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

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 “verb-ness” of the church (pt 1)

As I sat down to put some recent thoughts to screen, ironically, I stumbled on a new Barna report showing that more than half of US church goers have never heard of the “Great Commission”.  Worse, in my opinion was that “Additionally, even when presented with a list of passages, 37 percent don’t recognize which … More reclaiming the “verb-ness” of the church (pt 1)