Category Archives: Community

Not Alone in Feeling Alone – guest post at The Assembling of the Church

Alan Knox at The Assembling of the Church has graciously allowed me to share my thoughts with his readers. What was the one thing I wanted to say to them?

“You are not alone.” That is the thing that I want to say to you. You are not alone, even when it feels like it. Many readers on this blog see the value of community and meaningful relationships among the Body of Christ. Many readers on this blog have faced resistance when trying to implement those things into their lives and into the group of believers they are part of. That can be very discouraging and often very lonesome. I know. I’m there.

Check out the post, Guest Blogger: Not Alone in Feeling Alone, to read the rest. I really appreciate Alan giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts on his blog! Maybe I can get him to write something for me sometime soon. We’ll see.

Oh, also, in the meantime check out Running Late, a short story Alan wrote for Zombie Theology!

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… federal LIHEAP cuts – Examiner Article

I have posted a new Religion and Politics article at the Portland, ME Examiner:
Helping families affected by federal LIHEAP cuts

Many Mainers are struggling to keep their oil tanks full and their homes warm. How can you help?

Here is an excerpt:

Some people may want to help, but aren’t sure how. Giving money to a local church may be a good idea, but to simply “drop a check in the plate” does not mean that the money is being used to help keep people warm. In the same token, it may be difficult, as an everyday person, to find families to help, even when going out looking to help.

If you get the chance, please read the full article, and share your thoughts. Thanks.


Ministry to the Poor: a very helpful resource

Keith Giles at subversive1 lives in Orange County California where he ministers to folks in need. He has written a very practical series of articles, based on his experience, on how to reach out to these folks. He aptly titles this series How to Start a Ministry to the Poor in Your Community.

If you’re anything like me the easiest excuse to avoiding ministering to those in need is that I don’t know how, I don’t know where to begin, I don’t know how to approach it and another million ways of saying I don’t know what I’m doing. Well if you would like to hold on to that excuse then don’t read Keith’s posts. If you honestly want to serve the poor, and have struggled to know how to approach it then please DO read these posts. They will really help you get the ball rolling.

Keith has given permission for anyone to use this information, print it out, share it with your church, or whatever. Check out this resource and share it with others. We have no excuses not to care for those in need around us.


Six Word Bio: fun for weekend

So I saw this post over at SoulPancake where they asked their readers to give a six word autobiography. I thought that was a pretty cool concept and found some of the answers pretty interesting so I thought I would ask my readers to do the same thing. Since I haven’t ever done a “get to know you” type post I thought this might be a quick fun way to go about that and since it is Friday afternoon and I don’t usually post on the weekends it will give plenty of time to anyone who wants to participate. One thing that annoyed me on the SoulPancake post is that people appended their answers, so no doing that here! Otherwise have fun…

Here’s mine:

Was gonna pastor; now husband, father


Not Part of a Church: the good, the bad, and the ugly

“I am not part of a church.” Have you ever said that phrase? Depending on what you meant it could be a good thing, a bad thing, or an ugly thing. The following, in my opinion, is the good, bad, and ugly meanings of this phrase. Which do you fall under?

Good: I have not defined myself by being part of a certain subset of Christianity. I will not seclude myself to fellowship and mutual edification with a select few based on our agreement on certain theological issues, musical stylings, ethnic or racial similarities, or anything else. I will not ignore the rest of the body of Christ, limiting my interaction to those who meet in the same building as me. I will not assume that others are wrong because they are not part of my church. I will not assume certain people are right because they ARE part of my church.

Bad: I am not part of the kind of community of believers I read about in the New Testament. God wants me to be part of the church in this way. Being part of a church means supporting each other, caring for each other, and working together to share the love of Christ with others. These are great things, and honestly these are things I lack in my life. The reason I am not? Well the easy answer, the answer that lets me off the hook, is that this kind of church doesn’t exist around me. But that is an excuse. What is the real answer? It is hard and time consuming and I am lazy and unwilling to have these kinds of relationships. I don’t like people knowing my business, let alone sharing their thoughts on my business, and I am too selfish to care about helping other people with their struggles and hardships.

Ugly: I am bitter and angry and think I am better than everyone else. Because of this I would rather try the lone man approach to my walk with Christ. There is no one to challenge me, no one to tell me I’m wrong, and no one to argue with. There is also no one to encourage me, no one to help me grow up, and no one to edify me. It is an incredibly selfish and lonely approach to trying to follow Christ, if you can even call it that.

Have you ever said you were not part of a church? What did you mean? If I were to be honest I would have to say that I have felt each of these things, and possibly I mean a little of each of these things, when I have said “I am not part of a church”


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