To Be Seen; To Be Loved

Earlier This week I finished reading The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey. If you're not familiar with the book, it's a collection of interviews from her show Super Soul Sunday compiled into chapters along with some short commentary by Oprah. So far it's been my favorite book of 2018. Even though it's an odd … Continue reading To Be Seen; To Be Loved

Creating Open & Affirming Faith Communities

Earlier this week I was asked what was something that I praised God for. To phrase it another way, what were some things I was thankful for? My first answer was that I thanked God for the open and affirming communities that had been a part of my life like The Well at Springfield, The … Continue reading Creating Open & Affirming Faith Communities

Christmas is about Love

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year, despite the cold here in Colorado. I love seeing all the lights around my neighborhood, the time spent with family, and of course Christmas music. Everyone seems to have their own sacred rules for when it's appropriate to start playing Christmas music. Some people hold off … Continue reading Christmas is about Love

Listen to what Mary has to say: Charlottesville

As I spent most of the day yesterday watching the tweets, live streams, and news reports role in I found myself in shock over what I saw going on in my own country. It's hard to come up with any response that seems fitting when confronted with such hate and violence. For some reason I … Continue reading Listen to what Mary has to say: Charlottesville

From Complicity to Courage: Responding to Violence Against Women

  Sexism: (1) prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially discrimination against women. (2) behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex. (https://www.merriam-webster.com): Misogyny: Dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women. (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com) Many years ago I put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard) and created a … Continue reading From Complicity to Courage: Responding to Violence Against Women

When an Intersection is Actually a Roundabout

I moved to Riverside about eight years ago, after having grown up most of my life in Jacksonville, yet somehow never venturing to the neighborhood. I remember the first time I drove down Park street at the end of high school, marveling at the architecture of the post-war houses and flowing, oak-filled parks. I thought, "how … Continue reading When an Intersection is Actually a Roundabout

The Intersection of Story and Spirit ​

Several years ago my wife Jenny and I took a road trip to North Carolina to take part in the first-ever Wild Goose Festival. We didn’t really know what to expect. We had attended “Christian” conferences and festivals before, but nothing quite like this. Wild Goose was an eclectic gathering of artists, storytellers, musicians, activists, … Continue reading The Intersection of Story and Spirit ​

The Intersection of Hope, Doubt & Belonging

Six years ago, my family and I returned home to Jacksonville so that I could start a new faith community here. That community would become The Well at Springfield, an eclectic and inclusive group of spiritual misfits.  Some are Jesus followers, others are undecided. Some live in Springfield, others drive from as far as Macclenny. … Continue reading The Intersection of Hope, Doubt & Belonging

Why I Need Intersections

As I wake up on this Sunday morning, only a week into the new presidency, witnessing egregious civil and human rights threats unfurl from the pen of the president, I am faced with writing this post talking about why we need gatherings like Wild Goose and her smaller events like Intersections in Jacksonville, FL. See, … Continue reading Why I Need Intersections

Why We Need This Day

The longer I live in Jacksonville, the more people I meet who are deeply passionate about faith but cannot find a setting to talk about it. Every time I set foot in a bar, I wind up talking to someone who believes in Jesus, in love, in redemption, in hope, but who simply cannot find a … Continue reading Why We Need This Day