“Attention is the rarest and most pure form of generosity” – Simone Weil When I need to get the attention of a room of restless children, I use a simple strategy. I start speaking more softly. I just love how this draws them in to listen and focuses their attention. I believe the Church is […]Read More Becoming an Attentive Church
The Church is traveling through 40 days between Easter and Ascension. This marks a transitional period for the disciples as Jesus prepared them for their mission as Apostles. We have a unique opportunity this Easter season as we journey through COVID-19. God is drawing us deep into relationship with him and calling us to repentance. 40 […]Read More COVID-19 and the Wilderness Journey
Tim Keener, Passion Week 2020 How do pain and suffering draw us into God’s Kingdom? A friend recently sent me this quote, “We must cooperate with life as it is, as it comes.” The thought captivated me for several days. A global pandemic is currently life “as it is.” So, I began asking myself, “how […]Read More Cooperating with Covid-19
Evangelicals don’t use the word “pilgrimage” as a paradigm for religious travel, but “pilgrimage” better describes the process of participants going away to be changed, rather than changing those to whom they go.Read More Short-Term Missions meets Spiritual Pilgrimage
Last Sunday I woke up early and before I even opened my eyes, I began praying for the sick. My wife had been dealing with some new health issues and I eventually got up and wrote these prayers for use in worship. I was reminded how anemic our theology of sickness and healing often is. Why […]Read More Prayers for Living with Illness
Ash Wednesday, Lent, and telling the Gospel Story through Liturgy “These ashes remind us that we all need Jesus.” We passed around a small bowl of ashes to the children and let the children touch them and make observations. We pointed out how the ashes came from something alive but are now just ashes and dust (ashes […]Read More Sharing the Gospel through Ashes
I had a cool encounter last night at a panel discussion on Christian Unity at the Newman Centre (the Catholic Student Union) at McGill University. During a break, another out-of-place looking guy walked over and introduced himself: “I’m Terrell, and I work as a Parish Vitality Consultant for the Catholic Church.” Surprised, but excited, I […]Read More Are Today’s Trials Pushing the Church Back Together Again?
At our junior camp this year, we had a boy who liked to ask a lot of questions—questions in the middle of our lessons, questions about completely different subjects, questions that evolved into stories, etc. I gently responded each time, “that would be an excellent conversation to have after our lesson.” Finally, when I […]Read More Ten Experiences Children Need in Church
For the last several months, a church I work with has been considering the sale of their building and the possibility of renting another church or alternative space for their community. All practical challenges of the church are also theological in nature. How should we understand the spiritual or sacred dimension of our church’s building?Read More 10-minute Theology – Church Buildings
The Christian holiday of Epiphany was this Friday. If you’d like to read a good devotional on Ephiphany, check out Seven Lessons from the Magi (unless you are in my small group, in which case, wait until tomorrow night:). Wise Women Many ministers have prepared a sermon for tomorrow on the Visit of the Magi. I […]Read More Wise men, and wise women?