A Feature or a Bug?

A Feature or a Bug?

As you may have read, I completed a dissertation this summer. The topic was something I have been thinking about for a while. In the paper, I summarised the problem I was addressing with the word Hierarchy. However, I wanted to address issues of authority, abuse...
No, the Buck Should Not Stop with You.

No, the Buck Should Not Stop with You.

A few years ago, I was talking with an individual about working together to plant a church. While the process was exciting, we eventually decided not to move forward together. We simply had too many areas where we didn’t mesh. Two issues that made it a no-go for me...
An Unexpected Option

An Unexpected Option

I wrote last week about my first job offer, which wasn’t actually a job offer. I wanted to share a second story about a real opportunity that has often made me wonder what if.    Because our primary focus was university ministry for our entire time in...
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...

The Bishop and the Singer

After seeing headlines all weekend saying “Bishop Apologizes for touching Ariana Grande,” I watched the video.  I am angry. I am frustrated. There are a number of things this brought up for me… 1) The bishop’s behaviour was completely inappropriate. To watch a...

FlashbackFriday::Comfort

Since we are sharing a series of posts about our move to Ireland, I thought I’d repost some other posts from around that time as it’ll give some insight to what was going on. I may make small edits or update information, but generally they’ll be...

More Questions than Answers

I’ve had this thought bouncing around in my head the past couple days…though I might as well write it down. What does it say about a person who attempts to make themselves look good, by tearing others down? What does it say about a person who does that only behind the...

That!

When our family moved here in 2012, Elizabeth and I felt at home almost immediately. In a way, we never did even in Ithaca where we’d lived for 18 years, raised our kids and made many good friends. When we’d share this with people we would often be asked why it was....

Thus Sayeth the Lord…or maybe not

I spent too much of my life in churches where a person could use the phrase “Thus says the Lord,” and whatever followed would often carry the weight of scripture. When I was younger and less mature, I would go to conferences hoping that the person on stage would have...