Five Local Actions that Give Me Hope

The famous apologist and social critic G.K. Chesterton wrote that original sin is the only part of Christian theology that can really be proven. He argued that there are lots of abstract philosophical concepts we can debate but this quality of basic human sinfulness is observable; we see it all around us and all the [...]

Abundance in the “New Inner City”

*This blog is adapted from a message I shared for this year's Midwest Friends of Jesus gathering in Toledo, Ohio. (Friends pictured above) The story begins with Jesus and the disciples in a space like the one in which we are currently gathered. We might say they were at a Friends of Jesus retreat. It [...]

Introducing Recovering Abundance: A Miracle and Midrash about Rural Renewal

What's with the name Recovering Abundance?  There is a gospel story that I've been carrying around for quite awhile. When I say "awhile," I don't mean a couple days, a couple weeks, or a couple months. I mean a couple of years. It has been bouncing around in my mind, sinking deeply into my spirit, [...]