Pears and Pairs

I find that in neighborhood work it helps to not do it alone.  We all have different tendencies and talents.  We all have unique lenses and come from various contexts.  These cause us to pick up on different aspects of the same scenes.  For example, this morning I’m sitting in a new local caffeine establishment.  … More Pears and Pairs

moments of grace

It’s been two years since we made the emotional decision to close out a four year journey with our downtown faith community known as Common Table.  A number of times these past few years I have been asked to do a “post mortum” of sorts.  To be fair, no one has ever been insensitive enough … More moments of grace

Unexpected places

About a month ago we were spending several days away with dear friends who have been a significant part of our lives and ministry for the better part of 3 decades.  The trip may have involved a few wineries and some magnificent food. Most importantly it was a road trip with several hours of unscripted … More Unexpected places

Unraveled

For more than 10 years I’ve had a weekly ritual before practically every teaching opportunity.  I’ll put my headphones (now airpods) on and I’ll listen to the Jars of Clay classic “Worlds Apart”.  My prayer, as the words envelop my thoughts, always centers on allowing God to really take my world apart where it concerns … More Unraveled

Turning obstacle into opportunity … Reclaiming the “verbness” of church

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.”  This encouragement opens up the 12th chapter of Romans in Eugene Petersons translation known as “The Message”.  The New International Version identifies this as “your true … More Turning obstacle into opportunity … Reclaiming the “verbness” of church

reclaiming the “verbness” of church pt. 2

Venturing into the practical side of things, I’d like to suggest that a significant obstacle to moving the church out of the building is one of posture.  My training in the pastoral arts leaned heavily on creating an illusion of all knowing.  Like the wizard behind the curtain, we were expected to have every answer … More reclaiming the “verbness” of church pt. 2