A large part of the takeaway of any experience is what you bring to the table yourself. My parents always told me, You'll get out of it what you put into it. In her 2018 Summit talk, Juliet Funt said that 50% of any problem you face is your responsibility. But we live in such a … Continue reading Humility At The GLS
I am sitting in Foxy Loxy, a house-turned coffee shop, just a few steps from my daughter's apartment in Savannah. It's a cool, rainy day. I've snagged a table on the enclosed porch. Wooden shutters wrap around me at eye level, and the glow of the apple icon on the computers around me are the … Continue reading All These People
Time just keeps moving us forward. There's no greater reminder of this for me, lately, than holidays. What once was a foregone conclusion; holiday, big dinner, everybody home - has morphed into something that requires a lot of mobility and flexibility.Such was Easter this year. The boys are gone, off on a mission trip with … Continue reading There Were No Easter Baskets
Thinking about this while I am folding laundry today:"...if we think God is going to take away our troubles, we assume there is something wrong with us if He doesn’t. We assume we did something bad, or that God doesn’t like us, or perhaps even that God Himself isn’t good. To be sure, some of … Continue reading Nobody Is Spared Difficult Days
Sitting in Barnes & Noble with my daughter, in something of a holding pattern.I read this post, and sorrow or something like it enveloped my chest, crawled up through my throat and leaked out of my eyes.I don't know why it struck me so powerfully. Perhaps because I am in a season of walking through … Continue reading A Freaking Radical
Need something to provoke you this weekend?Looking for something besides "Dateline: NBC" and a rerun of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" tonight?Read this blog post by Donald Miller.What story do you believe?
We all have questions. Some seem a bit more...well, creative...than others. Still, it is our nature to wonder why, to push back, to look for answers.What are some of your questions? Particularly when it comes to religion, and Jesus, and God and creation and the church? What are you thinking about?Thanks to Tim Stevens for … Continue reading What If Jesus Were Attacked By A Polar Bear?
In light of everything we are experiencing and the way we see God moving in our community in recent weeks, it's important to remember some important things.God is stronger.Christ is risen.You are saved.There is hope.There is a way out.This song has gripped me since last night. I know it is a message we need to … Continue reading Let Your Name Be Lifted Higher
Wondering how you're feeling this week...It's Tuesday, a little over a week past Easter. Spring break is a mere memory, and the drudgery of routine has returned. You're counting down the days until the end of school; you're holding out hope for a change in your circumstance; you're grinding your teeth through the patience required … Continue reading After Easter…
Home. Sitting in Panera waiting on results from a local show choir competition. Here, engaged, but not really here....Feeling convicted about my "Dear 21st Century Church" post. Seems like I either didn't explain myself very well or there was something bitter running through the entire thing experience that leached through. In spite of three edits, … Continue reading Doing Church The Way God Called Us To Do It