For you Portlanders, Burlap to Cashmere

Burlap to Cashmere will be playing a benefit concert for Visible Grace, a local non-profit working to start a children's home and school in Kenya, August 14 at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall at Sunset Pres. Tickets are $15, $17 at the door, you can order your tickets online at

Do we claim to have ALL the answers?

Some random thoughts swirling in my head as I clean the kitchen (my regular Saturday/Mindless Task rundown)…

Does Evergreen claim to have "all the answers"? 

QuestionMark No- not by a long shot. 
These thoughts are stirred maybe in part by my recent posts on Video Venues and such- I probably need to point out every once in awhile that we don't feel we have stumbled on the One True Model‚Ñ¢ for doing church. 
But mainly I'm thinking through various conversations, some facebook posts, some comments… just some things I feel like I want to say at this point. 

No- we don't have all the answers. And that means some things and it doesn't mean some other things. 

What does it mean?
It means we have a sense of epistemological humility (epistemology: a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge. humility: the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.). It means that even when we do make claims about truth, we are careful, humble and respectful as we do so, knowing that we are subjective humans who quite often misunderstand things. It means we do our best to make room for questions, for those who are doubting or unsure and to truly journey beside them as they ask. It means we show patience and love to those who aren't where we are at and do our best to continue to learn alongside them. It means we make room in every gathering for multiple voices to be heard alongside the one leading the discussion, for questions to be asked and even for people to disagree. I feel in that, we are somewhat rare…

What doesn't it mean?