We can forget that messy, broken people gathering with other messy, broken people regularly is sometimes going to have messy and broken results. And yet the opportunity for grace-filled acceptance, healing and love with messy and broken people (present company included) is vast.Read More
Hospitality is hard if your perspective is that it’s all yours. If you have an "except..." in there - it may be time see what's there.Read More
Listening to anyone about anything means you most likely have to ask a question. And then a follow-up question. And a few more after that. That alone is a Spirit-filled shift from yourself to others. So what are good questions to be asking? What are good questions to have in your pocket as you are living life and loving people?Read More
It seems like the expectations can run so high that we will be guaranteed to fail each other.
The purpose of this article is explore biological families to see if we can learn what we can about how we should expect church family to operate.
When is a group too big? When does it need to think about splitting up? How many people is ‘just right’ for a personal conversation? Usually, we’re tempted to believe that these types of questions can be answered by looking at what people we’re talking about--in other words, our answer to how many is too many for social gathering is: “Well, it depends on the people.” While that is certainly a factor, the study of proxemics says that the way people relate to one another in different spaces is pretty predictable. So, what does proxemics say that is helpful to us--people trying to figure out how to participate, lead, and navigate Community Groups?Read More
If "Not Sinning" is the point of our faith, we become the sort of religionists who were willing to crucify Jesus. But if "Knowing God" is primary, then we will begin to become like Christ.
Some of us have felt the tension, the fight, the chaos of trying to actually have a discussion with many loud and lively kiddos right in the same room (or nearby) - during those Colorful Meals we’ve talked about. We want to have times where kids are involved in our Community Group - but having real discussion, bible teaching, sharing and prayer is quite a stretch during the Colorful times. So how do we do this?Read More
Our Sunday Family Meals are our very colorful time. Sometimes “family time” is just that - we aren’t all circled up and joining in one collective theological conversation - but connecting in the corners with a few here and there. Being family. Rich with spills and wiping kiddos noses and helping each other and dripping waffle messes and loudness. Family is nutty.Read More