What to do when something new is being birthed through you

About a year ago, my faith community said yes to a thirty year vision of allowing new expressions of church to be birthed through them. There were a few months of development, prayer, dreaming, talking and listening with leaders before we tested it with everyone else. When big things were shifting, I kept some notes …

Snow Day Anxiety: Learning How to Listen to Our Fear

So it’s been a week of snow in the Pacific Northwest. I know myself well enough to know that a few years ago, this amount of schedule changing, routine altering, unknown factors, kid managing, working from home would have left me a twisted-up anxious mess. While everyone else was outside sledding, throwing snowballs, giggling with …

how the telegraph is changing absolute Truth

More thoughts from Flickering Pixels by Shane Hipps...Shane argues the invention of the telegraph planted the seeds for the postmodern age. Before the telegraph, information was local and rooted in a specific context. The telegraph started moving information. It didn't collect, explain or analyze it. Quickly, there was no sense of proportion.We are surrounded with …

the journey from community to individualism

More reflections from Flickering Pixels by Shane Hipps...The invention of writing gave people the luxury of thinking apart from the tribe without the concern of those thoughts disappearing. As reading and writing became available to more and more people, the community was no longer needed to retain teachings, traditions, or identity.People spent more time alone …

Pieces of Me

Disclaimer: There are many other faith traditions not mentioned here. These are just the ones I’ve experienced in my life so far.The United Methodist Church has taught me to be open and accepting. The sense of community on a global, national and local level is engaging. Every church is connected to the others through hundreds …