On the topic of belonging and togetherness On the topic of belonging and togetherness among communities of Jesus followers, I think it’s helpful to ask the question, who’s responsibility is it to foster belonging among a group of people? While there’s [obviously] no black and white answer to the question, I think it’s worth … Continue reading Beyond Passive Belonging
Our ember conversation — belonging and togetherness In our little Ember-sphere, we've had some super helpful [I think they're helpful] conversations around the idea of belonging. We are all working toward the goals of the organization, which are narrow and specific, but we are also becoming good friends in the process. So, our topic of … Continue reading Some real life thoughts on belonging and togetherness.
What about me? [Church as Family] In my article, Church family? Or maybe we just call it family?, I spoke mainly to those who find themselves within a more typical church structure — gathering on Sunday to worship together and to hear a message, meeting on Wednesdays for small groups. But there are also followers of … Continue reading What about me? Church as Family. A conversation for the outliers.
When you think of family… What do we think of when we hear the phrase healthy family? Whether or not our natural families measure up to our ideal, I’m sure we can think of an ideal. I love you no matter what. I have your back. No matter your decisions I love you and I … Continue reading Church family? Or maybe we just call it family?
I want to continue the Phil Rice story in unpacking one way that my family and I have been walking out Practical Spirituality in our own world. While on the earth, Jesus did a pretty incredible thing [a pretty incredible series of things]. Though for now, let’s just focus on a single piece of the puzzle. Jesus, … Continue reading Not at church? — Phil Rice
I’m so thankful to all of you for the support and encouragement as I’ve expressed where I am in my journey battling Ulcerative Colitis (UC), and I thought it was time for an update. After many years of subduing my body with pharmaceuticals, I thought it was time to take a different approach. I started … Continue reading ulcerative colitis update
I’ve been asked on several occasions what it looks like for me to lead my family. And while I don’t think there is one specific answer to this question, I wanted to take time to unpack the topic of from my perspective. Google’s definition for leadership is “the action of leading a group of people or … Continue reading Leading My Family
Sunday Evening Dinner About 18 months ago our family started a weekly dinner, it happens every Sunday evening at 6pm, regardless of other events swirling around our calendar. Our goal in this dinner is to have a rhythm for our family that increases our meaningful togetherness and our spiritual conversation. At Becky’s initiation, we crafted … Continue reading Sabbath Dinner