January 19, 2018

For most of my adult life the image of holding my hands open before the Lord, rather than grasping for control of my life and circumstances has helped me walk in surrender to Jesus and his purposes. In my early 20's I remember sitting in my prayer closet (literally a b...

August 22, 2017

We were all pretty disappointed.  Soon our disappointment grew into feelings of disbelief and then anger. The houses we were walking through last week, owned by a prominent institution in the city, were in really rough shape--sewage leaking in the basement rough;...

June 20, 2017

This weekend we will be running a Learning Lab on the Enneagram. For those of you who are not familiar with the Enneagram, it is a personality typology made up of nine interconnected personality types.  The Enneagram helps us discover our deepest longings and core moti...

June 10, 2017

The Community Building in Walthill on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska was quickly filling with youngsters coming for something fun to do during the hot summer days between the last and first day of school.  Close to a dozen white Americans and Canadians were happily-...

May 23, 2017

**Mission always begins in the heart.  We cannot hope to follow God into his mission without first responding in obedience to what is being stirred in our own hearts by the Holy Spirit.  Occasionally, I will be posting simple reflections that you can use to listen for...

May 9, 2017

**For the last several weeks I have been exploring how the idea of growing zones in Permaculture farming could help us reimagine the way in which we participate in the mission of God. I introduced the metaphor in Part 1.  In Part 2 I talked about Zone 0; in Part 3...

April 4, 2017

Just a few weeks ago I received this book in the mail. I was really excited to read it because, along with one of the leading Missional thinkers and practitioners--Micheal Frost, it is co-authored by our dear friend and colleague, Christiana Rice. We have had the privi...

March 29, 2017

**Can the organic farming practice of Permaculture design serve as a metaphor for mission?  In this blog series I am exploring how growing zones, a basic principle of Permaculture that I introduced in part 1, could impact the way we think and practi...

March 16, 2017

In my first blog in this series I introduced the idea that Permaculture farming offers us a helpful metaphor when thinking about Christian mission. One of the guiding principles of Permaculture is to plant the things that require the most tending closer to your home an...

March 6, 2017

A few months ago I was talking with my friend Jonathan Dodd (Keipos.org) about farming and mission.  Something that I've long believed about Christian missions is that, by and large, the Church has it backwards.  Mission is something we do "over there" while we tend to...

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