From Fixing to Following

There is a story told in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. A group of old men came to see Abba Anthony, in the midst of whom was a man named Abba Joseph. Abba Anthony wanted to test them, so he suggested a text of Scripture and asked each one…

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“There is literally nothing else”

Last fall was one of the strangest periods of my life. About halfway through a three month sabbatical our church in Denver (Bloom) had provided us over the summer, we discerned the Lord calling us to lay down that ministry, which we had lovingly and painstakingly built over seven years,…

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The Essential Church Podcast

So one of my favorite things about ministry over the years has been (and is) “talking shop.” I LOVE talking shop. Church, to me, is downright fun. The ongoing effort see the local church rise up in all that God desire it to be… the constant interplay, the back and…

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Avoiding (one form of) Cannibalism

[SPOILER: This post does not intend to be “helpful.”  I’m wrestling with something and I’d love any insight, if you have any.] In the last six months or so, I’ve started to find the language for a tension I live with.  I’ll never forget reading Henri Nouwen’s The Wounded Healer years ago…

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An update long in coming

Hey friends – This little note is WAY overdue, but better late than never, as they say… Just wanted to say a big “thank you” to those of you, near and far, who prayed for me and my family during my six week preaching sabbatical and our little family vacation…

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A Little Update on Me for the Bloom Fam

Hey Bloom Family – About this time four years ago, my family and I were on the verge of making one of the biggest and (in retrospect) best decisions of our lives–uprooting our life in Tulsa and making the journey out West, to Denver, to help bring this fledgling little…

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Words that Belong to Me

Not long ago I was preaching to a group of folks, and the experience was – well, less than what I would have hoped for. That always bugs me.  I feel like my main contribution to the world is words.  And when that’s not working quite right, it drives me up…

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With Gratitude, the Sunday before Thanksgiving…

Tonight marks our second annual Bloom all-church Thanksgiving dinner.  At 5:00 tonight, we’ll gather for worship, share a short teaching, and then feast together on turkey, potatoes of various kinds, stuffing, gravy, pies… the works.  Somewhere in the middle of the feasting, we’ll open up the microphone and let people…

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