Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. … More Falling in Love with John the Baptist all over again
future? I see a room With no walls, no doors Only open. I see a table With lots of room and places For everyone. I see people With hands up and out Love in both directions. I hear voices Speaking truth and reconciliation Voices in unison. I smell incense Like prayers … More Beyond Status Quo: future?
29Then Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened … More Good Fathers like Good Farmers Expect the Unexpected
And so we come to the last of my thoughts on expanding our vision of the church. Truth be told this last point really sums up much of my thinking on the church in the 21st Century. Relationship and relationship building is foundational to a growing church. In fact all I’ve said in my recent … More Beyond Status Quo: Relationships
In our ongoing discussion about a future vision for the church I would like to tell you a story. It is a story from the well known Jesuit writer Anthony de Mello. De Mello had a gift for putting deep spiritual truths into easily accessible parables. One of his stories is very appropriate for my … More Beyond Status Quo: Mission
In our ongoing discussion about visioning for the church I’d like to talk about spirituality. Again spirituality is another one of those buzzwords in the church, but also outside the church as well. And I’m sure we’ve all engaged or at least overheard the debate: I’m spiritual but I’m not religious. Spirituality vs Religion. As … More Beyond Status Quo: Spirituality
So we started talking about how we in the church need to get beyond status quo, beyond business as usual. There is pretty much consensus across the board that the way we are doing things are just not working. But I am hopeful that there is a way forward. I don’t have all the answers … More Beyond Status Quo: Community