Cultivate 2014: Subversive Hospitality

In this Morning Homily from Cultivate 2014, Pastor and Reformed Communion member Martin Ban discusses Subversive Hospitality.   Martin Ban is the founding pastor of Christ Church Santa Fe and has over 20 years experience as a pastor and church planter.


“IF YOU LOVE ME, FIGHT MY SHEEP”: INTERNET BLOODLETTING ISN’T HELPING MY MINISTRY

Pastor, writer, and Reformed Communion member Steve Hall reflects on online warfare and its effects on his ministry.     This piece originally appeared on Christianity Today’s PARSE on January 17th, 2014.   In his autobiography, Cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky recalls meeting his hero, Pablo Casals, hailed as perhaps the greatest cellist of the twentieth century. Piatigorsky hoped… Read more »


READ IT, ep 9: The Christian Priest Today by Michael Ramsey

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 Michael Ramsey’s The Christian Priest Today.   Ramsey’s ideas about pastoral ministry are told in the language of a very particular tradition, and you may find yourself at odds with some… Read more »


Mental Health and the Church

Pastor and Reformed Communion member Bobby Griffith comes clean on how the Church should understand mental health in a broken world.   No one really wants to admit his or her weakness. That hit me square in the face well over a year ago. I talked to a friend who freely admitted that he was… Read more »


From the Quote File

Our Forum for Pastors includes over 10 years of collected quotes and illustrations including this from Flannery O’Connor who writes to a friend on bearing the cross of belief. I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is,… Read more »


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 »