Led to Jesus by an Eight-Year-Old

A couple weeks ago after church, 8-year-old Gianna DiPrince asked me to pray with her. She was feeling really sad because 7 of the 8 fish they had bought and put in their new aquarium died. Before we prayed together she had grabbed one of the lanyards that members of...

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Gala Time and the Belle of the Ball

Six years ago Monique Crine, who was not yet married to Brett Johnson (but he was hopelessly smitten) pointed out to me that something was missing from our church. We just didn’t have enough fun altogether. We needed more parties. “Actually”, she said, “we should have...

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This is Their Christmas

“For a lot of people, this is their Christmas,” Greg, the Executive Director of Bienvenidos Food Bank, told me as we talked about our Community Christmas Celebration. On a weekly basis, Greg and his team serve 200+ families in our neighborhood. For a lot of folks,...

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Blessed Are Those Who Squirm With Discomfort

Were you one of the lucky kids who got to play “kick the can” on the street in front of your house or apartment growing up? I did, and I loved it. I got to play it again the last three days at the National With Collective (W/) conference in Denver that our church...

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We Are, All of Us, So Wonderfully Complex

It’s amazing how, after having spent 10 years — most of my adult life so far — here in the States, I’m beginning to forget what it felt like to grow up in the far-away land of Brazil. It’s almost as if the memories that sustained such a crucial aspect of my history...

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May We Move Together in the Adventure Sent to Us

On our way to the vigil for the victims of the Pittsburgh shooting, my 11 year-old daughter Aria asked me the meaning of the word “vigil.” She was quiet. Eventually she said, “Mom, it scares me to go to things like this with you.” Ug, I thought, what do I do? I could...

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H is for HIGHLANDS

H is also for Here, Hope, Happy, Heart and Home. These words can only attempt to describe the hundreds of stories and the journeys that have led each and every one of us to this family we call Highlands Church. Here is our new brand for Highlands Church North Denver,...

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I’ve Fired My Old Boss

Last spring at a staff meeting we asked everyone to check in with the dates they were going to be gone on vacation. I didn’t have any plans apart for a couple of days here and there for weddings and family stuff. That night I was driving out to Jenny’s for another...

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Odd Ducks as a Harbinger of Hope!

Now that Leanne is retired we don’t start every morning with a panicky scramble to make sure she makes the number 38 bus by 8:00. Instead we go for a walk and talk for an hour or so. Her retirement is working out well for me so far! The other day walking around Rocky...

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Right Now We Really Need a Few Good Men

After more than 40 years, the Marines are retiring one of their key recruiting phrases; “We’re looking for a few good men.” As they retire the slogan I find myself saying that’s EXACTLY what we need right now. A few good men. We need a few good...

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Do Politics Belong in Church?

I read 12 essays from thoughtful, influential Christian leaders around our country responding to the question, “Do politics belong in church?” from one of the most respected Christian journals available, The Christian Century. As it turns out, we’re not the only...

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – I Promise

I ended five wedding weekends in a row with my brother-in-law’s this past Saturday in South Dakota. When we were leaving the wedding we passed the Sioux Nation Pet Clinic that was fully in the Fall swing of things with an illuminated sign out front that said,...

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Too Many Hats, Or Not Enough Heads

This past weekend our youngest son, Nicky, married Faye, a woman all of our family adores. There was a reception for out of town guests on Thursday at Joyride Brewery. The 32–person wedding was in our backyard Friday night and the reception for 150 was Saturday night...

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Beauty Can Be Elusive

This week’s article is submitted by Jeana Pynes, Pastor of Families and Community Engagement, just returned from a summer sabbatical. Hello my Highlands Friends, I’m back! And if I had to choose one word to describe my sabbatical summer, it would be beauty....

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The People of Africa Captured Our Hearts.

And we felt the presence of God every step of the way. Sixteen Highlanders represented our International Advocacy efforts by investigating more than a dozen ways we could collaborate as advocates and allies alongside Global Livingston Institute. GLI and other...

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Highlands Church Blog

Also known as TiddBits, the weekly blog by (usually) Co-pastor, Mark Tidd