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

calendar sync

In 34 years of marriage, my wife and I have just, in recent months, begun to get a handle on syncing our calendars.  Back in the day, there used to generally be one flip chart type calendar placed somewhere strategically in our house where, ideally, we would each write out the important rhythms of our … More calendar sync

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