being life together

July 30, 2008

A catchphrase for the idea of community in Christian circles has been doing life together. I remember how appealing that phrase sounded to me the first time I heard it. I loved the idea of being so safe and intimate with a group of people. I recalled the days of living in the dorms in […]

organic community

November 10, 2007

Two years ago, I sat in a session by Joe Myers at an Off the Map event. He shared some about his upcoming book Organic Community, which, at the time, was due to be released within 4-6 months. That turned into 18 months and the book was finally released this past spring. I ordered a […]

claiborne on bonhoeffer on community

February 16, 2007

The following is worth remembering even though it is paraphrased from Shane Claiborne who was quoting, or perhaps even paraphrasing, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: If you love the vision you have for community, you will destroy community. If you love the people around you, you will create community.

avoid demonizing “the enemy”

July 24, 2006

While on vacation, I read, or perhams I should say skimmed, Better Together. This is a follow up to the more well-known Bowling Alone. It is filled with stories of communities of people who are creating the social capital that Bowling Alone says is diminishing in our culture. I didn’t really enjoy the book much, […]