Baptism is the way to the undivided “kin-dom” that is coming

My heart is with my siblings in Ukraine. Russia is attacking their home, starting a war during a global pandemic. I pray for their peace and protection. I mourn for the lives lost to the vanities of war and power’s greed. I pray that we will be able to see ourselves without either. Masks on, […]

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Questions from the backseat: Where is the church going?

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we—” Children ask this question in the backseat of the car at mile 2. We just left the house, the garage and the neighborhood is barely in our rearview. We haven’t gone over a single bridge or overpass, or railroad track and […]

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The Gospel in Progress

Have you seen Jesus? God in the neighborhood, God on the move, Jesus is never just in our corner of the world. Jesus is God all over the place. Sight unseen by his latest disciples and yet seen in our neighbor and the stranger’s face. Our vision of him is a work in progress. We […]

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Season 2 of the Raceless Gospel podcast is coming this summer!

The doors of the church are open, open on Sundays but closed on most others. Closed mouth to some conversations. “No comment.” Closed eyes to some views. “See no evil.” Closed off to some bodies that we recreate as “other” as if a human being can be something other than that. “Hands off. Don’t touch […]

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Identifying Jesus when he looks nothing like the gospel

More than a year into the pandemic, people are making tough decisions to leave jobs that don’t work for them, to leave relationships that are not healthy and mutually beneficial, to leave churches that don’t serve their faith well. They are rethinking their life’s ambitions and choosing to do it now, more convinced than ever […]

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