Reflections Blog

A Disney Story, or A Better Story

Last month Tom wrote of “telling the better story.” He spoke of “God’s alternative narrative,” which values forgiveness over winning and community over control (see Gil Rendle’s Doing the Math of Mission). Tom then described three beautiful examples of...

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Telling the Better Story

Long ago, before I knew much about the internal workings of churches or denominations, people who loved me told me stories about the person of Jesus, and that encounter changed everything for me. Their stories engaged my imagination to consider an...

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Tell a New Story

Story-Telling Animals I once found myself in a silly discussion about what makes humans different than animals. One person argued that it was because animals don’t use tools and humans do. Another asserted it was because humans communicate with...

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Adventing: Waiting and Acting in Hope

“In the beginning, God created…” begins the narrative that shapes our lives. And now, at Advent, we wait expectantly for something new to happen, the birth and return of creation’s Savior. I recall another birth that that took my breath away....

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I belong here too

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They...

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Who Wants Change?

When change is necessary, Presbyterians often already have the means. The real question is whether we have the will. Take as an example the challenge of including more young voices1 in our decision making. We already have a way to do this. As...

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Both/And Leadership

There was a time in Church history where denominations like ours enjoyed an era of expanding resources. They had the same mission as we do, to make disciples and build a vibrant God-honoring Church, but they were pursuing these activities in a...

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Summer Reflections

To all you who have traveled this summer, welcome home! I hope you have enjoyed your wanderings. I took two major trips—the first to General Assembly in St. Louis, and the second to Week 1 of the Art of Transitional Ministry at the Zephyr Point...

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