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Chris Green
Chris Green

Chris' work is planting faith communities in the villages of North Holland that are without an evangelical witness. The vision is to see a renewal movement take place that will turn what others have called the “barren north” and turn in into an oasis of renewal.

Chris and his wife, Rebecca, have 3 boys and have lived in The Netherlands since 2012.

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What is the church?

Part 1 of 7 - Now let’s get specific and let’s root ourselves securely in the Scriptures. When we say “community,” “church,” “fellowship” or the like, what do we mean?

Now let’s get specific and let’s root ourselves securely in the Scriptures. When we say “community,” “church,” “fellowship” or the like, what do we mean? The ecclesia (Church) is a participatory community of the followers of Jesus Christ, built upon the proclamation of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom, nurtured under leadership of those called by […]

By Chris Green Posted in church on 2020-03-25 0 Comments 2 min read Continue reading
We are oasis makers.

In the middle of the desert in which sadness has reigned, these pilgrims of God bend down to their knees, roll up their sleeves and start digging.

As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it an oasis; the early rain also covers it with pools. Psalm 84:6 The audaciousness of the picture painted in this text is extraordinary. The Psalmist speaks of the people of God as pilgrims (as does most of the bible) passing through “the Valley of […]

By Chris Green Posted in renewal on 2020-03-18 0 Comments 3 min read Continue reading
God is not nostalgic.

From the very beginning, Christ’s church was meant to be a movement of pilgrims, strangers, exiles, those rejected by the world but at home in Christ wherever they went.

God is not nostalgic. I’m reminded of this every time I pass an old church building that’s been turned into an art gallery or a cheese museum or any number of alternate purposes. Seeing it churns my stomach. Knowing that God is not moved by it has the same effect. “God, how can you let […]

By Chris Green Posted in renewal on 2020-03-11 0 Comments 3 min read Continue reading
Crossing the Jordan

Throughout the Bible, the Jordan river is mentioned about 75 times. It's the river that Naman washed himself in 7 times to be healed of leprosy. It's the river where John the Baptist baptized and the river where Jesus himself was baptized. The Jordan is consistently shown to be a place of crossing, of passing through.

“Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among […]

By Chris Green Posted in renewal on 2020-03-04 0 Comments 3 min read Continue reading
Is the church still useful?

“You who are conversant with human history will bear me out when I say that the whole history of the church is a series of miracles - a long stream of wonders. A little spark kindled in the midst of oceans, and yet all her boisterous waves cannot quench it.”

“You who are conversant with human history will bear me out when I say that the whole history of the church is a series of miracles – a long stream of wonders. A little spark kindled in the midst of oceans, and yet all her boisterous waves cannot quench it.”

By Chris Green Posted in secular peoples on 2020-02-26 0 Comments 7 min read Continue reading
Devotion & Unity: Church membership in secular culture

...it is a practice through which we connect with each other, anticipating the dynamic, unifying work of the Holy Spirit among us, making from our many parts a single body and, through us, showing to the world what the culture of the Kingdom of God looks like.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and […]

By Chris Green Posted in bible, church, renewal, secular peoples on 2020-02-19 0 Comments 6 min read Continue reading
The Gift and the Giver

The Holy Spirit is both the Gift from God and the Giver of gifts to His people.

Before He made the world, when mankind was just an idea in the mind of God, He desired one thing from us: fellowship, intimacy. So He created man: body and soul. And then He did with man what He did not do with any other created thing – He gave him a spirit. In that […]

By Chris Green Posted in bible on 2020-02-19 0 Comments 8 min read Continue reading
Pentecost in the Secular Experience

I am convinced that the way forward for pentecostals in secular culture starts by fully embracing (1) a theology of encounter, (2) the sent-ness of our spirituality and (3) an understanding of Jesus’ (and therefore our) ministry as bringing mercy to the fringes.

My family’s experience with Pentecost traces back to sawdust trails and revival altar calls 4 generations ago on both sides of my family. Pentecostalism is the only form of Christianity with which my family has been acquainted and as such is embedded deep into our family culture. The stories I heard around the dinner table as a child were those of miracles, sermons, crazy church ladies, cranky deacons and “what the Lord did at church today”.

By Chris Green Posted in secular peoples on 2020-02-19 0 Comments 15 min read Continue reading
The last time I kissed my Bible.

I heard her mumble as I left, “a pastor’s son should know better.” This pastor’s son did know better.

I have always been drawn to the bible. As a child my parents drew lines from every important decision, lesson or principle back to that book. It was canon for our family; the measuring stick by which we judged a thing to be true or not. Yet we never learned to treat it as a […]

By Chris Green Posted in bible on 2020-01-01 0 Comments 2 min read Continue reading
We just lost Carla

"I believe the front at which the enemy is currently attacking us the most in North Holland is in the area mental health."

I want to tell you two stories today. The first is about a man from a large municipality called the Decapolis. We read his story in Mark 5. Here’s a synopsis: Lots of trauma, since he was a kid Spent most of his life as a patient, different doctors and psychologists had done what they […]

By Chris Green Posted in secular peoples on 2019-10-02 0 Comments 7 min read Continue reading

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