Going Home

[The Gospel of] Mark is [like] the wilderness…the stripped-down testing ground that asks us all to find out who we really are, what we truly believe, and where we really want to go. […] → Continue Reading Going Home

Keep Awake!

Without love, peace is not real peace; and without love, the world descends into chaos. […] → Continue Reading Keep Awake!

And In The End

In the end, the love we take is equal to the love we make…but we Christians also know that the Grace of God that has been made known to us in Jesus Christ enables us, and others, to make more love, sow more seeds of hope, and anticipate our future reality while we inhabit this fragile earth, our island home. […] → Continue Reading And In The End

Oil

… Preparedness for the coming of the kingdom means investing in the very thing which allows us to see into the darkness and discern the difference between the ominous shades and shadows haunting the fringes of our vision and the distinctive shape of the bridegroom calling us to join in the wedding banquet. […] → Continue Reading Oil

The Promised Land

Whether it be on the top of the biblical or Blue Ridge’s Mt. Pisgah, with the land stretched out before us like a tapestry, or in the dark alleys and public squares in the heart of the bustling city, or in the seemingly unimportant and tedious tasks of everyday life, the God of all is among us and longing for a closer walk with us. […] → Continue Reading The Promised Land

Friendo

“Now that we have been called, what then?” […] → Continue Reading Friendo

The Corner Stone

How could I be anything but broken in the presence of such sacrifice, such injustice, such love and strength? How could anyone upon whom the weight of that moment fell not be crushed? […] → Continue Reading The Corner Stone

Lived Authority

It takes tangible, sustained examples of words and actions to reinforce the truth of the symbol they represent. Otherwise, the symbol erodes and the leadership entity becomes exposed as untrustworthy, lacking integrity, and ultimately becomes ineffective in marshalling the kind of authority necessary to revolutionize the world. […] → Continue Reading Lived Authority

Fruitful Labor

The kind of labor that God blesses and which makes up the fabric of the kingdom of heaven is fundamentally about relationship—a reminder that creation is intended to be a collaborative effort infused with unstoppable grace and generosity. […] → Continue Reading Fruitful Labor

Vengeance or Forgiveness?

Jesus has come to incarnate and call us into an alternative universe, one in which unexpected and undeserved forgiveness is the rule of law, and greatness is characterized by servanthood rather than by being served. […] → Continue Reading Vengeance or Forgiveness?

Point of No Return

Do we believe in resurrection or not? If we do, how do we live it, and how do we help others live it? […] → Continue Reading Point of No Return

Extending Grace

Each of us are being called by God for a purpose, and are given tools with which to accomplish that mission. […] → Continue Reading Extending Grace

A New Start

We humans, though living in a garden paradise where all we ever need is provided for us, are particularly susceptible to a desire for more, for better, and for self-centered power. And when we indulge that desire, and its attendant feeling of lack, we embark upon a journey of ever diminishing satisfaction. […] → Continue Reading A New Start

Love and the Law

How do we love those who want to hurt us, or even more, hurt our loved ones? […] → Continue Reading Love and the Law