A spiritual activist... encouraging presence in hard places and an honest way of spiritual formation.
I started blogging here in January 2007. If it helps you understand why I write like I do... I'm an INFP and an Enneagram 4.
I've been called an urban monk or urban missionary... Really, I'm just trying to live the gospel in a culture of tension in which some of my friends exist in severe poverty holding card board signs that say "Anything Helps" while others drink fine wine after an expensive round of golf.
I'm an Indiana native and will always be a Hoosier at heart. For much of the first quarter of life so much of my joy came from throwing a leather ball into an iron hoop. The smell of popcorn, the sound of basketballs bouncing and a pep band playing in a small gymnasium will always spark good memories for me.
My wife, Angie, and I came out to Denver so that I could have an opportunity to pursue a Master in Divinity degree at Denver Seminary of which I graduated in December 06. (As an INFP & Enneagram 4, seminary nearly killed me! It's no coincidence that I started blogging immediately after graduating...) We also wanted to experience the Rocky Mountain landscape for a few years and in the process we've fallen in love with hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, and the art, culture and people of the Mile High City. In that time we also welcomed 2 sons- Josiah (2008) and Micah (2011) into our family.
I've experienced quite a theological (thoughts on God) and ecclesialogical (thoughts on church) ride that's been a little like rafting the rapids of Colorado rivers--unpredictable and risky yet thrilling and beautiful.
After hanging with and serving a local missional community called Adullam for a few years I switched gears slightly to begin intentionally engaging the chronically homeless in urban Denver while creatively inviting my middle class evangelical friends to come along with me. I seek to be an incarnational presence within our immediate neighborhood by participating in the local Middle School as a basketball coach and mentor to refugee students.
I also serve as staff at both Network Ministries and Mile High Ministries as well as became the designer/director of my own ministry called Access (accessdenver.org). All this has allowed me to creatively engage the liminal space between the severely poor as well as the new urbanite hipster while being real self-reflective and prayerful about it all. I get to create reflective formation experiences among the poor, do writing projects, speak at churches, and even blog a little during my work day. I actually like my job.
It's been increasingly impressed upon me that grace pools up in some of the lowest places and that the Gospel is "Good News" only when it is good news to the poor.
Aside from my Denver friends God has connected me to other sojourners in recent years who have helped me grow up and have kept me propped up when I've been in the valley.
In these musings of life, disciple making, friendship, and an ever transforming ecclesiology I hope you find hope, joy, commonality, and reasons to smile or cry or laugh to the glory of our God.
DISCLAIMER! The views and opinions expressed in this blog are mine and mine alone. They don't represent the ministries I'm associated with, my wife, or anybody else, so... If you have issues with anything posted here please gently take them up with ME. Thanks.
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