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DO SMALL: A Short Feature on a Parish Orientation

The organizing principle is a geographically based ecclesiology. It is a pressing passion that the hope of the mission of Jesus Christ may very much be found in getting a “smaller” vision: a clearly defined neighborhood, a walking-world, a parish. The fact of the matter is: a mission that is too large (“we want to […]

What Do You Do When…

You know the way it feels. You have been there, just as I have many times before. How am I supposed to feel? How am I supposed to react? Is it okay to ask if anything is wrong? I am talking about when someone crying, politely dismisses themselves from a group gathering. Try as they […]

Entering the Jesus Dojo

We are trying something that is, quite frankly, a little risky. The Myers family and the Kriz family have committed to an experiment in the Jesus-way. It is action-based, communal spiritual formation. The Jesus Dojo was pioneered in San Francisco by my old friend Mark Scandrette and the folks of ReIMAGINE.

Dr. John Perkins Visits Reed College

One of my living heroes is Dr. John Perkins. The first time that I ever had a chance to be with this contemporary saint was many years ago, when he graciously accepted our invitation to speak to the students at Reed College. The following video tells just a bit of that beautiful story.

Hope and Food

Have we lost the way of hope? When I say “we”, I mean we “modern, affluent, developed, able, self-actualized” folk. When I say “way”, I mean a real, rooted, dirt under the fingernails, not merely ethereal or the sort of stuff simply for a Sunday-School discussion.

"Envision" and "Ethnic Space"

I was honored to just sit near and under such thoughtful followers of the Jesus-Way like Randy Woodley, Soong-Chan Rah, Andrea Smith, Richard Twiss, Lisa Sharon Harper and Terry LeBlanc (to name a few). One of the “take-aways” from that time was being introduced to a new website called “EHTNIC SPACE” http://ethnicspace.wordpress.com/. If you have […]

May 23rd- I am preaching at Piedmont Presbyterian

Sunday, May 23rd is Pentecost Sunday. This is the second of four weeks that Pastor Sarah asked me to cover the pulpit while she is on maternity leave. Pentecost is eternal celebration of that first dramatic conception of the “church”, after Jesus’ death and resurrection. The moment itself (Acts 2) is as shocking and explosive […]

Passing the Peace

This last Sunday (May 16th), I gave the homily at Piedmont Presbyterian Church, which is just a short bike ride from our home in North Portland. One of the liturgical readings this week was from John 17:20-26. Jesus says, “I pray that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in ME and […]