Cross-Shaped Community

We often seek to be in relationship with people that are like us, in terms of ethnicity, dress, socio-economic status, etc.  But the Gospel transcends these categories. It creates a people that are part of the new creation: “neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation” (Galatians 6:15).  The “how” of the…

How to Listen

The relationship between memory and need is common; whether we are conscious of it or not, memorable experiences are often those consisting of situations  where needs are being met; physical, emotional, spiritual, and so on. Most of us can remember the conversations we’ve had in life that have had great impact on us. We value the memories…

Nouwen and The Return of the Prodigal Son

I am finding myself drawn the beauty that comes from candid concession of  inherent brokenness. Truthful transparency is vulnerability, which by definition, is the “susceptibility to physical or emotional harm.” Yet paradoxically, in it, there is much strength and freedom. There requires a sense of confidence and self awareness when one musters the courage to…

Spring

Today is the first day of Spring. I’m reminded of newness. Spring time is a season of new life. God is actively involved in making all things new – in our lives, our churches, our societies, our cultures. He is present, and active. “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead…