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Here are two pictures from Antioch’s 1st Marriage Retreat that we had in Lake Oswego this past weekend.

I was amazed that we had 88 people come to a “marriage conference”!!

Brandon Reynolds did an amazing job setting it up!

Yellow Bean Project

Below is the text of an e-mail from the young business man from Bukwo that John Courtney, Kim and I had the pleasure of meeting and working with while in Uganda. Antioch funded an entrepreneurial project of growing a lucrative cash crop of yellow beans in Bukwo that Martin was going to administer.

Martin is amazing. This excerpt is only half of the e-mail that he sent with detailed records, names and rules for the farmers in the project. A third of them live in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and a third of them are widows.

We’re pretty excited to see what Martin will be able to accomplish through the yellow bean project!!


Praise God John!

How are you and your wife? Hope you are fine and doing well. I am fine and ok too. I came from Bukwo on 31st March 2008 and am now in Kampala for a week trying to prepare for my exams due next month.

I managed to purchase 450 kgs of yellow beans at a rate of $1 per kg, seeds preservative chemical 8kgs at $6.25 per kg totalling to $50, facilitation during training $ 31.3, transport to Bukwo plus loading and offloading expenses $78.1 and hired a fully prepared 1.5 acres of land for the church to grow some of the beans at a cost of $90.6.

We managed to identify majorly the needy people from the church, IDP camps and widows who had land ready for planting but had no access to any kind of seeds.

Total of 45 people were selected to pioneer the yellow beans project i.e. 15 in the church, 15 IDP camps and 15 widows.

I named the project “Torasis Church Farmers Project (TCFP) Bukwo“. I also drafted beneficiaries’ membership form, which aimed at capturing the necessary information ranging from personal, educational, religious, employment/occupational and farming information. Passport photographs was also taken and attached to the membership form.

The membership form contains 12 simple rules and regulations governing the project.

Approximate total of 18 acres of land contains yellow beans. We are expecting a maximum output of 10 tonnes and minimum of 7 tonnes in June 2008 upon the success of the pioneer project.

Otherwise I will be in touch with Pastor Fred and also give him this report and the receipts. Most of all everybody was excited about the yellow beans and they are really grateful and please receive their best regards and thanks be to God for your efforts and the Antioch Church at large.

We trust God and we are sure all will be well. Looking forward to hearing from you!


Thank You!

Martin Muneria


Posted in: Uganda

American Idol (Cruise Edition)

So Kim Hunt (Antioch’s Director of Arts) just got back from her one week cruise down around Mexico.

While on the cruise, Kim won the on-board American Idol contest (sounds like glorified Karaoke) and was crowned the cruise’s Miss Princess Pop Star!!

Unfortunately, Kim refuses to send me the picture for all of our viewing pleasure :)


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Check out Antioch’s new webpage.

It’s been a year and a half since the web page has had a facelift.  In many ways it is the front door to our church since we meet in rented facilities.  It’s fun to finally have it freshened up! 
We’re still working out some bugs, but we wanted you to be able to see it and tell us what you think!!  


Posted in: Antioch, web

Old Mill Marketplace Space!!!

The college that was given to Antioch (High Desert Christian College) just signed on this amazing space in the Old Mill Marketplace yesterday.

It’s absolutely HUGE inside and will look amazing when it is painted, remodeled and has the espresso machine installed.

The main uses will be a bookstore for the college, the college, community education opportunities, a missions office, desserts and art sales / art shows to start with.

E-mail me at if you would like to help with the construction side of the remodel or would like to help furnish the facility!!


Posted in: Antioch, college

Little Girl’s Letter

So I got this killer letter from a little girl in our church.

She sent this letter in with $100 in cash. How cool is that?


Posted in: Antioch, journal


I like this quote by the late Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy:

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”

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Bill Clinton

Looks like I might be going to see Bill Clinton talk live in Bend tonight.

Not the biggest fan, but someone reserved me a spot and I thought it would be a fun experience.

It’s funny thinking of Bend as a strategic campaign stop!!

Only in Bend

A St. Bernard riding in an Audi…


Posted in: journal

Tournament Failure

I’m an NCAA Tournament failure!!

The bracket I filled out is probably the worst ever… I should have known that the days when I watched Sports Center twice daily and knew what teams were good are long gone.

Midlife crisis is setting in at 35!!

The God Card

I was talking with a couple at lunch yesterday and mentioned how I don’t usually like it when people throw “The God Card.”

What I meant is that the statement, “God told me…” immediately cuts off conversation and puts others in an awkward spot. Either they agree with you, or they seemingly go against God.

Far too often, I’ve seen the God Card used as a form of manipulation by religious leaders. It can lead to control rather than conversation and followship rather than ownership.

Jesus, who could have thrown the God Card at will, took great pains to educate and reason with people so that they would grow in their wisdom and knowledge of God and his values. He discipled and grew people up rather than just controlling and moving them around.

There are times, however, when a person truly does believe that God has said something or told them to do something. And it seems that sometimes a person needs to let another know that they feel deeply convicted about a decision based on a time of prayer or fasting.

Maybe in these situations we still need to spend some time reasoning with others (like Nathan did with David) and we still need to have grace and humility – after all, we’re not Jesus and we can be wrong, misunderstand things or have a piece of something that will fill out as time goes on.

Maybe, when we feel that God is saying something to us, we should have God inspired conversation rather than just “Play the God Card.” I’ve always thought that we’re one step away from pride and becoming the Pharisee… and there’s nothing we should be more careful and humble about than invoking the name of God (just see the first 2 of the 10 Commandments!!)


I really like this quote that I ran across last night.

“Our communities — the poor, the hungry, schools, businesses — must be different because our churches exist.”

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Yesterday I showed a satirical video clip of Jesus.

I posted it on the blog over a year ago, but I thought I would repost it as I’ve had several requests for it since yesterday.

Satire can be a beautiful thing… I think the value of this video is that it shows us how ridiculous it would look if Jesus acted the way we often portray he would act through our critical spirits, comparisons and obsession with judging others rather than loving and helping them.

Enjoy… and remember, “Love wins.”

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The Bunny

This Sunday at Antioch we’re kicking into a new series on the book of 1 Peter.

I wanted to start on Easter Sunday because the beginning of 1 Peter is an amazing and simple picture of just the gospel. No frills… just what the good news is.

We tend to try and dress the gospel up with a lot of our own stuff. We add little traditions and fun little cultural things.

Accordingly, the theme for Sunday is, “It’s not about the bunny.”

(Nothing derogatory meant toward bunnies… just that the gospel and Easter are squarely about Jesus and not rabbits).

I’m looking forward to diving into 1 Peter week after week from now through sometime this summer. There’s nothing quite so cool as seeing the context and the development within an amazing book of scripture.

Full Circle

My parents always spent time talking with my teachers when I was growing up — all the way through high school. Often times I wasn’t allowed back until my parents had met with the teacher.

Today, I had my first meeting with a teacher as the parent.

The difference, of course, being that Mary Joy’s teacher loves her to death. Either way, it still has a kind of funny life coming “full circle” feel to it!!


Posted in: Family, journal


I’ve been thinking alot about community lately…

Community is what always excited me most about being a church planter and moving to Bend. I told Tamara when we got married that I wanted to put down roots and find some people worth growing old together with.

So I guess thinking about community means that I’m thinking about who’s worth knowing when they’re old and I’m old. It’s not always easy figuring out who’s going to still be fun at age 80 :)

I’m also putting a lot more time into thinking about community at Antioch. Churches are really nothing more than a group of people or a “community.” What we do at the staff and office level will either help facilitate the development of relationships or it won’t. We’ll either be good at building community or we won’t. My prayer is that Antioch will only continue to grow as a safe and warm place to fellowship.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a lot of cool connecting things coming down the pike… new community groups, marriage retreat, summer bbq’s and, of course, family camp 2008!!

Moody / Summer Intern Program

Below is the cover of the intern brochure for our summer intern program at Antioch.

The name is taken from Numbers chapters 13-14 where the nation of Israel sends out spies into the land of Canaan. Some came back excited about what God had for them… and some didn’t.

The Negev Circuit Internship Program is really unique in that it doesn’t view interns as cheap labor. Rather, the program is designed to help college age students discern God’s calling in their lives and to help them leave “excited about what God has for them.”

We’re pretty excited about the partnership with Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where we will be able to present the program and leave booklets with the various department heads. Linda Janney, our Middle School Director, is heading out the weekend of April 11-13 to Chicago to meet with students at Moody.

If you would like to receive more information about the program, are interested in being an intern for the summer or know of someone who might want to come “play with us” in Bend… e-mail and we’d be glad to help you out!!


Posted in: Antioch, interns

Rwanda Video

Ben Edwards put this video together of the day he spent in Rwanda on the recent Africa trip.

It shows an orphanage run by a woman named Naomi… who seems to be one of God’s amazing people in this world.

Ben made the presentation for the national convention of wedding and portrait photographers in Las Vegas this month. It is being shown by a renowned photographer based in Bend to thousands of photographers as a motivational piece about how they can use their craft to make a difference in the world.

It’s amazing to watch how God is using Ben and his experiences in Africa to touch the lives of others…

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Posted in: africa, videos

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