thoughts on how to have difficult conversations

My denomination is engaged in a difficult conversation. But aren’t we all, and more often than we think? We’re always dancing around possible difficult conversations – with bosses and pastors, tough-to-love family members, obnoxious small group members, pestering employees, unhelpful custom service reps, and more. As I prepare to facilitate a time to consider how … Continue reading thoughts on how to have difficult conversations

FOG by Adam Lorenz

This is a guest post by my friend and former student at Western Theological Seminary (www.westernsem.edu, @westernsem), Adam Lorenz. Here is how Adam describes himself: Adam Lorenz is a mut of the Church currently looking to find a home. If he had to paint himself into a corner you could label him as a Lutheran-Non-Denom-Baptist-Charismatic-Fundy-Progressive-Emergent-Reformed-Anglican. Social media … Continue reading FOG by Adam Lorenz

An Excerpt from THE JUSTICE CALLING

My friend and colleague Kristen Johnson has co-authored a wonderful new book entitled The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perserverance (with Bethany Hoang). The book has been endorsed by a broad array of great folks – Mark Labberton, Brenda Salter McNeill, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Dan Allender, and more. What I love, particularly as someone passionate about forming … Continue reading An Excerpt from THE JUSTICE CALLING

Entering the Fifth Mansion: Transformed for Union

Enter union. Don't just think about it. Don't just theologize about it. Experience it. If St. Teresa was living today, she might say this very thing. If she could scan the bookshelves and see the many books written on union with God, she might say, "Oh, how wonderful. But are you experiencing it?!" If you've been … Continue reading Entering the Fifth Mansion: Transformed for Union

ENTERING THE THIRD MANSION | FACING OUR ‘CONTROL STRATEGIES’

Humility, I say! Humility is the ointment for our wounds _____________________________________________________ Some years into my Christian life - most likely in high school - I discovered the mind's power in theological argumentation. This was no fault of my teachers and pastors. It was my own propensity to take beautiful things - like God's bigness and … Continue reading ENTERING THE THIRD MANSION | FACING OUR ‘CONTROL STRATEGIES’