It was over 20 years ago I picked up a book that helped me understand how I was wired. The realization in my life at the time was I was wired for urban life. It wasn’t about “gentrification” or some nirvana feel of high end coffee shops and five star restaurants in proximity to billionContinue reading “I have loved this city”
We are less than three weeks from a huge change in our lives. Our house is sold, the movers are scheduled, and we are wrapping up our time in Minneapolis. I am walking through my “lasts” in these final weeks.
Today is my last day as pastor of Heights Church. It’s been a nearly 20 year journey in a place I have loved deeply.
This weekend has demonstrated the beauty of pastoring in my community for 19 years. This place, Columbia Heights, MN, has been one of the best places to watch people come together over the years.
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It’s easy to get caught up in the stories of Baltimore, Ferguson, and so many more places and possibly think, “Wow… NOTHING seems to be going right.” What we don’t get to hear enough of is when things go WELL in a city. My city, where I pastor, is an inner ring suburb of theContinue reading “When things go WELL in a city”
In the church context, that’s another conversation. And, let’s be honest, probably one that won’t be had in the near future. But there IS a context it SHOULD happen… and SOON. There are two situations linked in a way I think it’s time to say, “The large could learn from the small.” One article postedContinue reading “When the large needs to learn from the small”
This story is an interview our police chief, Scott Nadeau, did on MPR yesterday. With all the trouble in Ferguson, MO, and the bad rap police take in general in the media, Scott is a leader who gets it right. It is a joy to work with this leader! Please take the time to listenContinue reading “Yet another reason why I love my city”
Where I pastor is a great city. This article shows again the incredible work that is happening.
I love reflecting on the city where I pastor because there are so many things going on that are RIGHT. They are not totally right all the time, but there are things that defy current trends. For instance, Columbia Heights is on the very low end of “affluence” in the Twin Cities. Rock bottom forContinue reading “Why my city rocks”