Places as People

My Daughter, exquisite writer that she is, expresses why places, like people, must be wooed, discovered, explored, experienced, before they can be known. This is why local ministry in real neighborhoods is the future of the church. It’s why I walk with my neighbors each morning. It’s why I’ve never considered, for two seconds, offers for big shot ministry opportunities that would have required me to move away. It’s why church must become more than sermons… it must become the incarnation of Christ in place. Enjoy!

The Way Home

75906_692742706330_1174899592_nAnd having answered so I turn once more to those who
     sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer
     and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
     so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on
     job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the
     little soft cities…

Carl Sandburg, from “Chicago” 

I take the long way to Penny Markt for romaine lettuce and a baguette, back behind the hill and past the dairy farm and Italian villa on the edge of the golf course. I’ve come this way because today is sunny and I’m extraordinarily busy. My day began with a meeting at 8:00 AM, and it won’t really end until my senior small group leaves around 9:00 PM. Or…

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