(Un)Surprisingly Relevant Ancient Prayers for Charleston

(Un)Surprisingly Relevant Ancient Prayers for Charleston Lord, “We don’t know what we should pray.” We “wait breathless”, we feel weak and frustrated at all the suffering — and don’t know how to give expression to our inner groaning. [1] Lord we asked you to “teach us to pray” and you said: “Don’t pour out a flood of empty…

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…

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…

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…