God calls us by name and invites us to call him by name, to love and cherish and reverence his name so that we can grow in depth of communion with him. Read more

As followers of Jesus, our goal is to do all things as an expression of Jesus’ teaching and ways.  This is true for those who heal and help. But it’s just as true (and maybe even more urgently so) for those who police and protect–sometimes with deadly force. Read more

We also have to come to peace with ourselves apart from whatever we accomplish.  Or don’t.  We have to find our way into an identity as beloved by God, stamped with God’s image and likeness. Read more

On this Pentecost, where’s the Holy Spirit sending and empowering you? Read more

Distraction is not depth, and at some point, we discover that the only lasting solution is to find our way back to the well. Read more

Training pastors and leaders for the rural church requires us to do the work of forming hearts.  It’s about shaping pastors and leaders who can come with a heart of friendship and a sense of mission for rural people and communities. Read more

Whatever questions may plague us, we have to learn a deep sense of love for people and place, a love that comes upon us not so much as an emotion but as a steadfast orientation. Read more

The words we use to celebrate at Easter are inadequate.  Even our hallelujahs come up short. Like those women at the empty tomb, we stand at the boundary of a a holy mystery, and silence might be the only adequate response. Read more

The cross stands at the heart of Jesus’ life and message, and following the way of the cross will mean dying with Jesus.  There’s nothing safe about it. Read more

Through Maundy Thursday we’re apprenticed in the way of Jesus, a way of following that leads to the good, beautiful, and abundant life.  It’s giving up and laying down as a way of walking into the fullness of life in Christ. Read more

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