God: A Craftsman of Love

It was Thursday a couple weeks ago. We were out in the Garden at Cultivate for harvest.  We do this a couple times a week. We invite community members to come out and help us pick the ripe plants that we then donate to local food pantries. Sometimes I just look around the shop and see who I can recruit.  This time I invited a couple kids who were on their iPads waiting for their dad to finish a meeting…. Read more

The Rage That Got Us Here: Reflections on Charlottesville

Rage is deceptive seeing vengeance as a cure for the pain within It casts blame blindly it finds the weakest victim the lazy coward hurt can not heal hurt it opens the wound again clinging to the pain I wrote these verses this morning because I am still reeling from yesterday. I’m trying to keep the rage at bay. It’s hard. But I’m recognizing it was rage that got us here in the first place. People who raged at the… Read more

Living with open hands

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about living a three-dimensional gospel. What this means is that we have a Christian life that is: Upward focused (We are passionate in our relationship with God) Inward focused (We are radical in our commitment to one another as a community) Outward focused (purposeful in joining God in word and deed to a world in need) One of the biggest challenges of living as a Christian Community is keeping the outward focus strong. We… Read more

What Are You Thankful For? (The Discipline of Counting Your Blessings)

We are often told to count our blessings. I think it’s a great practice. It helps us keep our eyes open for locations of grace in our lives. Unfortunately it’s not something I’ve been recording something I am thankful for everyday for a month or so. I thought I’d share the list with you and invite you to share your own blessings. I’ve been trying to write a few of these down every day. Here’s the most recent entries: *…. Read more

Fatherhood Rocks

I recently had a chance to share a little bit about my journey as a father on the new podcast “Fatherhood Rocks.” It’s a show that brings dads on to talk about their experiences with being dads. I’d not only ask you to take a listen to the interview I gave, which can be found HERE, but take a listen to the archives and subscribe.  I was personally very inspired to see a man take seriously his role and the… Read more

A New Kind of Family

Family is the most basic expression of God’s kingdom in this world. Read more

God Bless America

It’s been a hard year to be an American. There’s been no end to the confusion and division. Many days I’ll confess I don’t recognize my country any more. Lady liberty seems to sing a different song to the tired, poor and huddled masses. Government seems less and less by and for the people and more a game of power and control.However, I am an American and even though it’s been hard; I believe hard things are worth doing. So… Read more

Fatherhood

This is how I felt becoming a father. It was something I had only experienced through my own father’s love. Read more

Aurora lucis rutilat: Reflections on an Ancient Hymn of Easter

This morning in Morning Prayer I was praying through a very old Easter hymn that has been attributed to the 4th century Bishop. St. Ambrose of Milan called Aurora Lucis Rutilat. The hymn is traditionally broken up into three parts which would be said in prayer throughout the day during the Easter season. I thought I would share a few thoughts and prayers I had while singing this hymn. Aurora lucis rutilat: The first part of the hymn talks about… Read more

Living life in an Easter Key

The Christian life can be summarized as the living out of the pascal mystery in every part of our lives. It is making the celebration of Easter a lived reality in each day we are given. What this means is that by the Grace of the Father, in Christ and through the Holy Spirit, we commend each element of our existence  into God’s hands. It is the setting right of an appetite that has ceased to hunger for God alone…. Read more

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