I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty

“I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security… More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us, ‘Give them something to eat.'”

– Pope Francis



Pixar & Preaching

i don’t know about you but i love everything that pixar puts out. they are masters at creativity and they know how to engage an audience. pixar-movies-1280x720

when i saw these 22 rules of storytelling, my mind went right away to those of us who preach on a regular basis. not sure i would make it the basis of a homiletics course in seminary, but definitely some transferable principles here.