This spring I planted a vegetable and herb garden. I used to plant tomatoes and a few herbs each spring, but we moved to a new part of the country a couple years ago and I wasn't sure if I should try a garden here. The weather is different, the soil is different, and besides....my … Continue reading The Fragrance of Missions
A few days ago I went to a lecture by John Pavlovitz. He spoke passionately about the church’s need to embrace an expansive hope, to keep extending the table, because the table belongs to Christ, not to us. I think a lot about extending the table, in part because I drive past a restaurant renovation … Continue reading Understanding Our Perspective
Last Sunday my town was hit by an ice storm. The weather forecast had called for some snow, but all we got was rain, sleet and freezing temps. That added up to a layer of ice on trees, power lines and roadways. Many area churches canceled their regular services or moved them to a … Continue reading Training Season
This week as I’ve been preparing for Baptism of the Lord Sunday in my local churches, I’ve been reading a lot about water, about Methodist understanding of baptism, and as always, mission. What does mission have to do with our baptism? Baptism is one of my earliest memories, watching my brothers being baptized in our … Continue reading Waters of Baptism
As I write this, the remnants of hurricane Michael are right over the area where I live. The trees are swaying in the wind and the rain comes in bands. I’m familiar with this kind of weather because I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast. I just never expected it would be part of … Continue reading Reading with Missional Lenses
Earlier this week I was in a meeting, studying the demographics around two churches in neighboring towns. Someone stopped by to pick up information from the person I was meeting with, and while we were all talking the person who stopped by invited me to join him on his next trip to the town where … Continue reading Come and See
Last month I attended the Wild Goose Festival and had the opportunity to hear a presentation by the hosts of the Failed Missionary podcast and the author of The Very Worst Missionary. The conversation revealed a lot of pain and questions around the practice of mission, in particular, evangelical short-term mission and mission placements of … Continue reading What is Mission?