More Nuances of Bridge Building

My friend NakedPastor posted a cartoon this week that has stimulated some good conversation. It was kind of fun for me because I’d commissioned NP to do a cartoon for the cover of a new DVD resource we’ll be releasing soon – and the cartoon he posted was one of the possible submissions (but we…

International Day Against Homophobia

I noticed on a friend’s Facebook page that it was International Day Against Homophobia (thanks for the heads up Jarred). When I checked out the link, I discovered that it is a Quebec organization that is hosting the site. Part of their rationale for encouraging the observation of this day is that, “It’s about all…

Friday Venting & Eating Humble Pie

I have struggled this week. I found myself feeling really judgmental – of judgmental people.I felt jaded as I encountered earnest attempts of people who, in my estimation, had a limited grasp of the big picture.I faltered in extending patience to someone who came across as so arrogant while conveniently ignoring their own blindspots. I…

Believing in the Right Way

In all of my conversations about living in the tension of uncertainty, inevitable questions arise. “Should we never pursue certainty?” “Is this just ‘going with the flow’ how we are to live our Christian lives?” “Isn’t a willingness to live with uncertainty just relativism wrapped in different language?” It is interesting to me how quickly…

Review: Friendship at the Margins

Last week I finished the excellent new release by Chris Heuertz and Christine Pohl, “Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission”. On the front cover is an image entitled, “Jesus Eats With Friends”. It’s an image in which I found myself caught up in the circle of relationship. Reading this book brought…

Of Friday Venting and INFP’s

As I hope is evident on this blog, I am passionate about our communities being hospitable and open to diversity. I think hospitality is a non-negotiable of living in the way of Jesus. And I believe that we are called, as part of that hospitality, to engage those who are very different than we are…

Synchroblog: What is Emerging?

This post is part of a synchroblog initiated by Julie Clawson. Julie and I ended up being roommates when we both spoke at Urbana this past December. You can check out all the other posts at her blog or over at the facebook page. Synchroblog intro: What is emerging in the church?What good things are…