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

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

“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

The waiting …

I’m not so sure that many theologians would be known for quoting Tom Petty, but from where I walk and stand and sit, his claim that “the waiting is the hardest part” seems like a most insightful and honest claim when it comes to an incarnational form of neighborhood witness.  I have no doubt that … More The waiting …