New Post at Out of Ur: The Challenge of Pope Francis

Since his installation, Pope Francis has impressed much of the world with his humility. Shunning the ostentatious outfits worn by his predecessors, the new Pope has exchanged red silk shoes for regular black leather ones, a golden crucifix around his neck for a plain iron one and ditched altogether the furred ermine stoles we often Read more about New Post at Out of Ur: The Challenge of Pope Francis[…]

Cake My Ass.

I read a blog post today that compared being a pastor to “cake.” The claim (made by a house church advocate) is that “a professional pastor’s job is mostly cake… By “cake,” I’m referring to the fact that his job is easy.” The basis for this claim is “2.5 years” as a pastor while sitting in Read more about Cake My Ass.[…]

A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 3

Guiding Theological Themes As we attempt to live out this life in the Spirit communally, here are some of the theological themes and principles we hope will guide us. 1. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our Community– The Apostles placed great emphasis on the role of the Spirit in the life of the Read more about A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 3[…]

A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 2

Personal Context One of the earliest decisions we made as a community was that we would not have “formal” membership. In those early days, many believed that the desire to be a place where people could belong before they believed superseded the need for formal membership. This meant, though, that we were for all intents Read more about A Model for Discernment in the Missional Church Context, Part 2[…]

Some Big Changes…

This week I became something I haven’t been in a long, long time. A part-time pastor. Since we started Evergreen, I’ve been full-time. I embraced the idea of bi-vocationalism if necessary to get the community off the ground, but always counted myself lucky that I was able to devote my energies full-time to our community. Read more about Some Big Changes…[…]