Category Stories&Sermons

Eternal Life and the Everlasting French Fry

I remember to this day the first time I was able to eat an entire cheeseburger from McDonald’s.  It was kind of a big deal.  My brother and I would usually get Happy Meals when we were younger, and would usually be disappointed by the toys—but nonetheless, they were still fun. The McDonald’s we would […]

Love Like That; bread for one another

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents.  Mostly what God does is love you.  Keep company with him and learn a life of love.  Observe how Christ loved us.  His love was not cautious but extravagant.  He didn’t love in order to get something […]

home is people; not a place

When we think of being ‘home sick’ we usually think of a place. We miss a place, miss our bed, the smell of our kitchen when meals are being prepared, or the quietness/business of the backyard.  What if  home were more than just a place…what if home is made of people rather than bricks and walls.  After a […]

More beautiful together than alone; an economy that gathers up all things

My personality type is one that revels in being different, unique, special.  I find great delight in seeking out a new way of doing things, a new perspective, taking on a new challenge–just because it’s never been done that way before.  I’m not exactly adventurous, but I like to be ‘different’ or ‘special.’ However, sometimes this […]

‘Do we see God in the Supernatural, or in the Embrace?’

We are power hungry.  It is easier for us to find comfort in power, to find security, or a sense of safety.  But I wonder if our lens of power has darkened our eyes to a different picture of God. Mark  moves beyond stories of weeds and seeds and birds and trees to talk about the Way […]

a story of weeds and identity

Next to food and drink, our most basic human need is story–Henry Brinton If we are a story-oriented people, what is the story of our identity, how do we speak about who we are, what we are, what we are doing, and who we are becoming? A story of weeds and identity, a story of […]

Going in Pieces; Living in Pieces

When you get a song stuck in your head, you play it over and over again.  Your mind sits on repeat, your steps start walking in sync with the beat of the inaudible rhythm in your head… can’t get away from it.  This happens to me when I read books, too.  Certain phrases, stories, words, […]

If & When; moving from winter into spring

Many thanks to Christine Sine for hosting us at a Gardening Seminar a few weekends ago.  Her insights about gardening and spirituality have influenced some of the thoughts I was able to piece together in discussing the analogy of “vines and branches” that Jesus uses to describe a new kind of community. The story used: John 15 […]

Forsake Heaven. Love Your Ground.

A message I did on 4/15 on the usual “Doubting Thomas” Character. But, I did my best to keep Thomas in his place as a disciple, and focus on the message and power of Jesus, who, after all, is described by Thomas as My Lord and My God. You can listen along if you’d like: here. Just […]

every now & again,

A video I came across while getting ready for tomorrow. Normally, I’d introduce the speaker or say a little about what/why I am posting. But with this, I don’t want to.  Sometimes, I talk too much.  Story can often speak for itself, much louder than a lecture… Pete Rollins–on denying the resurrection. enjoy.