Diverse & Representative Leadership is Crucial for the Church’s Future

Before starting seminary, I ate lunch with nine Christian leaders whose lives and ministry I deeply respect. We met all around Seattle, up in Bellingham, over cups of locally-roasted coffee, bowls of ramen, glasses of wine, Texas BBQ – and they shared many different perspectives, from a wide variety of areas of expertise. One friend, a recent … More Diverse & Representative Leadership is Crucial for the Church’s Future

When Other Christians Make You Feel Alienated — How to Respond

Three years ago, I visited a space that made me feel very alienated as a Christian. (I’m fairly certain that sharing the exact details would be contrary to the point — and unhelpful — but, for context, it was one of a number of church or para-church spaces I’ve encountered over my life that share … More When Other Christians Make You Feel Alienated — How to Respond

Church Isn’t Youth Group Anymore — Shifting to Adulthood

I grew up going to church, but it wasn’t until my teenage years that I really fell in love with what church and Christian community could be. Church is awesome when you’re a teenager. Don’t get me wrong — being a teenager is terrible a lot of the time. Middle school is the worst. You’re … More Church Isn’t Youth Group Anymore — Shifting to Adulthood

God Can Use Your Skills and Gifts, Whatever They Are

Next Sunday, I’ll be showing people at church how to fold origami cranes. Weird, right? We’re folding cranes as an illustrative point for our new sermon series. And you know what? I happen to be pretty great at folding origami cranes. So next Sunday, I’ll put this random, weird skill to use. For the longest … More God Can Use Your Skills and Gifts, Whatever They Are