Month: July 2020

  • Seeing the Way to ‘You Can,’ When the World Says ‘You Can’t’

    Seeing the Way to ‘You Can,’ When the World Says ‘You Can’t’

    What if your job was to go around blessing people? What if, instead of lamenting all that is wrong, you got to say, “There is something terribly, terribly, right with the world”? And what if you got to say this thing in the very places that get written off as ‘God-forsaken’? Michael Mather has such […]

  • Raising the M-word in an Economic Crisis

    Raising the M-word in an Economic Crisis

    I’m excited to talk about money…said no church person ever. Well, that’s not entirely true. We imagine that the snake-oil version of preacher is always ready to go there with an appeal for money, which only makes us more hesitant to raise the M-word. In most churches I work with, when we do have a […]

  • Poetry: Hold It Open

    Poetry: Hold It Open

    Just hold it open a little longer this heart. Don’t imagine it makes you weak this open heart. Don’t shame it for its bank-busting floods of desire this heart. Don’t neglect its world-making power this longing heart. Follow it today in all its wisdom this heart. –Alex Joyner

  • Why a 1939 Story Helps in 2020

    Why a 1939 Story Helps in 2020

    Maybe we have been here before. With pandemic running rampant, economic devastation, and protest settling in for a long spell, it can seem that humanity has never been to this place. But we have and I went back to a short novel from 1939 to get the news. On the eve of the Second World […]