Category Archives: Community

Helping to Clear Up A Guest’s Confusion


Have you ever stood in someone else’s kitchen and wondered where they kept their cups? In my recent trip to Texas, I wondered that each time I stayed with family or friends (a total of 5 homes in 2-1/2 weeks). … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Attending a Writers Conference


When I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers Conferencein Dallas, I came with the hope of meeting the keynote speaker Michael Hyatt face to face. Who is Michael Hyatt? Ah, I see you’re not a writer. Click on his name … Continue reading

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Oh, God, I Am Lost and So Alone


My prayer at 3:00 in the morning was a simple one. “Oh, God, I am lost and so alone.” Why such depths of despair? One simple word—disappointment! Asaph wrote, “… I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of … Continue reading

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Are You Playing in the Spiritual Kiddie Pool?


You can have a relationship with Christ without the baggage of Christian community (i.e., church). You just won’t go very deep in Him without it. Last post, Kari Scare said in the comments section: “It seems like we [Christians] feel … Continue reading

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4 Helpful Hospitality Hints


Have you ever visited a small town diner where a few guys sat at the bar? The door opens, you step inside, and every head turns your direction. No one smiles. Cue up banjo music from Deliverance. How do you … Continue reading

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Why Doing Nothing Makes More Sense


He had … … nowhere to go … … and nothing to do … … and no time to go or do it in. Who? God! Oh, right. I thought about what happened before this opening line to a very … Continue reading

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4 Traits to Cultivate for Community Health


I’ve noticed in my travels four common traits across cultures. To be a healthy, viable culture, I believe all four need to be present. Humor. I exchanged jokes with a Russian friend while my family and I lived in Khabarovsk, … Continue reading

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McCarville’s Team Luau! Wet Coconut Contest Tonight


The sign read: McCarville’s Team Luau! Wet Coconut Contest Tonight. I’d passed the shelter multiple times, read the sign, saw people milling about, and became curious (imagine that!). After two days, my initial caution surrendered to curiosity and I headed … Continue reading

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If You Really Knew Me, Would You Still Love Me?


“If you really knew me, would you still love me?” When Pastor Chuck Hayes stated the question, it clarified for me how to define authentic Christian community. What am I looking for? I’m looking for the community where the answer … Continue reading

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Small Town Triples in Size Overnight!


How does a city, population 5184, triple its size in a matter of days? It hosts a country music festival. Here are some observations about our local festival, Star-Spangled Celebration, and how they apply to Christian community. Consistency is important. … Continue reading

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