Resources

Content for churches and spiritual direction

Below are links to content and resources I’ve created during my work as a pastor and spiritual director. Feel free to use whatever you find helpful here and to adapt it to suit your context.

Imaginal Rehearsal

Imaginal Rehearsal

This prayer practice helps you envision and step into a life lived from a reservoir of love, joy, and peace.

Deconstructing Church

Deconstructing Church

In light of the bad fruit that some expressions of Christianity have born in the world, how do we discern what to hold on to and what to compost? This 5-week course explores theological deconstruction, decolonization, the Bible, the cross, and what it means to embrace an evolving faith.

Welcoming Prayer

Welcoming Prayer

The Welcoming Prayer is a gentle practice of bringing our awareness to our experience, non-judgmentally acknowledging it, and welcoming God’s presence with us.

Walking Backward Into the Future

Walking Backward Into the Future

This 6-week course takes participants through a process of engaging anti-racist and decolonizing work through an honest, specific, and historical approach that avoids shame, empowers, and inspires.

Prayer Liturgy

Prayer Liturgy

This prayer liturgy includes the elements of confession, Lectio Divina, praying the psalms, centering prayer, petition, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Beatitudes.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer

This practical guide to centering prayer includes a step-by-step explanation of the practice and short liturgy for individual or group use.

Sermons

Sermons

Trained as an illustrator, I’ve always enjoyed shedding light on the meaning of texts. I’ve written and delivered hundreds of sermons in my work as pastor. Many of these messages can be found here.

Group Discernment Process

Group Discernment Process

This comprehensive step-by-step guide for group discernment includes questions to help groups become aware of how power, biases, and social location affect the discernment process.

Personal & Social Sin

Personal & Social Sin

Due to the individualistic lens that many western evangelical Protestants read Scripture through, sin is most commonly understood to be a personal or interpersonal issue. However, the Bible includes examples of social or communal sin where groups of people are implicated in action or inaction that misses the mark of God’s good intention for the world.

Rethinking Footprints in the Sand

Rethinking Footprints in the Sand

This brief essay looks at how the popular poem “Footprints” shapes our Christian imagination and offers another poem that expands our vision of the Christian life.

Reframing the Christian Life

Reframing the Christian Life

This 5-part essay series helps churches that have been influenced by white North American evangelicalism understand the history behind a narrow view of discipleship, the harm it causes, and how Christians might go about expanding their vision of the Christian life.