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

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

The right question

The face of my neighborhood changes every single day.  From nearly any vantage point, at least one that is not obscured by the dozens of new buildings already erected, you could count up to a dozen cranes towering over their own personal piles of concrete and steel.  There is a daily shell game of which … More The right question