Knit Together Oct16

Knit Together

When you’re learning how to knit, you need to learn to read a whole new language: K1, m1, p2, CO, k2tog. You learn to decipher charts and take something that looks good on paper and bring it to life. And you learn, through experience, that knitting takes time and requires a good deal of...

The Kingdom is Today Sep19

The Kingdom is Today

This year, with our students at church, we’ve decided to journey with Jesus through the Gospel according to Mark. We’ve only traveled through the first 15 verses, but I’m already excited about some of the conversations that are being sparked thus far.  I especially love...

Love Beyond Language Feb26

Love Beyond Language

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.-1 John 3:18 She is new. None of us have seen her before. A woman with a modest hijab walks into our English class for the very first time. In many ways she is out of place. She is the only woman in our class and those...

Church Marketing 101 Nov15

Church Marketing 101

I ought to show my cards right from the get go.  I’m really not that big of a fan of church marketing.  While I realize that “marketing” (though I’d rather use a different term) is, in some sense, inevitable if we want to be congregations that engage our communities,...

Parental Advisory: What is your Child Learning in Sunday School? Aug01

Parental Advisory: W...

“Hey Tanner, remind me of the ministry opportunities you have at your church again?” asked Andrew, who followed up his question with his warm, yet focused and expectant stare through his thin framed glasses. “Oh, well, the primary help I try to provide is in organizing and planning...

The Reality of Rhetoric: Reflections on a LGBT Milestone Jun27

The Reality of Rheto...

Although originally written in response to a prior event in the national spotlight and debate on homosexuality, this article seems apropos to share in light of the US Supreme Courts decision on the Defense of  Marriage Act on Wednesday.  In light of the On May 19,  a member of the Biola...

A New Model for Ministerial Training Oct24

A New Model for Mini...

Excessive student debt is a problem. A big problem. And a problem that shows no signs of reversing trend anytime soon. A recent article by Scott Cohn, a senior correspondent for CNBC, noted that the average 2011 college graduate was saddled with over twenty-five thousand dollars in debt. But...

The Strength of Storying… Apr26

The Strength of Stor...

Ministry isn’t easy. Those who serve, whether as pastors of churches, or who minister in other ways, can certainly resonate with that fact. And, it’s tough in different ways for different people. Although I’ve come to grow substantially in this area, for years, vulnerability was one of...

A Heart for Haiti & God’s Glory: Interview with a Missionary Jan09

A Heart for Haiti &#...

This week marks two years since a massive 7.0 earthquake surged through Haiti, leaving millions homeless and tens of thousands dead. Survivors could hardly breathe a sigh of relief as they faced disease, debris and aftershocks. The streets were soon lined with bodies. Refugees scrambled for...

Lessons Learned From Street Preachers: Part 2 Sep10

Lessons Learned From...

*This is the second post in a series where the practice of street preaching is put under scrutiny.  The inspiration for this series comes from a street preacher I recently encountered at the local DMV.   In my last post, I argued that the form of the message matters and that most...

Lessons Learned From Street Preachers Aug27

Lessons Learned From...

Its 7:30 AM and I had just arrived at the dreaded DMV. I had arrived a half hour early in hopes that my time there would be cut in half as a result. As I took my place in line, everyone around me looked miserable and the scene was so depressing, so dreary, that a street preacher felt it a...