Recovering the Lost Art of Lament: Reflections on Ferguson

Recovering the Lost Art of Lament: Reflections on Ferguson I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, praying, reading, and talking with others surrounding the recent events related to Ferguson. I find myself conflicted, sad, angry, and perplexed. People are all over the spectrum when it comes to their thoughts about race in America and questions of…

When the hardest thing about “love thy neighbor” is your neighbor

When the hardest thing about “love thy neighbor” is your neighbor   I often have great ideals. I’m all about being “missional”. Love God, love others. Yes! I want to reach my neighbors, make an impact, be that person in the neighborhood who has an open door and is known for generous hospitality.  But I…

Why I don’t like “Quiet Times” and I “don’t get” prayer (or maybe I do)

Why I don’t like “Quiet Times” and I “don’t get” prayer (or maybe I do)   I’ve always had a hard time with “quiet times” – a Christian way of talking about a daily regimen of Scripture reading and prayer. A time set apart — especially first thing in the morning — to be with…

Two Simple Things Everyone Can Do That Will Make a Difference

Two Simple Things Everyone Can Do That Will Make A Difference It’s almost embarrassing to admit, but sometimes in the quest to make a difference and have an impact, I forget the simple things. I get caught up in strategizing, researching, or worrying about what I will say if ________ or do when _______. There’s…

Thought Provoking Insights from Vincent Harding

Thought Provoking Insights from Vincent Harding Vincent Harding died this May at the age of 82. Hearing his interviews with Krista Tippett on her podcast On Being inspire and challenge me. He offers us the wisdom of someone who has “been there” and “seen it” firsthand. Born in Harlem, working alongside Martin Luther King Jr., a…

Living Effectively at the Crossroads

In March it was projected that Latinos would become the largest ethnic or racial population in California. The year 2042 is now a well known marker for when experts project that whites will be the statistical minority in the U.S. Our current reality is that more and more people live at the crossroads, the intersection of peoples and nations from…

The Complexity of Leading Well in a Globalized World

The Complexity of Leading Well in a Globalized World Living today in the twenty-first century means living in a postmodern, urban, global, and interconnected society. This reality leads to an ever increasing cross-cultural interaction, a diversity of experiences, and collaboration across geographical, political, ethnic, and socio-economic lines. The flattening of the world—including ease of communication, travel,…