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What Do We Mean When We Say “Missional Community?”

Over the past several years, I have written here and in our newsletter about missional communities. Liz and I have shared stories about trying to start a missional community here in Clontarf. And we have shared our hope of helping to start missional communities across the city of Dublin. That all sounds great...if you know what we mean when we say missional community.

Internship Opportunity in Dublin

Thinking about trying something different next year? In 2018 we will be starting an internship program here in Dublin. There will be opportunities for 3, 6, or 12-month internships, and starting dates are open-ended. There will be more information about the program and what it will look like by the end of this year. In the meantime, if you are interested, please drop me a note.   I look forward to hearing from you!

Blogging Break

After almost two months of not posting anything here, I’ve decided to make it official. While I doubt that I’ll never blog here again, I have decided to take an extended break.

Well, Who Are You?

“Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzi “Well, who are you?” – The Who Often during the first 3 years here in Dublin, I would tell people that there were two key thing I learned in moving to Dublin. The first had to do with grace (I’m still working on that post) and the second...

Good Grief

We're uncomfortable with grief. It’s why we say dumb things at funerals, “They’re in a better place.” “I guess God wanted them.” It’s why we tell a kid who just lost a pet “Don’t worry, we’ll get you a new one.” And while it is great that another puppy coming, that fact does not diminish the loss…the pain felt because of the one who is now gone.

Switching Gears

I am generally pretty good at focusing on the things I (or we) don’t do well, or should be doing better. Today has been a day where we’ve been able to focus on some things that we have consistently done well. And because of some of those things, we have so many incredible people who have been part of our...


Today I had to head to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). This is the fourth time in less than 5 years. The first year I was so nervous. In Ireland, you can’t take care of your residency before you move there. You come in like normal, receive permission to stay in the state for 90 days while at the...

More Transition Stuff…the Good

Last week I wrote about some of the things that made our move to Dublin difficult. But there was so much during the process that was amazing. I want to share a few of those stories. I will likely miss a few…and hopefully someone will remind me. If that happens we’ll add them in another post. Here are some of the...


Since we are sharing a series of posts about our move to Ireland, I thought I'd repost some other posts from around that time as it'll give some insight to what was going on. I may make small edits or update information, but generally they'll be shared as originally published #FlashbackFriday