Blog Category: Friendship

Church building … relationships.

Before sunrise one chilly Saturday morning, our church gathered to improve the building. Please note the theology of that sentence: the church (people of God) gathered to work on the building (not the church). The same phenomenon occurs Sunday mornings: after the church gathers (in worship), it scatters (on mission). Molly & I have been [...]

She went to him

A 20 year-old young lady in our church family recently took a job at a large restaurant. Never having worked in that industry, she discovered its night life culture is worlds apart from her conservative home-school upbringing. She is among the youngest employees and one of only two professing Christians. Her coworkers were surprised she [...]

Crazy (good) times

My apologies for my not blogging of late. It’s been a crazy three months. A lot has happened since my last entry; so please allow me to bring you up to date. (May) Our church plant steadily grew, as God brought alongside us incredible young people with kingdom hearts. Meanwhile, I was asked to spot [...]

Willing to be sent? (What’s Missional? Pt. 2)

God made us to move. When our son Judah was born, he couldn’t move much. He could squirm, but that’s about it. We’d lay him on a blanket on the living room floor, underneath an arch dangling colorful shapes for him to gaze at. We could heat up his baby formula in the kitchen and [...]

Our brother’s keeper?

The past two weeks, Molly and I were blessed to have a young man stay with us. We first met Stephen in the mid-90’s, but lost touch 13 years ago. Recently we reconnected via Facebook. Knowing he’s lived in Oregon his entire life, Molly and I invited him to visit us.   Stephen’s life journey [...]

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