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Experiencing the Disruptive Nature of the Spirit

Part of my research focuses on exploring the sense-making process of walking with the Spirit in community (specifically, how this works in the suburbs). Let me walk through the events and conversations of the last week in an effort to make some provisional sense from it for my own life, for my research, and for the life of the community of which I am a part.

Two Sundays ago I preached on the Third Way of Love. The path between a rock and a hard place, I proposed, is the path of Christ’s love. It is the kind of love that died on the cross to open up a third way between the two extremes. I used our church’s Holy Conversations as an example of being caught between a rock and a hard place. The Holy Conversations is a nine-month discernment process in which our Vision Board is deciding whether or not we will perform same-sex marriages in our church. read more

Time to Revise the Dissertation

I’ve been in suspended animation for the last three weeks. I sent a draft of the dissertation to my advisor on January 17. I honestly had no idea if it was any good at all (this is my first rodeo, remember). Every day I’ve been beating back the debate in my head, “is it finished, or do I have to rewrite it?” That is torture for a high “J” on the Myers-Briggs who has to plan out every moment of his day. Can I move forward with the ministry work, or am I still in writing mode? read more