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25 Questions from a South Minneapolis Pastor During the George Floyd Uprising

The police murdered George Floyd in the same neighborhood as my church, New City Church. Many pastors have reached out to me asking how they can help, and lately my most common response has been: start having conversations with your own people, because if this hasn’t happened in your neighborhood already, it certainly can.

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June 05, 2020

How to Harness the Awkward Pause

For my church planting residency at Urban Village Church, my mentor challenged me to have meaningful discussions with at least 25 new people every week. You may be thinking: Doesn’t it get awkward?

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October 22, 2014

In Praise of Small Spaces

I did what you’re never supposed to do: agree to live in an apartment you hadn’t seen in real life. But the intentional community offering this room had everything that I wanted. What could go wrong?

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September 29, 2014

Culture Shock

My professors warned me about ‘reverse culture shock’ after I returned from India. American life is at a different pace, they told me, with different rules and expectations. Now that I have returned to the United States, graduated, and begun a church planting residency, there is no doubt in my mind that the culture shock I am experiencing is not from living in a different continent.

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August 29, 2014

Can you Repack That?

It’s a bread-and-butter question that pastors love asking: Can you unpack that for me? The question is extremely useful (though perhaps overused), because people often speak in loaded language and try to convey more than they’re saying.

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June 10, 2014

A Christian Take on Mindfulness

Jesus dedicates no small amount of metaphors to inspire his disciples to “keep watch”: bridesmaids who burn their lamps as they wait for their beloved (Matt 25:1-13), a servants in a house who waits for the homeowner to swing by (Mark 13:32-37), and so forth. Watchfulness, it would seem, was what the disciples should be all about: their eyes were to be the ones to peer into the dark outside and wait for a flicker of the divine to break the night.

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May 29, 2014

Do We Know Enough About Other Religions?

In the brief three months that I have lived with the Tibetan Buddhist community in India, several high-level Buddhists have publicly complimented Christianity. But I wonder—are we Christians ready to return the favor?

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April 18, 2014

A Muddy Epiphany

It was the kind of mud that squelched as you stepped, with brown water submerging your shoe at each pass. All hopes for getting away clean were quickly abandoned, and my friends and I couldn’t help but laugh as our boots stuck.

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April 04, 2014

Prayers on the Wind

In Tibetan Buddhism, the prayer flags are called “wind horses” because they carry the prayers of the Buddhists through the mountains.

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March 17, 2014

Afterlife Chat at Midnight

“What do Christians believe happens when we die?” I looked up, bleary eyed, from my Buddhist Philosophy textbook. I was doing some late night studying, but I told the Tibetan students that I was becoming a pastor and that I was glad to have a conversation about religion any time. For Tenzen*, that time was midnight.

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February 21, 2014

The Anti-Tourism of Meditation

Legs in lotus position, hands cupped, shoulders broad and posture straight but relaxed. Breathe in through the nose; exhale through the mouth.

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February 06, 2014

Sacred Optometry: Opening my Eyes in India

The assignment is to see. My professor assigned us to read Diana Eck’s Darśan: Seeing the Divine Image in India before spending a semester together in India.

She has the monumental task of training 13 Americans to see differently while in India…

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January 24, 2014

Ecumenical Bounty: A New Framework for the LGBTQ Conversation.

Fifty years ago, someone would have guessed it was just a fancy sandwich: LGBTQ. Now, it has become a global game of tug-of-war with communion bread, inevitably creating a “winner” and “loser” dichotomy. Churches around the world—and certainly across America—are spinning themselves nauseous over what to do with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people, and I think it is time we reevaluate things mid-spin.

The conversation about LGBTQ people and the church needs to happen in a graceful space that is outside of the loom of legislative consequence.

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October 21, 2011