What Is The Church, Really?

Church

I’m not going to do this blog justice. Not today. Maybe not ever. But, I’m writing it anyway. Why? Because I think it’s worth stumbling through a difficult thing; something that, I believe, we are each trying to figure out in our own different ways. What is the church, really? That’s what we’re all asking, isn’t… [Keep Reading]

Gatekeepers, The Kingdom, and Where God Hangs Out

Blessed

Before the movement was a movement, there was a man talking crazy on a hillside. A carpenter’s son from the wrong side of town, riffing about things above his pay grade. God, heaven, blessings and sinners. This was the business of theologians and priests, and those gatekeepers of God were less than thrilled by this sideshow. He drew… [Keep Reading]

The Gospel And The Stones We Throw

Gospel

Her eyes searched the ground for an excuse. They came up empty. A crowd had gathered. Anger, pride, and shame all hung in the air like the stench of manure on a hot July country afternoon. Voices were raised and the tension was high. And in the middle of it all stood a half naked… [Keep Reading]

Dear Kingdom of Heaven

Faith

Some say that faith is a certain thing. That it’s a lot like following a map or staying in the lines of a coloring book or looking at a black and white picture. But these days, it feels more like clawing through the dark. I didn’t always think that.  It all used to be so easy. I said the prayers, followed… [Keep Reading]

Dear Comfortable Christianity

tricked

It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty some years together. Seems day ago, not decades past, when I nervously stepped into those lukewarm baptism waters on that late Sunday night. God, I was so young. You were so…intoxicating. I remember how my heart raced and my hands shook when the preacher asked if I believed… [Keep Reading]

On Peace, The Kingdom, and Finding God

peace

We used to have a completely predictable thing we’d do with our youth group when we were on mission trips. After a long day of serving at homeless shelters, community improvement projects and service chores for the elderly, we’d gather around some table hungry, tired and a bit annoyed at each other. (It was youth ministry, after all). As we… [Keep Reading]