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

lesson from neighbors

At some point, I guess, the concept of neighborhood was formed around some confines of place that included homes, businesses, third place locales, churches, etc.  Our neighbors were defined as those people who lived, worked, and served in one of those readily identifiable places.  In other words, at least in my own mind, neighborhood, whether … More lesson from neighbors

I call them brave

Last night I had the privilege of sitting with a group of people who have invested themselves in pioneering and unique expressions of the church in the Seattle area.  I call them brave.  They certainly wouldn’t have called themselves that … all of them humble and unassuming in their pursuit of living and loving like … More I call them brave