READ IT, ep. 8 Being Christian by Rowan Williams

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week, Steve takes a look at Rowan Williams’ little book, Being Christian.         Williams sees the Christian church, everywhere and always, as embodying four basic practices: baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and prayer. Despite the wild... Read more »


READ IT, ep. 7 How (Not) to be Secular, James K.A. Smith

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week, Steve takes a look at Jamie Smith’s How (Not) to be Secular.       As Smith channels Taylor and other philosophers from the late modern period, he also channels pop culture, weaving from one reference... Read more »


Ferguson: A Letter from a Pastor to His Church

My former classmate Cole Brown pastors a multi-ethnic church in North Portland. What follows is his personal, heartfelt wisdom on how his church can move forward in a deeply broken world. —Steve Hall Emmaus family, There will be no indictment. Those words out of Ferguson have affected us all differently. But they have no doubt affected... Read more »


Life In the Present Tense

“‘I wish I had never been born,’ she said. ‘What are we born for?’ ‘For infinite happiness,’ said the Spirit. ‘You can step out into it at any moment…’” -C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce   The other night, my wife and I sat in our courtyard, beside a small fire, reflecting on our lives together, our... Read more »


11.21.14 Roundup

 With or without net neutrality, we are digging up the best of the web so you don’t have to. So much in my reading list from this week! Enjoy! Do you have a case of Koenigmania? If you don’t know what that is the answer is no, and you need to spend your day off... Read more »


READ IT, ep. 6 Grace In Practice, Paul Zahl

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week, Steve takes a look at Paul Zahl’s Grace In Practice         At times it can be difficult to keep in view what exactly we’re talking about when we say “gospel”, especially when it... Read more »


What I’m Learning from Ferguson

Bobby Griffith responds to violence, racism, and tragedy by asking “What can I do?”   I learned something from Ferguson, Missouri. My employee, Barry, told me a story. It was somewhere around 2005 or 2006. Barry came to work and said, “I got pulled over last night.” I asked why. He said, “the police pulled... Read more »


Internet Roundup

Let us curate the internet for you. Check out these articles for inspiration, illustrations and stimulation This week is shaping up to be great writers of fiction who happen to be women and Christians: Must read of the week award goes to this piece in the New Yorker on Flannery O’Conner and her recent induction... Read more »


READ IT, ep. 5: The Contemplative Pastor, Eugene Peterson

READ IT is a short podcast designed for busy ministry leaders that highlights a new book each week. This week, Steve takes a look at Eugene Peterson’s, The Contemplative Pastor     It is incredibly easy to lose sense of yourself and your calling in the face of congregational demands. There is a form that pastors... Read more »


From the Quote File

Bonhoeffer on the scandal of God with us in Jesus of Nazareth       For the mighty ones, for the great ones of this world, there are only two places where their courage deserts them, which they fear in the depths of their souls, which they dodge and avoid: the manger and the cross of Jesus... Read more »