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The good folks at Missio Alliance published an article I wrote reflecting on David Fitch’s recent book, Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission. I really admire the work Missio Alliance is doing and am honored that they published it. The relationship between following Jesus and our daily work is hotly contested, with [...]

A church retreat in an area recently destroyed by wildfires leads to conversations about land and exercise, subjects that a disembodied Christian faith can’t see or imagine. Related D&N articles on bodies: Buildings and Bodies Six Thoughts on Life in a Body Incarnation and Design Church, Kingdom, and Bodies Related D&N articles on liturgy and [...]

Austin is a fast-growing and transitory city, but at least a few of us have been around long enough to remember the taste of smoke in every breath and the smudged horizon to the east when the woods around the town of Bastrop burned in 2011.  Last week I joined a retreat in the midst [...]

DNPod 008: Renovation

As I set out to renovate my house I explore the concept of newness and change with buildings and in our communities. Find the original blog post at DesigningandNeighboring.com. Support Designing and Neighboring by: Rating and reviewing the podcast on iTunes. Sharing the podcast or the blog through your social media of choice. Signing up [...]

Renovation

I’m in the process of designing a renovation of my fifty year old house. The house has only been mine for a few years. I’m sure it has a rich history. I’ve never met the previous owners so much of the history of the house remains hidden to me. Through some detective work here are [...]

Did you know that the Sunday after Easter has a name? In this episode I look at where Quasimodo Sunday got it’s name, why the cathedral bellringer has the same name, plus Car Talk to consider what the biblical concept of “saved” looks like. Find the original blog post at DesigningandNeighboring.com. Support Designing and Neighboring [...]

Quasimodo was the one who rang the bells in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, right? Didn’t he have a hunched back and a deformed face? Victor Hugo gave us the character of Quasimodo when he published Notre Dame de Paris in 1831. Hugo named the book after a building; the cathedral is arguably the main [...]

When Jesus washed his disciples feet before the last supper he was participating in a kind of performance art. In this post from Maundy Thursday of 2015 I examine the way performance, meaning, death, and life intersect in this generous act of God humbling Godself. Find the original blog post at DesigningandNeighboring.com. Support Designing and [...]

This is the first post in a series looking at the connections between art and justice. The series will be a going public with my long-term wrestling with concepts connected to my multi-decade study of the works of Nicholas Wolterstorff on both subjects. A particular challenge with Wolterstorff’s work is that he often makes a compelling [...]

As you’ll hear, this was posted about a week before the fateful election of November 2016. It felt like everyone on all sides of the election was deeply frustrated and I shared in that. Though it felt felt like everything had been said a million times in a million ways about the election, I hadn’t [...]