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Ministry: Just Like Riding a Bike (Sort of)

There has been a rebirth here at Pres House. People often ask me, “How?” and “What did you do to attract students, raise money, build the infrastructure of a thriving ministry?” and so on. It turns out that rebuilding this ministry was a lot like riding a bike.

Prayers of the People: The Weary World Rejoices (?)

When God came near as Emmanuel, Jesus didn’t trumpet popular political pursuits or hide behind stained glass windows. He came for the misfits, the oppressed, the accused, the abandoned, and the forgotten.

Prayers of the People: Guíanos

We pray because we have something to say, but let us pray to also hear your voice. Let us hear You speak to us. And then, how should we respond?

Prayers of the People: A Call to Confession

We admit that we do not always recognize others as your children. Differences and disagreements create gulfs and chasms in our relationships that cloud our vision and damage our hearts. Remind us, God of Love, that your love pursued and pursues us even when we turn away. Help us to pursue others in love, as you have pursued us.

Prayers of the People: Over It

We have always trusted in your steadfast love. May our hearts continue to rejoice in your salvation. May we continue to sing to you LORD, because you have dealt bountifully with us.

Prayers of the People: In the Spirit of the Psalms

If I think, “This is the end of me and people like me; there is no one will come to my aid,” even then, you have not abandoned me. The weight of my oppression is mere dust to you, easily blown away with a breath of your spirit.

Prayers of the People: An Introduction

For the many of us who minister to young people, we’ve also sensed an added dimension to this moment in our history, namely, that the cultural rhetoric, fear, and competing narratives have seeped into their lives and discourse in a way that is in danger of being normalized.

Finding Poetry in Ministry

Rather than traditional language of God as a Mighty Warrior, what if we imagined God as a Starving Artist? How might our view of creative-types change in this light? Perhaps this Poet God could speak healing into our lives and into our ministries.

Gratefulness as Spiritual Practice

While I am not grateful for the horrible transition of becoming blind, I am grateful for the loving power of God that surrounded me in such a difficult time. I am grateful for the loving presence of God that is always and everywhere. I am grateful for the people who supported me during those traumatic days and who continue to support me each day.

Exploring Intergenerational Ministry

Our churches are full of people, of all ages, who are desperately searching for meaningful ways to connect and contribute to the local church. Developing relationships between senior adults and youth serves this purpose to make the church healthier.

In Praise of Pragmatism

I am outraged and angry, but I am tired of coming up with solutions that ignore contexts and realities... Therefore, in the spirit of pragmatism, I offer the following solution: let's stop shoving the concept of diversity down people's throats and start promoting the pragmatism of cultural intelligence.

Engage: Faith and Politics

October's Issue – Faith and Politics The polarizing rhetoric…