Please Just Listen

Although we are a continent away, Liz and I have been grieved as we watch the news from our home country. Like many of you have experienced profound sadness and outrage.  The murder of George Floyd. The videos out of NYC and Minneapolis of white individual threatening...

Thinking About Soil

I spent most of my life in Upstate NY. It was a place full of farms, orchards, vineyards, and corn fields as far as the eye could see. I grew up in a village next store to where Thomas Welch built his first grape juice factory and simply had to hop over our back fence to grab all the concord grapes I could eat (or use in a grape war against my brother).

Drawing a Crowd

As the Table – Dublin is getting off the ground, I wanted to repost some of what I’ve written over the past few years…specifically regarding church planting. I’d love to get your thoughts. ::originally posted 18 December 2018:: David Fitch shared a post over...

The Most Harmful Thing I Believed About Church Planting

As the Table - Dublin is getting off the ground, I wanted to repost some of what I've written over the past few years...specifically regarding church planting. I'd love to get your thoughts. ::originally posted 23 April 2015:: Before planting a church in Ithaca, NY I...

I See That Hand

If you haven’t been to an evangelical church these next will make no sense… “With every head bowed, and every eye closed.”  “Amen, I see that hand.” If you have been to an evangelical church, you know this is from the part of the service where the pastor asks...
Pro-Life…unless it hurts the economy

Pro-Life…unless it hurts the economy

A couple of weeks ago I saw a stream of posts and comments about doctors in Italy having to decide who received a ventilator (and had a chance to live) and who didn't. The point was, basically, "see what you get with socialized medicine?" Nothing like using a global...

Maybe Your Church Should NOT Live Stream…

What objections come up for you when you read that statement? This past Sunday many churches had begun using Facebook Live or other software to broadcast their Sunday morning service. I saw a few social media comments about all the great content that was being...

How much Netflix can you watch?

How much Netflix can you watch?

I've lost count of how many articles I've seen over the past week entitle something like, "Top 10 movies to watch while you are on lockdown." Okay, I enjoy watching movies and a good TV show as much as the next person, but when we get to the other side of this...which...

That was intense…

That was intense…

Yesterday we celebrated St Patrick's day with an Irish Movie Marathon. Song of the Sea, Waking Ned Devine, & In Bruges (the latter after Méabh went to bed of course). Since like many of you we are checking our phones throughout the day to keep up with the latest,...

How Would Jesus Wear His Baseball Cap?

How Would Jesus Wear His Baseball Cap?

I don’t think I’m a curmudgeon. But there are days... Over the past few days as I’ve logged into an online bible to track my daily reading, the first thing that shows up are various reading plans. For some reason though, the one that has been highlighted lately is...

A Scary Story

A Scary Story

“Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear,  and do not dread it.  - Isaiah 8:12 So I’m at a conference last year and I go to a workshop to hear one person I wanted to listen to. Turns out he wasn’t the main...

Engaging Culture

Engaging Culture

Certain words overtime become less and less useful. There has been a great deal of discussion around the word “Evangelical” in Ireland and in the US as many think of it referring a certain brand of politics than a certain type of Jesus follower. Missions is another of...

Netflix and Missions

Netflix and Missions

Yesterday I read Rachel Kleppen’s article in Christianity Today entitled, Netflix Is Making It Harder to Be a Missionary. Kleppen is a missionary in Taipei, Taiwan and the article was and focused on how the internet and social media (among other advances) make being a...

Face Plant

In third grade, we had an end of the year track meet and my event was the third leg of what was referred to as the (politically incorrect) slow relay. When I took the baton, I got a fast start, but within 5 seconds I was face-down on the track. I can still...

Out of My Mind

Liz and I have each had two interesting chats of late that give an interesting picture of religion in Ireland. Conversation One: About 3-weeks ago, we were at Friday Cricket Club with Méabh. Many families from Clontarf and especially Méabh’s school attend. Well, that...