Choosing Betrayal

Choosing Betrayal

Our journey though the Gospel of Luke, in a quest for the spirit of community continues.  In my previous post, we looked at the threat posed by the religious leaders of Jesus’ time; those who were elevating the letter of the law above the spirit of the scriptures....
The Greatest Threat to Christianity

The Greatest Threat to Christianity

“I am an ordained clergy person whose family has experienced abuse over and over at the hands of Christians whose hearts don’t exhibit love and grace and who appear to be unchanged by Christ’s love. All of this has created a crisis of faith.” The expert above was...
When the Enemy Joins the Revolution

When the Enemy Joins the Revolution

Can you imagine your pastor attending a party thrown by a known criminal?  Can you imagine him sitting next to prostitutes, drug dealers and all the other categories of humanity that our society villainizes?  Can you see the headlines in the local paper? It would be a...
Community Building Starts in the Wilderness

Community Building Starts in the Wilderness

As I sat across the desk from a newly appointed community builder, I could see the frustration in her face as she said, “There are just so many needs!  How can I focus on the assets when people need food, jobs and transportation?” It is a look I see often in my...
Quest for the Spirit of Community

Quest for the Spirit of Community

This fall I am on a quest to discover the spirit of community building.  In our ABCD training, I use this visual to introduce the concept of thinking about the “pond” as an analogy for a holistic veiw of community buiding. In the center of it all is the...