Rising Together: Every Known Nook of our Nation

Sigh... What a wild and emotionally exhausting ride we have been on over the last few weeks. In addition to battling a deadly pandemic, we are struggling to process two recent events--major events--that took place in our country: an insurrection and an inauguration. I don't need to summarize these events for you nor do I [...]

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, [...]