Walkability

Imagine you’re a city planner. If you like the NBC Sit-com “Parks and Recreation“, imagine you’re the departed character Mark Brendanawicz. (Yes, I had to look up his name to spell it.) You’ve grown accustomed, over the years, to car-centric demands, like adequate parking, traffic flow, collision reduction, etc, etc. But one day, it seems […]

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 […]

When a W’s not a W

I have the rather dubious honor of calling myself a Kansas City Chiefs fan. As of yesterday, we have earned 5 W’s, and 4 L’s, and yesterday’s L was a particularly difficult one, seeing as how we gave the W to the Denver Broncos, of all teams, and we allowed them to do it with […]

What Is Hipster?

So you became part of the new breed. Been smoking only the best weed. Hanging out with so-called hippest set. Been seen in all the right places, Seen with just the right faces. You should be satisfied, But still it ain’t quite right. What is hip? Tell me tell me if you think you know. […]

Prayer and the Art of Margarita Pizza

Thursday night Christina and I split a Margarita Pizza with David Gilmour. No, not the lead singer of Pink Floyd, the other David Gilmour; our new point man with our District, out of Omaha. Our old point man (Church Multiplication Director) was just elected District Superintendent, so this pizza was our little meet-and-greet with the new guy. (Speaking of which… go to South Avenue Pizza and order the Margarita. Go now.)

New Look, Same Old Taste

When the vision of The Core and the Front Porch were in their embryonic stages, (a glimmer in our eyes, so to speak) I was writing a lot of negative stuff about the sacrosanctity of our church service formats. “Why should everything revolve around the sermon?” I asked. “What would happen if we skipped the […]

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 […]

Jesus the Con-Artist

“Can I ask you a question?” “Sure.” “Who is Jesus to you?” “Oh, Jesus? Jesus is a womanizer. He’s a megalomaniac and a paranoiac. He’s also a brainwasher, a con-artist and a compulsive liar.” “OK… that was unexpected. How did you arrive at that conclusion?” “Because I knew him. I lived with him in a […]

The Mustard Tree

I don’t like mustard. Even brown mustard is something I usually avoid, and I am most definitely not a fan of the yellow stuff. But I got a fresh glimpse of the mustard tree this morning, and I want to share my thoughts about it. Mark 4:30-32 has Jesus talking about the tiny mustard seed, […]

A Patch for Humanity

A patient will come to you at his moment of greatest dread, hand you a knife and say, “Doctor, cut me open.” Why? Because he trusts you. He trusts you the way a child trusts. He trusts you to do no harm. The sad fact is: human beings are not worthy of trust. It is […]