Listening: the art of Pastoral Presence

When I think about our work, I think of the God who listens.  He hears our cries, petitions, longings, and hopes.  In Jesus, we find the Good Shepherd making space for others to share their stories (i.e. Samaritan woman, the blind man at the pool).  We see them share specifics as Jesus asks poignant questions….

On Seeking God’s Help…

A prayer of participating in God’s redemptive work…He’s not a puppet master that pulls strings.  He has created us to be coworkers, co-creators, co-participants.  That means we do His work WITH him. “If I am actually to do it, I must ask for your help and mercy, ask you to fill with wind the sails…

Church, It’s not you….it’s me!

I’m a victim.   I was a victim of some bad church experiences. I don’t trust [some] leadership or church communities. I have [some] negative feelings towards church.   I’m tired of trying to analyze, understand, and “get over it”.   I’ve known many people with the same experiences.  Many have found peace and are in a…