I believe there are always pockets of real spiritual formation happening in all streams of the Church, but it is by nature not grandiose, not flashy, not expedient--sort of like taking a walk.
The sword-guy says, "Nope!" And then he tells Joshua that "as the commander of the army of the Lord I have now come."
There, I said it. I am imagining that some of you are wondering why that took so long, and why I have said nothing about George Floyd, particularly after my fairly strong (for me, anyway) reaction to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. And others are feeling a little freaked out that I'm saying it now.… Continue reading Black Lives Matter
One of my former pastors--who helped ordain me to the position in which I currently serve, a year ago this week--posted this graphic this morning: Despite what you might think based on social media (which we all know is so truthful and representative) the last thing the majority of pastors here want is harm to… Continue reading The Right Answer
I'm not racist. Neither are most of the white people I know. But finally, at long last, I'm starting to have an inkling that, given our nation's history and track record (ugh. No pun intended), being "not racist" needs to be a little more proactive and intentional than being passive and "nice," having brown friends,… Continue reading Something Snapped
I wrote a Christmas newsletter back in November and mailed it out with personally designed Christmas cards. In the letter I stated that I would write a post here about the card art by the middle of this month. You might notice that it is now very much the end of this month (not to… Continue reading Comfort, Y’All
There's a lot going on. I'm writing this while a torrential rainstorm is raging outside my window, except I don't feel like I can legitimately describe it that way, because Texas has just been demolished by hurricane Harvey, the Caribbean and quite possibly soon Florida are being more-than-pummeled by Irma, and the Columbia River Gorge… Continue reading More Than You Can Ask or Imagine