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The Trail An Invitation by Ken Rummer   There’s a trail I’d like to show you, the one that passes behind our place. It was part of the appeal of the property for me. For some reason, “By the High Trestle Trail” seemed like an address of some distinction. Now I get to live here…. Read more »

Hopeful Church

Leading Like Water, not Like Lava:  Is our church leadership fluid or frozen?  by N. Graham Standish   For a number of years I’ve been advising people to “lead more like water and less like lava.” Whenever I do people often look at me as dogs do when they hear a funny noise — ears… Read more »

Eyes on Christ

The economy of grace The fledglings and the squirrel By Anita Coleman    A Short Story   The economy of grace is like a wildlife friendly, suburban garden. The mourning doves’ nest was empty.  The parents and babies had just flown away.  Grace missed them.  She heard rustling sounds and found a fledgling crow trying… Read more »

Writing in the Margins

Being ‘Christ’ to one another Reflections on Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2  By Antonio ‘Tony’ Aja   This passage from Ephesians is very appropriate for the times we are living. Let me share some thoughts I picked up from an article written by John Pavlovitz, a well-known Christian activist pastor. Pavlovitz feels that the current political,… Read more »

The Church for Today

Getting to know you Your church is the people by Richard Hong   “A church is the people, not the building.” Would anyone think of this as a controversial statement? Yet we need to explore fully what this means at a practical level in our churches. Sure, a common complaint is that there are some… Read more »

Hopeful Church

  Are we yelling too much? How to train church leaders effectively by Graham Standish  I used to get yelled at a lot. Anyone who’s ever played sports has gotten yelled at, but I felt like coaches yelled at me more than most. Someone once told me that it’s when coaches stop yelling that you… Read more »

Sightings

Silence as praise The sound of no hands clapping by Ken Rummer     When the music ended, nobody clapped. I was the guest violin soloist for a performance with the high school concert band in the next town. It was their winter concert, to a full house. We were playing music by John Williams,… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

God’s provident hand A Revised Common Lectionary resource for July 29 by Magdalena I. García Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. – John 6:11 Read the full lectionary passage here God of Abundance,… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Rest for a while A Revised Common Lectionary resource for July 22 by Magdalena I. García He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. – Mark 6:31 Read the full lectionary passage… Read more »

The Church for Today

Church growth: Connect, not attract Understanding ‘why’ before ‘what’ by Richard Hong   Too often we hear about something that is successful for another church and, when we look into it, our immediate thought is “that won’t work here.” We often reject what it is before understanding why it works. Why it works is about… Read more »