Walking The Valley. But, Still Chasing The Light

A year ago today, I hit the precipice of what I would later learn was Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD); something that had been building and compounding inside of me for close to three years. I’ve waxed and waned on whether writing about the past year would be helpful or just a vain indulgence. But, to be honest [...]

The Shiny Things

"God is our shelter and our strength. 
When troubles seem near, God is nearer. 
So why do we run and hide? 
When our worlds spin out of control, we fear. 
Though we ought to be fearless.  
Come, gaze, fix your eyes on what God has done, is doing and continues to do. 
Be still, be calm, see, and understand that 
God [...]

The Marks Of A Missional Leader

"When we empower those we disciple to forge their own paths, rather than trying to keep them moving in our preferred (or prescribed) direction, we open ourselves to the chaotic leading of the Holy Spirit and protect ourselves from the temptation of preservationism." Or, in slightly less academic language... "When you allow a new, lesser [...]

3 Attitudes To Cultivate Meaningful Worship In Your Community

Ask ten people in your parish, “What is worship?”, and you’ll receive ten different answers. Though their answers may have some commonalities, for many (if not most) worship is a very subjective experience, both for individuals and communities. Our scriptures also stress the importance of regular communal worship as an essential part of Christian life. [...]

When God Speaks, Life Happens

In the stories of Jesus we read in the Bible, there are only three instances where Jesus raises someone from the dead. In Mark, and Luke (Luke 8:40-53, Mark 5:21-42) we read the story of a guy named Jairus, who’s daughter has died. And everyone has gathered in their house to mourn when Jesus says, [...]

Living in Communion; The Sweet Undergrowth

“We are a family business and a growing institution. We are a network of relationships, some close, some distant, some acquaintance-like. We bleed and play, pray and breathe; nothing new. We are looking for the sweet undergrowth of awareness of God in ourselves, each other, and the world.” - Wendell Berry That is a quote [...]

Hidden Treasures & Precious Pearls

Two parables in two sentences; probably some of Jesus’ most efficient descriptions of the Kingdom of Heaven. And initially they appear to be incredibly basic and self-explanatory. The lesson being, when you find something of incredible value, you cannot help but sell everything to possess it because it’s that valuable. And what I love about [...]

Vulnerability, Trust & Other Insights From The Thanksgiving Dinner Table

You know Thanksgiving is probably one of the easiest things to preach on. It’s is an integral part of our human experience. From a young age children are reminded to say please and thank you when asking for or receiving something. And when a child asks for something and it is not given to them, they [...]

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