I've learned that systems take more energy than dreams. But that's OK, some things are worth working for. Last week I ended up in a meeting where a dude who consults with churches to help them clarify and execute a vision was presenting to me and some friends. Sort of off hand he said … Continue reading organic
We're living in a world where Jesus is alive. So much more is possible. In a world where we so often feel limited by money or pain or cruelty, it's hard to remember what's real: for the people of God, Jesus defines reality. The God of the universe is in your corner. He went into … Continue reading alternate reality
This past weekend, I took our Number2 kid to the movies, there was a scene with the main girl growing up. The reality of the perpetual motion of life hit me. Life moves. Things go well and things go poorly, but either way they go. Forward. Today becomes yesterday, and yesterday fades. People get … Continue reading Number2
There's nothing divine about our calendar dates. So, in one sense, New Year's Day is just another day to be faithful to God. But in another sense, it's a new start. I've been really feeling that this year, that it's an opportunity to start again. That's probably part of the reason I want to share … Continue reading A New Year
The church folks of Jesus day accused him of being a drunkard and a glutton. It's mentioned a lot, but is still worth considering: the "respectable" people came to Jesus only under the cover of night or in extreme crises if at all. It was the working class; the poor and marginalized who were most … Continue reading narratives
I don't know why he waits. He has answers. He has full joy and impenetrable peace. Yet, somewhere he sits, knows our situation and waits. Times like today, I don't know why. When hate, having prowled in the night has found a wiling host. When anger has multiplied and met with just enough power for destruction. When ignorance … Continue reading Light for the World
may the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you follow him, I saw this text today. There's something compelling to me about the sequence of those words. God of hope, fill you with joy and peace, That clause is followed by this one: so that you may overflow with hope by the power … Continue reading tap on.