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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Facing Racism

We had dinner with some of our dearest friends last week and our host posed the question, “Five years from now, what is something you are going to be really glad that you are focusing or working on right now.” Great conversation ensued – I recommend it! Sometimes big,...

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We Were Made for Belonging to Each Other

The daughter in law of a good friend of ours was in the Wal-Mart in Thornton last night when Scott Ostrem, 47, nonchalantly walked in and started shooting at people, killing 3 and injuring others.  Our friend’s daughter in law was buying some make-up in preparation...

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Our Enemies Also Have a Story We Don’t Know

Our living room became a recording studio Wednesday for Heatherlyn’s podcast LIVE online with Heatherlyn. Once a month her weekly podcast features an interview (this week was me) called Storydwelling interspersed with her playing several of her songs. We had a...

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Equality is Not Enough When Equity is Needed

Last week Jenny, Rachael, Paula, Aaron and I went to Chicago to meet with other OPEN pastors and leaders to make plans for how our vision of a “just and generous” expression of the Christian faith can impact more churches and individuals who feel the Church as they...

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Taking Jesus Seriously

It’s almost been two years since I read about the convocation comments made by Jerry Falwell Jr., the President of the largest Christian University in the world, Liberty University, which really rattled me. I mean, what he said as a Christian leader to an...

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Our Prayers Matter

Monday morning’s news felt devastating. It’s been called Horror on the Vegas Strip, one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history. All I wanted to do was pray, but no words came… So I sat at my window doing a Contemplative Prayer Sit. I don’t know how that...

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I Failed Miserably on Twitter

One of our smart, tech-savvy Millenials has encouraged some of us Baby-boomers on staff to make a bigger presence by using the tools that everyone in another generation uses to broadcast everything, from a photo of the egg salad sandwich they had for lunch to their...

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Writer’s Remorse

For the last 9 months we have been living in a remodeling project that just won’t end. (Yes, I’m VERY aware that is not only a first world complaint but one that many people living in the first world could only wish was their problem.) As the end is in...

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Hellllo Highlands Church! 

As promised, I’m back! Thank you for the gift of a summer sabbatical. It was full of dream-come-true adventures. I feel refreshed, rested, and eager to re-enter our life together. The sabbatical gift mostly came down to the gift of time: time to connect with nature,...

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Nashville – Drawing Even More Lines in the Sand

Theologian Phyllis Tickle predicted that as more Christians move out of legalism and a more literal reading of the scripture toward a more inclusive embrace of all people and the need to read the Bible literately, not literally if we’re going to take it seriously,...

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Doing the Right Thing for Houston and Texas

It’s another beautiful day in Denver and my biggest complaint right now is that the roofing company we hired for our hail damage is poorly coordinated, and still hasn’t finished the job – after three months. Well, that’s hardly a Houston-sized...

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Eclipsed by Kindness in a Dark Place

On Friday one of my son’s had his car stolen off the university lot while he was in class. Sunday the police found it and took it to the impound lot in east Aurora where you can see the Kansas border. Monday we went to pick it up. There are no happy people...

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A Degenerating Sense of “Nobodyness”

A friend wanted to find out how some of the most prominent white pastors of mega churches in Colorado responded on Sunday to the racist and tragic events that happened in Charlottesville on Saturday. It got me curious too so I started listening. Two of these churches...

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An Opportunity to Love Each Other As Much as God Loves Us

My fellow Highlanders, hello! Olja here – or as Jill Altieri likes to call me – America’s favorite refugee! Being called “America’s favorite refugee” brings a big smile to my face. My family was saved by a beautiful family in Germany who took us in when we were...

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Highlands Church Blog

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