This month: Trauma
Exploring the Heart of Restoration

Remember Me    Register ›

Archives for Life and Love on the Margins

I found this statement at the end of the animated film Ratatouille profound. These are the words of the food critic Anton Ego in his review of the restaurant in the movie.

“In many ways the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to…

...Click here to read more »

If you really want to understand the birth of Jesus you have to look back to the Old Testament. One reason I can say that with confidence is that all four Gospels start by pointing backward. Matthew starts with a genealogy going back to David and Abraham. The NIV uses the word “genealogy” to translate the Greek word “Genesis” which…

...Click here to read more »

It is easy to think the “margins” are over there somewhere but the truth of the matter is this…not only are the margins closer than you think, the margins are actually within you. What kind of margins am I talking about? When we use phrases like the “margins of society” we are usually talking about the down and out, those…

...Click here to read more »

A big thank you to Shane Claiborne for taking a few moments to talk about everything from the new monastic movement to how we see and treat those who are different than ourselves. I am convinced these are words we need to hear more and more in a world that is pushing people to the margins. As the margins grow so…

...Click here to read more »

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we tremble before this cup, give us the strength to drink it, this: our prayer for our enemies.

And we confess that we are but dust, we do not have the strength to carry this burden. So fill us with your Holy Spirit. May your Spirit intercede for us in this moment.

For nothing draws us to this prayer. And we confess that we kneel before you more out of obedience than grace. Obedience to the…

...Click here to read more »

Three prayer requests.

1. Pray for comfort and peace in Paris, but also in Beirut which was bombed the day before, families on the Russian airliner, and for Syria and Iraq where people suffer on a daily basis from the violence of ISIS.

I wonder why we painted our Facebook pages with French colors but not Lebanese or Russian. Perhaps I have some sense–we have a historic alliance with France….and because…

...Click here to read more »

How do established ministries and churches practice love and life beyond its traditional margins? It’s a great question with a multitude of possibilities.

From my point of view there is no better way than to give as much time to the culture you find yourself planted in as you give to the people you live in community with. Twenty years ago someone convinced me of…

...Click here to read more »

My wife Missy is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. She has taught me a lot over the last eleven years about how to view people with the love and value of Christ. One of the most valuable ways she has taught me that is when we have shared meals with people. We have eaten with…

...Click here to read more »