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

Paying attention to God is the starting point for the kind of prayer we call contemplation.  Contemplation might come off as a lofty concept, but in fact it’s utterly practical.  To contemplate is to focus on God. Read more

Wherever you’re at, God is inviting you to grow as a disciple of Christ. Read more

Graham testified to Christ’s presence in his sermon at Harvard–the way knowing Jesus opens up a hidden depth to life. Read more

Becoming ourselves in Christ will mean dying to the expectations and hang-ups of others.  At least, those things won’t define us.  Through prayer, giving, and fasting we’ll begin to shed false expectations and re-discover the foundation of our identity and selfhood in Jesus’ love. Read more

Through symbol and gritty ash and words drawn from the deep well of Scripture, Ash Wednesday raises the question within us: what’s keeping you from Jesus? Read more

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