Healing in Holy Week

I’ve been thinking a lot about a lot of things this week because I’m a deep thinker, but also because it’s Holy Week. I’ve been in a week of learning, relearning, and creating new pathways for my brain to replace the old negative ones. Thoughts from PTSD/OCD can control someone to a place they don’t […]

March 2018 E-News from the Siburt Institute

On Being Elders Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to walk with many elder groups as they have reflected on their roles and work. In nearly every situation – no matter the size or location of the church – elders feel overworked and overwhelmed with the tasks at hand and the […]

“The Way to Real, True Freedom”

The words of Father Zossima in “The Brothers Karamzov,” “The world has proclaimed the reign of freedom, especially of late, but what do we see in this freedom of theirs? Nothing but slavery and self-destruction! For the world says: ‘You have desires and so satisfy them, for you have the same rights as the most […]

Valley Girl Redemption

I know what you’re thinking…the term “valley girl” is most often described as a female from California with a certain recognizable accent. And you’d be right. Except I’m speaking from a different valley, not one on the West Coast. I’m referencing a very real valley, yet one not locatable on a map. The valley I […]

The Spirit-Filled People of God

The functional creed for many Christians as Gordon Fee points out, could be stated something like this, “I believe in God the Father; I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Son; but I wonder about the Holy Ghost.” My religious upbringing was full of concern about heretics who taught that the Holy Spirit works “separate and […]

Preaching and Self-Disclosure

Karl Barth once said that theology is done, “with the Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other.” His point was that when communicate about scripture we bring the ancient truths in touch with modern times. It is important that our message is heard in a way that people understand the relevance of […]


In a world set on convenience, being a Christian is as counter-cultural as ever. How do we live a “take up your cross” life in a world that caters to convenience? When you decide to follow Jesus you become part of the group who are aliens and strangers in the world (1 Peter 1:1, 2:11). […]