I Feel Hopeful!

I Feel Hopeful!

Since my first days at Highlands Church, I have felt hopeful about our community. Back in 2010, I was a drummer playing in the band once a month. This September, I will have been a Co-Pastor here for 9 years. And today, I have at least 3 compelling reasons to feel...

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The Questions of Our Youth

The Questions of Our Youth

As the new Youth Director at Highlands Church North Denver, I’ve just started getting to know our youth and among the several things I could already say, I’ve been incredibly inspired by their ability to think deeply and critically. As part of our time together last...

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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

You probably didn’t notice that I skipped out on church this past Sunday. July is like that. Many of us try to get away for a few days. I went home to Pittsburgh to visit my family during a ridiculously humid 4th of July week: 90+ degrees with 87% humidity. I never...

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A Few Notes for Us All as I Start My Semi-Retirement!

A Few Notes for Us All as I Start My Semi-Retirement!

At our Community Meeting this past Sunday many important things were shared but I wanted to recap just a few of my comments for the sake of those who couldn’t be there. Since I will be working 25% of what I have in the past, ordinarily that means I will work one full...

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Semi-retiring Makes Me Excited and Nervous!

Semi-retiring Makes Me Excited and Nervous!

I officially become a quarter-time employee in about 4 days when I semi-retire. I'm about to start doing a quarter-ass job around here. And yes, I’m both excited and nervous about it. I’m excited about the possibilities that open up for me to be more available to my...

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Unbearable Beauty

Unbearable Beauty

"Bear one another's burdens", so says the Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:2. Just a few verses later in verse 5 he says that each of us will have to "bear our own load." Some of the things that weigh us down are ours to carry alone, but there are other burdens we carry...

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Blessed at both ends!

Blessed at both ends!

This past Tuesday was my last official staff meeting before I semi-retire in July to 25% time. Our team had so many beautiful words to bless me with as I make this transition. Part of what made their thoughtful words so meaningful to me is that it was clear they all...

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I Googled Myself!

I Googled Myself!

I was wide-awake around bedtime Friday night so for the first time - I Googled myself! It was a weird mix of things; some were nice to read, some were weird and most were just informational, nothing very surprising. But pretty deep into the search pages, I came across...

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What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?

Growing up in Boulder as a high school teen in the late 60’s, I may have given my mother a panic what with the sex, drugs and rock n’ roll scene, but I think it also shaped some of my core values. I worked in one of the leather shops on Broadway near Central Park so...

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A Call or a Curse?

A Call or a Curse?

Over the last 10 weeks I’ve been reflecting in Tiddbits on what it is to be “called” by God or “hearing from God.” While my sense of being "called" by God to be a pastor the last 38 years has been very strong and largely satisfying, I hasten to add that for many of...

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How Do We Hear From God? Part X

How Do We Hear From God? Part X

At our Community Meeting for Highlands Church North Denver on March 10 I said a bit about what had been affecting my sense of being called as a full time co-pastor to our church. At a conference in Chicago I heard a black professor express his exasperation for being...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part IX

How Do You Hear From God? Part IX

For Christmas several years back, my daughter Emma gave me a blank book with a nicely personalized cover titled: The “I’m Not Dead” Book—the adventures of going deaf with Mark Tidd. The title comes from all the times family members say something to me that I don’t...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part VIII

How Do You Hear From God? Part VIII

As we’ve been seeing, sometimes hearing God is infused with some drama and the spectacular, other times it is hearing something in the Bible as if God was saying it directly to us, sometimes it's subtle and almost sneaks into our consciousness and often times we hear...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part VII

How Do You Hear From God? Part VII

Too many years of my life I would have said that I could not have heard the voice of God speaking through the best gay drummer I know! And not because I didn't think God spoke through drummers. Or women, for that matter. Most of my life as a Christian I would have...

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How Do You Hear From God? Part VI

How Do You Hear From God? Part VI

Last week I said I heard from God from someone who forgot my first sermon at Highlands Church but heard the Ethos and suggested we say it every week. That was good advice that has outlasted a very forgettable message! So how have I been hearing God at Highlands these...

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