"Friendships matter. Working at them, as adults, is important - hard, intentional and important." (via Anna Rendell) So, I connected with Anna Rendell (quoted above) on social media after she spoke at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network's Extravaganza this past January in Detroit, Michigan. Anna runs the social media for a web community for women called … Continue reading Friendships Matter.
After an on-a-whim online purchase last week, I spent a solid portion of my weekend devouring Anne Marie Miller's most recent (though almost a year old) book, Lean on Me. (You can read my full review of the book on Amazon here.) The book's main challenge is this: "Start small, be faithful, and see what God … Continue reading Lean on Me
"Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle." Romans 12:9-10 (The Message) So, friendship has been on my heart lately. (If we're friends on Facebook, you're probably thinking to yourself--"DUH!") … Continue reading Be Devoted to One Another
I've blogged with consistent inconsistency for about as long as I can remember. I started designing websites and keeping weblogs before they were cool, and have written on topics ranging from life and faith to music to community to youth ministry to productivity to... well, just about whatever was rattling around inside my head. I … Continue reading Made to Thrive
As we sit today in the tension between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, here's a little throwback to the Easter Vigil message I preached five years ago: Gospel Lesson: John 20:1-18 1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone … Continue reading Sitting and Waiting
Last week, I spent a couple days away in some solitude, and I continue to find myself ruminating in the lessons, the after-effects of stillness and solitude, and some fresh perspectives on community and friendship. I feel like there is so much to process, and I find myself praying frequently and anxiously as I lean … Continue reading Thoughts on Vulnerability, Community, and Friendship
I spent a few days alone earlier this week, and as I am processing the beautiful things that God spoke to me in that time, I am feeling compelled to share bits and pieces of that time. At this point, I'd like to simply share some of the thoughts I jotted down in my journal … Continue reading Excerpts from Solitude