I am working on some garden projects. A hugelkultur mound (German for, “hill garden” or “hill culture”) that I am preparing for planting in the spring. See the pictures on the left and below for stages 1-5. Hugelkultur requires the digging of a trench and filling it with rotting logs, sticks and other organic matter … More Borrowing Stuff as a Ministry
My last post (also with a ‘river’ of flowers) started a conversation about ideas and ways to interact with neighbors during the summer months. Practice the Ministry of Presence. —see previous post Create Opportunities to be Present. —see previous post Invite. —see previous post Serve and Sacrifice for Them. —see previous post ddd Use your … More 7 Ideas for Summer Outreach (Part 2)
Part One of a two part series: Practice the Ministry of Presence. There is no influence without contact. My general rule is that if a neighbor invites me to anything, whatever was on my schedule is going to be replaced. My neighbors know I am a Christian. So when they are willing to take the … More 7 Ideas for Summer Outreach in Your Neighborhood
Guarding the flock often takes a lot of heavy digging in the Scriptures. The picture above is of some of the bulldozers assembled for OPERATION OVERLORD (the Normandy Invasion of Europe in World War II). That assemblage of hardware is a great picture that war, any war, is a lot more than guns and ammunition. … More Digging Deep for the Glory of God
Church, Discipleshp and Christian Living Seven Ways to Love Christians Who are Overweight This is such a needed post. We need to love one another better. Here’s help for one particular group. Why We Need to Bring Back Catechism We need to give serious consideration about reshaping a modern catachetical approach to Sunday … More Weekend Links are Back
I doubt it. But I suspect that most people have verbalized those five words or that sentiment in their spirit after some particularly convicting portion of Scripture was exposited on a Sunday morning. Most pastors (in my experience) don’t try to deliberatley make people feel guilty. I know I don’t try to do that. But … More “My Pastor is Guilting Me.”
Here’s one of those stories that demonstrates the kind of creativity and commitment to blessing our neighborhoods that is so needed in the secular age we live in. The article is short and worth your time. This would make a great start to a brainstorming session of a home-group that is missionally focused on reaching … More “Planting Goodness in the Neighborhood”
I live in a multi-ethnic neighborhood near the hospital. We are new to the community but have been encouraged by the camaraderie and openness of our neighbors since we moved in. In the run up to Hurricane Florence, different communities tried to prepare as best they could. In our community the city stepped in … More Can A Miracle Start Slowly?
I’ve already posted today, but I found this and had to pass it on. If you love your neighbors, and I sure hope you do, read it. Pray over it. And start doing the simple things, the mundane things for the glory of God and your neighbors joy. The Spiritual Warfare of Potato Peeling
Saw this video on Facebook and it gave me new insight and incentive to meet more of my neighbors. Let’s be aware of the loneliness of the people around us.