Paying attention

Practicing Lent

In a culture of excess, I understand that giving something up for Lent can feel freeing. To shed the excess and get back to basics, to let go of the unnecessary to focus on the essential, to “simplify, simplify, simplify”… Read More ›

Cultivating Spiritual Practices

I was delighted to lead two seminars at this year’s Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Winnipeg. Cultivating Spiritual Practices was the title suggested to me by Assembly organizers, but the sessions might just as well have been called Deepening Your Walk with God, or Growing Your Relationship with Jesus, or Developing Spiritual Discipline. In this post, I share my seminar outline.

Can an “Established” Church be Missional?

This post begins with a short video explaining the missional church — people empowered and encouraged to be the church in their community, following Jesus and bearing witness to him wherever they work, play, and live. But as I’ve been thinking about this more, I wonder, for a church to be missional, must all of the arrows point outward? Is being the church and living out the good news only for the surrounding community and world? Is everyone who is part of the church a missionary, and every place outside the church a mission field?

My Month of Making Manifest

In this post, I look back at my month of Making Manifest, and share a few lines of poetry, keeping in mind as writer and poet Dave Harrity writes, “Don’t be shy — everyone is on an even playing field. What you’ve just written is probably malformed junk, but you never know what might come from it.”