I am a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle’s Central District. When I was a high school student in the late 70’s and early 80’s I would get up early in the morning and drive my old VW bus to swim practice. After parking, I would walk up the big stairs to go through […]
As I was planning the [trans]formation retreat, I received many calls wondering what exactly it ...
Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen have recently released their new book, “The New ...
As a freshmen at the University of Oregon I was immersed in two seemingly ...
Reason #1 Embracing our Collaborative Future: With a rapidly changing cultural and ministry landscape, there ...
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24 ...
As I was planning the [trans]formation retreat, I received many calls wondering what exactly it was going to be like – what would one take away from the experience? That’s a valid question, but since we had never done anything like this before, I found I had a hard time answering it. However, on the […]
Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen have recently released their new book, “The New Parish.” Parish… really? Why are these three, by all accounts intelligent and insightful writers, dragging out this long-ago-discarded, dusty antique of Christendom? Today, we live in a world of sleek laserjet printers and they want to drag a Heidelberg Windmill […]
As a freshmen at the University of Oregon I was immersed in two seemingly disparate worlds–Pentecostalism and Ecology. The first sermon I heard in my Pentecostal campus ministry was, “The Kingdom of God is all about relationships” — a phrase I would have normally dismissed as mere sentimentality but for their actually living this […]
Reason #1 Embracing our Collaborative Future: With a rapidly changing cultural and ministry landscape, there are hundreds of questions for us to explore. What should be the future of the church? What does faithful presence mean for us today? What are the great challenges and opportunities we uniquely face in this time and in this […]
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24 The Willamette River flows by my hometown. She flows by, but we’re like strangers. We’re more like acquaintances, like a friend of the family I might wave at and say hello to if I saw her in the grocery store, […]
We who live in the Pacific Northwest are graced with some of the most spectacular geography in the world. There are few places where one can ski in the morning, run a forest trail in Cascade foothills in the afternoon, and finish the day sailing on Shilshole Bay as the sun drops beneath the […]
The church plays a unique role in the life of the Pacific Northwest. This particular coffee appointment wasn’t all that unlike the twenty or so other similar coffee appointments I’d had in the last five years. As a church planter, I suppose I’m to blame. When you’ve planted a church, incoming church planters are likely […]
With the acknowledged anti-institutional paradigm shift of religiosity in the Pacific Northwest, people from all avenues—ministerial, sociological and historical—are curious as to the future expressions and allowances of faith given the Sacro-Egoistical (radical individualism) embrace in modernity. The study and research done during the Knox 2007 McMinnville Project provided some evidence and clues to […]
My salvation has been questioned more times than I’d like to relate. The last time, the knee-jerk reaction had to do with my apathy toward a particular theory of atonement. For that, my conversation partner resigned me to some corner of hell. I’ve always been perplexed by how some of my more minute theological convictions […]