We Are Kids.

13 months ago, as the inaugural proceedings were going on, I wrote in my Tiddbits that though our country was in the beginning throes of some of the biggest divisions many of us will see in our lifetime, I was finding peace in the words of a 3,000-year-old Psalm. I...

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Choose Love Every Day

The slaughter of 17 students and the 14 injured on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland once again makes us feel like we’re in a nightmare where we absolutely need to do something but for some reason, we can’t get our feet to move. Several of...

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Words Too Good Not To Pass Along

There are a lot of really good blogs out there, including quite a few from the Highlands Church community. I’m thinking we should get a place on our website where you can scan all the different Highland Bloggers and start following some of the good peeps right here at...

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The Conundrum of Growth

Does size matter? I’m not talking about the size of nuclear buttons or anything else, I’m talking about the size of Highlands Church. How are we affected by the size we are at this point in our development? Why does it matter? Is it good or bad or neither?...

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Don’t Try to Be “Spiritual,” Just Be Human.

I often hear people say that they want to be “more spiritual.” I can definitely say that is what I wanted and prayed for during many of my years as a follower of Christ. I was so in love with Jesus and so convinced that every time I opened my mouth or eyes I was...

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Full Sails Ahead

If I won a boat on the Price Is Right, I would put it on Craigslist or eBay the next day. What would I want with a boat in landlocked Colorado? So I’m not a boat person but I have gone sailing on the ocean and I’ve had the thrill of seeing the sails get filled with...

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God Never Hangs Up First

Did you ever have a boy or girlfriend when you were a teen who, at the end of a long and mushy phone call in which you talk about nothing of any substance whatsoever, you end up doing that weird thing where each of you wants to be the last one to say, “I love you,”...

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You Are a Delight to God

I’m a drag to shop for at Christmas. Every year my kids (all grown and out of the house) ask me to create a list like they do. They are still at the age where there is stuff they want and stuff they need. It’s weird to say, having been such a devotee of Christmas...

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“This Sh*t Ain’t Free” – Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is a dear friend of Highlands Church, a national speaker in great demand and founding pastor of House for all Sinners and Saints (HFASS- which is why you may hear people refer to her church as “half-ass church”). Nadia is a beautiful blend of...

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Christmas Card Senders, I Salute You!

Christmas Card senders, you amaze me! But please don’t expect one from us. We’ve been getting some lovely, funny, heartwarming Christmas cards from some of the friends we’ve accumulated over the decades. I got one today from a friend I’ve known since 5th grade. Most...

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The Black Women of Alabama

Something pretty remarkable happened this past Tuesday when ultra-right fundamentalist Roy Moore, endorsed by the president, lost the senate race to Democrat Doug Jones in a state that is bright red. Since the Republican party is at odds with itself right now, many...

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We’re Going to Party This Weekend!

ga·la ɡālə,ˈɡalə/ noun 1. a social occasion with special entertainments or performances. “a black-tie gala that begins with a cocktail reception.” It was when I moved from Boulder after college to do graduate work at Kent State in Ohio that I first heard...

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We Can Change the World by Doing One Thing

I know it sound audacious to say we can change the world by doing one thing, if we keep doing that one thing all the time and influence others to do that one thing all the time too. Just one thing. I’m not optimistic we can get everyone to do just the one thing, but I...

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A Difficult Thing to be Thankful For

It says a lot about our culture that I find myself this Thanksgiving feeling so thankful for all the women and men who have stepped forward to report sexual aggression they experienced from men of influence and power. For years most victims of sexual assault or...

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This is What Love Looks Like.

When I was a poor grad student at Kent State I rented a house in a rough part of town. One morning there was a knock on my backdoor. I opened the door a few cautious inches and there was this old man with glassy eyes and a bristly chin like a silver cactus. He...

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Highlands Church Blog

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