‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil’

We’ve joined our church family Down Under this Lent as we pray the Lord’s Prayer all the way to Easter. Here’s Dr Ben Myers, Lecturer in Systematic Theology at United Theological College reflecting on the phrase ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil’. Tweet

God At The Center

I find all this talk about human limits questionable. (Can even death, since people hardly fear it now, or sin, which people hardly even comprehend now, still be called genuine “limits?”) I always have the feeling we are merely fearfully trying to save room for God; I would rather speak of God at the center […]

Love Supreme

Sunday 30 March 2014 John Coltrane was a part of our reflection time today. At least one time a week our faith community gathers to reflect on what we’ve read in the Bible that week. Today the musical contribution, John Coltrane’s, “Love Supreme”, was presented by Ralf Schwarz (jazz musician and part of our faith […]

3 Worlds Staff Meeting in Rome

Here are a few sights and soundbites from the recent Three Worlds staff meeting in Rome. Kudos to Christian for putting this together for us. Enjoy!   -Kelley, Rhonda and Christian Tweet

New initiative to teach airline workers how to spot human trafficking on flights.


A Voice for the Voiceless

A BIG THANKS to the crew from photogenX for creating such a powerful message for the voiceless on Kurfürsten Straße! Tweet

“Final Solution of the Jewish Question”

Today marks the 70th anniversary for the Wannsee Conference. On January 20th, 1942, fifteen high-ranking Nazi Party and German government officials gathered at a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss and coordinate the implementation of what they called the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.” Although by early 1942, hundreds of thousands […]

Ein kühler Mitarbeiter

RBB machte eine Reportage über Artur Darga. Artur arbeitet bei der Berliner Stadtmission und außerdem mit dem Neustart-Team in dem auch Rhonda mitarbeitet. Hier ist der Link zum ganzen Artikel:  http://www.rbb-online.de/was/archiv/was__vom_05_12_2011/von_beruf__profi_.html Tweet

Sermon on Repentance

“…repentance is what happens to us when the Good News, the truth of who we are and who God is, enters our lives and scatters the darkness of competing ideas.”

The Broken Margins

This isn’t one of those feel-good, inspiring videos, but it is a poignant reminder of God’s broken creation that live on the margins of our society; individuals who Christ loves and died for. It’s also a great reminder to pray for Rhonda and the Neustart and Alabaster Jar teams who minister daily in Berlin to […]


These guys are awesome. This is the first of 3 short films entitled, MOVE. You can find the other 2, LEARN and EAT, via the links at the end of this film. 3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all […]

Welcoming Two Friends

For the month of July, we are so pleased to have interns, Dorottya “Dori” Illéssy (left) and Gina Shaner (right), as a part of our XZBERLIN community. Dori is a student majoring in Eastern Language and Cultural Studies (with an emphasis in Japanese) at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest, Hungary. Gina is completing her Master’s […]

The Tree of Life

“There are two ways through life: the way of nature, and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow. Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over […]

Mr. Minsch

“Mr. Minsch” doesn’t look like your average pastry shop. The walls are painted in creme colors. Vintage shelves from a hospital and pharmacy cabinets surround a large marble-topped table on wheels. Each day, 25 different types of cake are prepared in the tiny 33 square meter space. The customers never step inside; instead they make their choice through the glass storefront and are served through a window.

Communitas – The Freedom Riders

“I bowed my head,” he says. “I asked God to give me the strength to remain nonviolent and to forgive the people for what they might do. It was very brief, but in that instant, I felt an overwhelming presence. I don’t know how else to describe it. A peace came over me. I knew that no matter what happened to me, it was going to be OK. Whether I lived or whether I died, I felt this incredible calm.”

Quoting Francis Chan -Relevant Magazine

“I’d love to just be in a room with some people who really believed and had absolute faith in their prayers,” Chan says. “[Who] just wanted to obey the Scriptures and share their faith with whomever and disciple and just get in a group and pray like crazy, and go and talk about how God moved […]

Russian Christmas

Today, January 7th, thirteen days after Western Christmas, the church in Russia (also in Georgia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, the Coptic Church in Egypt and the Greek Patriarchate of Jerusalem) celebrates Christmas. The timing is associated with the use of the old Julian calendar by the Russian Orthodox Church. After the 1917 Revolution, Christmas was […]

Holy Innocents

Charlotte Rothschild was born in Berlin and used to live down the street from us. And although she and her family left the neighborhood before we were born, she, along with many others, has become a stumbling stone to those of us who live here now…literally.

The Nativity…Heaven Coming Down to Earth

Mike Frost, a friend of XZBERLIN, posted this yesterday: “Here’s Sandro Botticelli’s amazing depiction of the nativity. I’m using it in a talk I’m giving this Christmas Day. Dancing angels, fleeing demons, the downcast lifted up, wise men and shepherds on their knees, heaven coming down to earth. Stupendous!” May we truly experience Emmanuel, heaven […]

Commitment to Community

A Yale graduate on food stamps is making a difference in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This piece BBC did on Stephen Haff is a wonderful example of what commitment to buidling true community is about. “My belief is that all meaningful learning happens in the context of loving relationships.” -Stephen Haff Community Kudos to Stephen Haff!!! Tweet

Christmas, Waffles & Prostitutes

It’s the Christmas season, a time of year to rediscover the real meaning of this celebration. In doing so, it’s important to reflect on values, ours and those in the culture that surrounds us. It’s a time of learning and it seems that we learn something new everyday. Today, we learned that prostitutes over on […]

Michael Frost -The Sent and Sending One

Dallas Theological Seminary
World Evangelization Conference with Michael Frost on March 9, 2010

Michael Frost, vice principal and director of the Tinsley Institute at Morling College, shares with us about finding the missional God in surprising places.

The Varners Are Back

[slideshow id=1] “I love it when a plan comes together!” –Lieutenant Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (The A-Team) After a busy summer, wedding, honeymoon, paperwork, packing up and saying goodbyes, Aaron and Nicole have arrived in Berlin. Our XZ team is complete and our fall rhythms have begun….including a wedding/welcome to Berlin reception last Sunday evening […]

When Love Comes to Town


This U2 – B.B. King song is one of our favorites as is the idea that love, when present, changes things. In fact, it’s revolutionary. “When love comes to town” certainly conjures up the image of Jesus walking into one of those Galilean villages 2000 years ago, but it also raises some questions for us […]