July 16, 2018

A recent study found that while 40% of rural residents claim to know their neighbors, they are far less likely to have interacted with them. Read more

June 26, 2018

In the end, faith is what remains, that relationship between us and God.  When the career is over, the children are raised, education is threadbare and our minds have become tatty, it will be us and God. Read more

June 19, 2018

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

May 24, 2018

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

May 17, 2018

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

May 15, 2018

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

May 9, 2018

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

April 23, 2018

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

April 7, 2018

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

March 30, 2018

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

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