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Your Space Can Tell Powerful Stories |

October 10, 2019

Great spaces, art and stories let us join God in reflecting his image. For thousands of years most people have believed in the holy trinity of universal transcendentals: truth, goodness and beauty. Plato connected these three properties of being with […]

The Star in the Heart of Singapore |

May 14, 2019

New Creation Church takes an innovative approach to its new facility. What if the church could gather in the hearts of our cities and towns, rather than in suburban industrial parks, separated behind seas of asphalt parking lots? What if […]

Telling the Story of the Bible |

March 27, 2019

As God’s story from eternity past to eternity future, the biblical narrative is also very much our story—the true history of the world written down for mankind to learn from, obey and cherish. Not only that, the history of the […]

Restoration Roasters Helps Transform Lives Through Coffee |

January 13, 2019

The Corona, California, coffee shop is staffed by volunteers and residents of the Corona-Norco Rescue Mission. One thing I have learned over my two decades of working with ministries around the world is that shift happens. For example, I have […]


Transforming Cities And People: The Orchard Develops Urban Space For Church And Community |

October 8, 2017

Design Intervention: Australian Churches Explore New Environments |

September 25, 2017

As I write this, I’m flying across the island continent of Australia after having spent more than a week uncovering what God is up to in this amazing corner of his creation. Outside of Sydney, I had a chance to […]

Church Renews Its Discipleship Strategy, Story And Space |

September 25, 2017

A century-old Free Methodist church founded in 1908 in the middle of Washington state was not the most likely church home and mission field for 35-year-old Mike Wilson. He and I had collaborated on multiple campus expansions of the fast-growing […]

Northern Lights Above La: California Church’s New Design Shines As A City On A Hill |

September 14, 2017

At the northwest corner of the City of Angels, Shepherd Church has grown to become one of the largest churches in Los Angeles with nearly 10,000 people a week gathering at one of its four campuses. Its roots date back […]