Yes, And

The more I get to know the guys from The Skinny Improv here in downtown Springfield, the more I keep hearing the phrase “Yes, And.” Tyler Snodgrass first mentioned it to me at Rob Hunt‘s birthday party, while explaining some principles of improvisational comedy. Then I heard Jeff Jenkins, the founder of The Skinny, talking […]

There’s a Why in Team

The Core Fellowship has a thing called The Core Team. What you might call Church members elsewhere, you’d call Team Members at The Core. And there’s about seven people planning to join it this Sunday. And yet, I’m tempted to kick everyone out of it. Myself included. Christina and I had a long and challenging […]

Christianity and the Maps of War

I was thinking about Christianity as an institution; as an establishment, versus Christianity as a Spiritual Commitment, and I ran across this short video. All that blue area… how did that happen? Was it a result of the Spirit-driven success of missionaries? At first, with splotches of blue throughout Israel, Asia Minor (Turkey) and Southern […]

The Church Is a Whore, and She Is My Mother

Augustine said it. Every generation is prone to certain superlative assumptions about itself. We are always… the most enlightened, most advanced, most creative, most civilized… AND/OR the most wicked, most degenerate, dumbest, laziest, voted-most-likely-to-usher-in-the-end-of-the-world generation in history. So naturally it surprises us when we look back and see the same attitude in history. Is it […]


At the risk of gloating, I would like to make all of you aware that I am going to the Radiohead concert in St. Louis on May 14. Tickets went on sale on a Saturday morning in the middle of February, and my wife and I were sitting at the computer, poised to obtain tickets […]


If I’m going to write a post about Communion (or the Lord’s Supper) I have to start with a confession, and repentance. It has been my responsibility, as a pastor, to make sure that the people who worship with The Core have the regular experience of Communion… the bread and the cup. In The Core’s […]