Books that build community

What’s on your summer reading list? Along with sunscreen and shades, what do you have packed in your beach bag? While the summer allows us to take a break, it can also provide the necessary time and space to strengthen areas of our faith, namely the practice of Christian community. An outgrowth of hospitality, Christian […]

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Leave Room for God

We should not attempt to convince ourselves that we need to make room for God.  The psalmist ensures our perspective is clear on the matter.  Let’s not put the creature before the Creator.  No, “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24.1).  But, true to our capitalistic form, we think that we […]

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We’re going to need a bigger table

I love Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper.  More than serving it, I love seeing the people that Jesus prepared a table for.  While our Communion tables could not accommodate all those we serve each Sunday, it is amazing to see just how many persons Christ aims to sit next to.  Forget elbow room or pulling […]

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A New Revised Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept that people are not the same, Courage to change my perspective and to challenge my prejudices, And the wisdom to celebrate our differences. Amen.    

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Receive

“And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” | John 20.22, NIV In our capitalist system, we are prone to think that receiving is about getting.  “Gimme” is the empire’s prayer response.  We say, “more” as confirmation of receipt.  The entitlement drips from our lips.  We expect to have.  We lay claim […]

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