June 18, 2015 — by Dave Reichelderfer

The Beautiful Blessing Of Infant Baptism

Infant baptism is a long-held practice in the Reformed tradition. The Reformers were blessed by the beauty of infant baptism as it was practiced in the church from ancient times. They sought to be faithful to the practice that was given to them by the church fathers in keeping with the Holy Scriptures. We are blessed by the beauty of the Reformed teachings that shape our practice to this day.

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June 10, 2015 — 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 1, 2015 — 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 — 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 7, 2015 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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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