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My Speaking Calendar – Q1 of 2017

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

My Speaking Calendar – Q1 of 2017

Friends – As many of you know, I spend most of my days serving the fine people of the The Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis as a staff pastor.  As an extension of that work, I regularly get opportunities to enter into other spaces for the purpose of teaching, training, and the like. This year, I’m hoping to do a better job of publicizing these in the hopes that you all, new and old friends, might be able to check out a few. I’ll update and re-share this post as dates are added (or dropped), and I’ll post...

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Inward First

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Inward First

An observation as one who spends his days making disciples…One challenge in discipleship is that most adults have never been taught to pay attention to their inner life. Whenever I am troubled in any way, the rush is to find external explanations for what I am experiencing. In that sense, the cause of my discomfort is always outside of me – someone or something else has caused it. In my mind, I tell myself that if I could just change that circumstance, go to a different place, surround myself with different people, all would be...

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2 Plants

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

2 Plants

2 potted plants. One is in full bloom. The other is only recently planted. Many people will extol the beauty of one and denigrate the other. Other people will see that they’re both beautiful in their own way. They’re just in very different stages of growth. I look at the one on the left and imagine that, at some point, it looked like the one on the right. I look at the one on the right and smile because with patience and care, it can one day bloom as fully as the one on the left.  Think about your life. Think about the lives...

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Sin & Broken Hearts

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Sin & Broken Hearts

A few years ago, I recall counseling a young couple through a very difficult situation that left one of them deeply heartbroken and the other, in many ways, crippled by their own actions. Journeying with them caused me think differently about the effects of sin. In churches, especially American evangelical churches, our general understanding of sin is individual and personal – one person’s actions that impact their relationship with God. More and more, I’m realizing that sin is also a communal thing. When one sins, it...

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Got Change?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Blog, Sanctuary | 12 comments

Got Change?

  This week in Minneapolis has been a very difficult one. As a metro area, we have all experienced a trauma. I say all emphatically because we often lose sight of the connectedness of our lives. It isn’t always obvious, but when there is violence or hurt in the inner city, it impacts those who call the suburbs or rural areas home. When violence hits those other areas, it impacts lives in the inner city. This is true because we are not as divided as it can seem. Despite our best intentions to separate ourselves – by...

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10 Thoughts on #RachelDolezal

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

10 Thoughts on #RachelDolezal

I’m a learner at heart. I love searching for understanding and clarity, regardless of what the subject or circumstance is. I’m also a teacher. I try my best to take whatever I’ve learned and pass that on to others for our mutual benefit. Each One, Teach One. That being so, I offer these thoughts to the public conversation related to Rachel Dolezal. Honestly, my thoughts have less to do with Ms. Dolezal and more to do with the broader spheres of race, ethnicity, and culture. Check them out and let me know what you...

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Known By Our…Love?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Known By Our…Love?

Have you ever heard a song that triggered all sorts of conflicting emotions inside of you?   You know those songs, right? Maybe it’s an old love song that represents a season of your life that you’d much rather forget. When you hear that song, for something like 94% of your being, the instinct is to quickly find another song. Try as you might to ignore it, though, there’s a small part of you, the other 6%, that sighs and reminisces for just a moment. Don’t you just hate when that happen? Maybe it’s just me. There are...

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Pax Romana & Our Violent Peace

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Pax Romana & Our Violent Peace

On Sunday, I had a chance to hear a powerful message by my pastor, Dr. Dennis R. Edwards. In our 3rd Advent message, on the topic of PEACE, Pastor Dennis made a reference to the way in which the Roman Empire boasted about its peace (Pax Romana). In his reference, he challenged this false idea of peace, in large part because it was maintained by violently squelching any one who disturbed or dared to challenge it. This was especially true for the folks stuck at the bottom of society.  Crucifixion was one of many torturous methods of control...

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#GospelChallenge, Part 3

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

#GospelChallenge, Part 3

Over my last two posts, I’ve described what I see as a huge obstacle to discipleship in urban areas. That obstacle is racial strife. In the first post of this series, I described racial strife as a past and present struggle which makes it very difficult for people of different ethnic and “ racial” backgrounds to connect, develop trust, and grow together. I contended that the gospel message often runs into a wall because the Church in America refuses to confront its racist legacy. In the second post of this series, I described...

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#GospelChallenge, Part 2

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

#GospelChallenge, Part 2

In my previous post, I proposed that when it comes to discipleship in urban areas of this country, there is a major obstacle that cannot be ignored. That obstacle is racial strife, the struggle that exists in our past and our present, which makes it very difficult for people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds to connect, develop trust, and grow together.  Check out part two of this series and please share your thoughts… In 2013, an amazing film was released to theaters called, “12 Years A Slave.”  The film was based...

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