Bo’s Blog


Something funny has happened in the past month. I have been told by somebody that each element of our Sunday gatherings is their favorite … and somebody else’s least favorite. Passing of the Peace Music and Singing Prayer Sermon Conversation Communion Videos This is fascinating to me – and I love that we can talk about it! This is part of our life together. This is how community works. Each aspect or element connects...

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The early churches developed a saying: The rule of prayer is the rule of faith As we have moved through the centuries, things have changed. Our worship communities have moved from being centered on prayer, to sacrament, to preaching … and now many are centered on music. I am proposing that now, the rule of worship is the rule of faith. Watch this 5 minute video and let me know what you think. you can also check out...

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A short video (5 min) about how progressives and liberals not only believe different things than conservatives and evangelicals … but they believe them differently. From Missions to Eschatology -they both believe different things and they hold those beliefs differently. Let me know your...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Every December, as we get ready for Christmas, the 4 weeks that lead up to the big day are my favorite 4 weeks of the year. The season is called ‘advent’ and it is a time of waiting and reflecting in anticipation. There are 2 elements that I am especially looking forward to this year: First is the lighting of the advent wreath. Each week there will be a reading that helps us...

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One tradition I really like surrounding communion, is that you never throw the bread in the trash or pour the cup down the drain. Once the bread and cup have been blessed, you are supposed to return them to earth from which they came. I love this imagery. It helps me to think about the grain that became the flour for the loaf and to think about the vines rooted in the earth that brought forth the grapes. I do this, not in a...

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It dawned on me that when people hear ‘Sunday School’ they either think of a monologue-lecture or sitting around a table going through a curriculum. We don’t do Sunday School that way! Ours is sort of a vibrant (rowdy at points), dynamic (opinionated), humorous (irreverent) conversation. I love these classes. Right now we are looking at 4 topics every week: a who a what a where a when Below is a 1 min video – I...

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Here is a short encouragement that I shared with a seminary class recently. Be brave. Be bold. Be daring. … it probably won’t work anyway. The systems is so powerful and so dominating that it can absorb, adapt to, and even appropriate any protest or critique. Parables, by the way, are not earthly stories with heavenly meanings. Parables are earthy stories with heavy meaning. Parables come in underneath your radar when your...

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This past Sunday was exactly the kind of conversation that I love to have when we are together. There are certain conversations that happen best in community! ‘Making decisions’ is one of them.  The reality is that this topic is not most fruitfully addressed when I am sitting alone with my own thoughts. It requires that I compare notes with others. Here is a short video (2 min) about why I love becoming a conversational...

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In the past weeks I have been on two fun podcasts. Religionless Church with Mason Mennenga has a fun and fast format. I had so much fun recording it and we cover a variety of topics. my religious migration academic interests interactive church religious but not spiritual nerdy takes on Bonhoeffer and ‘the world come of age’ He also has a wonderful style for his podcast where he features the music of a different artist...

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I had the opportunity to be on the UMC podcast Get Your Spirit In Shape. My interview is Ep. 43 called Disagreeing Well. It’s no secret that people disagree, sometimes vehemently. When our opinions match, it is easy to have a conversation. When we are on opposite sides of an issue, talking can be far more challenging, but often more fruitful. In a time when opinions are strong in both our public and church lives, learning to disagree...

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