Open the doors and there are the People

We pray for the building of this community, from the inside out.  We pray for people.  For all the ways people are connected - daughter, sister, wives, mothers, sons, brothers, husbands, fathers.  For friendships across the aisles.  We pray for the peace of you to be what characterizes each of these relationships - that peace... Continue Reading →

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Do Not Be Afraid, little church.

If you happen to come across this blog at this point, you will find yourselves in the midst of a lot of prayer.  I am writing a prayer for Church, for communities, for families, every day in Lent.  As I've been doing this for about a week, I am finding they are much more intense,... Continue Reading →

Anxiety and the donkey (John 12:15)

Over and over, we bring you our fear and anxiety.  Over church, over each other, over ourselves.  And over and over you keep saying, Do Not Be Afraid.  Do Not Be Afraid over church, over each other, over yourself, you say.  Because You, you ride in on a donkey.  And this somehow is the thing... Continue Reading →

Praying Eph. 5:1-3 (MSG)

We are watching what you do and we are trying to copy, like children, copying what they see their parents do.  Mostly what You do is love us.  We will keep company with you and learn a life of love.  We will observe how Christ loved us.  Your love is not cautious but extravagant.  You... Continue Reading →

For Trust and Bravery

We lose our sleep in times like these.  Replaced with circling thoughts - What should we do?  What should we do?  What should we do? We do not trust that you come through and then again, we only trust that you can make this alright.    We are so afraid of what happens when there... Continue Reading →

On Mark 10:46-52

We crowd you, like you've always been crowded.  We want to keep up, we want whatever it is you'll give to us.  Two-eyed, able-bodied, we want all the more you have. But for that one You made an exception,  the exception that is actually Your rule, and you ground this whole circus to a halt.... Continue Reading →

For Choosing Together

Father,  if you are about wholeness and reconciliation, then everything we do should be about the great coming together.  We are trying - in so many areas, we are trying to walk this road of together.   Glue us to each other through you; glue your whole creation by opening our eyes and our ears... Continue Reading →

Open Eyes 2016

I have had a few conversations about church lately. I actually have many conversations about church often but a few hard ones lately….ones that deal with why we do church and why we get it so weird and wrong sometimes. Conversations about how so much of our church body’s history has been one so marked... Continue Reading →

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