June 10, 2015 β€” by Dana Allin

ECO's Third Core Value: Thoughtful Theology

Over the next several months, in preparation for our national gathering, we will be focusing our Thursday blog posts on ECO’s nine values. We will spend a month of Thursdays on each of the values, where I will write an introductory blog post and then other authors will expand upon our Biblical understanding of the value for the next 3-4 weeks. We are excited to dig in together and pray that you will join us in this journey as we strive to stay connected until we see each other in person next January!

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June 4, 2015 β€” by Donna Rivett

Biblical Integrity: Shaped By The Unique And Authoritative Word Of God

I believe the Bible is the unique and authoritative Word of God, which teaches all that is necessary for faith and life. The prominence of God’s Word over our lives shapes our priorities, and the unrivaled authority of the Bible directs our actions to be in concert with Christ’s very best for our lives. I believe in Biblical Integrity.

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June 1, 2015 β€” by Dan McNerney

It's Harvest Time!

Don't let anyone tell you that the Arab Spring failed or is no longer alive and well! It is roaring like a lion throughout the Middle East, especially in the hearts of young people. The worldwide web, ease of communication and travel, satellite TV, and handheld computers have brought world events and brand-new ways of thinking into nearly every living room in the Middle East. As a result, Muslims are hearing the Gospel at a rate unprecedented in history.

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May 21, 2015 β€” by Tim Harrison

Biblical Integrity: An Expression Of Our Love For God

Over the next several months, in preparation for our national gathering, we will be focusing our Thursday blog posts on ECO’s nine core values. We will spend a month of Thursdays on each of the values, where Dana Allin will write an introductory blog post and then other authors will expand upon our Biblical understanding of the value for the next 3-4 weeks. We pray that you will join us in this journey as we strive to stay connected until we see each other in person next January!

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May 18, 2015 β€” by Becky Lahna

10 Things A Runner Learns About Walking With Jesus

I love to run and am currently working towards my goal of running a half marathon in every one of the 50 states!  During training and racing, I have learned a few things that have encouraged me in my relationship with Jesus and I pray they encourage you too.

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May 7, 2015 β€” by Dana Allin

ECO's Core Values: #2 Biblical Integrity

Over the next several months, in preparation for our national gathering, we will be focusing our Thursday blog posts on ECO’s nine values. We will spend a month of Thursdays on each of the values, where I will write an introductory blog post and then other authors will expand upon our Biblical understanding of the value for the next 3-4 weeks. We are excited to dig in together and pray that you will join us in this journey as we strive to stay connected until we see each other in person next January!

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April 30, 2015 β€” by Rev. Eric O. Jacobsen

Jesus Shaped Identity At The Denominational Level

Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matt 20:25-28)

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April 20, 2015 β€” by Shelley Homeyer

Reaping & Sowing On The Mission Field

On December 17, 2014, my phone rang and our twenty-year-old son Adam was calling and his voice was stressed. He said he had an accident in our car with damage to the vehicle and moderate injuries to the other passengers. In Kampala, most accidents are hit and run, as was this accident. The Boda (motorcycle taxi) driver caused the accident and fled leaving his two injured passengers lying on the street.

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April 16, 2015 β€” by Jennifer Howat

Alive To Thrive: Living and Laboring From Our Jesus Shaped Identity

ECO is committed to building flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ, but no church can flourish and multiply unless its leaders and people are thriving in their relationships with Jesus. That’s why the first value of ECO is foundational to life and ministry. Jesus-shaped Identity: We believe Christ must be at the center of our lives and making disciples of Jesus at the core of our ministry.

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April 13, 2015 β€” by Joy & Thomas Boone

Sveiki From Klaipeda, Lithuania!

SveikiΒ  from Klaipeda, Lithuania, to our ECO brothers and sisters! We are Tom and Joy Boone, serving as missionaries through teaching at LCC International University. Tom is the chair of Theology and Joy teaches in the Business Department. Our work here began in August 2013, following a two-year season of discernment that involved leaving the PCUSA, visiting global Christians through The Outreach Foundation, doing pastoral training in remote areas of the world, and organizing an ECO church in Fountain Inn, SC.

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