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…

The Sin Question

I enjoy being stretched by conversations with people from different backgrounds and perspectives. So I often try to think of questions to put in my facebook status in the hopes that people will weigh in with their insights and contributions. Yesterday’s question was, “How would you define sin? Why”. I kicked off the comments by…

Tapestry: Beauty & Chaos

I just happened to notice today while responding to some friend requests on Facebook that someone defriended me. I have no idea who – and it really doesn’t matter. I’m not hurt or offended – I have a pretty open policy about people joining or removing themselves from my friend list. But it did get…

Of Bus Ads and Bridge Building

I believe that God has uniquely positioned New Direction to be in a posture of facilitating, catalyzing and informing hospitable, gospel-centered conversations around the intersection of faith and sexuality. And I believe this is important because:1. It is consistent with the person, ministry and teaching of Jesus.2. It helps create space for those outside the…