The Dead Bear and Great Grandpa

Some friends of ours have a beautiful mountain home with guest rooms decorated according to different countries. There is a French room, an Italian room, etc. A few years ago they generously shared their house with us for a getaway with our kids and grandkids. The...

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Make All the Difference in the World.

Between last Sunday and the one coming up, I was part of a great conspiracy taking shape to change the world. Our church hosted a national conference for people who are starting–or want to be starting–new kinds of churches and gatherings of people committed to...

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We Still Have a Long, Long Way to Go

On this week, remembering that it’s been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, everything about him seems every bit as pertinent now as it was then, if not more so. I was only 11 when Dr. King led the march from Selma to the capital city of...

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Speaking of Codependence

I was talking with a friend recently about one of the most insidious and easily misunderstood “diseases” that wreaks havoc on the possibility of healthy relationships; namely: co-dependence. In my first marriage, we were both young, from troubled families...

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Live and Love as the Beloved

After I gave Sunday’s message a dear friend said, “Phew, it was just nice to hear you give a message of good news that didn’t have the POTUS (unnamed, but still present) in it.” I did not take this person to be critical of our preaching which has been pretty intense...

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Living at the Speed of Love

I was reminded again this past Sunday at our new session of Facing Racism and Privilege cohort by Rev. Dr. Dawn Riley Duvas that rushing, hurrying, and being obsessed with the clock is much more a “white” thing than a “black” thing. Even just this one aspect of my...

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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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Highlands Church Blog

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