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…

Clashing Paradigms

I had a shocking moment this morning when I was listening to an interview my friend Drew Marshall did on his show this past weekend. He brought Tim Challies and Spencer Burke into the same conversation. Now, to be honest, I’d never heard of Tim Challies – but he and I will both be doing…

The Witness of Hospitality

There is no question that my sense of mission and focus has been evolving over the last number of years. This hasn’t been an easy journey for many different reasons. People on all sides of the questions around integrating faith and sexuality have, at times, misunderstood my intentions or misjudged my motives. Sometimes that has…