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

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

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)

“Mission”-al in the neighborhood part 1

“Missional living is the adoption of the posture, thinking, behaviors, and practices of a missionary in order to engage others with the gospel message.”   So says Wikipedia.  It may not impress scholars, but I’m going with this definition because, in all honesty, Wikipedia is the cultural low investment source and the baseline of collective … More “Mission”-al in the neighborhood part 1