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Why Do We Listen?

Yesterday, in a great offering from #OffTheHighway guest, Jon Huckins, we were treated to a discussion on listening.  Not just listening but the presence and power of listening within a missional life in the neighborhood.  Priceless. Now, only the biggest of piss-pots is going to say that listening is bad.  Right?  What kind of a […]

Why Wouldn't I… A New Article at Leadership Journal

I write a monthly column for Christianity Today/Leadership Journal.  My December submission get’s pretty honest. To read the full article go here: Here is a short excerpt: Two days before Peter’s call, I taught my last class at a local college, a place I had grown to love. It was a preaching class—when his number […]

First Thoughts, Monday December 8th

Happy second week of Advent.  Last night, around the dining room table, house aglow with Christmas lights, we lit the Peace Candle together with our boyz and some of out close friends.  It was a lovely ceremony. The very essence of nativity peace is the belief in Immanuel which simply means “God with us.” In […]

First Thoughts, Monday December 1st

Happy December.  Blessed Advent. Well, it is another monday morning.  I am back at my favorite table in my local bagel shop. I have my coffee in my grumpy-man-face mug. I am sitting on my sparkly gold, 50’s style vinyl booth. It is a cold morning here in Portland. Walking here, I found myself noticing all […]

First Thoughts, Monday, November 3

It is 7am. The space I am sitting in is a bourbon bar by night, but in the morning it is the most delightful little bagel shop. My coffee is a medium roast from Oblique Coffee Roasters (a small Portland boutique roastery) and my english muffin is still warm with homemade strawberry jam. I am […]

Chicken Coop Made from Repurposed Materials

We needed a chicken coop for our new batch of chickens. Parts and materials can be surprisingly expensive for a project of this size. Instead we went to our neighborhood non-profit salvage company called The ReBuilding Center ( and found this discarded TV cabinet for just a few dollars. We flipped it upside down, put […]

Pro-Death: A new article on Parse

In my new article over on Parse (a blog of Christianity Today).  In it, I consider the idea that I (and we as a religious society) respond to the world and to our neighbors as if there are two kinds of sin.   You can read the entire article here: One kind of sins are […]

"ReThinking Church" Event on June 12th

You are all invited to a wonderful, one-night-only event called “ReThinking Church”. It will be a delightful time of conversation, epiphany, inspirational thinkers and practical church imaginings.  This is a time of belief in the ever-incarnating reality of the people of the Jesus-Way. Come to Warner Pacific College (2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland, OR), in […]