Parent Guilt and the Coronavirus

Parent Guilt and the Coronavirus

The above picture is my attempt to provide a semblance of sanity with five kids on quarantine from school. I developed a system for them to keep track of intentional things they do with their time (they hadn’t had a chance to finish their chores yet).

If you’re anything like me and you’ve got young (and particularly aimless) kids at home right now, you are likely feeling parent guilt on a whole new level. Parent guilt is that realization that you should be doing more with them, should be more intentional, should be savoring every moment differently than you actually are in your exhausted state. And this is doubly true if you are attempting to work from home.

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Exploring Approaches to LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Exploring Approaches to LGBTQ+ Inclusion

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to participate in a discussion with an organization called the Jesus Collective. It was a podcast with me and another pastor from Canada discussing our different approaches to including LGBTQ+ people in our churches.

This is a topic where a lot of Christians land in different places and I am grateful for the ability we had to find areas of both agreement and disagreement in this conversation. The thing I hope you’ll notice above all is our focus on the person of Jesus and how He unites us together.

If you are curious about how Christians are processing through this conversation about sexuality and the church I would encourage you to check it out.

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My 70 Books of 2019

My 70 Books of 2019

I was able to tackle a few more books than normal in 2019.

Below is the list of 70 books I read and my ratings for them (5 being the best) along with a brief review. Any book without a number rating has been given to me by the author or publisher. You can check out my running list throughout the year by clicking on the “reading list” link on the top right of my blog.

In addition to this list, you might also check out:

Click on any of the titles below to get to a link to buy it.

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2019 Reading List – 3/4

2019 Reading List – 3/4

We are 75% through 2019 by now. In Oregon, that means the beauty of Fall is all around us and the weather has a chill to it. It’s one of my favorite times of the year and a good opportunity to check in on the books I’ve read so far. I’m feeling good about being 9 books ahead of my goal of reading 60 total this year.

Here are the books I’ve read since January with my rating for them (5 being the best) along with a brief review. Any book without a number rating has been given to me by the author or publisher. 

In addition to this list, you might also check out:

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5 Resources from My Study Leave (That You Can Use)

5 Resources from My Study Leave (That You Can Use)

I had the opportunity to spend the last four weeks experiencing a study leave. It wasn’t a vacation, but it allowed me the chance to break my normal rhythms and get away to think deeply and enjoy a time of allowing Jesus to recharge my batteries. I spent a few nights away by myself, read 19 books, prepared for the upcoming year at our church, and reflected a ton in the space this created.

I desire to be the type of pastor that Stanley Hauerwas describes when he says: “The faithful pastor keeps calling us back to God. In so doing, the pastor opens our imagination as a church, exposes us to a wider array of possibilities than we could have thought possible on our own.” A regular routine of rest is crucial to experiencing this.

In case you could use a little recharging yourself (and that’s all of us), here are five tools that proved beneficial for me this month:

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Top 20 Quotes From Leadership Summit (2019)

Top 20 Quotes From Leadership Summit (2019)

This is part of a series of posts on 20 quotes. Click here to see others.

This was the second year we hosted the Global Leadership Summit at Abundant Life Church. Together with business and church leaders in our community, we spent the last two days growing and practicing being teachable.

Below I’ve selected twenty of my favorite quotes from the event. Each of these quotes is my best representation in writing of what they said verbally or a summary thereof. Any errors in wording are my own. These are in order of appearance at the conference, not in rank.

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