A few ways to give

“Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.” -Jesus said that in Matthew 5:42. Some people ask, and some people don’t. Carrying out Jesus’ request has come into focus in new ways for Heather and me. We’re involved in a new church in Denver, RiSo. Our focus is […]

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Courage.

All the time, I’m sitting with people and with God and I’m turning from looking at the people to looking at God. And in my mind’s eye I have my arm around their shoulder. And sometimes in real life I take their hand. And I start to talk to God. And I say, “ah God.” […]

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Amazing things are happening.

“Name one amazing thing that has happened recently in your congregation.” That was the assignment the facilitator gave to the gathering of people from congregations across the region. The day-long workshop had just started. She gave people just three or four minutes to think. And then she invited people to speak. In a room of […]

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Giving up Christmas for Advent

Advent started this weekend. Everyone is all excited about Advent calendars, Advent wreaths, Saint John of the Mall. Most of us don’t think about another historic element of Advent: fasting. Fasting is an odd thing to think about during a month that includes Christmas baking, Christmas parties, Christmas candy, and the return of Chex mix. […]

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8 questions for deciding what to do (revisited)

I was cleaning up some files. I found this set of questions and sample answers. It turns out I published them almost a decade ago. Sometime after I published the list, I did some work to offer sample answers from the writings of people in the New Testament, but I never shared it. I think […]

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