Bo’s Blog


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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I had the opportunity earlier this week to be with leaders who are doing innovative things in their communities and ministry settings. I got to talk about ‘why we do church this way’. I love to think through how to do and be church in the 21st century. I like to call it ‘a liturgy of listening and learning’. Interactive church brings together the best of constructive approaches, emergent thought, church 2.0,...

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This past week, we started into a new series about Practicing Faith. The first week’s topic is “Times of Yearning” and I took the opportunity to have some fun talking about different ways of talking about desire. Here are 4 ways that I have heard desire talked about: God Shaped Vacuum You may be familiar with the famous quote by Pascal: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied...

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Fall 2018 kicks off with a bang!  Every Sunday at 9am we are going to layer our knowledge Who? What? Where? When? Those will be our 4 questions each Sunday as we go around the world and back through history to explore a theme and ask some wider questions. Last year, we took on one big topic per week. This year we will try layering 4 topics per Sunday and compare notes as a class. Come and be a part of it!  Coffee and tea will be...

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Here is yesterday’s message. The working thesis is that grace and forgiveness have lost their shocking greatness because we have grown too comfortable with them. My hope is to remind everyone how scandalous grace is. So in this short sermon you are going to hear that: grace is irrational grace is immoral grace is unethical I hope that you will give it a listen with an open mind!  You might be surprised by what you...

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Last week on the Peacing It All Together podcast, Randy and I talked about ‘the call for civility’. Next week at the church’s pub-chat, the topic is the same. Randy and I came up with 3 ideas about this and I want to reflect on them here. First, it is important in ‘The Argument Culture’ (as Deborah Tannen famously called it) that we don’t prioritize policing people’s tone or vocabulary. Yes, we don’t want to inflame the situation and...

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There are 3 elements of belief that overlap and interact to form what we generally refer to as ‘faith’. I am fascinated with how these layers stack up and both empower the other layers but also limit the options of each other. The 3 elements are: narratives (story) practices (action) relationships (connection) Narratives are powerful because the stories that we tell ourselves – or the stories that we are told and buy in to – frame our...

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About a year ago I figured out that if I didn’t put a moratorium on talking politics, that it was all we would ever talk about. So I implemented a 1-hour prohibition on saying the ‘T’ word in our gatherings. It has a made a huge difference. Here is a short (5 min) video [youtube id=”FXOZ7bp55_E”]

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