Formation | Culture | Mission

  • Rooted: Pastoral Reflections on Place

    Lord, you have made my lot secure. —King David, Psalm 16 1. In both my personal life and pastoral ministry, I am sustained by this underlying conviction: our place in this world…

  • The Weight of Story

    How to Discover, Embrace, and Tell Your Story    “Stories are verbal acts of hospitality.” Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places 1. In the Spring of 2005, at…

  • The Leader’s Renewal

    Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. St. Paul, First Timothy 4:16 *** My favorite definition of leadership comes from John Piper: Spiritual leadership is knowing…

  • The Paradox of Pain

    I was first diagnosed with chronic pain when I was a teenager. For more than a decade, I’ve woken up in pain and remained in pain. Only recently have I discovered that I’m not…

  • Hip Hop History: Early Years

    “Our art is a reflection of our reality.” – Ice Cube, Straight Outta Compton *** I have always loved rap. When I was in high school, in about the year 2000, I inherited my…

  • The Three Functions of an Executive Pastor

    1. What is an executive pastor? He is a man called by God to lead a church family to health, mission and effectiveness. He is typically the staff leader chiefly responsible for…

  • Two Decades of Betrayal, Failure & Disaster

    Once among the most revered and successful teams in professional sports history, the former brilliance of the Kansas City Chiefs has been, in the words of the old narrator,…