitional shelters in bike repair . Continue reading
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent some time digging into what the Apostle John records Jesus saying in John 6 and 7. This morning two major points stuck out to me about how Jesus approached ministry:
- He was terrible at giving a sales-pitch.
- He was 100% against self-promotion. Continue reading
This video made by UVM student Gretchen Powers provides a glimpse of the impact the Girls and Boys Groups are making in at-risk Burlington teens’ lives. Steph Hobold and Phil Corriveau, the respective coordinators of the Girls and Boys Groups, have become two of my local heroes. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe that only one year ago Serve Burlington launched the Conversational English Club in Burlington’s Riverside Apartment community. We’re revving up for our fourth “semester” beginning next Tuesday, January 24, and I’m excited to see what God has in store. (Be sure to check out the video at the end of this post.) Continue reading
You may not know this, but I have an affinity (possibly an addiction) for venn diagrams. For some reason these circles- along with various other shapes, lines, and arrows-help me process ideas. Below I’ve copied some thoughts I’ve been having over the past few years concerning how to best engage our culture and communities with the gospel. Naturally, it requires a venn diagram. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.
This past Sunday in our Home Fellowship we took a look at the wise men, scribes, and King Herod in Matthew 2. One big point of discussion was how these non-Jewish wise men traveled cross country prepared to worship the King. One side note we briefly discussed was how all “kingdom work” scripturally is somehow rooted in worshiping Jesus as King. It made me think about how in modern evangelical Christianity we throw around the term “kingdom work,” yet we somehow can still separate this idea from the King Himself. So, what does “kingdom work” practically mean? Continue reading
Many of you who read this blog, have been highly involved in praying for, serving with, or giving to the projects of Serve Burlington. I thought it’s important for you to be in the loop regarding some important news.
I’m excited to announce that in 2012 Mike Bazemore will be coming on board as Serve Burlington’s Director. Continue reading
Over the last year, I’ve heard a common refrain from Phil Corriveau and Steph Hobold, who respectively lead Boys and Girls groups focused on mentoring tweens and teens primarily from Burlington’s Old North End and Winooski: we want to engage their families with the gospel. Continue reading