October 28, 2013 — by Dr. Laura Smit

Meeting Jesus at His Table

What exactly is happening when we come to the Lord’s table and celebrate the sacrament of Communion? This is one of those issues about which Christians disagree passionately. We can think of all the many understandings of the sacrament as falling into three groups.

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October 7, 2013 — by Rev. Mateen Elass

How Much Do I Trust Jesus?

How much do I trust Jesus? Well, that depends. When He says things that fit with my views and priorities, I am happy to call Him my Lord and Savior. When He says things that my conscience sides with, even though I don’t want to hear them, I trust that He must be right. But when He says things that would mean radical change for my life and comfort, then I don’t trust Him. Not really. Even though I say I do, and want others to believe that I do, my lifestyle does not greatly reflect Jesus’ teachings. I know I’m not alone.

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September 30, 2013 — by Len Tang

A Vision for a Church Planting Pipeline

All of us want to participate in something bigger than ourselves, to be connected not only to a congregation but to a movement — to be part of advancing God's Kingdom. Church planting is a way for every leader and congregation to be connected to and invested in proclaiming Christ around the country.

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September 26, 2013 — by Dr. Laura Smit

The Church as Community: How Big Is It?

This semester, I’m teaching “The Holy Spirit and the Church.” Our primary textbook is Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction by Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger. I really like that the chapters come in pairs, first a chapter on a theological idea, then a chapter of case study exploring the relevance of that idea to everyday life in the American church.

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September 23, 2013 — by Keith Hill

Renovating Even As We Move In

My first pastoral call was to the First Presbyterian Church of Winnfield, a little town in the piney woods of northern Louisiana. The manse next door to the church was built about 1900. It was one of those beautiful old southern homes, with a wide wrap-around porch with a swing. Before the church secured it for a manse, the house was the office for a timber company.

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September 19, 2013 — by Rev. Mateen Elass

Building a New Denomination: More than Just Nimble Structure

In light of the multiple thousands of denominations existing over and against Jesus’s prayer that “they may be one,” the creation of yet another denomination must come with strong justifications. While I believe that ECO has such justifications for coming into being, there is one common refrain which seems to me dangerously misleading and ultimately destructive.

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May 5, 2013 — by ECO Communications Team

ECO Blog: Coming Soon

The ECO Blog will be a forum to share news, updates, and stories from both ECO leaders and member churches. We look forward to launching the ECO blog in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.

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