I live and serve Christ in Utah as a 37-year veteran missionary under Missions Door. Currently I'm seconded to The Vine Institute, which helps develop a healthy intercultural Body of Christ on the Wasatch Front by connecting, educating and celebrating in the love of Christ across many cultures. We work mostly among refugee and immigrant populations, largely to train (and learn from!) their emerging church leaders. My wife and I are involved at First CRC in downtown Salt Lake City. I've also reflected extensively on Mormon culture and congealed much of my thinking in a book titled I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints (Baker). Loves in my life (besides Mormons) include Jesus, sheer grace, elegant discourse, acoustic music, fine food and cats.
seriously God-honoring, heart-igniting worship
intercultural communication and celebration
the art of cooking
profound and elegant writing
seeking and finding grace in all of life
Good stuff, Christy. I'm always haunted by the Augustine statement "He who sings prays twice" and I definitely think of our hymn-singing as prayers with notes attached. I wonder to what extent our...posted on: Why We Worship in Song
Good, insightful stuff here, Sam! I am challenged in a good direction by your urging of an integrated, basic style to set the overall format of worship, thus avoiding the disjunctive "variety show...
I really applaud what I think I hear in your all-too-brief description of the "bubble church" model. It does not seem to be the same as a multisite arrangement where the second church is a campus...posted on: Bubble Churches
Great post, James! But you left me hanging with the Lincoln encounter: were those 300+ souls spared?
As to your main point, sadly I am disturbed along with you about the state of Christian...posted on: Bishop Whipple Takes Heart
Nice reflection, Tom. I recognize this coffee practice thing with its "vibe" as an example of what's called "organizational climate." We telegraph that climate--arising, yes, out of our church's...posted on: What Your Church Coffee Says about You
Some months ago I recall an article on why Millennials are leaving the church, especially the megachurch, in droves--something I see happening right in our neighborhood. One comment among others...posted on: Why Don't We Sing In Worship?
Thanks, Melissa--really inspiring!
Here's my experience. Our son, a jazz bassist, got a quartet together and performed a delightful jazz vespers worship service at our church (First CRC,...posted on: The Inbreaking Kingdom
Great project here! I can't wait to see it! I love the values driving this anticipated hymnal.
One classic problem that concerns me is, how do we handle some people's heart songs that...posted on: Lift Up Your Hearts
I quite agree--much better, no doubt, to articulate some pastoral counsel on this than to keep silent. The homosexuality thing is such a polarizing hot button that people are afraid and confused,...
It was my first time at Symposium, and I was very impressed and enriched by the breadth of topics and angles as well as the sheer quality of organization. Both Brueggeman the gadfly and Wright the...posted on: Sharing Symposium